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Study of community MRSA
Posted by steve kird
Last Reply April 26, 2015 at 18:15
Started April 25, 2015 at 04:22
This study Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus immune evasion and virulence concludes that the MRSA contacted
in the community rather than a hospital etc, affects healthy people,
(average age 23), is the most lethal, that the reason is a virulence
enhancing factor called phenol-soluble modulin peptide type alpha
which causes the destruction of our main immune defense against
bacterial infection, neutrophils. So in this toughest of all strains,
It further states that studies indicate that MRSA per se (the fact
that a strain is meth resistant ) does not make it more virulent than
non MRSA, rather it is this factor that evidently is the culprit for
virtually impossible to eradicate staph or deadly staph, CA-MRSA in
an otherwise healthy person. Maybe there is a natural remedy out
there that can do this factor in. Steve Lord

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Wow this re garlic IS inspiring
Posted by Steve Lord
Last Reply April 26, 2015 at 17:03
Started April 26, 2015 at 08:57
Wikipedia re allicin from garlic

A screening of allicin against 30 strains of MRSA found high level of
antimicrobial activity, including against strains that are resistant
to other chemical agents.[29] Of the strains tested, 88% had minimum
inhibitory concentrations for allicin liquids of 16 mg/L, and all
strains were inhibited at 32 mg/L. Furthermore, 88% of clinical
isolates had minimum bactericidal concentrations of 128 mg/L, and all
were killed at 256 mg/L. Of these strains, 82% showed intermediate or
full resistance to mupirocin. This same study examined use of an
aqueous cream of allicin, and found it somewhat less effective than
allicin liquid. At 500 mg/L, however, the cream was still active
against all the organisms tested—which compares well with the 20 g/L
mupirocin currently used for topical application.[29]

A water-based formulation of purified allicin was found to be more
chemically stable than other preparations of garlic extracts.[29]
... read more

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Hydrogen peroxide uses in staph/mrsa
Posted by steelmagnolia
Last Reply April 25, 2015 at 22:44
Started July 17, 2009 at 16:43
I would just like to make a comment and see if anyone else has found this helpful. I have had this infection for 2.5 yrs. I think I have tried most all of the conservative meds they use for this......I have never been on IV antibiotics, so far.

The other day I got into the shower with a large bottle of peroxide and just poured it generously all over myself from the chin down, and rubbed it in good. I foamed up like crazy, of course. Then I took my regular shower with my medicated body wash for psoriasis/eczema and then rinsed and repeated with the peroxide. Its been 2 days since I did this and all of the lesions seem to be drying up. I am not sure how good this will work in the long-run, but has anyone else had experience with peroxide? I have also gone back to trying Protopic ointment again as well. I sure hope to find something that works. It seems every time something looks promising, you turn around and break out all over again within a few weeks.

Sincerely, Lyn

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MRAS abscess infection,can it go up your spine
Posted by Tina Johnston-Wilson
Last Reply April 24, 2015 at 17:15
Started November 12, 2007 at 22:36
Hi guys, is it possible for the abscess infection in my abdomin to get into my spine? My lower back hurts so much I have to lay down most of the time, and the pain goes up my spine to the base of my skull, last week the pain was up to my shoulder's blades.and the muscel spasem's are so bad they make my back arch. I'm losing feeling in alot of finger's ,well kind of. they burn and hurt from cellulites. is back again, I've been losing more and more function in my legs,and other parts but not as bad. it's freaky
oh want to hear something good for a change, on November 20th I might have a doctor. if he meets my standard's after all the crap they've put me threw. I have no problem telling him where to go if pull's a god complex thing, lol oh I'll give him a chance. I won't bite him to hard lmao!! I'll try not to lmao!!

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Tyramine free diet on Zyvox
Posted by Tana
Last Reply April 24, 2015 at 16:05
Started August 8, 2009 at 18:39
Please help with this. I am getting more confused with being on antibiotics than ever.I was just reading what I should not be eating while taking Zyvox and it says not to have yogurt or acidophilus and I have been downing yogurt everyday along with probiotics.I thought when you take antibiotics you should have these in your systems to help with good bacteria build up.I am on Zyvox now and have been experiencing slight sharp pains in lower to mid abdominal right side and waiting for IDC to call me about this.And is it true MRSA loves protein and thrives in it?What am I suppose to eat?I eat veggies and eggs everyday.IDC just called and told me to go to a Urgent Care facility.LOL same crap everytime.Doctors are worthless.Someone replied to my last post and said it could be worse.I am on one of two drugs that I can take Zyvox,the other is IV cubicin, both I cannot afford.I have lost 25 lbs and can barely function.Surgeries, lancing of lesions, drugs that feel like I'm being poisoned,no ... read more

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Since we need a skin break to get staph, why d
Posted by Steve Lord
Last Reply April 24, 2015 at 06:15
Started April 24, 2015 at 06:15
Since the skin must be broken in some way for MRSA or non MRSA staph
to cause an infection, so I read,
then why is it so easy to then spread that infection to even fifty
more skin sites where there is no broken skin as it did in my case It
cannot be due to colonization because we are probably exposed to
staph every day, and didnt I read that 40 percent of all people
already have it on their skin? Does contracting a MRSA infection do
something to the immune system to make it less able to from then on
fight MRSA? Or what?

Steve Lord

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After effects of long term Vancomycin use.
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 23, 2015 at 13:59
Started January 22, 2009 at 15:12
Hello all,
And a big warm hug to all my forum friends, especially Lady K, Linda Mc. & Nancy. I won't promise anything, but I will try to weigh in as often as I can to try and offer my knowledge of MRSA to everyone. And at this point, I feel I'm somewhat of an expert on the subject.

As many of you know, I had a long 16month battle with MRSA in the blood that almost took my life. Within a 52 week period I had been given over 32 weeks of IV antibotic infused twice a day taking almost 2 hrs at a time.

After my last bout, and my blood was not testing possitive for MRSA, it took a good year before I felt I was out of the woods, and well on the way to having a strong, healthy immune system, ready to fight anything. and now, it has been a little over 2 years now, and still MRSA free. But I have been left with a few residual presents, compliments of MRSA.

I suffer from Reflux but is now controlable with herbals, and 3 doses of zantac daily. Before this, I had chronic laryngiti... read more

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reoccurring mrsa need advice
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 23, 2015 at 08:07
Started March 19, 2009 at 04:30
hi my name is michelle and i just had my second child a month ago. i have had two c-sections and after my first i had a severe mrsa infection in my incision and uterus. i was on bactrim for 5 months and decided my dr was an idiot so i stopped treatment. My water broke at 32 weeks into my 2nd preg. because i had mrsa and strep b in my amnio fluid-had an emer. c-section and after that i tested negative on all mrsa cultures. 1 week later they found mrsa in my urine and vaginal cultures. i am very sick and on 1000mg of oral vancomycin a anemic and underweight and i have bloody stools. im only 18 and very scared. any advise will be much appreciated

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MRSA in lungs?
Posted by Bret
Last Reply April 20, 2015 at 15:35
Started April 20, 2015 at 06:13
Does anyone have advice on how to get rid of MRSA in lungs? I have
had this ongoing for a long time. HAve been on lots of Bactrim and
Doxy but it keeps coming back and has spread systemtically to hands
and also up into sinuses, eyes and ears. can anyone recommmend
alternative treatments or anything that nay help. Very desperate to
get rid of this. Have been very sick, unable to work, and bed-ridden
for way to long. Doctors not so helpful.

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Garlic and staph
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply April 20, 2015 at 15:25
Started January 11, 2010 at 21:32
This first post will take four intstallments.

It's hard to know where to start so I think I will start with the most basic information, make a few bold statements and then back up those statements with supporting studies and statements from research scientists.
Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic kills staph; all staph, including MRSA and what's more, staph cannot become immune to crushed raw garlic like it has the pharmaceutical antibiotics.
That's a pretty bold statement but you will soon understand why it is so.
Freshly crushed raw garlic kills all or almost all harmful bacteria, including staph, on contact. One study (Walton, Herbold&Lendegren 1936-1938 - Journal of Food Science) even showed that the vapors alone from nearby crushed raw garlic killed all bacteria, including staph, out to 8" away just from the fumes.

Numerous other studies, such as Abdou et al., 1972 have confirmed that crushed raw garlic kills staph on contact. I can cite many other studies showing ... read more

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MRSA on my face!
Posted by Cindy Hughes
Last Reply April 19, 2015 at 14:53
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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Couple MRSA
Posted by Janet Roberts
Last Reply April 19, 2015 at 14:05
Started April 19, 2015 at 14:05
I just began a lesbian sexual relationship. We both have MRSA with no recent outbreaks. Mine started in a peg tube in 2002 and hers started in her leg in 2013. Will it be safe for us to have oral sex using all the precautions?

Thank you for your response to this inquiry.

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MRSA Challenges
Posted by Brian Stephenson
Last Reply April 16, 2015 at 16:58
Started April 4, 2011 at 22:20
I've suffered with mrsa for over 6 years. I was a very sickly child with staph
infections so I've been a carrier my entire life. In January of 2011 I had to
undergo a total knee replacement and my recovery was extended due to yet
another mrsa infection. The doctors had to put a picc line in my arm for self
administered antibiotics. The most difficult part is that I've given the mrsa
infection to two women Ive both situations they suffered scars on their
legs which will be there for life. One was very angry and the other was more
understanding, but I know I'm a carrier and there's no way of knowing when it
will flare up again. The infectious disease specialist told me I will never be
cured. The mrsa is on my skin and in my blood. I hope someday a cure can be

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Garlic success stories
Posted by DaddyOfThree
Last Reply April 15, 2015 at 15:12
Started December 8, 2011 at 16:25
Maybe this already exists, but since there is a lot of commentary about garlic for mrsa, I wondered if people could give their personal anecdotal experience with it. Did it work for you?

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my MRSA story
Posted by carey ann
Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 19:14
Started April 12, 2015 at 19:14
I was so happy to find this group today. 3 weeks ago i went in to the er
with a temp of 103.2 aches and pain all over with swollen lymph nodes.
They drew blood, said i had sepsis in my blood with a WBC of 28. I am
immune compromised. they removed my spleen Back in 2000. I was admitted
and put on antibiotics for the sepsis. I had a power port and they
thought the infection was caused by that. So they did surgery to remove
the pOrt. They sent it to culture came back negative. after surgery they
administered the pneumonia shot. Three days later I developed pneumonia.
they asked for a sputum. the results came back with MRSA in my lungs. I
was there for 8 days on multiple antibiotics and pain meds. one
antibiotic was the vancomycin that I see you all talk about.I was seen
by an infectious disease doctor while in the hospital and was referred
to see him after. I was unable to keep my appointment due to a death in
the family and I'm still waiting to see him. I was... read more

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Posted by Steve R
Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 16:38
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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MRSA Reality
Posted by Violet
Last Reply April 10, 2015 at 18:58
Started April 9, 2015 at 16:30
MRSA is horrible. But, in Canada the hospital and the doctors never suffer for
infecting a patient with it. My dad was in Sunnybrook hospital for his heart. They
could not do a bypass and went with a stent instead. But, the instrument was
infected / not sterilized. He got MRSA. He was cold and sick and they sent him
home anyway. He was in horrible shape...why did they let him go. The staff was
rude and didn't want to listen. He went home for one night and could've infected
my family. My mother called the hospital to tell them what he was going through
and the doctor said to go the family doctor. Really! If he waiting 2 days for that he
would've died before. She returned him to Sunnybrook. They knew he had MRSA
right away. they knew he had it and released him anyway. Well, he
stayed there and died 18 days after he was infected. They then asked us to
donate his organs. Hmm again they didn't care that he was full of poison. This
happens everyday and... read more

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death by mrsa
Posted by betsy
Last Reply April 9, 2015 at 16:25
Started January 29, 2009 at 02:45
my dad was sent home to die today because there is nothing else they can do for his mrsa which is in his blood. He is 85 yrs old has had three strokes and open heart surgery in the past. I need a window of how long he is going to be with us. Has any one been through this and how the hell do you deal with knowing your loved is going to die anyday now.

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In pregnancy
Posted by svt518
Last Reply April 9, 2015 at 15:46
Started April 9, 2015 at 15:46
I was diagnosed with MRSA yesterday and started antibiotics. I'm also 20 weeks pregnant. My OB's office assures me I'll be fine after treatment, but wasn't very informative. I'm looking for other people's stories and useful resources from people who've been where I am. Any help would be appreciated.

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Is there a MRSA prevention protocol?
Posted by Adrienne S.
Last Reply April 7, 2015 at 18:39
Started April 6, 2015 at 14:56
I had MRSA 6 years ago. I am having surgery and wonder if there is a protocol that the doctors (and O.R.) must follow to prevent another infection?

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