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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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Posted by STEVE T
Last Reply July 7, 2006 at 21:43
Started July 7, 2006 at 17:26
I have MRSA, I started out with just a boil that was lanced and became MRSA. I was released to go home and resume my home life. After about a month the boils returned in numbers, now I have 8 wound sites and am on antibiodics and layed up from work. In the cases of MRSA boils, that occure in those of us we need emidiate surgical attention, like the same day treatment. We need as patients a clinic that can and will see us withing 24 to 48 hours max. in this way we can catch the problem and treat the wound before it has spread or grown bigger. Also, as everone knows
our loved ones are at risk too when we have outbreaks of this bug. and then last we need to have our employers aware
of what MRSA is and that we may have to leave work in a moments notice to seek medical attention. And we need more education and public awareness of MRSA. thanks S

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Posted by Mina
Last Reply July 6, 2006 at 23:59
Started July 6, 2006 at 22:46
Has anyone dealt with spontaneous fevers. I mean fevers that don't seem to be indicative of any illness and just go away as soon as they came?

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Posted by Karen
Last Reply July 5, 2006 at 22:30
Started July 2, 2006 at 15:08
Thank you for the opportunity to share my situation, for what it’s worth. I was exceedingly relieved to find this forum, yet in reading through, I must admit I’m exhausted to my very core.

The elder who said “bravery stands in the light” is most correct. I do not hesitate as sensitive in nature as my story is, to share it in the very real hope it may help another go through with a measure of expectation, what my loved ones and I are experiencing. I’ll warn you ahead of time... this is long. Yet, in writing all this down I feel a measure of cathartic relief which centers me in my own battle.

This is my story...
It is well document throughout this event that I am a Diabetic maintained with oral medication, and have been for about 3 years now. I’m 48. Married 26 years. Two adult children. Live in Central CA.

April 27, 2006
I discovered one extremely itchy tiny black spot mid-center L labia after gardening. I cleaned tweezers and clicked a pinpoint opening into the black bl... read more

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I'm afraid I'm in for it again
Posted by Linda
Last Reply July 5, 2006 at 19:46
Started June 26, 2006 at 13:41
Well as everyone knows, I've been fighting hard to re-build my immune system and stepped it up in march after my permenant implants had to be removed due to the MRSA returning. And I've posted this past week my fears of having to go back under the knife and contracting MRSA again from the biopsy they had to do last thursday. After the biopsy, I felt fine, except that the underside of my arm was numb and had burning pain in it so i've had to stay on the pain pill. Yesterday, I started not feeling very well, kind of flushed, nauseaus, and headache. I hadn't removed the bandage from the biopsy because I thought it might be best to leave things alone, but last night I decided to remove the dressing and try to shower. When I pulled it off, it's all red and hard and hot to touch. And this morning I really feel like hell. I don't see the doctor until wed morning so I'm wondering if I should contact my ID doctor (I've been dissmissed from him since mid-march. Or try to get in and see my ... read more

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Posted by Kiki
Last Reply July 5, 2006 at 19:34
Started July 4, 2006 at 17:45
I am a 36-year old woman who has been diagnosed MRSA since March of 2005. I was a day care provider when I was diagnosed. One of the children, a now 3-year old little boy had it & I caught it. He had it, according to his doctor because when his mother was pregnant with him; she used dirty needles while using illegal drugs while she was pregnant with him!! And that's what caused it.

Before that diagnosis, I was placed on Keflex antibiotic for 20 days. That not working; my doctor hospitalized me for 4-5 days & I was diagnosed with MRSA. I was placed on vancomycin iv during my hospital stay. Then sent home on bactrim. This cleared it up, temporarily.

Then I spent the next several months on & off antibiotics: keflex, clindamycin, & batrim. Several more, I simply can't remember!!!

About 6 weeks ago.... the MRSA returned, with a vengence!!! I was placed on oral antibiotics for 2-3 weeks. Then, I spent 1 week on vancomycin iv (at home with the help of a home health care nurse). A... read more

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Posted by debi
Last Reply July 3, 2006 at 03:16
Started June 14, 2006 at 15:56
hi without going into all the details at the moment im trying to find out if anyone has had a bad reaction to the drug vancomycin given in the treament of mrsa

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Viruses vs. Superbugs
Posted by Bill
Last Reply June 30, 2006 at 02:10
Started June 30, 2006 at 02:10
Viruses vs. Superbugs by Thomas Häusler, June 2006

On June 26 at about 7:00 p.m. I was finally able to get a much awaited copy of the book - Viruses vs. Superbugs - a solution to the antibiotic crisis? It turned out to be a fascinating and informative read and is highly recommended for anyone interested in the superbug crisis and the use of bacteriophages to mediate this crisis. I finished the book by June 29, 1:00 pm.

Two thoughts kept going through my mind: 1. Phage therapy research - too little, too late and tooo.... slow! And 2. Superbugs are everybody’s business because superbugs make everybody their business!

This book is a "must read" and I wish you happy reading!

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Let curiosity lead you
Posted by Alternatives methods that work
Last Reply June 28, 2006 at 15:53
Started October 5, 2005 at 01:04
Here are two more alternatives that can be very helpful. Vitamin C, given in very high doses, can do amazing things. Often, intravenous Vitamin C is necessary for the best results. There is an excellent book on the subject called, "Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins, by Dr. Tom Levy. I had no idea Vitamin C could be used in so many ways until I read this book. Sodium ascorbate is the best oral Vitamin C. In some situations one should be taking 30,000-40,000 mg orally each day. Intravenous doses can be as high as 300,000 mg a day. There is a huge amount of research to back this up in the book.

Hydrogen peroxide is another great product, but not the stuff in the grocery store. I'm talking about food grade, 35% hydrogen peroxide. It can be used for many purposes too. I'm sure it would be very beneficial for skin conditions.

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MRSA of the eye
Posted by Ally
Last Reply June 26, 2006 at 02:51
Started June 26, 2006 at 02:51
My 3 year old son has three MRSA outbreaks of the same eye in the past 8 months. I feel the dr. won't keep him on the antibiotics long enough. To make this story worse we were at a restarant his 4 year old brother was sitting next to him and poked him in the eye with his finger then put his finger in his own eye! I could't get around the table fast enough. We went to the restroom and washed it out. two days later his eye blew up. Has anyone dealing with MRSA of the eye. Was it treated with an antibiotic that worked? HELP!!!

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dear god,can i please scream now????
Posted by sonie
Last Reply June 24, 2006 at 15:01
Started June 17, 2006 at 01:50 very aggitated...after 6 months,my incision in my stomach is still open..yes,it is smaller than it was,however,after being so dilligent about packing it 2 times a day,it started to close wrong,and the bottom half of the incision actually grew into my new tissue that has grown,and so at this point,it will never close..what did my doctor say????well...bascially,i fired hm aftrer my last surgery in april....he cut the whole entire insicion open,clean out the infection once again,and cut out dead tissue..he had to cut it out so deep,they told me i could not have used a wound vac even if my insurance paid for it,because it was cut so deep inside my stomach that the wound vac would potentially pull my intenstines through it...anyway...he did this last surgery,sent me home outpatient,and was going to send me home with NO PAIN MEDS!!now im not big on taking any medicines of any kind,however,when im sliced open,i would like something to kill the pain...he acted like he was appauled i ... read more

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