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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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yet another MRSA newbie with questions!
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply March 11, 2016 at 18:17
Started November 28, 2009 at 16:24
Hi, everyone,
What a wonderful forum! I'm hoping someone can help answer my questions. I'll try not to be too long and boring!
I'm 46, female, basically healthy. I had an infected "sore" (no one ever said MRSA) on my lower back in December, 2008, which cleared up with one week of Doxycycline. No idea how I got it. I'm a teacher and I use Purell after every class! And I'm pretty clean in the house (I live alone). So..I think everything is fine, but on Halloween of this year, I got another sore in the exact same spot, 11 months later! Starts out like a small, red, itchy bump, like a mosquito bite. Went to the same surgeon, who, this time, drained it a few days later. Another week of Doxycycline. Still have a scab a month later. This time, they said MRSA but never did a culture.
My PCP (never saw an ID - in fact, here, you can't make an appointment with one but can only see one if you're in the hospital) said to clean the house with Lysol and use Hibiclens daily. Cleane... read more

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Nasal MRSA
Posted by Dusty
Last Reply March 11, 2016 at 01:41
Started November 2, 2016 at 17:43
I have never understood how treating the nose is supposed to remove
MRSA from the body. It seems obvious that MRSA is everywhere not just
the entrance to the nasal passages.

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MRSA recurrence
Posted by Marissa
Last Reply March 7, 2016 at 22:42
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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35% Hydrogen Peroxide and Garlic
Posted by Kaelyn
Last Reply March 6, 2016 at 23:45
Started August 13, 2011 at 15:43
I am new to this forum but I've read up on all the garlic suggestions. My son is 2 and has mrsa from the community. I have no idea where he picked it up but I'm guessing he scratches his bottom with his fingernails since all the boils appear there. I like everyone else though he had a spider bite until two more appeared. We took him to his ped and she knew right away it was staph. It was cultured and positive for mrsa. I didn't even know what mrsa was at the time so we did the antibiotics. It stayed away for one month and came back so we did another round of antibiotics. After that round for 10 days he had another spot after only being off the meds for three days.
Since then I have vowed not to kill his immune system with any more meds. For two months now we have been using every remedy under the sun with some measure of success. I found this forum on garlic a couple days ago and wondered if anyone had tried using the garlic bath, but also adding in a small amount of 35%... read more

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MRSA- overwhelmed
Posted by Trina
Last Reply March 5, 2016 at 22:27
Started January 18, 2016 at 08:26
Hi all,
I'm from Aus. Doesn't seem to much info about Mrsa in Australia.
Anyway, a swab on huge infection on my back came back as Mrsa. I'm devastated
to be stuck with this for life- does everyone get repeated attacks all the time? It
just seems like the boils don't stop for most people?
I' m now scared to even touch people in case I infect them. All my dr said was
skin to skin transmission. Does this mean I can't hug friends or have intercourse
with husband ever again?
Before this I was a healthy runner, don't know where I caught this curse as I
haven't been to hospital.
Wishing you all good health.

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anything to prevent or remedy CA-MRSA scarring
Posted by hope
Last Reply March 5, 2016 at 21:46
Started August 28, 2008 at 02:07
I'm really hoping someone can help me out with some advice about preventing or lessening/eliminating the scars that are left after a boils heals. I am very light complected and am getting these scars everywhere. Also, is it best to completely leave the boil alone or to try to open or squeeze it and apply some kind of ointment when it first appears.


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Posted by Lisa from SC
Last Reply March 2, 2016 at 14:29
Started August 10, 2006 at 03:41
Has anyone found any success in finding an Attorney to take their case after getting MRSA from a Hospital????

Or have we all been left alone to pick up the peices and struggle with No one held being held ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!

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