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no treatment works
Posted by tatum
Last Reply July 22, 2006 at 18:00
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:27
No treatment works
Started by Tatum Posted: October 25, 2005 at 05:01
My girlfriend has had MRSA for about two years now and nothing seems to work. She has jumped from place to place trying to get cured. No matter what we do she doesnt get any better, actually she seems to of gotten worse. I do not understand how i have not caught it. I am just desperate for help at this point. If anyone knows of anything that could cure or help treat her an any way possible please reply. We live in columbus, ohio. It seems to me like the doctors dont know what they are talking about. So if anyone from are area knows of any treatment facility around us plese help, thank you for your time.

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I won't be sending the dentist my 'papers'
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 21, 2006 at 15:29
Started July 18, 2006 at 04:47
I am doing 'okay' but I don't know for sure that I am MRSA free now. And, even if I am, well -- it sounds like it's something that's fairly easy to find anywhere these days.

I've done my best to communicate with busy, harried doctors, nurses and secretaries.

I've needed dental work for a while, had an appointment set up, was supposed to be tomorrow. But, this morning, I called the dentist and told them that I'd just fininshed taking antibiotics (Bactrim, etc.) for MRSA, was doing well, but wanted to mention it, main reason for informing them is that I'm afraid that the dentist would determine, after seeing my teeth, that I need oral surgery -- and I don't wish to risk that right now, so I would say 'no,' and then I'd have to explain that I'd had (or have) MRSA.

Anyway, the response I got, and it's my own fault, I know -- was to be told that before I could be seen at their office I needed to have my primary doctor send or fax a letter to them saying that I was 'o... read more

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How many varients of MRSA?
Posted by Dr.Chris Malyszewicz
Last Reply July 19, 2006 at 21:31
Started May 11, 2005 at 22:52
Combact kills over 122 different strains or varients of MRSA.

I have tested E15 & E16 strains (hospital ones) with positive results, also community strains as well.

The department of health in the UK do not know exactly how many variants there are, that is why they have asked for my input.
The mecA gene is reposible for the variation and resistance to anti-biotics.

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keeping the lid on MRSA
Posted by kiki
Last Reply July 17, 2006 at 15:42
Started July 17, 2006 at 15:42
So sorry to hear about your wife. Have Had MRSA 1 year now and have succeded in keeping it at bay. Culture showed Bactrim succeptability. Took for 5 months. Still remain on nose swab with the same. Gave MRSA to kids. kids treated the same. only for 3 months. Kids o.k. I have signs of MRSA coming and going still. No boil out breaks yet since july last year.
Helpful hints: one towel per day/no sharing. No baths. Liquid soap, no shaving this is tough for women. (this spreads shed skin cell bacteria and compromises skin as first defense)Have resumed shaving in bleach solution for summer and have noticed an increase of symptoms. Bleach 1/2 water in spray bottle in shower, spray skin folds and areas effected by MRSA. Night clothes 1x only

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Any Info Helps
Posted by Steve
Last Reply July 16, 2006 at 07:59
Started November 22, 2004 at 01:03
Hello This is kind of a long article but please bear with me I don't know what to do. I am a 20 year old male in the US. I was diagnosed with MRSA about 3 years ago. I first started to get boils and went to the hospital to get them lanced. They took a culture but did not tell me anything. I finally was fed up and went to a different hospital, they ordered my papers from the first hospital and got worried because the papers said I had MRSA. So they imediatly started treatment with antibiotic pills and creams. I went through 8 different pills all curing it for about a month or two before the boils returned. Then I was tested to see if it was in my blood and sure enough it was. I was fed up with that hospital too so I switched to Mayo Clinic. After seeing the results my Dr. came running back saying get him in a bed and a IV on him. Then another Dr. said no he will be fine with pills so we went with the cheeper way because I have no insurance. Any ways I'm starting to get worse. I'm alw... read more

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Posted by Terri
Last Reply July 14, 2006 at 22:48
Started July 14, 2006 at 18:11
Here in S.C., there have been several articles lately about MRSA. One article in The State newspaper on Sunday, July 9, talks about the plight of hospitals as they "work on reducing infections." HELLO- IT'S CALLED SOAP AND WATER!
Another article in The Greenville News on Wednesday, July 5, was entitled "Staph infection complaints lead to probe at jail." This probe was at the "request of two lawyers investigating conditions there."

I am furious! How is it that the conditions at a prison bring on the lawyers, but healthy people getting sick at our hospitals is met with, "I'm sorry I can't take your case." I am not at all for frvilous lawsuits, but I don't have a father to talk to, to laugh with, or to hug. His only "crime" was going into a hospital to get better, but there are no lawyers waiting in line asking for a probe into his death.

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So be brave and carry on!
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply July 13, 2006 at 22:40
Started July 13, 2006 at 14:49
Hello, all, I recently was diagnosed with MRSA, though I have no idea what strain. After about a week of feeling very anxious about the whole thing, I've decided that there's no other choice but to be brave. Right? What else can you do? ' Death, Taxes, MRSA.'

Fortunately, I am able to rest at home in a quiet environment, and to do my housework and whatever at my own pace. So, while taking the antibiotics, I seem to be recovering -- at least this time -- very well. Time will tell whether or not this is my final bout with MRSA. While recovering, I've lurked around some MRSA forums -- found one regarding pets, too, since we have dogs, cats, and birds. I'd intended to not post anything, but, well, I guess it really is nice to find some other people who have the same, or a similar diagnosis.

I'm tyring to guess if I've had this for years, which I think is quite possible, or if I only recently got it. If I've had this for years, it seems that it did show up a bit but was nev... read more

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Re: MRSA Boil? Still There
Posted by Kate
Last Reply July 13, 2006 at 01:33
Started July 12, 2006 at 15:24
I had one lesion that never drained under the skin after several months (I had MRSA for about a year). All my other lesions drained or healed & I had some surgeries and plastic surgery on my face. My doctors said to see a surgeon about the one remaining lesion after I complained it was still there. They sent me also for an ultrasound. The diagnosis was lymph node though it hangs in the skin under where a lynmph node would be. I finished my bactrim two months ago and am still doing the nose stuff for one more month.

The surgeon said "How do you know you had MRSA? Everyone has MRSA. You must just have had ingrown hairs." etc. I was stunned. I said they took cultures, I was hospitalized several times, I almost died, etc. He said he'd never heard of cutting skin and basically threw a fit. He said any culture on anyone's skin would show MRSA. He said a swab isn't a culture and said only a needle biopsy would be any good (but didn't offer to do one). Then he said it could be a lymph no... read more

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DR. ESE CALLUM IS A FRAUD A concerned real doc
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 21:21
Started July 12, 2006 at 21:16

Since my strength is up at the moment, not enough for me to do anything other than sit here and write intermittently, I thought I’d take a shot at this.

First and foremost it is highly suspicious for a “real Doctor” as the writer states, to respond on this forum... when it takes an act seemingly larger than our century’s basic medical knowledge.... to get “correct responses/treatments” from doctors out in the field who know any bit about MRSA. If you research MRSA you will see it was introduced in the 60s!

I am not a doctor.
This is my take based on what I’ve learned in two months concerning MRSA.

As with the beginnings of any epidemic, trials of real people are data collected, compiled, logs of medical CDC registered medication are advised and given to doctors to treat MRSA patients under strict CDC dispensing and documentation rules, repetitive treatments which are laterally proven successful to minimize bacterial growth and patient symptoms who are MRSA positives,... read more

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Antiobiotic Resistant Bladder Infection
Posted by Patty
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 21:13
Started September 29, 2005 at 19:24
I can't seem to kick this recurrent enteroccus faecium bug that I got from a hospital stay I think. Here's some questions:
What have people done to prevent it?
I've read about cinnamon, garlic, eucalyptus--are these prevention options?
If chlorine kills this bug in sewage plants, would swimming in a chlorinated pool help?
Cats get this bug--could this be a way it's transmitted?
I'm obviously pretty desperate for help here because there aren't many antibiotics left

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progress report
Posted by mattb
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 20:01
Started July 12, 2006 at 17:32
Well, I'm into day 23 of my MRSA episode. My anti-biotic regime thus far has been: 5 days on Clindamycin, 2 days on Levaquin (a very expensive mis-prescription made before MRSA was confirmed), 4 days on Bactrim alone and now 14 days with Bactrim and Clindamycin taken together. I will go at least 20 days with this last combination.

My doctor says the abscess is healing well and I no longer need to have the it packed, so I've been given permission to change the dressings myself. I have been experimenting with taking a q-tip dipped in tea tree oil and applying it to the top of the dressing for the last couple of days so that it would soak through the gauze toward the abscess. I was thinking of applying it directly to the skin area around the abscess once I started changing my own dressings, but after having a look at the area for the first time in 2 weeks, I'm going to hold off on that, because everything just looks too raw and tender right now.

The abscess is now complete... read more

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Has anyone cleared MRSA?
Posted by Concerned Parent
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 16:34
Started July 11, 2006 at 19:58
No more infections, no more colonization? Has anyone been infected, treated and been done with MRSA?

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Posted by Nanci LaMusga
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 15:04
Started July 12, 2006
Does anyone know how long MRSA can live on inanimate objects?

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mrsa in my 20 yr old
Posted by dEB
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 15:01
Started July 12, 2006 at 02:33
I'm from SC (close to columbia and Charlotte - actually in Richburg, SC) My dtr started out with a boil and culture showed MRSA. She has been on 2 rounds of Septra and now on dual Rifampin and Bactrim due to she has ended up with 4 boils since end of May, 06. Every time she finishes the antibiotics she ends up with another boil. We've seen 2 doctors. Are there any doctors in our area that you would recommend to treat this MRSA. Also she is in nursing school at college and just finishing her basics. I'm concerned after reading all of these stories and want to try to catch this before it gets worse. Will she be able to perform nursing skills or will she have to change majors? Oh gosh, I'm so worried for her. Any suggestions?

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Malpractice HA-MRSA Undiagnosed and Treated
Posted by Scott D.
Last Reply July 12, 2006 at 13:27
Started May 3, 2006 at 08:04
I was burned recently ( Mar. 20,06), skin grafing was necessary. I was treated at Wishard Memorial Hospital's "Burn Center". My wife was told I would remain hospitalized 5-7 days after surgery. The burn center booted me out one day (12 hours) post surgery, I was not in any shape or ready to leave. (I wasn't in their insurance network! - Intresting Huh?) I developed an abcess at every site where a staple was located. It was cultured and is MRSA. I have had over 100 abcess on bilateral arms and on the area of the graph donation, ie: my entire anterior thigh. One staple was positioned and deployed into my right index proximal knuckle. The knuckle abcessed to such a degree that surgery was required to allow the puss, be cleansed out. At this time it has still not finished granulating in. I am still battling other abcesses, many of them are along the edges of the graphs and which seem to be lifting the graphed skin away from its attachment to the unburned skin. I develope new ones... read more

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mrsa, does anyone get tired from a cut
Posted by michelle
Last Reply July 11, 2006 at 15:03
Started July 11, 2006 at 13:18
last year i was told i had mrsa in the nose, but the doctor who was treating me, did not lisen to me, i was treated with a pick line, that from the fist week i complain, about pain and i was ignored and from July to septemper, i got weak and sick, and the doctor thought nothing wrong about about my symtom, . i never ran fevers, and the pain in my arm gotton worse, for my husband searching a doctor at north western il, i probley would have died, after the meeting with this doctor , i took a somgram, and found i had a blood clot, also the msa, was in my blood, and i was summited that day to the hospital. . i was given the highest antibotic and my system has gotton better, i have mrsa , colnised, , not contagist. how i got mrsa, no one knows really, since my amune system is strong, i may have msa, over many years, but i am able to live with it. the mrsa attack me and weaken me, was from a forgn obect that my body resited, and for the months i had a pick line, my body fo... read more

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essential oil blend for boils, etc on skin
Posted by Linda
Last Reply July 11, 2006 at 14:25
Started July 4, 2006 at 22:12
Hi guys,
Alot of you know who I am and my story. And in the past, each time I contracted MRSA it was in a wound site and the blood and I didn't have any other places on my skin. I had been MRSA free for 3 1/2 months and had to go in for a biopsy on june 22. And unfortunately by sunday the 25th the biopsy site was infected. I am back on IV vanc twice a day, but I noticed that I have 2 or 3 places on my arm and around the site that look like blisters, and very intense itching. I knew from all of the posts I've read that it was from the MRSA also and to try not to touch or scratch to avoid spreading. Since I'm a herbal pharmacist I know that tea tree oil is affective on the MRSA sores. I figured that the essential oils that I know are astringents and affective in healing wounds might be pretty affective in the proper combination. So I went back to my chemistry herb book and came up with a formula that might wind up being pretty affective on the boils and such. I used it on what I... read more

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Posted by Carla
Last Reply July 10, 2006 at 20:08
Started July 6, 2006 at 04:52
Hi Cindy - In another post of mine you asked:

Re: What is going on? What do I do?
by Cindy Posted: July 4, 2006 at 01:53

Hi Carla, What did the ID Doc. give you for the Candida? Im asking because we have candida. We have ben trying to use natural things for this for 2 years now with no success. I would love to have a name of this med. to take to the doc. Thank-You in advance! Let us know how you are doing?

And my answer to you is:
P.S. I hope this helps... I know I answered it in the post but didn't want it to go unnoticed or that you couldn't find it later. Hope you get this. Take care, Carla

Re: What is going on? What do I do?
Reply #13 by Carla Posted: July 5, 2006 at 21:22

Hi Cindy. The ID doc gave me 3 things for the candida and they began working right away.
- Pill form I have Fluconazole 200mg, 1 X day, 7 days
- Liquid form I have Nystatin Oral Suspension 1 tsp, 3 X day, 7 days
- Cream form I have Clotrimazole applied directly to area 3... read more

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Posted by MRSA in Orlando, FL?
Last Reply July 7, 2006 at 21:56
Started July 6, 2006 at 04:55
Is there anyone here who lives in the Orlando or even the Central Florida area? I'd be interested to see what we can accomplish community wise as far as getting the word out there. It seems most doctors are at a loss for info and we're pretty much guinea pigs.
I'd like to see how widespread this is in the Florida area.

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Breast Implants and MRSA
Posted by Sandy in Los Angeles
Last Reply July 7, 2006 at 21:52
Started July 7, 2006 at 08:20
I have been suffering with MRSA (boils on my face, buttock) for a while now and I cant shake it. I cant seem to get better either. Now I have pink eye. I have seen infectious medicine, a dermatoligist, a family medicine doctor, and now I am going to be referred to a hemotologist and getting a second opinion from all of the doctors above at another hospital as a private patient.

It all started for me when A few years ago I had a bad tummy tuck then went back to the plastic surgeon and had my tummy tuck revised because she did such a bad job and she said that if I got the implants during the revision I wouldnt have to pay more for anethestia *sp so I got breast implants at the same time as the 2nd revision. I also have a yeast infection in my belly button that no one will touch and my plastic surgeon said that it closed a little after my 1st tummy tuck and its an artistic thing and only she can fix it. When I saw the Plastic Surgeon last week she said she needed to remove my imp... read more

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