..if I will always be considered a carrier...and if I AM, to what extent should I caution others? Two years ago I experienced what I thought were EXTREMELY itchy flea bites on my chest. We have a dog, so it seemed a good possibility. Within a few days the "bites" got nastier, with a few becoming small cysts (mine never got boil size). I also had areas of cellulitis where my skin was red, sore and inflamed from within. Fortunately I got treated for it pretty quickly because my daughter had just been diagnosed prior to my getting it and I knew what it was. I got it from her because I touched near a weepy sore she had(before I knew she had something contagious). Now, even two years later, I can still get a small reoccurence. I will get small itchy bumps usually on arms or back behind underarms. Although I knocked off the initial attack with Clindamycin, my doctor was not too concerned about this smaller stuff, and it does go away on its own. I do of course wash myself and hands A LOT during this time. My first reoccurence I also used Bactrin (recommended cream) and put it in my nostrils as well, which is recommended as that's where they lurk in a carrier. But I know it's not completely wiped out, as small bumps still crop up once in awhile. My question is: How do I know if I'm a carrier, and how big a "threat" am I to others? I never had anyone I know catch it from me. And do I tell hosts when I am over-night company? Do they need to BOIL their sheets? Gosh. I personally don't think so, but I've read new guidelines about stopping the spread and makes me wonder. When do people who've HAD MRSA consider themselves OVER it, and how do they know? Thanks for anyone who may have experience or opinions on this.