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Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Started by Stephen
Posted: September 25, 2011 at 20:01
For the time I've had MRSA, I've had a few outbreaks, where many new boils appeared at once. And what I've noticed is that whenever this happens, I'm usually very, very stressed-out.

As an example, a couple days ago, I was talking to a family member: A whole bunch of issues got dragged in, and it turned into a really big argument with shouting. This resulted in me crying and then having a severe panic attack that took a few hours to get over.

Then, a few hours after that panic-attack, I had one of the worst MRSA outbreaks I'd ever experienced. A bunch of new boils started growing on my arms and face, and I had to frantically spend the night treating it, watching for any early signs of new boils appearing so that I could get them before they got really bad.

I do know that stress is a great detriment to one's well-being, and can make a person susceptible to disease (which is how I suspect I got MRSA; I have chronic stress issues). But, can it really work this way -- can a person just suddenly break-out in MRSA boils like that because of sudden and acute stress? Maybe some other, unrelated factors were responsible, but I have noticed a pattern related to stress.

Could anyone lend some input on this?
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #1 by bob smith
Posted: September 26, 2011 at 15:02
it could be, since prolonged stress suppresses our immunity and makes us vulnerable to illness and disease. Best to try to avoid stress of any kind. Also might sound a little nuts, but try to practice positive thinking too, as hard as it might be right now for most of us, if we try to stay strong and calm as much as possible, i found 'the secret' helped me focus on positive thinking to destress, it's just a dvd on positive thinking and how we use our minds, you can watch it free on youtube i think, hey anything that can get you to be calm and boost immune is good at times like this.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #2 by Stephen
Posted: September 26, 2011 at 16:38
Believe-you-me, stress management is something I've put a great amount of work into (more than I'd ever have wanted to). But I'm still basically a nervous wreck 24/7, even when there's nothing around me that could possibly stress me out.

Like right now. I woke up a little while ago, it's quiet, and there's nothing to stress me out, yet my pulse feels abnormally high, and I have a slight feeling of being short-of-breath because of my nervousness.

And the techniques for managing my stress aren't really working. At least, not anymore - they require energy and focus to do, and I just can't expend myself anymore to do it any longer.

I think I probably need to get my head checked out.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #3 by bob smith
Posted: September 26, 2011 at 17:35
i know what you're saying - having a positive calming mood while dealing with mrsa and getting no doctor support (in my case) is enough worry and stress to have your hair fall out (which mine is doing from worry), however we must try our very bests to keep calm, motivational speakers, deep breathing, feeling the breeze outside, just taking 5 mins when we can to de-stress - it's all important to our well being man. still easier said than done.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #4 by ruth
Posted: September 27, 2011 at 01:09
Vitamin C helps with stress effects on the body.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #5 by Charles
Posted: September 28, 2011 at 10:42
Look up Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy on the internet.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #6 by Stephen
Posted: September 29, 2011 at 20:30
Charles, I appreciate the input (and will look into hydrogen peroxide therapy), but I'd like to keep this thread specifically about the stress<->immunity correlation. :)

Anyway, I went to the doctor a couple days ago and asked him about the correlation between stress and sickness, and he said that stress plays a huge role in it, because being stressed-out all the time makes your immune system take a big hit. He also suggested that I might be diabetic, which my chronic stress disorder (not officially diagnosed; but I cannot call what I've been experiencing 'normal') may have contributed to as well.

When they say "stress is a killer", they really aren't kidding.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #7 by Nicole
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 13:21
I am a type 1 diabetic and I have Mrsa and
recently had an outbreak in three
different spots on my stomach from my
insulin pump.I was googling if stress
could be a factor because I'm in the
process of moving and this happened. I'm
going to the doctor today before this
evolves into something much worse. This is
the only thing so far that I've found on
the internet saying stress can cause
outbreaks so thank you.Good luck with your
medical and I pray you don't have diabetes
bacause that is just one more thing you
just don't need or want.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #8 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 17:03
Nicole -

Thank you for posting here and bringing us your perspective. Look around and read the posts and see what experiences people here report.

Good luck to you.

Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #9 by T
Posted: June 6, 2015 at 15:39
My wife has mrsa outbreak at times and it
almost always happens when I am leaving
town for work. We have 3 kids under 5 that
she stays home with and watches and the
lack of support when I leave causes her
great anxiety. I know there is a
relationship between the stress and the
outbreak. I have a solution to the stress,
although I know some will reject it and
others accept it but have no faith in it.
If you are suffering from stress there is
only one full and permanent solution and
that is to rest and take peace in the
knowledge that your God truly loves and
accepts you just the way you are. You
don't have to earn or change in order to
receive His love and acceptance. As you
rest in Him, and the finished work of
Jesus you will find peace that transcends
all understanding. I know because I have
this rest which I once did not. Any other
peace is temporary, this is everlasting.
Peace be with you all.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #10 by Dana
Posted: August 15, 2015 at 18:57
I've been struggling with MRSA for the last ten years, I have always thought that
stress plays a big part when I have an outbreak; all the doctors I've spoken to
have dismissed my findings. It was so nice to readthat other patients feel the
same way I do. I've reduced my stress levels and had pretty good luck avoiding a
breakout. Recently I've been stress and sure enough it reared its little head with a
break out. I also find that the thought or assumption that I have an outbreak
sends my whole system into panick mode because it affects my life drastically. I
like to always be moving and when it occurs my whole body has to hit the bench.
I am also going to look in to if I could possibly be diabetic - I've always wondered
if I could be and not know it. Thank you for the posts above - this was helpful
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #11 by mike
Posted: August 15, 2015 at 21:34
absolutely. aggressive mrsa of the type first isolated in bacteria used to produce illegal methamphetamine seems to have been contaminated with the gene to produce this chemical.keep in mind that you body uses methamphetamine in all chemical transmissions of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
hence you mental condition and even thoughts can affect the mrsa directly.
this may sound crazy but often when my mrsa is expanding and I reach for some..say tea tree oil or aloe gel, the mrsa starts to shrink BEFORE I apply the substance. it is as if the bacteria reads my mind and knows i'm going to but a hurt on it and begins to shrink before I can get the bottle open.

I have been infected with numerous genetically altered mrsa strain(and continue to be infected)so just when I have recovered from one strain another strain infected me, though for the last 8 months no new strains have infected me but more virulent strains of the same type continue to infect me.
it is a complicate story so you might also read my read mrsa coverup
or a thread on this forum

all might thread shere are at

all threads by mike(not Mike) after jan 11,2013


Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #12 by RebeccaPalmer
Posted: November 29, 2017 at 11:01
Yes, of course! This may happen! has a lot
of examples to be shared with you, guys!

Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #13 by Stress makes my MRSA outbreaks worse too
Posted: May 2, 2018 at 01:27
The very first MRSA outbreak I got 3 years ago was when my brother started so
much drama between me and my parents, they decided to kick me out of the
house, zero warning. Luckily a great friend let me move in with her, but I kid you
not, I had moved all my things back home after only 3 weeks. Within 7 days of
moving into a place I knew I couldnít afford along with my car payment, food and
other things bc of the low paying job I had at the time, my right arm broke out
with bumps that I assumed were pimples. I stupidly attempted to pop them, and
when I woke up the next day, I was in sooo much pain! It was summertime too
and I was working outside in the heat which made it feel 50x worse! I was to the
Dr, got into the Dermatologist 5 days later who knew from looking at it what it
was. I lit was cultured and when my results came in, I moved back home BC my
parents didnít like how I caught something so terrible as soon as I left home (like I
wasnít forced out) Now 3 years later I canít even work. Every time a specific
brother shows up and causes family drama I break out and Iím down for 7-10
days like my energy got zapped. Itís been getting worse as time goes on,
breakouts are more frequent, and now Iím fighting for SSDI, so the stress from
that isnít helping. I have no more then 1-4 good days a month where Iím able to
get up to leave that house, so I save those days for my Dr appts. For someone
who doesnít do much bc Iím disabled by this infection thatís joined with my now
intensified major depresson, panic disorder, chronic fatigue, migraines, chronic
abdominal pain, and MRSA=Burning, tenderness, stinging, peeling skin around
breakouts(like sunburned skin). Feeling like Iím dyijg as soon as I wake up or
want to die bc the pains unbearable, is the Stress im experiencing now. I
understand all too well what your talking about. Good luck to you and I hope
things doing become a vicious cycle like my situation.
Re: Can sudden/acute stress result in an outbreak?
Reply #14 by Bob Anderson
Posted: May 2, 2018 at 03:24
Stress makes my MRSA outbreaks worse too -

It sounds like things are really bad for you but I believe there is still hope. Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness in fighting bacterial infections so some people are turning to an old herbal folk remedy, garlic water baths, and they are reporting some interesting results; many report their MRSA going away and not returning.

If this is of interest to you, you might read the Garlic Success Stories and if you wonder what they are talking about, then you might want to read my garlic and garlic water posts in this forum to find out exactly how and why garlic does the things it does.

I hope you can relax soon and gain an enhanced sense of well-being.

Good luck to you.

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