Our family has been dealing with MRSA for three months now and I am at my wits end! I have found the most helpful information from reading the stories and advice on various other forums and discussions boards, so I figured I’d start my own.
My son was born on June 17 by c-section and by June 27, 7 days after leaving the hospital, him and I both had MRSA. Both of us had a single, very superficial, blister in our groin area. My c-section incision, thankfully, never became infected. No one suspected mrsa (although my ob must have, even though she said she didn’t, because she prescribed me Bactrim). DS was started on Keflex. We both healed up nicely. A week later, DS had another blister in his diaper area. This time they assumed it was MRSA because of the previous culture and treated him with Bactrim. We were in the clear for a month and DS developed a boil right on his scrotum. We went to an ID doctor, did an intense decolonization (mupirocin in all of our noses, Hibiclens, bleach baths, sheets/towels washed in bleach, etc.). We were clear for two weeks after the decolonization was complete and now my DD (almost 4 years old) has an infection on her leg. I THINK it started as a bug bite, but I’m not sure. I could kick myself for not attacking it with the mupirocin and manuka honey immediately, but it really looked like a bug bite and we had been at the beach all day. She's now on Bactrim.
I don’t know what more I can do! I use tea tree oil and manuka honey, as well as the mupirocin to topically treat anything that looks even remotely suspicious. We all take weekly bleach baths. We never use towels twice and change sheets weekly. All sheets and towels are washed with bleach. I scrub my house weekly and daily disinfect the kitchen and bathroom. I am so frustrated! I feel like this stupid bacteria is winning the battle! Thankfully, all of our MRSA infections so far have been easily treatable and it has mostly just been annoying. However, I know that it can be really dangerous and if we keep getting infections, I feel like it’s only a matter of time before one of us is in serious trouble. I’m scared and frustrated and feel like I’m just spinning my wheels.
I would love to hear any advice, ideas, or similar stories. Has anybody struggled with MRSA like this and beat it? I need to hear some happy endings!