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Phage Therapy
Posted by Trish
Last Reply October 27, 2017 at 02:31
Started October 17, 2017 at 09:00
Some interesting info on Phage Therapy. Maybe it will be easily available soon...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-are-dusting-off-a-long-forgotten-weapon-to-cope-with-modern-bacteria/2017/06/30/3476ced0-4aeb-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.f05fac47da65

And this story of a life saved:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-man-should-have-died-but-unusual-infusions-saved-his-life/2017/06/30/503585b6-4aec-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?utm_term=.ebaa9eb02171

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Feeling hopeless & Frustrated
Posted by Lori from TN
Last Reply October 26, 2017 at 07:42
Started October 23, 2017 at 23:30
5/2016- 40 years old and healthy, fell getting out of a vehicle and broke my
humerus. 8 surgeries, 9 hospitalizations, PICC line infection and finally had my
arm replayed in November 2016. During that time I had severe widespread bone
pain, suspected it was from the IV antibiotics. February 2017 released to go back
to work. Now, October 2017, I learn my bone has not healed together, I have been
having the same type of bone pain (although not quite as bad), temperature of 99-
100 every single night, I FEEL infected. My inflammatory markers are normal.
None of my doctors- PCP, orthopedics, Infectious Disease, now rheumatology-
nobody can figure out what is happening. Just got a bone stimulator from
orthopedics. I am beginning to wonder if these aches and pains will ever go away.
I would appreciate any suggestions/words of encouragement.

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mrsa affecting the brain, scientific facts?
Posted by danielle
Last Reply October 26, 2017 at 06:28
Started April 25, 2013 at 21:20
does anyone here know what mrsa does to the brain or neurological structure. what are the scientific facts? how does it affect the brain structure? if it does go to the brain and nervous system. i heard it can affect any system if it becomes systemic or in the blood.

im asking because i got sick from mrsa an agressive form of it that is very difficult to treat. i got sick from it a few months before i was 26 yrs old, now im almost 30 and have been sick for 4 yrs.

i noticed that within weeks of getting the infection as it was getting worse i started to get terrifying symptoms such as not being able to think or concentrate anymore, trouble with my short term memory suddenly. out of nowhere i felt like i was suddenly getting alzheimers at 25 ys old. i felt my mind slipping away and a sudden decline of my mental skills

it took my doctors months to even diagnose me correctly and my mrsa was left untreated for half a year until i got antibiotics, by then it was resistant to every... read more

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Garlic burn?
Posted by Ray
Last Reply October 26, 2017 at 05:14
Started July 31, 2012 at 05:49
So applied garlic directly to my wounds as recommended. But I think I have garlic burns on where I applied the garlic. The skin is dark brown. Is that a garlic burn? It seems like I need to dilute the garlic somehow.

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How do you know if MRSA has entered your blood
Posted by Scrared Silly
Last Reply October 17, 2017
Started November 9, 2006 at 04:17
Does anyone know how you know if MRSA has entered into your blood stream? I am so concerned about this stuff so much differnt info. going in every direction, I am scared myself and both of my children daughter 23 mths old and son 5 mths old have been effected on and off sense July 2006. Doctors act as if MRSA is nothing to worry about, just no big deal. I guess until it hits them or one of their family members, huh. How does the doctors no get it dealing with so many people who have MRSA. I am really wanting to know if anyone has MRSA in their blood stream and how you know if it's there and if the effects are any different. Someone please reply:( I am so worried for my children. God Bless

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Recurrent MRSA? Advice please...
Posted by Miche
Last Reply October 16, 2017 at 04:10
Started October 14, 2017 at 01:17
Last fall I developed a huge painful lump on my buttocks under the skin. It seemed to get worse and worse. We were without water for several days and I think bacteria got into the area because I had an itchy rash already. I ended up at the doctor and they just looked at it, didn't lance it and put me on doxycycline without any cultures. I started researching immediately. Within several days, the rash had spread to the other lower buttocks area. They were both hard and painful. I ended up in the ER and told them they needed to be lanced. They lanced one side, cultured and I came back next day. They put me on clindamycin for 2 weeks and antibiotic cream. Cultures showed the bacteria to more sensitive. They ended up lancing the other side as well. 3 weeks later, the area healed well. All they said was it was staph and that it responded better to clindamycin than doxycycline.
Fast forward, @ year later, I have had problems with left side, always in the area that was lanced. I will ... read more

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How much garlic to use for a garlic bath?
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply October 15, 2017 at 13:36
Started August 6, 2011 at 15:23
Sorry for the obtuse title, but it's the best one I could come up with
given the character limit.

Anyway, I was thinking of trying out a garlic bath to help treat my
staph infection, but was wondering:

- How much garlic should I use?
- How often should I do it?
- Any advice on how to properly prepare it?

Thanks.

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Living on antimicrobials for life after MRSA
Posted by David Master 4th Degree
Last Reply October 15, 2017 at 09:20
Started October 6, 2017 at 18:57
SO grateful for this site. Helps me realize I am not alone in this battle and that this is not just in my head.

Ever since MRSA hospitalization about 3.5 years ago, life has never been the same. I have all the hallmarks of ME/CFS and can't function about half my days. Much better now than when I was bedridden for about seven months.

My permanent solution is to be on antimicrobials like an AIDS patient. Turmeric, garlic and other naturalpathy solutions did nothing for me. Finding doctors to help is hard as they don't like to treat something they can't test for. However I got part of my life back by finally getting doxycycline, azithromycin, and antifungals. I give that information for those who are in worse shape. It is hard to live like this, and some days it is too hard.

Has anyone experienced being permanently on antibiotics? Has anyone been on them a long time and created resistant strains and can share what they did to recover? I live in constant fear th... read more

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Garlic and staph
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply October 15, 2017 at 08:58
Started January 11, 2010 at 21:32
This first post will take four intstallments.

It's hard to know where to start so I think I will start with the most basic information, make a few bold statements and then back up those statements with supporting studies and statements from research scientists.
Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic kills staph; all staph, including MRSA and what's more, staph cannot become immune to crushed raw garlic like it has the pharmaceutical antibiotics.
That's a pretty bold statement but you will soon understand why it is so.
Freshly crushed raw garlic kills all or almost all harmful bacteria, including staph, on contact. One study (Walton, Herbold&Lendegren 1936-1938 - Journal of Food Science) even showed that the vapors alone from nearby crushed raw garlic killed all bacteria, including staph, out to 8" away just from the fumes.

Numerous other studies, such as Abdou et al., 1972 have confirmed that crushed raw garlic kills staph on contact. I can cite many other studies showing ... read more

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MRSA and belly pain
Posted by Julie
Last Reply October 11, 2017 at 19:29
Started May 31, 2006 at 06:05
Hi, this is my first post here so the story might get a bit long.....
Back in Jan 2002 I had been suffering from depression, so much so that I did a drug OD of Diltiazam CQ( a blood pressure medication). I had no idea that what happened after this was even possible. I wasn't even trying to kill myself, I just wanted people to know I was in pain...
At any rate, the OD caused my large intestine to go necrotic due to lack of blood flow. I lost all my large intestine including some of my Ileum. The first surgery I coded on the operating table and was admidistered 10 min of CPR. The surgeon had told my husband, before the surgery to start calling the relatives and prepare for a funeral. Nobody thought I would live. I was in a coma for over two weeks and when I finally woke up they weren't sure if I would ever regain my mental faculties....I was put on wound-vac treatment for over a month and had an ileostomy.

In October of that same year I gave myself an incarcerated hernia. After ... read more

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clindamycin and MRSA
Posted by Trevor
Last Reply October 10, 2017 at 21:03
Started October 10, 2017 at 18:41
Does anyone have any experience with using Clindamycin to treat MRSA? I went
back to the doctor after taking 10 days of Clindamycin 150mg t.id. because there
is still a rash in the spot where the infection was (is). It looks a lot better than
before antibiotics but it hasnít gotten any better since around day 5 of treatment.
She put me on 10 more days of Clindamycin. After 15 days the rash itís still there.
Its light pink and has almost a satin look to it. If you shine a light on it there is a
shiny effect to it. Itís not wet but not dry... I donít want to keep taking a antibiotic if
it is not going to help me. And advice?

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No INSURANCE?
Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply October 3, 2017 at 05:16
Started April 21, 2006 at 16:41
What do you do about MRSA when you have no insurance? My husband got hurt at work in June 05 and he had ankle surgery. Alot of the people we have talked to said that is most likely how he got it. Workers comp will not pay for a bone scan or blood cultures. What do we do? He was the first to get the boils and he got them a week after surgery. His job dropped his health insurance when he got hurt. WHAT CAN WE DO???

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MRSA abscess on spinal cord
Posted by Naomi Thompson
Last Reply October 3, 2017 at 04:02
Started October 3, 2017 at 04:02
I have someone who has a MRSA abscess wrapped around his spinal cord.
Surgery removed most of it, left the front portion as impossible to reach. He has
been left paralyzed from the chest down. Much pain and horrible spasms. The
plan is to contain the abscess until it runs out of food with vancomycin and
ceftroline $500/day. This will continue for months in a nursing home. Is this a
good option? Any others?
Other factors are diabetes and marginal kidneys. He weighs 320 pounds yet after
gastric bypass this past May. This causes malabsorption issues.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Are people using tea tree oil 100% or diluted?
Posted by bobS
Last Reply October 3, 2017
Started September 27, 2011 at 17:14

I wanted to ask about tea tree oil too, i have a 100% tea tree oil bottle here, can i apply it directly on a mrsa rash or boil? or should i dilute it with maybe some coconut oil? What do you guys typically do and how long does it take to heal using these oils?

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Garlic success stories
Posted by DaddyOfThree
Last Reply October 2, 2017 at 23:49
Started December 8, 2011 at 16:25
Maybe this already exists, but since there is a lot of commentary about garlic for mrsa, I wondered if people could give their personal anecdotal experience with it. Did it work for you?

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does cipro work for mrsa; allergic to bactrim
Posted by ash65
Last Reply October 2, 2017 at 18:52
Started May 21, 2010 at 01:14
I'd had a sore on my hand, rash on my legs that kept getting bigger and redder and when I went to doctor at clinic 6 weeks ago he gave me bactroban ointment to put on it and told me stop scratching. I went back 3 weeks ago then he just refilled bactroban ointment and still said stop scratching. This time I had rash on face also.

Last week went to derm (no insurance so understand my dilemma in not being able to go to infectious disease because of money) and she was amazed the clinic doctor never prescribed oral antibiotics.

She gave me 28 supply of Bactrim and today I went in for follow up appt. Over the weekend after day 3 on Bactrim I developed hives all over thighs, arms and stomach. She told me today to stop bactroban ointment, switched me from Bactrim DS to Cipro 750 mg 2x/day for 14 days.

What concerns me is she said if the Cipro doesn't appear to work over 3 days go to ER for IV antibiotics. I'm not sure and am thinking of a second opinion from urgent care doctor beca... read more

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Meeting/Dating platform for people with MRSA
Posted by Truth Seeking Man
Last Reply October 1, 2017 at 16:42
Started October 1, 2017 at 10:26
We know that most people with MRSA, recent or older, get physically
disconnected and still have their sexuality intact.

Obviously anyone with good conscience and decency would never want to
spread his/her disease to others not to mention the risk of getting it
back in case of a full recovery if everyone acted recklessly.

I have seen many questions and comments about one partner or potential
partner being MRSA positive while the other person being MRSA negative
in this forum.

However no one has mentioned anything about the cases when both
partners having MRSA.

Why not having a meeting platform where the MRSA positive people can
interact and even find a partner for romantic moments? Is there
anything like that out there somewhere?
This should further minimizine the spread of MRSA while bringing back
some quality of life to those carry MRSA.

Any thoughts, suggestions or informations about this subject?

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can a M.R.S.A. staph carrier get disability?
Posted by Jay Hamilton
Last Reply September 30, 2017 at 17:33
Started December 28, 2007 at 09:17
I'm writing this to let people know more about this fatal bacterial infection. I know to some it's just bothersome, but 3 Years ago. I was diagnosed with staph in arm close to my wrist. within two weeks it traveled to my nose, but went away in my arm. Unfortunately once staph enters your nose there it will stay. Even if you get better. It's very hard to get rid of. And yet again before I started to feel like my old self. It came back. This time it was diagnosed mrsa staph. I was told while i had these constant outbreaks I was not going to be able to work, This it won't go away so i've been sitting here with a 6month old child which i love dearly and my soon to be wife (when we can afford to get married) for 3 months without a check of any kind. After seeing a ears,nose,and throat specialist. I was even more upset.He was the one that informed me i could get rid of the mrsa staph bacteria in my nose. He went to tell me many people carry the mrsa or common staph bacteria in there nose,... read more

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MRSA STAPH and TURMERIC
Posted by susan
Last Reply September 30, 2017
Started August 29, 2009 at 14:51
because of tremendous stress in my life recently, I picked up MRSA from my handicapped little girl who is colonized with MRSA. I developed a boil on my face and didn't know what it was, so i did some online research. I am loathe to go the the Dr. unless I'm really ill, so I decided to try to cure myself. I found that TURMERIC the indian spice worked for a lot of people suffering from boils so I decided to give it a try as I happened to have some on hand. I began by using warm compresses dipped in a solution of water salt and about a teaspoon of turmeric. I also mixed a teaspoon with about a quarter cup of warm half and half and drank it several times throughout the day. The boil was nearly the size of a golf ball when I began. By the second day it opened and began to drain pus. Then I made a paste with salt turmeric and water and applied it directly to the boil and covered it with a sterile gauze. I kept up the regimen and the boil is almost completely gone after 8 days. However, se... read more

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MRSA and blood pressure
Posted by MichelleNC
Last Reply September 26, 2017 at 05:00
Started August 3, 2007 at 03:59
I have CA-MRSA that has been treated with bactrim/rifampin/muciporin as well as one treatment of an IV of something (honestly, I was too upset and in too much pain in the ER to even care what it was..but I am trying to find out now)....anyway, my blood pressure was off the charts when I first went to the doctor (200/110) and as I have gotten better (which I say loosely since I know that things can change quickly) it has gotten lower (140/90---still high but I am still on meds and not quite 100%). Has anyone else had high blood pressure associated with their MRSA outbreak? I know BP can be influenced by many things (needless to say that I have been very stressed out, in lots of pain and medication can impact BP) but my doctor is talking of BP meds (though agrees that we should wait and see considering that it has been dropping so much over the past week). I am willing to deal with high blood pressure but I don't want to miss something (like MRSA effecting the heart). My BP wasn't... read more

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