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Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Started by Kim
Posted: April 18, 2009 at 03:11
TO all

I will try to make a long story short. Had a tooth ache back in December. Went to dentist and he said nothing was wrong with my tooth. At the end of Dec.the tooth was really bothering me so I called my dentist and again, took an xray and found nothing wrong with my tooth. He told me to go to an ear,nose and throat doctor thinking it could be my sinues. I didnt go. So mid Jan. the pain got so bad, I went to the ER and they dianosed me with TMJ. SO I followed up with an oral surgeon. He did a panoramic xray and said that the tooth I was complaining about had an infection that needed a root canal. Went to a root canal specialist, he drilled the tooth and started a root canal, gave me antibiotics and told me to come back in 3 weeks, so a week later the pain was really bad and when I called the dentist, he was on vacation. Went to another dentist who drilled the tooth but left it "open" so that the infection could drain. He put me on more antibiotics (augmentin). For three weeks we could not get the infection to go away. I went back to the oral surgeon who decided to do a surgical root canal. Had it done, and a week later an abcess developes in my mouth above the tooth. Call dentis, he puts me on more augmentin. Obviously, it did nothing. then the abcess started oozing pus, since I work in a medical laboratory, I figured that I should culture the pus that was coming out. 2 days later I am informed that I have MRSA. I was so upset and frightened. The MRSA is not resistant to clyndamycin so now I have been on that for two weeks. I am still in pain.

THe infectious disease doctor said that although the abcess looks better, that I should go inot the hospital for IV antibiotics.

How long am I contagious for?

Can someone tell me the prognosis for MRSA? Is this something I will have to live for for the rest of my life? Now the oral surgeon thinks I should pull the tooth that I had trouble with and the one behind it. HELP!!!!!
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #1 by ruth
Posted: April 18, 2009 at 03:44
Magnesium pills really helped me. MRSA can't grow well in the presence of adequate
magnesium. Magnesium cuts down on the toxins MRSA produces and cuts down on the
pain. Most of us are low on magnesium.
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #2 by Nancy R
Posted: April 18, 2009 at 21:37
Follow your ID's instructions. You don't have to be in a hospital to have meds dripped. You can arrange to have it done in your home. You probably should have the tooth removed. By now, it's probably become very contaminated. The most important doctor you will have during your treatment is you ID. He will order up the concoctions to keep the bacteria in check.
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #3 by Kim
Posted: April 18, 2009 at 22:24
Thank you Ruth and Nancy. I have been reading all the posts on this forum, and one thing that pops up consistently is that MRSA is not just a one time infection. I have seen that it tends to come back.

I was horrified when I got the diagnosis. ONe reason being that I've heard such horror stories about MRSA. ANd two, I dont know how long it has been in my system. I went months, 5 months to be precise, undiagnosed.

HOw long am I contagious? HOw do I get retested after I have completed the course of antibiotics? Is it a blood test? Because the pus is no longer oozing from the abcess in my mouth.

MY oral surgeon was shocked to know that it was in my mouth. He said he never saw that before.

Sorry to chew your ear off, but I am so glad I found this site, finally some answers and I dont feel all alone. AS much as my family jokes around, I know they are frightened for me and for themselves as well.

Thank you so much for your help and concern
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #4 by Kim
Posted: April 19, 2009
Hi LadyK

THank you so much for your help. Dont mean to be a pain in the butt, but I do have a couple of questions.

IT is the eye tooth that started all the trouble. NOw the pain and tenderness in my face along the side of my nose and the sinus area is driving me nuts. Also I am still experiencing the throbbing all along the upper right side of my teeth, as well as getting occassional stabbing pain in my face. It has calmed down somewhat, but it is still there.

Could this affect all my other teeth? Also, about 3 weeks before I was diagnosed with MRSA, the oral surgeon sent me for a CAT scan, and he said it was negative. Is that possible, because the abcess was there when I had to CAT scan.

Again, I cannot thank you enough for you help. YOu are very informative and very intellingent as well.

GOd Bless
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #5 by Nancy R
Posted: April 19, 2009 at 23:21

You must have been inside my head. I would have made the same recommendations. Again, I cannot stress the importance of a good ID. He/She may hold your life in his/her hands. Don't play around with this. As LadyK noted, this is in the head and that means near the brain, eyes, sinuses.

Good luck.

Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #6 by ladyk
Posted: April 20, 2009 at 22:24
Nancy R -

:) We've been there... a mountain I respect, but don't want to fully climb again any time soon.

Hope you are well.

Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #7 by Nancy R
Posted: April 20, 2009 at 23:51
I totally agree. I am very well and hope that this finds you well also.


Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #8 by KIm
Posted: April 21, 2009 at 02:55
You ladies are simply the best. I spoke with the oral surgeon and he will be removing two of my teeth this week. I also spoke to my ID and he said that he would like to wait for after the teeth have been pulled to see if that eleviates the problem. He prescribe another week of clyndamiacin until I see him again.

I feel like I am the only one really concerned about this (except you). Although the abcess is gone, I still feel pain. Am I just being paranoid?

Again, you have both been a world of help and I cannot thank you enough.

GOd bless you
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #9 by dian
Posted: May 28, 2009 at 22:18
my friend has been diagnosed as mrsa in the mouth she got 6months baby she worried is that going to affect her baby is it true
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #10 by ladyk
Posted: May 31, 2009 at 15:21
dian -

MRSA is a contagion... meaning it is passed by contact with another who is MRSA positive, or by picking up the bacteria left behind from an infected individual. It is quite possible to pass the bacteria to your friend's little one, and she should use every precaution to avoid this… as a six month old is quite vulnerable. Washing hands many times throughout the day, using hand sanitizer gel, and since her MRSA is apparently located in her mouth... no kissing, sneezing, coughing near child can help in not passing bacteria.

Be sure newborn is seen often by physician, and child's physician is aware of MRSA in mother. Also I’d watch child’s temperature, and be sure child is taking in suitable sustenance... as spike in temp and lack of desire to eat and thrive can be first signs of complications/infection.

What treatment is mother following?


Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #11 by sarah
Posted: January 5, 2010 at 19:49
I was diagnosed with MRSA 4 yrs ago and have been having trouble with my teeth ever since. 3 root canals and 3 teeth pulled. Just got back from Dentist. I went again because of pain. He could not find anything to give me pain. I think he thinks I'm just trying to get pain meds. He put me me antibiotcs again. If he could'nt find anything wrong, then why the anibiotics?????
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #12 by glenda Degler
Posted: November 3, 2010 at 22:18
MRSA is nothing to play around with, once you have it, you are always subject to get it
again, your immune system is low, start by getting that up, and take magnesium.
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #13 by Cindy
Posted: January 23, 2011 at 06:33
My young granddaughter has MRSA. She suffered from severe absesses for
her first 3 years of life. Was hospitalized at one year old for 6 days
and was put under general anastecia and had tubes put in. Bactrim was
the answer along with compresses etc. After a good year she now has
horribly infected teeth. They gave her penicillian, she is done with it
and still has pus in her mouth. She will be put under a general and
teeth will be removed etc. It will probably be another month before they
can treat her and are no longer giving her the penicillian or any
antibiotic. Please help. Thank you.
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #14 by ladyk
Posted: January 23, 2011 at 20:08

Cindy -

You mention your granddaugher suffered abscesses for first three years of her life... where (what body site) was MRSA determined to be afflicting her… ears? Can I assume she is four now? Was the pus in her mouth cultured? Does she still have tubes in? Is an Infectious Disease specialist following her since dx with MRSA?

Sorry for the questions back at you, need a bit more info.

MRSA is resistant to penicillin, and other standard penicillin-related antibiotics.

Get back to me, I’ll try to help.

Best wishes,

Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #15 by vonni
Posted: January 24, 2011 at 06:06

So sorry to hear about your problems with Mrsa Bacteria.
In May 2008 I had a test for gluten and Mrsa Bacteria was put into
my body.
The doctor refused to send me for a bloodtest so it went into my teeth.
I lost two teeth which were abcessed which antibiotics did not work.
The doctor gave me amoxen and doxycline for ages and he sent me to a gum specialist.
He found 14 teeth with bacteria and 4 abscess he just wanted to remove the teeth which were not loose.
The doctor sent me for many blood tests but nothing showed.
I went on the internet and found a vitapicker to put antibiotics under my teeth.i also used sage and doxycline on my teeth at night.
I take many health products so my organs were not affected.
The doctor didnot know about mrsa bacteria so I tried to find another doctor.
They changed my antibioitic and I became very ill.
Eventaully I found a doctor who gave me three antibiotics amoxen doxycline and erthmicine soon I was so well.I had these for one month.
Unfortuantley I saw a psychiatrist who was against antibiotics she did not believe I had mrsa bacteria.
She told the doctor I was delusion and psycotic.
I had had my brain checked for damage and it was found my short term memory was badly damaged.But the psychiatrist refused to beleive I had had cerebral malaria and concussion.She refused to look at the proof I had.
I found another doctor who sent me for a culture but the pathlab did not do the test all they did was check for cancer.
The doctor now sent me for an xray at the hospital as the psychiatrist kept writing her letters to say I was not ill and my bacterial cyst was not a bad cyst.
She also put this psychiatrist against me.
I then went to 6 doctors trying to get another test from pathlabs.
Eventaully I went back to my first doctor who sent me for a test.
Pathlab refused.
I have been to all the dentists and they just want to remove the tooth with the cyst.
I read a magazine warning people to not have infected teeth out.
At the moment I am using honey and figs on the cyst.
No doctor will give me antibiotics as the psychiatrist has written and told the doctors not to give me any more antibioitics.
The cyst is not sore as I put castrol oil on it when it gets sore.
Unfortunatly my brain has been attacked by this bacteria but my other organs are fine.
I am taking 8 1000mg vitamin c tablets twice a day.8 tablets 3000mg of garlic twice a day .Also so many other health products.
I also had mrsa bacteria in my left eye.I use hydrocortisone cream
and it keeps my eye from getting too bad.
When I take antibiotics my eye gets better.
I am in the process of seeing dentist no 8
Mrsa bacteria is dangerous but health products work.

best wishes
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #16 by Eva
Posted: January 22, 2012 at 20:23
i'll do the same as others and try and make a long story short. The first week of January, i noticed a small lump about the size of a penny in my right armpit. it felt kind of hard, and wasn't painful at all at the time.. so i shrugged it off as a small cyst that are common in women around my age. Two days later it had tripled in size and was causing me severe pain. to look at it from the outside, you could see absolutely nothing. not small cut from shaving, no infected poor that could be seen from the outside. zilch, zero, nada.
I called my family physician and scheduled an appointment for the following day to be safe. she had no actual appointments available, so i opted to be a walk-in patient for her. When i arrived at the dr's office, my dr had already gone home for the day. As the pain was so surreal, i decided to stick around and see her colleague for diagnosis. he took one look at my arm pit and told me i had an infected lymph node, or sweat gland, most likely from shaving too closely. he prescribed some antibiotics and told me to use hot compresses constantly. that it would eventually come to a head, much like a pimple, and would burst on it's own. he did suggest i allow him to drain it with a hypodermic needle before leaving and he gave me nothing for pain, but told me to feel free to take advil or tylenol.. or even to get t-3's from the pharmacy if necessary. he told me to schedule a follow-up apt with my own dr for the start of the week (as this was a Tuesday) and sent me on my way.
My 2 yr old daughter had an appointment that Thursday to get her 2 year old boosters. so i called ahead, for the hell of it, and asked if i could speak to my dr after my daughters appointment, regarding my arm and what was currently going on. The next day i went to the apt my daughter got her shots.. her Daddy took her and her younger brother out to the waiting room while i spoke to the dr. She took one look at it, told me it was a Staph infection. a very severe one. and that i should continue the antibiotics, she also prescribed me percocet for pain. for the rest of the week, and over the weekend i was extremely busy. my youngest, and eldest of my 3 kids had birthdays.. so i was running around like a mad woman trying to throw parties and bake big fancy fondant decorated cakes. come Tuesday, i was completely depleted. i wasn't sleeping well, just a few hours a night. if i didn't take percs, i was in an agonizing state. I went back to the dr the following Friday for a follow-up. i should mention from Wednesday to Friday, i developed a bright red scarlet wound under my right armpit where the infected lymph node had originally been. it was extremely large from the top of my bicep to my side, the size of the soul of a man's shoe. the dr told me i had mrsa, it was extremely obvious, even without a culture. she sent my home with clindamycin, more percocet, medication to protect my stomach and a topical antibiotic cream. (continued)
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #17 by JS
Posted: January 23, 2012 at 06:21
hey everyone, i always read comment on forums about mrsa i have had it
for 2 years now, and does it ever frighten me, everyday its in the
back of my mind, i havnt been "happy" ever sense the day i got it,
and now after 2 years i still get it, i get it on my face as ive got
it so much i know when the mrsa bumps try and come, im 20 my dream is
to play in the nhl and honestlly i can practically take that out the
picture as they dont take anybody with staph, i wokred my whole life
sense i was 3 playing hockey and this is what it comes to? it sucks,
marks on my face, scared to go out with friends barelly have any
friends now sense i sit at home and dwell about this mrsa. i just want
evrything to be ok for everyone and my self, mrsa just literlly make
me depressed. what i can tell you is to not "pick" any any bumps cause
thats how it gets worse and i have my mother get me TEA TREE OILL
shampoo i use it all over my body it feels real nice on the skin, but
i hope all is well for anybody and thank all of you for writting these
comments feels good to be not alone in this suffering world we have.
all is love <3
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #18 by AW
Posted: March 10, 2012 at 04:52
So sorry to hear that.
Re: Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Reply #19 by Nita
Posted: April 21, 2012 at 04:43
I caught MRSA from my Mom who was a nursing home resident about five years ago.
Since then I have had 3-4 bouts with this miserable germ. But not recently. Last week
I went to my dentist to have the rest of my teeth removed and to get dentures. They
put me on amoxicillan as per usual. But despite the anti-biodic my teeth have become
infected and have sores where the teeth were. It is very painful. My dentist is not
aware of MRSA at all. He has not changed my meds to clindamycin which I know is
supposed to be effective against MRSA. In the meantime it is very painful. I have been
given Vicodin which I am concerned about dependency, but I can't manage without it.
Does anyone have any ideas for pain relief. Also, why do doctors never seem to know
much about this deadly disease. Help
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