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antibiotic therapy
Posted by Mina
Last Reply November 20, 2005 at 21:07
Started November 20, 2005 at 01:52
I know this is a question for my doctor, but I am curious to see if anyone else here knows.
If you take an antibiotic known to be ineffective in treating MRSA, and it helps cure a skin infection, does this mean the skin infection is not MRSA, but something else, like simply a staph aerus infection? I'm on Keflex right now and it seems to be helping.

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MRSA in UK hospitals
Posted by James
Last Reply November 17, 2005 at 08:49
Started November 6, 2005 at 15:36
It is about time we all realised that the UK's Health Service is nor remotely interested in MRSA, which their compacency created back in the 1960's.

By offering free medical treatment to anyone arriving in Britain, they have succeeded in spreading it around the world. In fact it is currently Britain's most successful export.

Having seen their disgustingly dirty hospitals at first hand, my advice to anyone falling sick in Britain would be to avoid touching anyone or anything in a hospital there. Better still, avoid them like the plague as most of my Brit friends do !

As the Brits have washed their hands (figureatively) of this nightmare, why aren't we doing anything to contain it in the states ?

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MRSA pediatric otitis/mastoiditis
Posted by Beth
Last Reply November 15, 2005 at 15:44
Started November 14, 2005 at 02:16
My 4 year old nephew has recently been hospitalized twice for MRSA otitis/mastoditis left side. He had 1 month of vancomyacin (IV) followed by mastoid surgery. Supposedly all his lab work after surgery was normal and he returned to preschool etc. All of his immediate family tested positive for MRSA through nasal swabs and were treated also.
They also tested negative after treatment.

Now he has MRSA (right ear)and the doctors (pediatrician, ID, and ENT) again can't seem to agree on how to treat him.

Any ideas?? Thanks

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Posted by Kathy
Last Reply November 11, 2005 at 15:39
Started November 7, 2005 at 06:25
hello all,
My ex-husband passed wednesday night from this thing I have never heard of. His friend found him in his apartment in a bad state with a fever of 104. He was taken straight to the hospital and was not responsive after that. He had a stroke also. Not sure if the stroke happened before he was hospitalized or after. His red blood count was very low and they tried to wait a few days before they did open heart surgery, but it was pretty much a no win situation. They had to do the heart surgery a few days later because of other complications I think. He had the bacteria in his heart and it has spread to all of his other organs. He came through the first surgery, but had to have a second one two days later and he just was not strong enough. He was gone quickly.

My quesions is: How long does this take to put an man in this kind of condition? Within a week he was gone.

Also, my son was there to visit him and I am concerned he could get this somehow. My son will have to cle... read more

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Taking Action
Posted by Ged. Boston.
Last Reply November 11, 2005 at 13:12
Started November 6, 2005 at 19:32

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hubby got brain tumour and mrsa
Posted by kerry
Last Reply November 10, 2005 at 12:31
Started November 4, 2005 at 23:26
hubby was diagnosed with a brain tumour about 3 months ago and was admitted today with an absess and now found out he has MRSA in the wound is this dangerous with his condition

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What happens when MRSA isn't treated?
Posted by Linda
Last Reply November 9, 2005 at 16:54
Started October 3, 2005 at 18:08
Hi Everyone!

I wrote a wk. or two ago about my son having recurring MRSA boils that were treated once and came back again. There were 2 other boys in the neighborhood that he plays with that also had MRSA boils and were treated with appropriate antibiotics. Our neighbor boy also had a boil, but his parents didn't take him to the Dr. They instead popped the boil and it healed up within a few days.

Today they took their son to a skin Dr. who (I suppose swabbed his nose) said he did indeed have MRSA, but it's run it course and didn't recommend any treatment.

I'm just confused at this point. Is it possible to get MRSA, have one boil and then it runs it course without treatment?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this.

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us forum
Posted by peggie
Last Reply November 9, 2005 at 01:57
Started October 28, 2005 at 07:01
Please Let Me Know
Started by Peggy Henshey Posted: October 28, 2005 at 01:19
I am a foster parent in PA. I have a child that has been diagnosed with MRSA on her skin. She has had several breakouts since she has been with us. She had this at home also. The Dr. just keeps giving us antibiotics and they go away but then they come back again. Can MRSA on the skin be cured? I can't seem to get a straight answer. I was also told that the skin MRSA can go to the inside. Does this just lie dormant and come back again? Please help me find the right answer to this questions.

Thanks Peggy


Re: Please Let Me Know
Reply #1 by Christina Jones Posted: October 28, 2005 at 02:17
I am a big fan of the Hibiclens cleanser and the bactroban nasal routine - it seems to help a lot of people including us. You might ask your doctor about using those things to try to defeat the colonization of bacteria. Hibiclens is a great surgical grade cleanser, available without a prescripti... read more

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Posted by rita
Last Reply November 3, 2005 at 16:04
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:29
Started by Rita Posted: October 25, 2005 at 01:52
I am in the United States (North Carolina) I am 43 years old, always been healthy, only went to the DR. once a year for a well woman check-up. Suddenly,(about 2 months ago) my lower back starts hurting and continues to hurt so much that I make a Dr. appointment. The Dr. takes urine sample, finds no infection. He then prescribes antiinflamatories and muscle relaxers. I take them a few days and feel better and quit taking them. Then my back starts hurting again so I mention this in my yearly well-woman visit. They do blood work. The nurse calls me one week later and says that my white blood cell count is high, but that it is nothing to worry about. Three days later, I wake up with my back hurting so bad that I cannot walk. I go through several different Dr's. I get another result of white blood cell count being high. Two of my brothers have recently been diagonsed with MRSA. I had an open wound that would not heal previous t... read more

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Posted by AMY
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 16:28
Started November 2, 2005 at 07:29
MRSA and Sexual Contact
Started by Amy Posted: November 2, 2005 at 04:52
I am seeking information on the potential for the spread of MRSA through sexual contact. I am asking out of concern for my friend, who was recently discharged from the hospital after treatment of MRSA, which he acquired following surgery. At discharge he was told by his doctors that he no longer has MRSA and was discharged without antibiotics. From what I have been reading on this discussion forum, it sounds like once someone has MRSA, they remain a carrier for life even after the infection has been successfully treated. If it is true that he is a carrier for life, can he pass MRSA through unprotected sex?

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mrsa C-section incision
Posted by Pat
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 02:35
Started November 1, 2005 at 23:45
My daughter recently had a C-section and has developed MRSA in the incision. Her OB doc emphatically states that there is NO infection. The culture done by her primary care giver show differntly....growing MRSA.I am not at all impressed by his opinion. She has developed a pilonidal cyst which is worsening despite oral antibiotics. A surgeon was consulted and said that she can not have surgery while the infection is present. He also suggested IV antibiotics be started. That was yesterday. I suspect that she now has MRSA in her pilonidal cyst. A culture was finally taken today after she was rushed to the ER with high temp, weakness and tremor. I feel that an aggressive treatment plan must be initiated quickly. I fear for her health. Unfortunately, her finances are limited and I suspect that she is receiving inferior treatment due to that. Suggestions?

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crushed to the bone by family member
Posted by catlin
Last Reply October 29, 2005
Started October 10, 2005 at 20:09
This is word for word from my brother:

"I am just tired of the non-truths and getting me upset over elements that are not in reality. When you get me emotionally upset over these fictional items that are running in all different directions in your mind, you are being extremely selfish. It would be a different story otherwise. I know this is your way at that time to get attention. I would appreciate if you could get attention in a non-selfish manner..."

This while awaiting my 2nd culture for septicemia from MRSA, possible lung infection and being very very sick from MRSA that was cultured from a skin infection.

I am just sick at heart now too.

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New here, just diagnosed
Posted by Jada
Last Reply October 28, 2005 at 16:21
Started October 23, 2005 at 05:21
Was just diagnosed with MRSA last week while in the hospital. I know very little about it but am scared to death. Haven't been able to find out much from searching websites. Was glad to find this site so hopefully I can learn more. I feel like there is so much more than the doctors told me, I have never been this sick in my life, and I don't know if it is the MRSA or something else going on. I was originally admitted to the hospital for elevated blood sugar (I am diabetic) and a bad kidney infection. Was not told about the MRSA for several days (I guess due to the time it takes to culture). I have a followup dr appt. on Tuesday and hope to get at least some answers.

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mrsa back
Posted by sandi
Last Reply October 28, 2005 at 05:23
Started October 6, 2005 at 14:11
I live in Alabama and got MRSA during an ankle replacement. THat was last JUne and now I have it again. Is there any advise on how to deal with MRSA and keep it from coming back. Sandi

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Posted by ohn
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 22:35
Started October 6, 2005 at 02:11
I need more info on mrsa /superbug infection .... And have a question or 2 why are we getting this bug from the very place we go too get better ...?? what kind of life can you live knowing you have MRSA in your blood or urain ?? who do you go to for ansures ? who pays the price but you ??is there a lawer in the house

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So. Cal MRSA sufferers?
Posted by Gerri
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 05:12
Started May 5, 2005 at 21:41
I work for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. Currently working on a story about MRSA, and am looking for people who have dealt with or are dealing with it.

If you'd be willing to share your story please drop me a line at

Many thanks,

Gerri Shaftel, Medical Producer

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Nurses & Doctors
Posted by Debby
Last Reply October 25, 2005 at 18:57
Started October 24, 2005 at 18:28
I read all this about MRSA and it seems the drs need to be reeducated. I have posted before as my daughter acquired this infection in the hospital after brain surgery. (For a tumor that wasn'T there). In the ER and after being admitted to hospital, I was the one wiping the infection that was oozing from her skull. The nurses and doctors all saw me do this and never said a word about wearing gloves or washing my hands etc. She was never put in isolation. My small grandchildren (her neices and nephews) came to visit as did her sisters and brothers. NO ONE told us of the danger of this. She had a hole the diameter size of a pen or pencil in her skull where the infection choose to escape from. For 3 days I cared for the spot as she could only feel it running and not know where to wipe. Never was a dressing put on it or was it washed by a nurse. It stayed open and running except for the wipes that I washed it with. It is really awful that doctors and nurses are not more human when it com... read more

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Posted by Bishop
Last Reply October 25, 2005
Started October 5, 2005 at 19:49
I was wondering about something just a few minutes ago. Right now its 236pm in NJ. Im in NJ. I was wondering if contribitors to the site could let us know what state your in. You know, like a location, to kind of get perspective of where the MRSA is. But kind of like on a grand scale. Not that I wouldnt visit that state but just to be able to see the whole picture from another angle. I currently know of one other person who is diagnosed with MRSA skin type. And he isnt far from where I live. And I am in Mercer County. And The Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton didnt really know for some reason how to treat someone with this problem. Believe it or not I actually witnessed the Nurse just lightly using an anti-bacterial soap and then quickly washing off just after handling my friend and his wound. She even had the nerve to only wipe the stethoscope with water.

Dont they know the risks? Are they even aware of how quickly so many people are getting the infection? Why would someone even ... read more

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Both kids have boils - one MRSA one not??
Posted by Kim
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 12:03
Started October 10, 2005 at 21:35
My son had surgery in July. A month later he had 2 boils. The nurse at my sons doctor said that she would leave it up to me whether to come in or not since it was a friday. She told me to use a warm compress and just keep an eye on it. It got better and 2 months later he had 2 more boils on his legs. This was 2 weeks ago. I took him in and they did cultures and put him on antibiotics. The culture came back last week monday as MRSA.

On Tuesday my older son had a boil. I took him in on Tuesday and they did a swab and today they called me to tell me that his is just regular staph.

I was wondering if anyone had had this happen to them. To me it seemed strange that non of us have ever had a boil and now both of my kids have boils within a week from each other but they are not the same thing. The nurse says that they did not pass it on to each other as they are 2 seperate things.


(Please ignore the post before this. I was trying to copy it from a post th... read more

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Posted by Frank
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 11:51
Started March 22, 2005 at 15:09
Antibiotic resistant bacteria have been a problem ever since antibiotics came on the scene. I am a retired microbiologist who has been involved in very early problems with this.

The other problem is with people. People cause more preventable infections and deaths than all the antibiotic resistant organisms. Though these can be prevented, the attitudes of the physicians, nurses, laboratories and administrative personnel are of paramount importance. The institutional attitude is that "Nothing can be done about it." In fact, something can be done, but illness and death cannot be brought to zero. Even when microbiologists do their jobs, it is the physicians, nurses and families who must carry out the treatment and preventive medicine.

In fact, not all bacteriology is done by qualified microbiologists. Laboratory technicians, laboratory aides and poorly trained and minimally experienced staff often do the first work on these organisms. If they do not carry out the best technical pr... read more

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