my3suns, be sure you follow through on your treatment and have cultures done after you finish. Some people with nasal MRSA become carriers - not necessarily sick themselves, but able to infect others.
MRSA is primarily a result of the over-use of antibiotics. As people insisted on antibiotics being prescribed every time they had a cold or any other illness, and doctors caved in and gave it to them, bacteria had more and more exposure to the antibiotics. Too often when people feel better four or five days after starting the abx, they stop taking them. Then the bacteria have had non-lethal exposure and are able to develop defenses against the drugs - much as our bodies develop antibodies to things. That leads to drug-resistant bacteria.
Drug-resistant bacteria have been around for decades, but mostly noted in hospitals or other health care facilities. That's why a lot of doctors started trying not to prescribe antibiotics for every little thing. First they developed resistance to commonly-used antibiotics like amoxicillin and erythromycin, the proceded from there. Methicillin was one of the last-resort drugs. MRSA is resistant to that, leaving only one or two drugs that will work on it.
Good luck to you with your treatment, I hope the bacteria clears quickly for you.
Judy - Southern US
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