Recurring MRSA Lingers
Sometimes the drugs and other treatments clear your skin infection but another one appears within weeks. The bacteria may have lingered on quietly in the nose, genital area or armpits and infected a new cut or skin weakness. Good washing practices can help clear the skin of transient bacteria. Nasal decolonization may be offered if you are going to have a medical procedure. Doctors will not usually offer this solution for skin infections as there is a danger of resistance to the medicine if it is used too widely.
You got a new MRSA infection
It is also highly possible that people become reinfected in the community. This could be via other carriers who have no sign of infection. These sources include pets, children in day care, friends and sexual partners. People with chronic MRSA infections may want to look carefully at possible reinfection sources. Hand hygiene can play an important role in limiting reinfection – hand washing for up to 30 seconds 5 times a day can help break the infection cycle.
Recurring MRSA – More than one strain on your skin?
It is also possible that drug treatment may kill one strain of MRSA but not another strain that you may be carrying on your skin. Carriage of multiple strains is not uncommon and they may have different drug resistance profiles.
Chronic MRSA – Are you visiting MRSA infection hot spots
People with poor health who have to visit health care facilities regularly are also prone to recurring MRSA. While hospital ward infection control may be very good, high traffic areas such as waiting rooms are almost impossible to keep bacteria and virus free. Using wet wipes straightaway after a visit can help cut the infection chain before it becomes established.
There is also a small possibility that those with previous bloodstream infections may have dormant infection potential. Some studies suggest that certain drugs – Linezolid – kill MRSA outright but that MRSA will some times ‘hibernate’ when faced with Vancomycin.
People with previous infections and current good health are thought to be less vulnerable to further extreme infections.