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Another outbreak
Posted by Connie
Last Reply July 29, 2014 at 15:43
Started April 9, 2010 at 01:39
I've got another outbreak. Two boils this time. I feel very tired and the boils hurt. This is number 7 in 8 months. I don't want to take antibiotica AGAIN so I'm goint to try garlic, a lot of garlic. I'm also using lemon grass oil and tea tree oil. I don't know why I keep getting outbreaks, I've been taking a ton of vitamines. I don't get it. Any suggestions?

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MRSA from Saliva = ?
Posted by kj4414
Last Reply July 24, 2014 at 22:59
Started February 11, 2010
Hi everyone - I've been reading through the forum and know there are some very knowledgeable folks around here and I'd like to get your advice. I work with someone who has MRSA. This sounds a little silly, but I accidentally used their fork for a bite of food. I'm concerned I may have been exposed to MRSA and want to take this seriously, especially as a precaution against my family being infected. It has been less than 48 hours since the "incident" so I'm guessing that's too soon for a culture.

First, where might an infection show up? I've heard plenty about skin and blood infection, but not much about mouth, saliva, throat or digestive tract infection. When/if I get a culture, what should I have tested?

Second, please advise on my best course of action overall!

Thank you!!


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MRSA in sinuses
Posted by Charlie R
Last Reply July 21, 2014 at 02:46
Started August 17, 2005 at 20:52
I hAVE BEEN ON ANTIBIOTICS FOR 3 YEARS, 4 SINUS SURGERIES, AND NOW I AM BEING TREATED FOR STAPH IN SINUS BONE EVEN THOUGH UNABLE TO GET ANY DEFINATIVE CULTURES. I AM MAKING SOME PROGRESS ON 6 WEEKS OF VANCO BUT FEEL INFECTION IS STILL THERE. MY WIFE IS DEVELOPING SINUS INFECTIONS. IS THIS CONTAGIOUS IN HOUSEHOLDS AND HAS ANY BODY HAD MRSA THAT THEY WERE UNABLE TO CULTURE..

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sinus infection
Posted by donna
Last Reply July 19, 2014 at 20:49
Started June 18, 2007 at 23:37
I have been treated for a "sinus infection" for about a year now. In Dec I was told it was MRSA and was put on Bactroban and Bactrim. That didn't work. In Jan I was referred to an specialist who put me on Zyvox-2 rounds. After being on it for a month I still had a sinus infection, he told me that it must be a secondary infection because after a month the MRSA would be cleared up but didnt do a culture. By Mar by asthma was out of control and for 3 1/2 wks they threatened to put me in the hostipal. During this whole time I still had the sinus infection. I was finally told I needed surgery. That the infection could not drain due to polyps. I had the surgery on May 7, it didn't change a thing. I still have the infection. The Dr said the culture showed a "significant" amount. Can anybody suggest something, anything?? I don't know what to do any more. Also, can someone tell me what causes this? I have no idea how I even got this. I would really appreciate any help anyone can provide. Tha... read more

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My 6 year-old son
Posted by RG
Last Reply July 15, 2014 at 13:47
Started July 18, 2005 at 23:35
My son had MRSA and was treated in the hospital for two days. He was given Vencomycin and was released on 6/30/05 on Bactrim oral suspension. I stopped the antibiotic treatment on 7/5/05, because he broke out in hives. The Doctors recommended that we keep a close eye on him to make sure the MRSA does not reuccur. He received a full 8.5 days of oral Bactrim (Sulfatrim). On Tuesday, July 12th, my son had redness around his legs, they were in the same spots the hives had been but this time the red spots did not look like hives. The Dr. said they were some sort of really delayed allergic reaction to the medication. He was given a cream and the redness has gone away. Since he was released from the hospital, which will be three weeks this Thursday, my son has had several mosquito bite like, blister like wounds on his face arms and legs. Everytime I see one of these I get VERY WORRIED. I don't know whether its just a mosquito bite or if its the MRSA. Any suggestions, recommendatio... read more

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Hiv and Mrsa
Posted by Bill
Last Reply July 15, 2014 at 01:32
Started October 1, 2005 at 18:52
I'm interested in hearing other people's stories who are hiv+ and have had Mrsa infections. I've posted my story on an older listing (under "Hiv and Mrsa), if anyone is interested in my case. I'm happy to report that I've totally recovered now and I'm feeling great, but it's only been two weeks since I finished my five week Vancomycin treatment.

I ran into a friend who is a doctor yesterday and he said that anyone who is hiv+ and comes to his hospital with an mrsa boil is put on a one week Vancomycin treatment to ward off further complications. I seriouly doubt that most hospitals do this though. I appreciate any comments.

Thanks,
Bill

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manuka honey
Posted by bikerbabe
Last Reply July 13, 2014 at 16:24
Started July 25, 2005 at 15:50
i'm 29 and since my road traffic accident two years ago am still suffering the effects of mrsa. Have been told that there is nothing the doctors can do as the vancomycin anti biotic did not work, so find myself alone in trying to find help. I came across Manuka Honey, which i ordered over the internet. I've been taking it for a few weeks now and the wound and rash are going. Has anybody else taken this honey or know of somebody who has. Has it worked for them? Was it a waste of time? Please let me know.

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MRSA Scar hurting?
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply July 7, 2014 at 04:51
Started July 6, 2014 at 05:37
Hi, I was diagnosed with MRSA about a year ago, the infection was on my
upper thigh and was extremely difficult and painful to drain. Now, a
year later, it still hurts sometimes, especially when I touch it at all.
Is this normal?

Also, does anyone know the chances of getting another MRSA infection? If
it helps, my infection was most likely from using a toilet that someone
with MRSA used and didn't clean. TY!(:

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MRSA and dating
Posted by SMT
Last Reply July 5, 2014 at 06:56
Started July 5, 2014 at 06:56
Hello,
I am currently seeing someone, and he told me he "had" MRSA. I am unsure
about whether or not I should be worried about contracting it as well. We have not
been intimate, and I am not at a level where I'd feel comfortable asking him about
the details of his MRSA experience. From what he told me, he had a infection spot
removed, and a IV that went to his heart. I know there are carriers and infected
people, but I was wondering if either of those items (removed infection spot or IV
to the heart) would give any clues as to whether he is a carrier. From what I
understand he caught it while he was away at school. I am open to any tips or
information about contracting MRSA, and what I can do to prevent it. Kind of a
bummer, huh? Haha.

Thank you!

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how long will this awful fatigue
Posted by catlin
Last Reply July 3, 2014 at 04:53
Started October 18, 2005 at 15:45
last after the skin lesions clear? (For those of you with skin lesions only.) thanks for any replies

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what happens when mrsa is in your blood stream
Posted by jayme white
Last Reply June 29, 2014 at 21:35
Started June 29, 2014 at 16:37
Im on methotrexate and remicaid after last infusion I got a rash on neck arms and
vagina they put me on predasone next thing you know I swell up on arm and the
one down there (it was jut on side next entry to vajj) its going inside butt-hole and
vagina. Can this make it go into organs and bloodstream what happens if it goes to
these areas

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new approach
Posted by mike
Last Reply June 27, 2014 at 23:47
Started June 27, 2014 at 23:47
bob you might be interested in this news. researchers have "discovered" how tofight resistant bacterias......
just like alicin does as explained in you post

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140618140014.htm

"A breakthrough in the race to solve antibiotic resistance has been made by scientists. New research reveals an Achilles' heel in the defensive barrier that surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells. The findings pave the way for a new wave of drugs that kill superbugs by bringing down their defensive walls rather than attacking the bacteria itself. It means that in future, bacteria may not develop drug-resistance at all."

this is exactly the description you gave of how allicin acts.

also the mysterious flu is now being called a strep/flu/unidentified bacterial infection.

just remember it was a year ago I started mentioning strep ad flu combinations with mrs... read more

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Moisturizers
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply June 27, 2014 at 23:37
Started December 22, 2009 at 23:30
Just wanted to share something I learned about moisturizing when using Hibiclens (from a customer service rep):
Since Hibiclens does not contain a lot of emollients, it will not help prevent drying so this time of year skin may get a little dryer. The emollients in the hand lotion can be a problem, so it's important to use moisturizers that are compatible with CHG/Hibiclens.
Also, Purell actually contains an ingredient that makes it gel that interacts negatively with CHG/Hibiclens. You will need to wash more frequently with Hibiclens if you are using Purell regularly.
I've learned so much from everybody, I'm hoping to return the favor!


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I hope not again
Posted by James
Last Reply June 26, 2014 at 18:49
Started March 19, 2011 at 05:10
Last October I became very ill. Was misdiagnosed 3x-even told once I just had bronchotis despite my leg being red and swollen 2x it's size. Finally, an urgent care doc sent me directly to a different ER and told me I probably had MRSA. One night in the hospital, 3 weeks out of work, and $10,000 worth of anitbiotics I was better. I still remember the doctor saying I could get better, lose my leg, and even possibly lose my life.

Now 15 months later I have an infection in my right testicle that will not go away. I feel tired and weak just like I did before when I had MRSA. Is it possible to get MRSA there? I can assure you it isn't an STD. My blood counts and urine analysis came back fine-when I had MRSA before though the first 2x my blood count was normal. I'm just wondering if I need to be screaming louder for help-or just follow the urologist orders and go from there.

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Garlic water and IBS or C-diff
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply June 24, 2014 at 17:35
Started June 24, 2014 at 15:47
The compound in garlic most responsible for killing staph is diallyl thiosulfinate or allicin as it is popularly called, a volatile compound with a half-life of about 16 hours in air that forms when garlic is crushed. By letting the crushed garlic set for fifteen to thirty minutes and adding it to water, every part of that water becomes antimicrobial even when diluted to well over 100,000 parts of water to one part of allicin.

Since Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a bacterial infection of the colon, crushed raw garlic (CRG) can be used in an enema to kill the bacteria and probiotics used to restore friendly bowel bacteria so recovery can be prompt. A good size clove of non-irradiated garlic can be crushed and let steep in air for a few minutes before adding to warm water and swirling it around well enough to thoroughly mix it and then strain out the particles and pour into a hot water bottle and add enough warm water to fill the bottle and shake. Using an enema tip, lie on t... read more

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Meth & MRSA
Posted by Sally M
Last Reply June 21, 2014 at 15:50
Started April 24, 2006 at 23:52
Hi, I am a mother of a 33 yr old daughter. She recently was diagnosed with MRSA, and has several huge boils on her body at this time. She also has been addicted to Crystal Meth for at least a year.She won't go see a doctor because the Meth makes her put everything off. Everyday she says she's going, but never does. She can't get off the drug because of no money for treatment so things go on the same everyday. It's been almost a month of this and I'm at my wits end. I am so worried about her, I can hardly function in my own life. I know her immune system will never improve as long as she's doing this drug. And she knows this too, but the drug makes her not care. Does anyone have any suggestions? Everyday she seems to get another huge boil and a little more lethargic. Does anyone have the same type of problem out there, or is anyone trying to deal with the same type of situation? I would appreciate anyone to talk to about this, because she is adamant about me not letting anyone know w... read more

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Clindamycin-sensitive MRSA?
Posted by joe
Last Reply June 20, 2014 at 15:47
Started December 4, 2008 at 23:53
Hi! Nice to have stumbled upon this forum! Great site!

Here's my story: I had a small "boil" in my forearm that started on a monday. I pricked the "pimple" open and put band-aid on it. 3 days later, it started becoming very tender to touch and I noticed increased redness. By Friday, My forearm swelled up, so I called my PCP and he said I need to go to the ER or have a doctor lance it. I told him I was out of town and would do it when I come back, so he prescribed Clindamycin. By saturday, the boil started draining pus/blood and the swelling started going down so I was thinking the Clindamycin worked. By Monday night (7 days later) I had the boil lanced and cultured. Meanwhile I continued on the oral Clindamycin. 3 days later, the doctor told me that the culture came back SENSITIVE to Clindamycin, but he still diagnosed it as MRSA. Is that possible? I thought MRSA is resistant to these antibiotics except Vanc and Bactrim? Any thoughts?

By the way, the wound has healed really we... read more

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Mrsa and pain pills
Posted by Jim
Last Reply June 20, 2014 at 14:59
Started June 19, 2014 at 14:56
Does anyone know if abusing pain pills can cause mrsa? Thanks

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You can beat it
Posted by Sbet
Last Reply June 12, 2014 at 13:49
Started June 4, 2014 at 06:41
Just wanted to share how I overcame MRSA. First off I had been dealing
with it for only a few months before I started researching like a mad
man and found this site and many others. I believe I had a 'mild' case
of it. My only symptom occured after I scratched my leg. I was getting
large swollen areas all over my body roughly the size of a baseball in
diameter that would itch and after 3-5 days would develop a small
wound and drain leaving scars. I would get 1-6 at a time in the same
general area. I tried many things like garlic, silver, etc. What I
didnt realize at the time was how stressed I was and after reading
about how stress can basically kill your immune system I got lucky. At
the time I was unemployed and looking at not being able to pay my
bills, etc. I got a call out of the blue from a former employer who
handed me a great job. All of a sudden my stress level went from 10 to
2. With that I also was eating better and halving my sugar intake. I
h... read more

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MRSA Joint after effects?
Posted by Steve
Last Reply May 20, 2014 at 13:47
Started May 20, 2014 at 13:47
Hello all, Last summer I was bitten directly on the left kneecap by a
spider and ended up getting MRSA in the Knee. It was very swollen and
I had a open wound on my knee cap about the size of a quarter for
about 3 weeks to a month or so. Well after high doses of meds for
about a good month my doctor and I finally won the battle with the
MRSA and it healed up nicely or so I thought. Well fast forward to
this summer my wife, son and I have started running together as a
family. Not running to far maybe 1 1/2 miles every 2-3 days but my
left knee ( where I had the MRSA infection) has been constantly sore
and hurting since we started running. Could this some sort of damage
to my knee joint from the MRSA?

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