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Can you have side effects after having MRSA??
Posted by Terry
Last Reply June 6, 2016 at 21:32
Started May 2, 2016 at 23:00
I had MRSA in 2012 and was wondering if you can have joint pain in like your hands from this. I was so sick with MRSA in the hospital for a week and notice that my leg hurt so bad. I have to use a cane to walk now. The pain I have in my hands is like it hurts for about 3 days in one place and then it moves to another place and it is in my wrist real bad. It is chronic pain. I know this is has been 4 years ago but I feel like this has something to do with my pain. Thank you for anyone helping me with this.

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Here is what works to hold down my MRSA attack
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply June 3, 2016 at 18:17
Started February 14, 2007 at 15:12
Hi, I thought I would put it all together in one place:
ONE: I make a wash using a clean plastic bucket full of water, several drops of tincture of iodine and 2 drops of tea tree oil. With this, I GENTLY wash my face with little pats MANY times a day. I bathe with it at night, also put some into my scalp. I keep that face cloth in the bucket. DO NOT put straight iodine on your body, no matter how desperate you are, it will burn your skin off. You must go slowly, gently, to inhibit the growth of the bacteria. Next: I make sure my urine pH is ALKALINE, which means a bit over pH 7. pH 7.36 is ideal for the human body. MRSA is acidic and loves an acidic body, so my job is to make my body an UNHAPPY HOME for the bacteria. If you cannot afford test strips, just buy a purple (also called red) cabbage, next to the regular cabbage. Boil some leaves and drain. That is your test solution. Purple cabbage makes a near perfect pH 7 solution. Now, put some into a clean paper cup. It l... read more

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Frequent MRSA issues
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply May 24, 2016 at 12:19
Started April 8, 2014 at 21:28
In August of last year we were renting what we thought was a nice apartment. We
had continuous ac issues which eventually led to the unit leaking all over my
daughter's room. I decided to get down on my hands and knees and examine the
carpet, pull it back from the wall, and found black mold. Shortly after that I
developed 2 bumps under my armpits which I ignored for far to long. I also
wound up with a baseball size lump in my leg. Over Labor Day weekend I had to
be hospitalized for 3 days. I also had to pack the wound on my leg for close to 2
months, starting with 16 inches of tape and working my way down. Since then
I've had MRSA 3 more times. Three days ago I found another abscess under my
armpit. Why does this keep happening? I'm a fairly healthy person, not diabetic,
nor do I have any immune system disorders. I'm beyond frustrated, in over my
head with doctor bills. Unfortunately, I do tend to stress a lot! Is this causing it?
I'm just scare... read more

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What’s Wrong with Hydrogen Peroxide…or Ozone?
Posted by Dave
Last Reply May 2, 2016 at 05:22
Started June 26, 2006 at 19:50
The June 26th, 2006 issue of Time Magazine had a short article on MRSA, entitled “Surviving the New Killer Bug” It was well written and should bring public attention to the seriousness of this new epidemic. However, one part of it did leave me confused.

At the bottom of the article was a section entitled “What You Can Do”. The first suggestion was to avoid getting cuts and scrapes (OK). Next it advised: “Thoroughly clean even superficial wounds with soap and water” (Still OK) – THEN it stated, in bold blue letters: “Do not use hydrogen peroxide” (????) Why is that???
Does anyone have any idea why hydrogen peroxide is bad to use or why it should not be used on MRSA?

Also, do you have any opinions about the use of ozone? Another thread in this forum warned: “Ozone therapy is very dangerous and does not work”. I will assume that the author was speaking about ozone injections and/or ozone bagging in lieu of professional medical treatment.
I, personally, would not us... read more

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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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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

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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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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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 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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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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wound care
Posted by swp
Last Reply April 10, 2016 at 15:44
Started October 1, 2016 at 16:13
I've been struggling with these reoccurring boils for 6 months.
The latest boil has appeared on my genitals (the labia). It's not
as severe as the first boil that entered the bloodstream, although
it did require minor, immediate surgery. I'm posting wound care
stuff that seems to help. There's a lot of trusted good
information here. If you go to the gym read about Coaches and
Athletic Directors. It's unlikely that your gym/school is
following guidelines. When you workout, you sweat and create the
ideal environment for MRSA growth.

Take a shower after you exercise, including yoga. Wash your gym
clothes after every use. Don't even use a gym bag. Anything less
is poor hygiene.

Keep your wounds covered. Mine are large and bleed for a month,
this is an artform. After a while, the glue on tape degrades the
skin, even sensitive tape.

Stretch-Net this is a neat product that goes on like a sock and
doesn't require tape... read more

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Where to buy garlic & seeds online?
Posted by 4myMomma
Last Reply April 9, 2016 at 01:14
Started September 2, 2016 at 04:09
Hello :) Super excited I found this forum!! I want to thank
everyone here for all the time & effort they put into this.
It really has made a difference in peoples lives. This forum has
really given me hope & has really restored some of the faith that
I had lost in humanity. THANK YOU <3

So my mother has HA-MRSA I think thats right LOL. She got it from
the hospital. They had to put some camera up her nose to look at
her throat & its been down hill from there.
I have been looking online trying to buy some garlic & some seeds
for her but I dont know what sites to trust. Most of anything
that comes up on the search looks super shady when I click on the
site. I dont know if they are legit & just cant afford a better
looking site or if its just shady sites.
I have tried looking through the posts on here but theres just so
many of them & I get side tracked reading everybody's stories,
that I never end up finding what im looking for. So I decided I
sho... read more

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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply April 3, 2016 at 17:59
Started April 1, 2016 at 19:44
Hello and welcome,

We've been dealing with a few glitches on forum. I can see where you posted, in both places, but others can not. Go ahead and start a new topic with your questions. I'll keep an eye out to be sure your topic gets to the top.

Thank you

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epsom salt
Posted by melissa
Last Reply April 2, 2016 at 03:18
Started April 2, 2016 at 03:18
Several months ago I received a wound on my
leg from a rented tool. The wound was fine
until the fifth day. Then it started getting
inflamed so I did the hydrogen peroxide and
antibiotic ointment. On day 6 my leg itched
like it had an alien. I used a poultice of
epsom salt now about four times. My leg is
healing. I will try the raw crushed garlic in
any future occurrences combined with the salt.

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

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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The "contagious" question
Posted by mattb
Last Reply March 22, 2016 at 04:43
Started July 4, 2006 at 06:53
I've never thought to ask this until now - but how contagious is it to have a MRSA skin infection that is being treated by anti-biotics, being kept clean, dressings changed frequently by doctors wearing gloves, etc.

Since none of the 6 doctors I've seen thus far has ever mentioned a single thing about infecting other people through casual contact, I figured that was just a non-issue. My impression is that it is transmitted fluid-to-fluid, meaning someone would have to stick their finger in my abscess without a glove or touch a used dressing and then put their finger in their mouth or on a cut for anything to be transmitted. Am I wrong?

I appreciate that general hygiene needs to be paid attention to more than normally, washing hands more frequently etc. But can it be transmitted through the air? If you cough near someone, or just have a conversation, is that enough?
I tend to think not, but I would like to hear what anybody has to say about this.

I am definitely going... read more

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Skin problems after long use of Vancomycin
Posted by Jim
Last Reply March 15, 2016 at 01:53
Started March 11, 2016 at 18:10
I had hip surgery & could not heal after the operation. My incision continued to
bleed & my temperature got up to 103. My doctor wanted to see it because I was
at home & as soon as he saw it he scheduled another surgery to go in & clean out
the infection. This continued for about 3 months & during the time I had 3 more
surgeries to get rid of the infections which were many with one being MRSA. He
finally put me on a wound vac which is a machine that is supposed to suck the
infection out of the incision. The home health care nurses come in & put a couple
small sponges in the hole in your hip which has now become pretty gross from
the 4 operations & the constant infection. There is also a sterile hose that is
attached to the sponges & it is suppose to suck the infection out of you. It
basically runs 24 hrs per day. It allows the incision which won't heal to heal from
the inside out. It was doing a pretty good job,slow, but the hole in my leg was
starting to fil... read more

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Does this sound like MRSA/Staph
Posted by JAY
Last Reply March 12, 2016 at 17:46
Started October 17, 2010 at 02:00
Before I begin, I just want to thank anyone who decides to take the
time out to read my post. I've been searching for the culprit of
health problems that have been ongoing since 2006, but undiagnosed.
Now for my story ....

In 2006 I went on a trip up to the Pacific Northwest for work. I
started in Portland and then onto Seattle. Around the 4th day of the
Seattle trip I started developing some weird infection in my mouth,
particularly near the gumline of my back left wisdom tooth. I chose to
ignore it and within a couple of days my whole mouth became sore and
my gums bled a little. It even got to the point where it hurt to eat.
To make matters worse, I started developing body aches, a fever, and
a sore on my lip that hurt like hell ..... yet I kept working. We
didn't get paid unless we worked our hours and I needed the money. We
were putting in 13 hour days prepping a new restaurant opening. I
wasn't getting adequate sleep and eating poorly.

Suff... read more

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MRSA Carrier
Posted by chan103
Last Reply March 12, 2016 at 02:21
Started December 2, 2016 at 05:00
I found out today my girlfriend is a 'carrier' for MRSA. I, of
course, goodled it and was pretty alarmed by the results. I was
hoping someone could break it down for me and explain what this means
for me, and what this means for her. I am knowledgeable in the
medical field, but from the perspective of emergency and first
responder medicine. Infections and bacteria are not my department.

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