I assume you had your tonsils out in an outpatient surgical setting. The risk of getting MRSA increases if a person is in the hospital or had a procedure in one. Your description of your infection sounds much like MRSA. Here is a link to a picture of a MRSA skin abscess. Does yours look like thise? Mayo Clinic's MRSA image
I have not had any personal experience with MRSA but my friend's husband recently did. He is a usually healthy male so recovered quickly with a course of high powered antibiotic. Until they decide what you have, please be VERY careful to not contaminate others you live with or have close contact. MRSA is highly contagious and can be spread on towels, etc.
Please let us know how you are doing.
Good Morning All,
about a third of people carry MRSA on their skin or in their nose without knowing it. These people are said to be ‘carriers’ of MRSA. The bacteria are present on the body but don’t cause any harm. Doctors also call this being ‘colonised’ with MRSA. Most people who carry MRSA in this way don’t go on to develop an infection.You get an MRSA infection when the MRSA bacteria get into your body tissues or bloodstream and multiply. They can get in through a break in the skin, such as a wound or drip site, or by travelling up a tube into the bladder (a catheter). My sister (who died on Thanksgiving from heart failure) had a PICC line placed in the hospital and she contacted MRSA.
Because staphylococcus aureus bacteria live on the skin they are easily spread by direct skin contact, often on people’s hands. MRSA is also spread on bedding, towels, clothing and equipment. This is one reason why strict hygiene measures in hospital are so important.
Anyone with known MRSA should be in isolation while hospitalized to prevent the spread from patient to patient. The single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is by proper handwashing. Reference: CDCI am so sorry you became infected and yes you can recover from MRSA but your right due to your compromised immune system it may take longer.
Keep posting and know we are all here. Prayers for you.
Take care of you,
Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/30/2007 1:17:33 PM (GMT-7)