There is a stigma attached to having a staph infection. I know this, and I knew it long before I ever had one myself, so I don’t talk about it very often.
You can talk about what you heard on the internet all you want, though enough doctors have assured me that my staph infection had nothing to do with my hygiene habits. People get staph infections because they have a run of bad luck, not because they’ve somehow earned it by being sloppy.
My Staph Infection
My experience with MRSA, in fact, was completely out of my control. I went to the hospital after a minor hiking accident. Hospitals, ironically, are one of the most common places to contract a staph infection due to the fact that so many highly susceptible people are so close together. Lucky for me, though, they’re also one of the best places to treat a staph infection, for obvious reasons.
Also lucky for me, I had HA-MRSA, which, while still resistant to antibiotics, is not as resistant as CA-MRSA. Thus, I was cured, and the condition did not progress to the point of being very serious. Treating a condition like MRSA is often a shot in the dark, and the doctors had to try several different methods before they found one that worked. If you’re in a similar situation, I recommend that you be patient-it will probably work out in the end, but it can take time.
As for me, I hope never to be in such a position again, so I’ve been doing a great deal of research into how to avoid getting staph infections in the future. Unfortunately, it turns out that there’s a limit to what an individual can do to keep himself or herself safe. As I said, hospitals are the places where infections occur most often, and similar settings, such as nursing homes, aren’t far behind. That means that the hospital staff have more control over the situation than you do.
Still, you do your part to prevent the spread of staph in the same way you would to prevent the spread of anything else: wash your hands, and avoid contact with those who have the condition. Staph is unpleasant, but it’s hardly a death sentence.