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Stages of MSRA
Posted by m
Last Reply May 7, 2015 at 04:45
Started February 12, 2012 at 23:58
I have had MSRA three times. Both my knee caps and most recently on my lips. I am
not a doctor but I can tell you what I believe the four stages are and how to treat
them. GOOD LUCK.

Stage one. (Pimple/Rash stage)
For me the onset of a MRSA attack begins with a painful pimple feeling and is
followed by a rash. For some this is described as a bite feeling. The important thing
to note is that pimples should not hurt as if a nerve is affected immediately following
the formation of a pimple.

Treatment Stage 1.
Do not pick at the site or touch the site no matter what the pain is. Wash the area.
IMMEDIATELY go to the doctor and explain your having another attack and begin

Stage 2 (Painful Puss Stage)
MRSA is like a hard and soft ball of puss just under your skin. The pain during this
stage is awful. Your brain is saying to you, " just pop the sucker and you'll feel
better." DO NOT TOUCH IT. You must wait this stage out.

Treatment Stage ... read more

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Does MRSA cause tooth decay?
Posted by st
Last Reply May 5, 2015
Started February 27, 2006 at 08:44
I was diagnosed with MRSA two years ago and my teeth are falling out. Does vancomycin help the teeth to become stronger? I know tetracyclines are bad for teeth. Sometimes these infections come from bad teeth (like endocarditis). Also should I rinse my mouth with chlorhexidine and put mupicioron in my food? Thanks in advance

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Grandmother with MRSA - what to do?
Posted by Karin
Last Reply May 3, 2015 at 14:36
Started January 27, 2007 at 19:01

My mother-in-law had surgery four years ago. We knew that she was not properly healing and that she was seeing doctors over the years about it. In the fall, the doctors finally told her that she had MRSA. She was put on vancomycin for 6 weeks, IV treatment.

We need advice. We have a two year old daughter. We live 9 hours away from the grandparents. Normally, they stay in our house or we stay in their house. Over the last few years, we have had 3-4 visits each year. Numerous people have stayed at their house over the years and no one has caught anything. Her husband was tested for MRSA nasally and it came back negative.

Their ID doctor insists that MRSA cannot be spread except for through open wounds. My in-laws have done very little research on their own into MRSA and take their doctor's word as truth. Everyone else in the family takes their doctor's word as truth and think that we are being ridiculous in our concerns.

After doing much research online, ... read more

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Posted by Dawn
Last Reply April 30, 2015 at 15:03
Started April 29, 2015 at 19:00
I was admitted to the hospital on March 13th
for MRSA after back surgery. The following
week I had surgery to remove the infection.
Thought I was thru with IV antibiotics but
when I went back to the doc this past Monday
he said one of my blood work levels, sorry
forgot which one, was elevated and he wasn't
comfortable with stopping them. My lower back
pain is getting worse and worse. I have a MRI
ordered for Monday. The pain however is
getting worse. No fever. Been sick today
throwing up and nauseated. Someone told me I
could have a cyst of mrsa growing. Is that
possible? I called my doctor today, but he
doesn't seem concerned about me being sick or
my pain elevated. Pain meds aren't even
touching my pain! Help!!!

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Wow this re garlic IS inspiring
Posted by Steve Lord
Last Reply April 26, 2015 at 17:03
Started April 26, 2015 at 08:57
Wikipedia re allicin from garlic

A screening of allicin against 30 strains of MRSA found high level of
antimicrobial activity, including against strains that are resistant
to other chemical agents.[29] Of the strains tested, 88% had minimum
inhibitory concentrations for allicin liquids of 16 mg/L, and all
strains were inhibited at 32 mg/L. Furthermore, 88% of clinical
isolates had minimum bactericidal concentrations of 128 mg/L, and all
were killed at 256 mg/L. Of these strains, 82% showed intermediate or
full resistance to mupirocin. This same study examined use of an
aqueous cream of allicin, and found it somewhat less effective than
allicin liquid. At 500 mg/L, however, the cream was still active
against all the organisms tested—which compares well with the 20 g/L
mupirocin currently used for topical application.[29]

A water-based formulation of purified allicin was found to be more
chemically stable than other preparations of garlic extracts.[29]
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reoccurring mrsa need advice
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 23, 2015 at 08:07
Started March 19, 2009 at 04:30
hi my name is michelle and i just had my second child a month ago. i have had two c-sections and after my first i had a severe mrsa infection in my incision and uterus. i was on bactrim for 5 months and decided my dr was an idiot so i stopped treatment. My water broke at 32 weeks into my 2nd preg. because i had mrsa and strep b in my amnio fluid-had an emer. c-section and after that i tested negative on all mrsa cultures. 1 week later they found mrsa in my urine and vaginal cultures. i am very sick and on 1000mg of oral vancomycin a anemic and underweight and i have bloody stools. im only 18 and very scared. any advise will be much appreciated

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Couple MRSA
Posted by Janet Roberts
Last Reply April 19, 2015 at 14:05
Started April 19, 2015 at 14:05
I just began a lesbian sexual relationship. We both have MRSA with no recent outbreaks. Mine started in a peg tube in 2002 and hers started in her leg in 2013. Will it be safe for us to have oral sex using all the precautions?

Thank you for your response to this inquiry.

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MRSA Challenges
Posted by Brian Stephenson
Last Reply April 16, 2015 at 16:58
Started April 4, 2011 at 22:20
I've suffered with mrsa for over 6 years. I was a very sickly child with staph
infections so I've been a carrier my entire life. In January of 2011 I had to
undergo a total knee replacement and my recovery was extended due to yet
another mrsa infection. The doctors had to put a picc line in my arm for self
administered antibiotics. The most difficult part is that I've given the mrsa
infection to two women Ive both situations they suffered scars on their
legs which will be there for life. One was very angry and the other was more
understanding, but I know I'm a carrier and there's no way of knowing when it
will flare up again. The infectious disease specialist told me I will never be
cured. The mrsa is on my skin and in my blood. I hope someday a cure can be

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my MRSA story
Posted by carey ann
Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 19:14
Started April 12, 2015 at 19:14
I was so happy to find this group today. 3 weeks ago i went in to the er
with a temp of 103.2 aches and pain all over with swollen lymph nodes.
They drew blood, said i had sepsis in my blood with a WBC of 28. I am
immune compromised. they removed my spleen Back in 2000. I was admitted
and put on antibiotics for the sepsis. I had a power port and they
thought the infection was caused by that. So they did surgery to remove
the pOrt. They sent it to culture came back negative. after surgery they
administered the pneumonia shot. Three days later I developed pneumonia.
they asked for a sputum. the results came back with MRSA in my lungs. I
was there for 8 days on multiple antibiotics and pain meds. one
antibiotic was the vancomycin that I see you all talk about.I was seen
by an infectious disease doctor while in the hospital and was referred
to see him after. I was unable to keep my appointment due to a death in
the family and I'm still waiting to see him. I was... read more

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Posted by Steve R
Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 16:38
Started December 3, 2009 at 12:42
I had a real unusual bout with MRSA in my lung. I have not been in the hospital and was in general great health. I had some pain in my shoulder blade and just happened to be at a regular doctor appointment. I asked my doctor about the pain and he checked me and could not make the pain through moving my body. He said he thought it was a pulled muscle and told me to go to the ER as a precaution. He said it was going to be the most expensive pulled muscle diagonoses. After a Cat Scan I was told I had two masses in my lungs. I was told they were going to need to take a wedge out of my lung or basically remove a third of my lung. I was put on antibotics and had to wait almost 30 days before they went into my lung through my mouth to sample these masses. I was told for almost 30 days that they thought it could be cancer. After the test it was confirmed that I had MRSA IN MY LUNGS. I was treated with antibotics and they went away. I have never felt the same since. Many of the same symptoms... read more

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Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 01:58
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Posted by Peg
Last Reply April 12, 2015 at 01:26
Started August 1, 2014 at 22:17
Have had MRSA in my left hear since a mastoid surgery 7 years ago. They put tubes in both ears at the time of the surgery. The one in the left ear did not fall out so it was removed with the advice that removing the tube would help clear up the MRSA. That was 2 years ago. I am still positive for MRSA and been on oral and drops. ENT says he can not do any more until I have gone 6 mo's w/o infection. longest I go is 2 months between infections. It's in my middle ear and I have a hole in my ear drum that needs closing if we can clear the infection. Should I see an infectious disease doctor?

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MRSA Reality
Posted by Violet
Last Reply April 10, 2015 at 18:58
Started April 9, 2015 at 16:30
MRSA is horrible. But, in Canada the hospital and the doctors never suffer for
infecting a patient with it. My dad was in Sunnybrook hospital for his heart. They
could not do a bypass and went with a stent instead. But, the instrument was
infected / not sterilized. He got MRSA. He was cold and sick and they sent him
home anyway. He was in horrible shape...why did they let him go. The staff was
rude and didn't want to listen. He went home for one night and could've infected
my family. My mother called the hospital to tell them what he was going through
and the doctor said to go the family doctor. Really! If he waiting 2 days for that he
would've died before. She returned him to Sunnybrook. They knew he had MRSA
right away. they knew he had it and released him anyway. Well, he
stayed there and died 18 days after he was infected. They then asked us to
donate his organs. Hmm again they didn't care that he was full of poison. This
happens everyday and... read more

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death by mrsa
Posted by betsy
Last Reply April 9, 2015 at 16:25
Started January 29, 2009 at 02:45
my dad was sent home to die today because there is nothing else they can do for his mrsa which is in his blood. He is 85 yrs old has had three strokes and open heart surgery in the past. I need a window of how long he is going to be with us. Has any one been through this and how the hell do you deal with knowing your loved is going to die anyday now.

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In pregnancy
Posted by svt518
Last Reply April 9, 2015 at 15:46
Started April 9, 2015 at 15:46
I was diagnosed with MRSA yesterday and started antibiotics. I'm also 20 weeks pregnant. My OB's office assures me I'll be fine after treatment, but wasn't very informative. I'm looking for other people's stories and useful resources from people who've been where I am. Any help would be appreciated.

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Is there a MRSA prevention protocol?
Posted by Adrienne S.
Last Reply April 7, 2015 at 18:39
Started April 6, 2015 at 14:56
I had MRSA 6 years ago. I am having surgery and wonder if there is a protocol that the doctors (and O.R.) must follow to prevent another infection?

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post MRSA hardware removal
Posted by Terri
Last Reply April 7, 2015 at 17:29
Started August 24, 2010 at 18:55
I am preparing to have hardware removed (fifth metatarsal)due to MRSA. Just wondering what to expect post op- more or less painful than the insertion? Thanks for the help- I am now 4 weeks into iv Cubicin treatment, feeling so much better and not looking forward to yet another "recovery post op!

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MRSA Free, but Damaged
Posted by Tana
Last Reply April 5, 2015 at 17:31
Started April 4, 2015 at 16:01
It has been quite some time since I have posted here in this
forum.You all helped me through some very bad times. I had
contracted MRSA back in 2006 when I went to see my Mother who had
Surgery a few months before and she was being cared for by my
sister.The morning after I arrived home my Mother and I were
having Coffee and a roll and she suffered an Aortic
Dissection(Tear throught her Aorta). She bled out and I performed
CPR, she died in my arms.She had MRSA from her Surgery and I soon
became ill with MRSA.I spent nearly 4 years on Antibiotics, pretty
much Nonstop give ot take a week here and there. I was never
tested properly until years had gone by. By this time I was so ill
and On IV Cubicin and Zyvox pills. Soon after I was told they had
stopped working and to go home and get my affairs in order.I
already felt like I was dead from treatment.I had already been
posting here in this forum about 6 months prior to being told that
and had been taking Al... read more

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AngloSaxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA
Posted by Info (ladyk)
Last Reply April 3, 2015 at 16:53
Started April 2, 2015 at 17:48
Interesting read.

March 2015

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Posted by Lisa
Last Reply April 2, 2015 at 20:56
Started April 1, 2015 at 17:38

My name is Lisa and I am 32 years of age. It all started three
weeks ago from a spider bite. I was immediately put on antibiotics
but I kept getting more sores and it became resistant. I saw the
Dermatologist yesterday she told me it's MRSA. She has me on a
stronger antibiotic, I have to take bleach baths, wash everything
all the time, towels, clothing, my hands constantly, and the
counter-tops. I currently live with my parents and because it's on
my legs and neck I have too be separated on the other side of the
Right now I have a call in to my doctor because I'm sick and can't
keep the antibiotic down. I also don't have a fever.


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