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Another outbreak
Posted by Connie
Last Reply July 27, 2014 at 11:08
Started April 9, 2010 at 01:39
I've got another outbreak. Two boils this time. I feel very tired and the boils hurt. This is number 7 in 8 months. I don't want to take antibiotica AGAIN so I'm goint to try garlic, a lot of garlic. I'm also using lemon grass oil and tea tree oil. I don't know why I keep getting outbreaks, I've been taking a ton of vitamines. I don't get it. Any suggestions?

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MRSA Ankle
Posted by Donna
Last Reply July 25, 2014 at 02:46
Started July 25, 2014 at 02:46
I had my ankle fused five years ago, and I've done well. In April I went into the hospital for my back, and three days later, I had contracted MRSA which immediately went to my ankle hardware. I spent another week at another hospital where they did I&D and put me on vancomycin. Infectious disease doctor said the hardware has to come out. My orthopaedic doctor said he won't do the surgery because he thinks my ankle will fall apart. Two of his associates say they won't do the surgery either for the same reason. So I saw the junior associate, and he says he'll do the surgery, out patient and that it should take 30 - 45 minutes and I'll be walking in a boot in two weeks once the stitches come out. The other docs say three to four months non-weightbearing if everything goes alright. I'm confused.

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MRSA from Saliva = ?
Posted by kj4414
Last Reply July 24, 2014 at 22:59
Started February 11, 2010
Hi everyone - I've been reading through the forum and know there are some very knowledgeable folks around here and I'd like to get your advice. I work with someone who has MRSA. This sounds a little silly, but I accidentally used their fork for a bite of food. I'm concerned I may have been exposed to MRSA and want to take this seriously, especially as a precaution against my family being infected. It has been less than 48 hours since the "incident" so I'm guessing that's too soon for a culture.

First, where might an infection show up? I've heard plenty about skin and blood infection, but not much about mouth, saliva, throat or digestive tract infection. When/if I get a culture, what should I have tested?

Second, please advise on my best course of action overall!

Thank you!!

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MRSA in bloodstream
Posted by Karen
Last Reply July 23, 2014 at 07:19
Started February 2, 2006 at 17:26
Hello All.
I am wondering if anyone has ever had MRSA in their bloodstream, and if so, how are you doing now? I pray no one knows of anyone that died from this. My husband just had blood drawn to test for it. His health is declining, and I'm so worried. His symptoms are, frequent lowgrade fevers, chills, shaking, joint pain/swelling, loss of strength. Some of these could be contributed to by his Cauda Equina Syndrome, but he's progressively getting worse. Any advice appreciated.

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mrsa in blood
Posted by loretta
Last Reply July 22, 2014 at 15:04
Started October 9, 2006 at 21:22
my son is 12 yr and was always a healthy boy.he played football and one saturday he got injured on his hip and shoulder he suddenly started to get worse w/fever,dehydration,swelling,and could not walk.took him to e.r. and he was having acute renal failure.he was life flighted to a hospital.all this over a hip bruise..he has been in the hospital now for 2 wks.the drs say he has mrsa in his bloodstream,and that when he got the bruise on his hip it infected the injury..i have never heard of anything like this before...he has never been sick,never hospitalized i cant understand how he got this infection...please help me learn more about this disease

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MRSA in sinuses
Posted by Charlie R
Last Reply July 21, 2014 at 02:46
Started August 17, 2005 at 20:52

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Posted by RANDY J
Last Reply July 21, 2014
Started December 7, 2005 at 17:04
US MRSA Lawsuits
Started by Randy J Posted: December 7, 2005 at 16:45
I'm 58 and acquired deep wound MRSA following low back fusion with steel support, in florida. I've looked all over the internet and can not find any info on successful or unsuccessful lawsuits or settlements on MRSA contracting/treatments.

Would you or families post your/their legal experience on this subject.
Thanks - Still on Vanco via IV after 8 weeks..

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Once you have had MRSA, do you always have it?
Posted by Tristy
Last Reply July 19, 2014 at 20:58
Started July 8, 2009 at 18:46
Just as most of you, I have a tramatic story involving MRSA. I gave birth to my son in October 2008. He was born by csection, not breathing. I had a vertical incision that developed into MRSA and was treated with IV antibotics in and out of the hosptial. My son also was admitted shortly after me again, for what they called a "virus." He too recieved IV antibiotics. My question is that since this time, my immune system has been shot! I have had repeated sinus infections (which antibiotics don't seem to help), and I am very tired. My question is, Do you always have MRSA, if you have had it and it has been treated? Might be a stupid question but just curious if my sinus infections could be attributed to the MRSA? Thanks for you help!

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sinus infection
Posted by donna
Last Reply July 19, 2014 at 20:49
Started June 18, 2007 at 23:37
I have been treated for a "sinus infection" for about a year now. In Dec I was told it was MRSA and was put on Bactroban and Bactrim. That didn't work. In Jan I was referred to an specialist who put me on Zyvox-2 rounds. After being on it for a month I still had a sinus infection, he told me that it must be a secondary infection because after a month the MRSA would be cleared up but didnt do a culture. By Mar by asthma was out of control and for 3 1/2 wks they threatened to put me in the hostipal. During this whole time I still had the sinus infection. I was finally told I needed surgery. That the infection could not drain due to polyps. I had the surgery on May 7, it didn't change a thing. I still have the infection. The Dr said the culture showed a "significant" amount. Can anybody suggest something, anything?? I don't know what to do any more. Also, can someone tell me what causes this? I have no idea how I even got this. I would really appreciate any help anyone can provide. Tha... read more

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Mrsa in scrotum?
Posted by Donnie
Last Reply July 19, 2014 at 20:36
Started May 25, 2008 at 18:10
I had very severe swelling in my scrotum with very bad pain all over my body.I was seen by a urologist and sent to hospital for surgery.Turn out to be staph infection.I was given several days of antibiotics by IV and an open wound to heal from inside out.
About six weeks later a abcess come up on the left cheek of my butt very painfull. It required out patient surgery,open wound and was also staph infection.Ten more days of antibiotics and I thought I was healed,wrong.Today,Sunday May 25,I sit here with swelling on my upper right leg,just under my scrotum,with the same symptoms of the two previous.
The Doctors have never said anything about MRSA just said staph infection.Just wanted to see what the folks on this board might think.Thanks,Donnie

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MRSA in the Brain
Posted by Gina
Last Reply July 19, 2014 at 03:49
Started September 10, 2008 at 18:18
My son contracted MRSA in his brain following surgery to replace his left bone flap. It took 2 months and 3 doctors before he was hospitalized and diagnosed. I was very concerned when part of his incision wouldn't heal and kept oozing yet was repeatedly told not to worry it's probably just a deep stitch that abscessed and it'll go away on it's own. When he had his follow up appt with his neurosurgeon it took 2 seconds for him to see something was wrong and the next morning he was in surgery. Well thanks to incompetence my son had to have the left hemisphere of his brain removed, the bone totally crumpled while being removed so now he needs a titanium plate to replace it. We've been fortunate in the respect that he's been infection free for 5 months. But from everything I've read that could change at anytime. What I'm wondering is, has anyone else had MRSA in their brain and if so how are doing?

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MRSA on my face!
Posted by Cindy Hughes
Last Reply July 18, 2014 at 15:07
Started December 9, 2005 at 18:33
Reply #3 by Cindy Hughes Posted: December 8, 2005 at 22:37

My MRSA boils keep coming back in different places.
This time it is in my hairline on my face above my ear and to the left of my eyebrow. My left eye is really swollen and down the ear and into the neck area.
I've been out of work since July and do not have any insurance or a doctor. So, I don't have enough $$ or time to put up with the Dr.s that don't believe me, and only cause mutation before they culture, and the anti-biotics they perscribe don't work anyway,(Sound familiear?)
so I started using the Oregeno Oil that I had from Young Living Essential Oils on the top of the really swollen places. The actual ulcer has exploded and is draining slowly, and I found 2 Cipro that I took. So, what now? I'm sure it is being active in m,y sinusis and nose?
Summer of 2004, I was hopitalized and almost lost my hand, and had a pic with IV antibiotics for 2 weeks after release. It was paid for with my insurance from my work... read more

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Posted by Steve R
Last Reply July 16, 2014 at 14:59
Started December 3, 2009 at 12:42
I had a real unusual bout with MRSA in my lung. I have not been in the hospital and was in general great health. I had some pain in my shoulder blade and just happened to be at a regular doctor appointment. I asked my doctor about the pain and he checked me and could not make the pain through moving my body. He said he thought it was a pulled muscle and told me to go to the ER as a precaution. He said it was going to be the most expensive pulled muscle diagonoses. After a Cat Scan I was told I had two masses in my lungs. I was told they were going to need to take a wedge out of my lung or basically remove a third of my lung. I was put on antibotics and had to wait almost 30 days before they went into my lung through my mouth to sample these masses. I was told for almost 30 days that they thought it could be cancer. After the test it was confirmed that I had MRSA IN MY LUNGS. I was treated with antibotics and they went away. I have never felt the same since. Many of the same symptoms... read more

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Allicin and garlic water kill staph
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply July 16, 2014 at 03:44
Started January 12, 2010 at 17:19

Allicin and garlic water kill staph.

The compound in garlic most responsible for killing staph is diallyl thiosulfinate or allicin as it is popularly called, a volatile compound with a half-life of about 16 hours in air that forms when garlic is crushed. The experts tell me that highly volatile sulfenic acids form instantly as soon as the garlic is crushed and some immediately breaks down into allicin and then the sulfenic acids break down into allicin and other compounds at a steady rate but with unexplained thirty second surges in allicin formation every six minutes and fifteen seconds, approximately. By letting the crushed garlic set for fifteen minutes or an hour, we allow more allicin to form and increase the effectiveness of the garlic.

As allicin breaks down, it deteriorates into several oily polysulfide compounds, the smelliest one of which is allyl mercaptan, which causes garlic odor but mercaptan doesn’t have any antibiotic properties.

Adding allicin to wa... read more

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My 6 year-old son
Posted by RG
Last Reply July 15, 2014 at 13:47
Started July 18, 2005 at 23:35
My son had MRSA and was treated in the hospital for two days. He was given Vencomycin and was released on 6/30/05 on Bactrim oral suspension. I stopped the antibiotic treatment on 7/5/05, because he broke out in hives. The Doctors recommended that we keep a close eye on him to make sure the MRSA does not reuccur. He received a full 8.5 days of oral Bactrim (Sulfatrim). On Tuesday, July 12th, my son had redness around his legs, they were in the same spots the hives had been but this time the red spots did not look like hives. The Dr. said they were some sort of really delayed allergic reaction to the medication. He was given a cream and the redness has gone away. Since he was released from the hospital, which will be three weeks this Thursday, my son has had several mosquito bite like, blister like wounds on his face arms and legs. Everytime I see one of these I get VERY WORRIED. I don't know whether its just a mosquito bite or if its the MRSA. Any suggestions, recommendatio... read more

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Hiv and Mrsa
Posted by Bill
Last Reply July 15, 2014 at 01:32
Started October 1, 2005 at 18:52
I'm interested in hearing other people's stories who are hiv+ and have had Mrsa infections. I've posted my story on an older listing (under "Hiv and Mrsa), if anyone is interested in my case. I'm happy to report that I've totally recovered now and I'm feeling great, but it's only been two weeks since I finished my five week Vancomycin treatment.

I ran into a friend who is a doctor yesterday and he said that anyone who is hiv+ and comes to his hospital with an mrsa boil is put on a one week Vancomycin treatment to ward off further complications. I seriouly doubt that most hospitals do this though. I appreciate any comments.


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Posted by JANET
Last Reply July 14, 2014 at 23:08
Started October 30, 2008 at 15:35
MRSA in the urine
Posted by Janet Last Reply October 30, 2008
Started October 29, 2008 at 15:29

My original bout with MRSA was when I contracted it in the hospital from sinus surgery. I was ill for about 6 months and then went on IV Vanco. I just went in to my PCP for a UTI and my urine came back MRSA positive. I can find very little information on MRSA in the urine. I also wonder where else it is my body. I work in a medical facility and I have a newborn grandchild and worry about both constantly being in contact with MRSA and constantly worried about spreading it. The Dr says just to wash wash wash the hands. There are so many questions and so few answers.

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manuka honey
Posted by bikerbabe
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 16:24
Started July 25, 2005 at 15:50
i'm 29 and since my road traffic accident two years ago am still suffering the effects of mrsa. Have been told that there is nothing the doctors can do as the vancomycin anti biotic did not work, so find myself alone in trying to find help. I came across Manuka Honey, which i ordered over the internet. I've been taking it for a few weeks now and the wound and rash are going. Has anybody else taken this honey or know of somebody who has. Has it worked for them? Was it a waste of time? Please let me know.

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MRSA Scar hurting?
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply July 7, 2014 at 04:51
Started July 6, 2014 at 05:37
Hi, I was diagnosed with MRSA about a year ago, the infection was on my
upper thigh and was extremely difficult and painful to drain. Now, a
year later, it still hurts sometimes, especially when I touch it at all.
Is this normal?

Also, does anyone know the chances of getting another MRSA infection? If
it helps, my infection was most likely from using a toilet that someone
with MRSA used and didn't clean. TY!(:

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MRSA and dating
Posted by SMT
Last Reply July 5, 2014 at 06:56
Started July 5, 2014 at 06:56
I am currently seeing someone, and he told me he "had" MRSA. I am unsure
about whether or not I should be worried about contracting it as well. We have not
been intimate, and I am not at a level where I'd feel comfortable asking him about
the details of his MRSA experience. From what he told me, he had a infection spot
removed, and a IV that went to his heart. I know there are carriers and infected
people, but I was wondering if either of those items (removed infection spot or IV
to the heart) would give any clues as to whether he is a carrier. From what I
understand he caught it while he was away at school. I am open to any tips or
information about contracting MRSA, and what I can do to prevent it. Kind of a
bummer, huh? Haha.

Thank you!

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