You may be asking – how long before I get ill? What is the MRSA incubation period? It could be minutes or it could be decades.
MRSA often waits until you have a wound, nick or cut which it can compromise. You can be healthy and feeling no ill effects for a long time – and you can stop being a carrier in many circumstances.
Some MRSA strains do carry a mutation that is known as PVL (the initials of the men who discovered it.) These strains may more aggressively create pores in your skin which become the foundation of skin infections. This is more common in the community strains which infect those with little or no hospital contact.