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MRSA again
Posted by Revenwyn
Last Reply April 30, 2016 at 03:36
Started April 7, 2016 at 08:11
So I was last here back in September with a couple of bad boils in
a hard to reach area. Thanks to the help of my husband I was able
to deal with those. I had impetigo on my face and mild break outs
on my arms for a couple of weeks afterward however.

After this I was free of any symptoms for about five months.
However, my husband was hospitalized beginning in January due to
complications from his lupus, and my stress levels went through
the roof. Every few days I will get what appears to be mosquito
bites on my arms or sometimes my ankles which will clear up and
then reappear in a different spot a few days later. I also had a
new boil a few weeks ago.

I am confirmed allergic to Augmentin, Bactrim, Clindamycin, and
Doxycycline. I don't know what to do to clear this up for good; I
did the garlic water every day for months and that apparently
didn't work. I did make sure that it was "good" garlic. I'm also
terrified of vancomycin- my husband just passe... read more

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MRSA in bloodstream
Posted by Karen
Last Reply April 30, 2016 at 03:24
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.
Thanks.
Karen

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What if it's not mrsa but like mrsa?
Posted by Meag
Last Reply April 23, 2016 at 16:25
Started April 19, 2016 at 06:48
So I've had the skin infection going for
several months and I've had it cultured once
it came back only as staph epi. I read
also that stuff that they can get a toehold
and be very difficult to get rid of because
it's so good at Staying Alive usually it's a
problem with medical devices does anybody
have any information of studies about this
cited where this might be the case or an
explanation that it is in fact a colony of
staph Epi that is out of control on my
body??

The doctors don't listen to me when I tell
them it's nothing like I've ever seen or
experienced before I've had it on three
spots on my body it can heal and then reopen
and it reopens worse than before

I've lanced it that upsets them but it
didn't prove it I've taken antibiotics
cephalexin twice when I feel like I know,
(which helped and improved but did not kick
it) I need them which has upset them because
of some shooting and has brought back a
negative culture and in... read more

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Garlic and staph
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply April 22, 2016 at 18:56
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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I almost died from CA-MRSA
Posted by MRSA Survivor
Last Reply April 22, 2016 at 14:24
Started November 26, 2005 at 22:57
This is no lie people. I got a bug bite and in three days I was in the hospital fighting to stay alive. I went into a shock like state... the pain in the area of the bite and 1 foot around the infection was horriable... it was so bad that they put me on Morphine for a week or more. Within 72 hours of being bit by a buy I had to have emergency surgery to remove a 7 inch by 7 inch by 3 inch deep of infected dead and decaying meat from my body. I spent 16 long, painful, miserable, isolated days in the hospital ... 4 of which were spent in ICU fighting for my life. People who came to see me at the hospital had to wear bio hazard gear... of course. After the 16th day in the hospital I was allowed to go home as long as I stay isolated from the general population for another 6 weeks. Now that means no one in or out of my house except my husband and home nurse. Believe it or not!

Now I have search the web and I have not came upon one case yet of a CA-MRSA infection reported in the USA th... read more

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Once you have had MRSA, do you always have it?
Posted by Tristy
Last Reply April 20, 2016 at 18:02
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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Garlic burn?
Posted by Ray
Last Reply April 20, 2016 at 05:13
Started July 31, 2012 at 05:49
So applied garlic directly to my wounds as recommended. But I think I have garlic burns on where I applied the garlic. The skin is dark brown. Is that a garlic burn? It seems like I need to dilute the garlic somehow.

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is mrsa inside the body worse than on the skin
Posted by sonie
Last Reply April 18, 2016 at 16:26
Started March 25, 2006 at 19:06
i am wondering if it worse when you actually have it ont he inside of your body instead of the skin???i have it due to a hysterectomy,and a bikini cut incision...ive had 2 surgeries now within 7 weeks,and am going to have to have another as i have another abcess,and its getting much much worse..my incision is left open at this point,and being packed 2 times a day.i just wondered how much worse it is to have this inside your body...also last week while in the hospital i was on the iv antibitoic van-something....2 days after returning home,the infection was back with a vengions...if this antibiotic dont work,what will??and how bad is this inside my body..can it spread to my organs and things like that???thanks...

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gram positive cocci
Posted by john
Last Reply April 18, 2016 at 14:14
Started August 31, 2007 at 01:04
looking for help,been on clindymissin iv for 5 days,no help.have infection on my shoulders,spread to my calfs.been taking lots of garlic tabs,turmeric,and an asssortment of immune building holistic stuff.its like crocidile skin,it drys ,flakes,cracks.tried different moisterizers,aloe gel,derma e,very short time releif.colloidial silver provides the best but short time releif.not sure what this gram positive cocci is as i thought i had mrsa befor lab results.i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemies.lots of iv patients in hospital.terrible.any help would be gladly excepted.paddycake77@hotmail.com

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Respiratory culture w gram stain
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply April 17, 2016 at 23:01
Started April 7, 2016 at 09:57
Hi.I have been ill off and on for 6
mnths. My Dr.has treated me w same
regimens the whole time,it gets
better than comes right back. I just
received my culture and it says
moderate pmns, moderate positive
cocci and occ gram pos rods.she told
me rhat the culture was negative yet
im still unwell and have been on two
meds. Just finishing levaquin
Also taking oral,Inhaled and nasal
steroids. Can someone please help or
yell me what to do?

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Healthcare workers with MRSA
Posted by DivineDevisive
Last Reply April 17, 2016 at 22:54
Started April 16, 2016 at 04:03
I'm so glad this forum exists!
I am a nursing student and I was just diagnosed with MRSA in a
wound even though I have had none of the symptoms. About 6 months
ago I got angular cheilitis (cracks in the side of my mouth). I
had never had it before but I did some research online and decided
to try healing it myself with neosporin as that had worked for
other people. It helped for a couple weeks but then the cracks
came back. I tried some other over the counter topicals but
nothing worked. Finally I went to a dermatologist who prescribed
alclometasone. It worked for a while but the cracks kept coming
back! About a week ago I went to my family Dr to see if a vitamin
deficiency was to blame. The Dr did a culture on my mouth and it
came back positive for MRSA. Dr prescribed a generic Bactrim to
take every 12 hours for 14 days.

I hope the antibiotics will be able to eradicate the MRSA. After I
finish treatment I need to have a culture taken from my nose to b... read more

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Clorox wipes
Posted by Started by Ginnie
Last Reply March 29, 2016 at 01:19
Started March 23, 2016 at 11:25
Clorox wipes
Started by Ginnie Posted: November 4, 2007 at 20:25

I have had MRSA for a year and now it seems like every few days hearing of someone else who has it..A teacher at my daughters school had a "spider bite" on her leg..I explained about MRSA and she went to the DR. and was told it was a staph infection..it was not cultured but if she gets another spot they will culture that one..a parent just had a staph infection on her finger. We started talking about how easy this can be spread and wondered what we should be able to clean the kids tables with and classrooms..I e-mailed Clorox and asked if their wipes killed MRSA and they replied that they have not tested to see if the wipes would kill MRSA so could not tell me it could..emailed LYSOL same question but they did not respond..Does anybody know of a good product that would be safe to clean kid areas and desks? The school is very small and I would hate to see this start spreading..I used to get a product called PS tha... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Vince
Last Reply March 23, 2016 at 05:57
Started March 23, 2016 at 05:57
Marissa,

You can get rid of the MRSA. my kids both had a few years ago when
they were 1 and 3. Mostly around or under their diaper area.

If you are using baby wipes, stop using them. Use soft paper towels,
buy a spray bottle and mix with water teat tree oil and soap. use that
for wiping.

I would recommend going to see a infectious desease specialist.

Here is what they told me to do:

The MRSA keeps coming back because it is colonized on your kids
bodies. So you have to decolonize. Use Hibicleanse each night when
giving a bath. wash well from neck to toe. Do this for about a month.
DO NOT SKIP A BATH NIGHT ( say its xmas, you are out late visiting
relatives, you are driving home, your kids fall a sleep in the car.
Wake them up and give them a bath before you put them to bed)( they
will cry and fight it, but do it anyway)

Spray every inch of your house with 50/50 alcohol water spray. let it
dry. it will dry quick due to the alcohol. do this each we... read more

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Crushed Raw Garlic vs. Garlic Pills
Posted by Garlicmeister Bob
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:47
Started January 13, 2010 at 19:24
Crushed raw garlic versus garlic pills and oils

Crushed raw garlic (CRG) and garlic water made from it both kill staph on contact; all staph, including MRSA and is the first line of defense in limiting the spread of MRSA. Staph, including MRSA cannot become immune to CRG because of the way it works.

CRG is the most effective weapon against staph because it can be combined with water and applied in many creative ways to bring its antibiotic power to where the infection is. If the infection is in the colon, garlic water can be administered as an enema while lying on the left side to kill staph in the colon.

You can soak in a bathtub of warm garlic water for a couple of hours and let it seep in through the skin. Not only does it kill any bacteria on the skin but the skin becomes one big transdermal application medium for delivering garlic into the body where it can enter the capillaries and even the lymphatic system and maybe do a little good before the bodies own defens... read more

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Tyramine free diet on Zyvox
Posted by Tana
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:46
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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MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Posted by Fleur
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:46
Started August 19, 2011 at 23:38
My boyfriend recently contracted a MRSA staph infection and was in the hospital for
four days fighting it. I contracted the staph infection on my leg a few months ago
and was prescribed an antibiotic to combat it. About three weeks ago I noticed a
large uncomfortable lump on my scalp. After going to the doctor and telling her the
history of MRSA, she again prescribed me an antibiotic without taking a culture. The
MRSA, similar to other cases, was on the skin and produced a large, infected (pus,
blood, etc), bump on my scalp. As it began to heal it scabbed over in a thin almost
white scab. For the past two weeks I have noticed that the area that was swollen was
slowly dropping hair. I now have a large half dollar sized portion on my scalp with
absolutely no hair and the entire area itches. Is this normal??? Will my hair grow
back? I am quite concerned as this area is easily visible and on the front of my scalp.
Has anyone else experienced something li... read more

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MRSA recurrence
Posted by Marissa
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:46
Started February 4, 2016 at 04:59
Help! My 22 month old and I keep battling recurring Mrsa infections.
I first had it on my eye and was hospitalized then had surgery. My
daughter then got it at 10 months old on her buttock. She has now
had it 4x in a year and Ive had it twice. Doctors are no help at this
point. Clindamycin makes me so sick. We have stuff to decolonize
but Im so frustrated and have anxiety over this. What do i do? How
do we get rid of it for good?

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MRSA affecting the fingernails?
Posted by Janet G
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:45
Started October 6, 2008 at 15:30
I was diagnosed with MRSA in July of this year, my last bout was in the end of August, and I have not had another one since, my question is this. I have gotten an infection around three of my fingernails, red, swollen, hot and very painful, I did have this before, about a year ago and didnt think nothing of it, but now I am wondering if its MRSA presenting its self in these areas? So if it is this, does that mean that the MRSA is in the blood stream or is it just on the skin site? I hate having this superbug!!!! I need answers!

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MRSA In Sinuses
Posted by C Sharp
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:44
Started August 19, 2005 at 07:47
I developed a terrible skin rash with itching and had terrible fatigue. Was sent to five different doctors who all had a different diagnosis. Finally, an ENT did a culture and it was MRSA. Treated with IV Vanco for six weeks and got much better. Was feeling great for about 3 months, then started getting really fatigued again. No rash this time, but just felt like I had a mild case of the flu all the time. ENT did another culture and I not only came up with MRSA again, but also Pseudomonas and E.Coli. I had my 7th sinus surgery to try to clean it out and am now on Gentamycin sinus irrigations and Zyvox. Feeling a little better, but still not great. Anyone had any successful treatments, or suggestions as to where to go for more help? I live in Florida.

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MRSA IN Abdominal
Posted by Melissa
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:44
Started January 27, 2005 at 06:40
I have abdominal wound MRSA I have had 3 abdominal hernia surgeries by in 2004 by one Dr. the last was June 2004 and the hernia was back. I found another Dr. so in December I had my fourth hernia surgery this time with mesh. During surgery he found a pocket of infection which ended up being MRSA. I was on vanc for 4 weeks and had allergic reaction to it on my last dose which was good it was my last I guess. Last week I ran a high fever now I am on clindamycin for 20 days. If I show sighns that i'm still infected with MRSA he will have to go back n and remove the mesh and treat me again. I am 35 years old and have small kids. I am so worried that i'm not going to be healed from this infection. and so angry that I got it. I hope no one has to ever go through it.

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