Denise Rauff’s MRSA Story

by christina on November 12, 2006

My name is Denise. I am the proud mother of 2 wonderful daughters, Emily and Jeanne. Emily is 5 years old. She is funny, kind, outgoing, compassionate and her teachers say she tells the best stories. Emily is a survivor of MRSA infection. Jeanne is 3 years old. She is funny, sweet, easy-going, thoughtful and her teachers say she isn’t afraid of anything! Jeanne is a survivor of MRSA infection.
I had never heard of MRSA before July 2004. I only knew that Emily got sick much more often than any of her friends did. It seemed like as soon as she finished one course of antibiotics, she got sick again and went on another course of antibiotics. After two sets of ear tubes and numerous infections, her ENT cultured the drainage from Emily’s ears. Two weeks later, the test results showed MRSA and I found out the reason why my daughter wasn’t getting better.

It was at this point that I learned about the terrible void of information available about this bacteria, even in the medical community. I began to read anything and everything about MRSA that I could get my hands on.

We took Emily to a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist. She was treated with a 5 week course of Zyvox. I took comfort in the thought that with proper diagnosis, she had a good chance of the treatment being effective. The medications that are effective against MRSA are powerful and they come with their own set of risks. Emily’s blood count had to be monitored while on the Zyvox and she had certain food restrictions. She was pretty weak from being sick for so long and MRSA seems to make a person “out of sorts.” Emily had been on many courses of antibiotics before this that had held the infection at bay, only to come back again as soon as the medication was finished. The doctors had told me that if the Zyvox didn’t work, the next step would be Vancomycin. So, we prayed a lot and, thank God, the Zyvox worked! In October, Emily was pronounced MRSA infection free!

In the meantime, Jeanne got an ear infection. She had rarely been sick until now. Her ear infection got bad really quickly and her eardrum burst. We feared the worst. The ENT cultured her infection and we were happy to find out it was not MRSA. Jeanne was treated with normal antibiotics and the infection cleared up nicely. The fluid in her ears did not. The doctor advised us to have ear tubes put in, so the fluid could drain. It was affecting her hearing and there was concern of possible hearing damage.
Of course, we were afraid that having tubes put in would make Jeanne more susceptible to getting MRSA. We asked the ENT, we asked the Infectious Disease specialist, we spoke with the pediatrician. At the time, I did not know about hospital acquired infections. I did not know that MRSA as an ear infection is extremely unusual. I did not know that the CDC defined a surgical site infection as one that occurs within one year of having a foreign body implanted. I did not know that it takes a certain amount of time for MRSA to develop into an infection or to incubate. I was simply frightened at the idea of my 3 year old having ear tubes put in. So, we waited. We postponed the surgery until Emily was considered infection free. Since the fluid was still in Jeanne’s ears, we then proceeded with her surgery.

Within 6 weeks, Jeanne had MRSA infection in both her ears. The surgeon had taken a sterile culture of the fluid when he operated, so we know she was MRSA free at that time. Over the New Year weekend, my sweet little 28 pound 3 year old had pus and blood oozing from both her ears. Her infection was cultured, she was put on Bactrim, but continued to get worse. The doctor then prescribed Zyvox for her for 3 weeks. One of the ear tubes that had just been put in got pushed out from the severity of the ear drainage. Emily had a recurrence so for a period of time, both my girls had active MRSA infection.

This was a very difficult time for me. I was very frightened. Since ear infections tend to be more painful at night, it was not unusual for me to be up and down with my children crying in pain for most of the night. I reached out for support on the internet, to help me cope with what was happening and to try to find answers out about how this could happen to two small children in one family.
Many people offered me their support at that time. When Tony Field, Chairperson of the UK MRSA Support Group, learned about my daughters’ infections from another group member, he contacted me by e-mail. Tony provided me with invaluable information and provided me with many resources. We remained in contact while my daughters’ were both ill. Emily & Jeanne call him their friend Tony from England. They would send him e-mails with smiley faces and animal pictures and Tony would send them assorted photos of animals like chickens and cats. It was a bright spot in a difficult time for our family.

Another person, from the Yahoo support group, held my girls in prayer. She prayed that God would use our situation for good. I clung to that prayer like a drowning person would cling to a life preserver, praying over and over again for my children’s health and for God to use our situation to help others.
My children have been MRSA infection free for about 3 months now, thank God. During this time, Tony and I have remained in contact. Tony and his wife Barbara offered to come to our country to help spread awareness about this infection in our country, just as they have done in their own country. My stepson, James, agreed to accompany Tony and Barbara on their tour of the USA and keep a journalistic chronicle of the trip. James introduced me to his friend and colleague, Jeff Beyrau, Director of Prizefighter Films. James, Jeff, Tony, Barbara and I all agreed that the best way to make this campaign as effective as possible was to create a documentary about MRSA and Tony’s fight against it.

Working towards creating this documentary for me is like a prayer in action. I thank God every day that my children’s infections didn’t spread and that they are both infection free and in good health today. I pray that God will use our situation for good. If one life is saved, if one limb is saved, if one family is saved from the suffering caused by MRSA infection, it will make every effort worthwhile. What happened to my children should not have happened. I can’t do anything to change that. But I can help raise awareness about this and try to prevent it from happening to others.

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mayra gomez November 27, 2006 at 9:45 pm

Im very proud of what you did for your daughters, im glad everything turned out great!!! Thanks for your story!

Carlla January 9, 2007 at 6:22 am

Thanks for sharing your story. I have 5 children 3 months 1yr 3 yrs 5yrs and 8yrs. My chlidren, my husband, and myself are suffering from MRSA. Your story gives me hope. Everyday one of us has an outbreak I want to give up. I’ll hang on and take it 1 minute 1 hour 1 day at a time! THANKS!!

Carla DeLisle March 23, 2007 at 6:17 pm

I had a severe case of MRSA in my left foot that developed after a foot surgery. I am a diabetic also. What I want to know is how can I tell if the MRSA has returned. At times I feel that it has but I have no way of knowing what to look for.
Thanks for any help or answer you can give me.
I appreciated reading about your situation and it helped me a little in understanding more about MRSA. BUT NOT ENOUGH

Jessi September 5, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Your daughters story sounds so much like what I am going through now with my 2 year old twins. Both of them had problems with their ears starting around 5 months. We were constantly at the doctor and we finally went to an ENT and both of them had tubes put in around 19 months. Almost immediatly we noticed a difference. Up till this point they couldn’t hear very well and were only signing. They were beginning to say their first words. One day we noticed that Noah didn’t seem to be doing as well but We thought that it was because he was a boy. When we wnt for our post op we found out that his tubes were already clogged. We went through several treatments and both tubes had come out within 2 months. He was put on yet another round of antibiotics and we were supposed to wait 3 weeks to see if it had cleared up to put tubes back in, but in only 10 days he was in so much pain they put them back in only 2 weeks after the first set came out. 1 week after the second set we were back with a fever and drainage from his rights ear. We found out that it is a MRSA infection. We have completed a round of Bactrim but his fever has came back and there is more drainage and stuff coming out of his ear. I don;t know what else to do for him. and now Gracie his twin sister is starting the same thin. Her tubes are both coming out now and she has to be tested. I’m glad to hear that you daughters are better. It gives me hope that we can fight this and get a handle on it before it spreads. I just hope we can do something to end these painfull and sleepless nights.

Susan September 21, 2007 at 10:27 am

I just found out about 30 minutes ago that my 5 year old daughter has mrsa. I’m picking up septra, she will be using ear drops and get medicine for her nose. I am now terrified for all of us and proud for her for being so brave during all the pain she has gone thru. She had to have ear tubes, touncils taken out and adnoids out about 3 months ago. There was pus type pocket befind her ear drum which was drained and I’m checking to see if it was cultured (I almost doubt it.).
Her ear began hurting but she did not complain untill after 3 days of going to school and finally she cried so hard after school about her ear pain and her brains hurting, I took her to her regular family doctor. He said her ear was so block with wax, he would treat it like an ear infection. After 8 days her ear was literally running with pus. I took her back to the doctor and he cultured it. MRSA. I just found this web-site, and I thank you for your information but am following up with these posts in a few hours with her.
I am scarred so bad – i have diareaha.
God bless all of you, be strong and thank you for this information.

warnisha December 15, 2007 at 1:22 am

This site is so helpful!!! My almost 4 year old is going through the same thing and I am just at a loss as to what to do. I never realized how common it is for this to happen. I am scared and confused and just don’t know what to do for him. I want to rush him into the er and get him treated but considering the prevalance of the mrsa in hostpitals I just don’t want to expose him any more. My daughter who is 2 also had mrsa in her ear but one round of bactrim cleared her up. My poor son is currently fighting another ear infection, we are waiting for the culture to come back, and has a fever, as well as started vomiting just tonight. My husband and I are both teachers and I know my kids are exposed to so many germs that this could be a simple bug. Thank you for sharing your story.

angie January 8, 2008 at 9:44 am

I am 30 years old and currently have MRSA in both of my ears. I have had tubes 4 times in my ears since I was 5 yrs. old. ear infections are a non stop issue with me. I have had heavy growth of pseudomonas aeruginosa with different strains on three or 4 different occasions in the last year. Has any one been told a reason for so many infections?

Cherisse February 13, 2008 at 1:32 pm

My son has had an infection since Sept, he has ear tubes he has had drainage his ear drum burst with blood and fluid. He has been on bactrum, amox and augmentin and ear drop and still no change. Does this seem like MRSA?

angie- TO CHERISSE February 14, 2008 at 1:31 pm

This does not mean it’s always MRSA . I have had ear infections since I was about 5 . with all types of different infections. You need to have your kids ear cultured. when he is having alot of drainage tell your Dr. you want that. If he has a certain infection like MRSA , Pseudomas, ect. u have to have the culture to find out what it is resistant to. not all antibotics work for every infection . If He has MRSA i can tell u some signs. The fluid coming out will be thick, yellow, It smells worse than just a regular infection and hurts worse. I kept really bad headaches. My ear drum has busted several times. No one has still got to the bottom of why I have them I have been to 3 specialist , so far. Make sure u keep the water out of his/her ears. And if he sleep with a fan on, or the widows down in a car , all that hurts me alot worse. Got any more questions e-mail me—- Hope i was helpful.

donna February 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

My granddaughter had tubes put in her ears in November and has had cronic bloody and pussy ear infections since. She is now on her 4th round of antibiotics due to the fact that it was never cultured till after the 3rd round Now she is on her 2nd round of Bactrim, Im praying it will work.Mydaughter is pregnant again and i worry about her also

Crystal March 17, 2008 at 12:01 pm

My son who is 10 years old was diagnosed with MRSA this last week. On the Sunday before being diagnosed, he came in from playing and had 2 red bumbs on his back. They just kinda looked like flea bites. So after his bath that night I looked at them again and noticed that they had a small black dot in the center. The next morning he complained that they hurt BAD, and I noticed that the black dot was bigger and they were more infected looking. I called the pediatrician and he said it sounded like a poisonous spider bite and that they needed to be checked. So I took him in, to be told that it looked more like a staph infection and they took a sample. On Thursday we were informed that it was indeed MRSA. I have a second child who is not quite 2 years old. Who on Thursday was taken to the doctor being his ears were draining. He had tubes put in last August. The drainage was clear and sticky at first, but now in his left ear in blood tinged and crusty. His pediatrician put him on an antibiotic to cover MRSA just in case, but did not do a culture. Is this infection most likely MRSA and could it be that my older son may have gotten it from him?

deb April 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm

my 15 year old contacted mrsa from school, his leg became infected. Due to being misdiagnosed for almost 1 week (much too long to let mrsa run rampant) his leg was filled with over a litre of fluid. he had emergency surgery after being transported, put on morphine and a host of other pain killers, none of which he has ever had. had a pic line put in his arm. twice,because the first one became infected. 1st time he had four weeks of iv clindo. 1 1/2 months later, it came back with a vengence. this time his femur had to be drilled and drained. now he has yet another pic line for six weeks. also his wound burst open and bled for two weeks. much money and lost time from work and school . he has been off the antibiotics for two weeks and just informed me that his leg hurts…’s baaaacckk.not to be negative,but i don’t see an end in site. only more skin tissue being taken and who knows what else. are there no answers?

Lori April 29, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Deb, I am sorry to hear about your son. What part of the country are you from? I have been fighting MRSA for over 3 years now, but a different type of situation than your son. I feel so badly for your son…MRSA is very painful. He may need more antibiotics. Is he being seen by an Infectious Disease doctor? Don’t give up…keep fighting…

deb April 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm

lori, we are from ny,upstate. travis,my son is seeing infectious disease,ortho and pediatrician. his blood work came back today with a c-pro reactive level of 50. i think the high is 5.0. his doctor said the white cell count was okay, so this means inflammation is present.( its only a matter of time i think.) thanks for your comment. deb

Terri April 30, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Deb, I am a pediatric RN. My grandson has been fighting MRSA infection in both ears for over 2 months. Speaking as a healthcare professional, I would not take a child anywhere but to a PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALISTS, if you are not doing so already. I hope your son gets better soon…..Terri

Missy May 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

I just found out (30 minutes ago) that my 2 year old has MRSA in his left ear. HELP!!???!! He has battled ear infections and is on his 2nd set of tubes. I fear my 5 year old will get it. The ENT’s office was aboslutely no help. I asked if I should take him out of day care…only to be told “well the doctor didn’t say so go ahead and take him”……I am literally sick to my stomach! Thank you for this article…it really gives me encouragement.

Linda August 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

As the title shares, I would like to know if she has been placed in harm’s way? The husband of the visiting family in this situation has been seen not looking well either at times with his face and body very puffy as though holding a lot of body fluid.
Do you know if the unborn child is in danger of contracting MRSA? There is a 2.5yr old also in this visiting family.
It has been shared by the 7yr old that this family is not clean. Children are bathed maybe once very 2 weeks and in the same bath water. The 7 yr old has also said that the 2.5yr old is permitted to run around without his diaper and she, the 7yr old has stepped in his urine or fesis which was on the floor.
I am very concerned even more for this 7yr old little girl.
Is this now a more dangerous situation now knowing the adult pregnant woman has MRSA???

Thank you so very much for your kindness in assisting me to learn more.

Linda August 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

My 7yr. great niece is to have to visit with a family 4 nights and 5 days out of almost every week. The wife in this family is pregnant and also has been diagnosed, we are told, with MRSA. I would like to know if she has been placed in harm’s way? The husband of the visiting family in this situation has been seen not looking well either at times with his face and body very puffy as though holding a lot of body fluid.
Do you know if the unborn child is in danger of contracting MRSA? There is a 2.5yr old also in this visiting family.
It has been shared by the 7yr old that this family is not clean. Children are bathed maybe once very 2 weeks and in the same bath water. The 7 yr old has also said that the 2.5yr old is permitted to run around without his diaper and she, the 7yr old has stepped in his urine or fesis which was on the floor.
I am very concerned even more for this 7yr old little girl.
Is this now a more dangerous situation now knowing the adult pregnant woman has MRSA???

Thank you so very much for your kindness in assisting me to learn more.

jessica pitts September 3, 2008 at 12:22 pm

My name is Jessica and my 2 year old daughter has mrsa i dont know much about it and would like some feed back

Kelly November 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm

My son is 3 years old with MRSA in the ears. He has been on 3 antibiotis and drops to kill it, but the culture just came back positive again. I am going to see an infectious disease doctor friday. Do know if they do IV tratment after this long. I feel the doctors have not ben very proactive and he has been suffering too long.

Tasha Sarver January 17, 2010 at 2:29 am

Thanks for sharing your story. My 4yr old has been fighting 2mth long fevers and over a month long ear infection. Has done many rounds of antibiotics and just last week finally had a culture done. I was told everyone bacteria known to man was growing in his ear. MRSA was one of them. I know of 3 others off the top of my head. He actually ended up having surgery yesterday because his ear was so bad. They first placed a PICC line, he will be getting IV antibiotics..They also had to clean our/irrigate his ear. They took another culture from behind his ear drum. They also took tissue biopsies looking for bacteria. They had to remove his tube as he was reacting to it now with all of the infection. Said his ear drum was so bad he shouldve been crying in pain all the time. Docs cut a second incision under where the tube was and flushed everything out. Ended up having to take his adenoids also because they were so inflamed, they were growing over top of his eustation tubes. A big mess. We are impatiently waiting the culture results in order to finally get him on the proper antibiotics. A little ticked that they waited over a month to do a culture in the first place. And the fact that they’ve NEVER over these 2mths of fevers or mth of ear infection even done any blood work to make sure the infection didn’t pass to his bloodstream.

cyndi January 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

my 14 yr old son was diagnosed in november 09 with mrsa he has had 4 sets of tubes since 8 months old we are going to infectious disease doc next week does the coarse of iv antibiotics work has anyone gotton it back after that, next they might removed the mastoid bone please help

Rita January 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

My 13 yr old daughter (diagnosed w/ asthma, chronic ear prob. and chronic sinus problem) has had many sets of ear tubes throughout her life. (r=7 l=9), has had 2 sinus surgeries, has been scoped down into her lungs and had a ciliary biopsy done twice with inconclusive results. She has been fighting a left ear infection since June ’10 which resulted in the ENT replacing the tube (which didn’t work), sent us on to another more specialized ENT, who did mastoid surgery and placed a larger tube in, and the middle ear continued to be infected . He cultured the ear and our last appt. he said that it was a staph infect. that was resistant to pennicilin and several other things. At our last exam, pus was oozing out of the tube from the inner ear. He took another culture and prescribed ceftin. We go back to see him in a couple weeks to see if it cleared up the infection. The more I research, the more it sounds like MRSA!

kelly February 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

My 3 year old has had MRSA in her ears off and on since July 2010. She had tubes put in April 2009. She went about a year after tubes with no infections and then all of a sudden they came back and wouldn’t go away with antibiotics. I went back to the ENT who cultured the infection and diagnosed her with MRSA. He gave me vacomycin ear drops and Septra which appeared to clear it up. Then she had it again in either Sept. or Oct. and was given a different type of antibiotic ear drops and Septra. Now she has another infection. The ENT clutured it but I haven’t heard from the culture as of yet, but he went ahead and put her on vancoomycin ear drops again and Septra. Her left tube came out on Friday night (the day she developed the infection). I took her to the dr on Tuesday and we have an appointment to remove her adenoids as well as put in new tubes next Friday. Her ENT seems to think the infection is hiding in her adenoids. We have not been sent to an infectious disease doctor because her ENT said he has contacted the ones at Brenner’s Children’s hospital and is treating according to what they have advised. Her ENT also states that this is very common. He keeps telling me that MRSA is out in the community now too, but I can’t help but wonder if she got it from having tubes the first time and it was just dormant for 11 months! Anyone, have any suggestions or ideas!!

Danielle April 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Please help me!!! I am fighting stupid drs and laid back attitudes. I have a 3 year old with MRSA in the left ear. He had tubes put in (his 3rd set) the end of Jan. and now has MRSA in his left ear. He is on bactroban nasal cream, Bactrim antibotic, and eye drops for his ears (I think that is bactrim as well in drop form). I feel like I am talking to a brick wall with the hospital. They intially cultured for yeast bc of the smell I have since come to find out MRSA has a smell! I have 3 other small children to worry about. My mom now has it and so does my husband. My life is become MRSA. If you have thoughts, resources, or suggestions please help. I am so afraid for my family. My son’s ear just continues to drain….make it stop…make this go away and never come back…please pray :-/

deana May 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

my son is 3 1/2 has been fighting ear infections, mrsa, chonic allergies and sleep apnea since 3 months old. he has had 4 pic lines 2 sets of tubes, bones removed from the ear prosthetic bones put in and still more infections. We don’t know what else to try. We just took the tonsils out and adnoids out for the second time, yes they can grow back . He is currently on bactroban and ciprodex. If anyone has and information we would greatly appreciate it. He is always in so much pain.

Amanda June 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

My daughter was diagnosed with MRSA in her inner ear. They treated it with a 10 day course of Bactrim. A few days later she was oozing out puss and blood. They re-cultured and now both of her ears have it. I want answers! She’s 15 months old =( If you could send me info, I’d greatly appreciate it!

Marge Gramm June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for this article Denise. I had an eardrum replacement and picked up a MRSA infection in April, and still in June it’s not healed. I’m taking Vancomycin eardrops and Bactrim by mouth. I can hear the pulse in my ear, like it’s pushing against the eardrum. The surgeon says the eardrum is intact, but I’m worried that the infection will eat through it and I’ll have another perforation. That was the original problem. Thanks for documenting your experiences. I’ll try to be patient!


Sarah June 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I just received a call from my 3 year old daughter’s doctor stating that she is positive for MRSA in her ear. She had her tonsils and adenoids removed last September and tubes put in. Since then, she has only had 3 ear infections, but the last 2 have resulted in a lot of fluid and puss seeping from her ear. She has not complained about pain, just that she can’t hear. We went to the doctor 3 days ago and he cultured her ear. I received the call today. He was very relaxed about the diagnosis and told me not to worry, just to watch her. …ya right, we are talking about MRSA here! He prescribed vasocidin drops for her ears for 10 days. What should I expect? Is she going to get more sick? What should I look for. Doc says to watch for a fever. I just feel like he was too nonchalant in the information he provided me. I am also extremely worried about my 6 month old baby. What should I look for in her? Is MRSA something my oldest will always battle (and my youngest too as I feel it is inevitable that she will get it)?

Erica August 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

My 6 year old has tested positive for Mrsa in his right ear. He has had 2 sets of ear tube. He has had many ear infections and drainage is normal for his ears. His doctor continued to treat it as regular ear infection and after 4 months of two week apart doctors appointments with no change I requested a test for Mrsa and it came back positive. I was very scared when I found out and the doctor acted as if it was common for kids to have Mrsa and that bactrim would take care if it. I am trying to be optimistic and hope this goes because my sons is in pain. Please is there I’d further help with advice please let know. I will fell better knowing that I am doing the right thing for my son.

Jennifer August 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Let me share some good news. I, like many of you, was anxiously reading all of these posts for the last 8 months after my baby started getting MRSA ear infections. She had tubes put in both ears at age 12 months and the drainage started pretty much immediately and we had her on antibiotics a lot! Finally, the nurse pract. cultured and found MRSA at about 15 mths. We went to an infectious control doctor at darthmouth, many ENT’s, saw our ped regularly. Tried the garlic- sorry, it didn’t work for us. At 18 months, my dtr Clara got another infection when (stupid me) submerged her into pool water (she loved it). Well the infection was cultured and it took the weekend for the results to come back. In the meantime- my husband and I constantly cleaned out Clara’s ears with peroxide and q-tips (only outside). Her ears started to clear. When we got the MRSA positive results we told the doctor that she seemed to be healing. He said that she should have the antibiotics and to come in after 2 days. I was so fed up with antibiotics and she seemed to be doing better so we waited and the ped checked her ears and they were beautiful and totally clear!!!! This was a month ago. Since then, she had a cold that lead to the drainage of the ear and we are treating it the same and it is clearing on its own. A couple of things that we also did which may have helped- who the heck knows, are chiropracter and echinasia drops. I also have ciprodex (sorry, my spelling is terrible) and when she had the cold with no ear symptoms yet, we used the drops to prevent an infection. Well this is our experience and we hope it gives you hope as I know that that there wasn’t much out there as far as positives go. The other thing is that the ear tubes can be removed and replaced with biofilm resistent tubes-they resist MRSA. My best to all of you and feel better knowing that you’re not alone and that they will grow out of it- sounds strange but it is what we learned from ENT and infectous disease as the eustation tube straightens. My best Jen

Jesse September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

My 2 1/2 year old had a severe case of eczema herpeticum, while in the hospital they informed us he had MRSA in his blood. He had Adnoids removed a year ago and tubes put in. I fear this may have where the MRSA came from. Are medical professionals being held accountable for spreading this? Anyway, the Infectious Disease doctor put him on Vancomyocin. He is allergic to many things, Bactrim included. They told us that he will likely have it for the rest of his life and that we need to cover up any cuts or scrapes right away. His dermatitis is very severe and he is constantly itching and cutting himself open. I hear stories that kids take certain drugs and MRSA goes away. But I am also told that MRSA doesn’t go away. The information out there is very confusing and even the Infectious Disease doctor couldn’t give me a straight answer. This is frustrating because I want to be able to do everything I can for my son. I want the MRSA gone and the dermatitis gone and it seems nobody we have seen thinks it will ever happen. Any information would be helpful. But preferably straight answers.

Lori A September 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I just saw your article today when searching, once again, for information on MRSA. My granddaughter , 21 months old, has had recurring problems with this for the past year. It started with what we thought was a spider bite on her bottom. My daughter-in-law was going to take her into urgent care when my son got off work that night at 7pm. But when I went over to see them at 2 and saw it, I told her she shouldn’t wait. It was flaming red, hard, swollen and had a big head on it. So off we went to Urgent Care and the doctor assumed it was a spider bite, gave her an RX and sent us on our way. By the next day it was way worse so this time they took her to the ER at the hospital. They wound up admitting her and she was there for two days. It took a while for the spot to finally completely clear but she has had smaller recurring outbreaks, always in the same area on her butt. Faith has had a yeast infection, which the Dr says caused another sore. The latest is that it is the diapers and she needs to be potty trained asap. Which she was already in the process of and doing very well. Now she has another good “pimple” and yet another dose of antibiotics. She has also suffered from very high fevers during short little life. Her first time in the hospital, I think she was 8 months old, was due to a 106 degree fever. It seems she has been on antibiotics and no answers for anything for almost her whole 21 months. The Dr FINALLY told my daughter-in-law that she needs to see the specialist at Loma Linda, where I might add, she was already sent due to her running so many fevers. Yet they never addressed the MRSA. My daughter-in-law is very frustrated and we are so concerned about the frequency of the problem and the amount of antibiotics she has been on. Do you have any advise?? I am also going to post this email to you under the comments so parents can be aware of the problems outside of the ears. Which, she has also had ear infections, but fortunately not as bad as I read on your comments.

Thank you…..Lori A.

angie December 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I alsowrote previos posts^. I can tell some of you this. If your child or you has MRSA and is having drainage from your ears it is contagious for the rest of your children. I was told by a infectious disease Dr. that my pillows at night could have it on it the washrags you use while bathing then someone else touching that laundry to wash it. With little kids it is even easier for them to spread it, cause their first reaction is stick your finger in your ear cause something is bothering them. If you have a loved one with it get well known of all the facts about it. I have been fighting Mrsa for several years and it is a non stop fight.

angie December 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm


holly February 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I’m currently going through MRSA also with my 18 month old granddaughter. She had ear tubes put in one month ago and 10 days ago got a horrible rash in her diaper area. I tried to treat at home and finally gave up after three days and took her to pediatrician which she said it was folliclitis but cultured it and it came back positive for MRSA. We are ending our ten day course of antibiotics tomorrow and it is somewhat cleared up I’m so worried it will come back with a vengeance!! Pediatrician recommended irradiation of the whole house which we are going to start. Any suggestions?

joy newhouse February 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

Wow! We have been on quarantine this week for my daughters Mrsa ear infection. I had no idea so many other people were going through the same thing. I think we caught it pretty early because the drainage is at a minimal now after 6 days of bactrim and tobramycin. It’s still red and raw and itchy, but the pain is gone now. Thank you for sharing your story. We are staying home until the drainage is completely gone. Im doing what I can to keep from spreading this to other children.

Grace October 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Has anyone heard of MRSA developing ear infections in adults? My boyfriend is 24 and his cultures from an unknown infection showed MRSA positive within the past few weeks. He was in the ER after the cultures had already been taken for a injury on his being ripped open. Than about 2 weeks later (just yesterday) he began to have a terrible pressure in his head and ears, trouble hearing out of one ear and trouble breathing. Now, it is the change of season AND we have a dog..both of which are things that might be activating his sinuses/allergies but he says this is unlike anything else….any thoughts??

Grace October 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

initial infection on his ankle….second wound on hand*

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