How Serious Can Be MSSA Infection (not MRSA)?

MSSA InfectionMSSA infection, which is also known as Methicillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus, is a disease that we see popping up more and more these days. It’s particularly dangerous and scary for a number of reasons. The first reason is because it is most commonly contracted while at hospitals, when a person is often in a weakened condition. The second reason it’s scary is because it’s resistant and sensitive to powerful antibiotics, making it especially tricky and difficult to eradicate. MSSA and MRSA infection are virtually the same disease, with minor differences, because they both are antibiotic resistant and generally are contracted at hospitals. There are many testimonials online of persons who have contracted one of these diseases while at a hospital. The most famous case of this is the actress Leslie Ash, who found herself paralyzed once an MSSA infection attacked her spinal tissue, which was introduced through an epidural shot.

Staph infection can invade the body through a number of channels. Most commonly, it inhabits the soft tissues of the nasal cavity, the respiratory tract, as well as open wounds. Depending on the area infected, staph will often manifest itself as red bumps which ultimately grow into painful boils. Fever and rashes often accompany the boils. When MSSA is introduced into either a wound, or else into healthy tissue somewhere inside the body from either shots or surgery, the symptoms and effects of the disease may be enhanced. Paralysis of the lower half of the body is very common, along with lasting pain in the area where the infection occurs. After MSSA infects the body in a specific region of tissue, it begins to grow and becomes very difficult to eradicate. Often large portions of tissue must be cut away and heavy doses of antibiotics.

If you’re sitting at home and think you might have an MSSA infection, go through a checklist to see whether or not your symptoms line up. MSSA and MRSA often hideout in hospitals, so the first question to ask is have you been to a hospital within the last 2 months? If you answered no, you can also contract MSSA infection through a few other sources as well. If the answer is yes, what did you go to the hospital for? Was there surgery involved? If yes, then the MSSA will probably be inhabiting the area where the procedure took place. If you went to the hospital with an injury and the injury isn’t healing well, you should seek immediate medical assistance. There are a number of other risk factors besides persons who have been recently in the hospitals. Persons who have an increased risk factor are college students living in dorms, persons swimming in coastal waters, prison inmates, soldiers living in close quarters, people around livestock, children, and the elderly

* Note: MRSA and MSSA infections are extremely dangerous. If there’s any reason that you think you may have this disease, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Now I’m not usually one who promotes fear of disease. From my studies and research into natural health, I’ve learned that when the body has the right vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and habits, the body is very well equipped to fight diseases of all kinds. But with MSSA infection, this isn’t necessarily the case. MSSA and MRSA are inadvertently and artificially enhanced by medical science, making them especially dangerous to the body. As far as MSSA goes, it would be smart to do everything you can to steer clear of it.

** This article is meant to add to your general knowledge and is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

Guest Author Resource (Ben Mester):- I hope you learned something about MRSA and MSSA infection. For more information on diseases and natural health, check out another of my articles on hydrogen peroxide therapy.


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Linda enjoys in finding new health facts and creation of new articles. She mostly writes about natural health and everyday life.

9 Responses to How Serious Can Be MSSA Infection (not MRSA)?

  1. C.A. Dean says:

    Thank you for this article. In Sept. 2010, I underwent surgery for foot tendon repair. Nine weeks into my recovery, I appeared in the emergency room with symptoms of infection. Three days later I was hospitalized with MSSA. I underwent surgery for debridment of the wound, and was hospitalized for 6 days. I was on IV antibiotics at home for 6 weeks. The wound never healed and the infection never left. I had a third surgery the end of February. Still the same situation. Will be having a fourth surgery to remove the hardware that was placed in my foot during the tendon repair. I have been on Ancef, Keflex, Bactrim, Cipro and the latest is Clintomycin. So far, nothing seems to have worked. I feel very weak, drained and am still unable to do any normal activities such as walking, riding a bike or gardening. Wondering when or if this will improve.

  2. araceli says:

    my son had a mastoidectomy in his left ear due to a cholesteatoma,the surgery took place on novemver 30 2010,the surgeon remuved the mastoid bone,mittle ear and eardrum since that we been visitting the ent very often,first every month but in february 2011 he started to complaint of ear pain,itchi,and i saw some green yellow drainage was coming out .so i called the ent we made the appoinment she saw him and said dont worry everitting is fine he is healing so well.mmmm i left home and it got worst i keep teling her something is not right,but she keep telling no he is fine and she jut prescribed ear drops again and again the earcanal stared to close she said is because he has a strong healing reaction and i have to keep opening everytime it close now .february,march,april past and finelly she did a culture of the drainage it came possitive for staphylococcus aureus she gave him bactrim,cipro ear drops too it did not work she cleaned the ear many times but she couldn’t get rid of the bacteria she had to make an apoinment whith a innfection desase specialist he finally got rid of the bacteria,then we keep viciting the ent for his regular visits. but hes ear keep closing and like always for her everything is fine,the vacteria is back and it looks like she does not know what to do any more, i call her and she says that she can not talk directly whith the patients all she did agin the apoinment whith the id doctor he put my son in keflex for 4 i call her to see what would be the next step but she said she does not know yet.what am i supossed to do keep waisting my time with her no no i am desperate i need help please some doctor reply someone help me!!!!!

    • I am a 46 year old woman living in southern California and I too suffer from Mastoiditis of the left ear. I have had 3 surgerys on the left side because the shaph infection mssa keeps coming back. I have been on several antibiotics for the conditon. I have been on a picc line several times with Iv antibiotics. I am being treated by an infectious disease doctor who is treating me with vancomycin and cefepime iv plus the cipro drops. These antibiotic seem to be working for me so if you havent tryed them consult your doctor and ask if maybe they might help in your situation. I wish you the best and I know what your going through. Much love and keep strong 🙂

  3. E.Spencer says:

    Hi, I have MSSA and I am having pain in my right leg where the boils were the boils are know longer there but the pain is still there is that okay to have the pain? And also can you be around people?

  4. Debra Haranczak says:

    I too have MSSR. Broke leg in Dec. and had surgery.By May I had to be hospitalized for IV antibiotics also followed by 3 months therapy at home. After 3 weeks off antibiotics I am beginning to have symptoms again. Talked to ID ( infectious disease) nurse and they are sending me some more antibiotics by mail, said I may need to take them forever. I have hardware in my leg they may end up having to take out. I have decided it’s time to do some research on my own and am rather freaked out after reading very little. My complication is that I have rheumatoid arthritis and have been on immune suppressing drugs for over 10 years. They took me off most of those drugs but they hang in the body for years. I am under the care of the VA Hospital in Seattle and have had good care. I too have felt weakened by the antibiotics but was just starting to get some energy back… all those surgerys have not helped your overall state of health I’m sure. I have a friend with diabetes who after losing part of his foot contracted MSSA also. He is on the mend but like us his energy has been exhausted. He recently started mega dosing Coral Calcium and swears his energy level has improved dramatically. I will look into it a bit further before I try it though as the healthier my immune system is the worse my RA becomes (it is caused by an over active immune system to begin with.) Either way I will be on medications for life..You, don’t know but seems you could stand to beef up your immune system. Don’t expect the Doctors to tell you how or why to do that they treat symptoms not prevention and don’t know the first thing about it. Becoming your own advocate is the best thing you can do for yourself by researching and reaching out, just like you’ve done here. Never give up.

  5. Caitriona says:


    My mum has gone through very similar situation. She had her 2nd knee replacement 2 years ago but always had a hard lump on the back of her calf. Last year it burst and she was diagnosed with MSSA, She underwent 6 wash out operations in 6 weeks. She is to this day been thrown from post to pillar. A boil appeared on the leg a few weeks ago and now the infection is oozing out. There are talks of amputation, Antiobotic spacers and to be honest for her its terrifying, We have been trying the alternative options and natural options such as collodial silver and manuka honey but its so difficult to know what will work.

  6. Sarita Bridges says:

    “MSSA and MRSA infection are virtually the same disease, with minor differences, because they both are antibiotic resistant and generally are contracted at hospitals.”

    They can’t be virtually the same. One is sensitive to antibiotics and the other is resistant. You contradict yourself when you say they are both resistant (above). Please clarify?

    • Chuck says:

      I agree w/ Sarita. MSSA & MRSA are polar opposites. MSSA is merely a common staph infection, treatable by antibiotics of the penicillin variety. MRSA is not treatable by antibiotics of the penicillin variety, thus very difficult to cure. This article is wrong.

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