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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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MRSA in my middle ear.
Posted by May
Last Reply May 18, 2014 at 17:35
Started May 18, 2014 at 15:10
A swap of the fluid draining from my ear came back as MRSA. I am freaking out!
It's in my ear! I'm on the correct antibiotic and my doc says I'm not contagious
after 48 hrs. but I'm getting mixed messages from this forum. Does anyone else
have it in their ear?

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Does the garlic bath help treat cellulitis?
Posted by anon
Last Reply May 18, 2014 at 02:39
Started May 16, 2014 at 23:05
I have a little bump on my face, and I think it will be cellulitis
because I have had it on my face before. I need some advice.

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Can MRSA cause pain in joints?
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply May 16, 2014 at 19:23
Started September 26, 2009 at 03:23
I have been dealing with MRSA for YEARS. I am talking 5+. In the last two years, the pain in my lower back is almost unbearable. I usually take a month to finish the lg'st bottle of Advil. I have tried to get help from Dr's but they dont know what is going on. I went to a pain specialist and even had epidurals in my back. Nothing helped and I stopped. I have battled dependancy on narcotic pain killers. I stop taking them when I feel like I "need" them.
Now that you know the extent of my pain, can MRSA cause this pain? Do I have the infection in my joints now? Remember, I have had this pain for around 2 years and I am 31 years old with no outside reason for pain. I have also had an RA test and several others that I cant remember. I have active facial MRSA right now.
When I mention to a Dr that I have been battling MRSA, they never seem to think it is a big deal.

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How to get garlic to staph in the blood blood
Posted by akin
Last Reply May 11, 2014 at 23:07
Started May 11, 2014 at 16:44
please am having something similar to what I read now.I always feeling something moving all over my body ,slight headache and pain in panis when passing out urine .in fact I have used some drugs no improvements ,how am I going to use garlic .Moreover I don't have anything on my skin like pimple sores but have done test that shows that it is staphylococcus. please help me.Email=akinsadis@gmail. com

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How long does it take to cure HA MRSA
Posted by Teresa M.
Last Reply May 9, 2014 at 19:15
Started May 9, 2014 at 19:15
I am hoping to find out how many surgeries and how long it took for HA MRSA
patients to recover fully from the time of their first surgery until final resolution . I
went into the hospital MRSA free (according to pre-op testing) and healthy except
for a bad hip. On nov 1 , 2013 I had my hip replacement and 16 days later had a
second operation to wash out and replace socket liner and ball. Four weeks after
the PICC was out and daily IV of daptomicin and rifampin ended I developed
exteme hip pain and a high fever and this time all components removed & area
washed out. A cement spacer infused with daptomicin was inserted. (I'm allergic
to Vanco). PICC inserted again and this time 8 weeks of IV. Wound continued to
drain and a wound vac used to close up very end of incision about the width of a
pencil but extending inward 6.8 cm. I was supposed to have a new hip at the end
of April, but aspiration of hip and pre-op testing canceled by my surgeon until the
wo... read more

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Update on hip replacement
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply May 9, 2014 at 18:57
Started October 14, 2007 at 05:39
Today is day 20 post op for me. So far, I have no signs of the HA MRSA that has haunted me since February of this same year. I feel great.

I am no longer on any pain meds and am getting around quite well. I still have to wear a brace for the next 7 weeks, but that's fine with me. The goal is full recovery.

I must confess that had I not used "blended" therapies, that is traditional medicine and some alternative medicine, I would likely not even be posting today. Both helped my body do its job.

Thanks to everyone that offered suggestions. I used some supplements with great success. I also used the heavy hitter antibiotics. Some worked, others just made things worse. You never know.

At the end of the day, what we all really want is to return to the life we had before MRSA destroyed it. I'm trying real hard to get back there. Just wanted to let folks know that even when your doctor tells you that you only have a 50/50 chance of surviving, some do. Sooner or later, we evolve ... read more

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KILL THE CARRIER
Posted by Julie
Last Reply May 9, 2014 at 12:19
Started October 9, 2010 at 01:57
My husband and I have been fighting MRSA for almost a year now. Same as
everyone else on here... Hospitalized, lanced, antibiotics, creams, wash, etc...
Until, finally my doctor said "You have to kill the carrier and it is usually in the
nose". He have us Bactroban for the nose. We have been using it every other night
for months and it has worked! There has been NO outbreaks for either of us. I do
not know why many doctors, and even the ID doctor did not do this 6 months ago.
We have both been on so many courses of antibiotics it's crazy.
We are both on a great probiotic and I take Oregano three times a day. Long story
short... All of you need to kill the carrier and get the Bactroban nasal treatment.
This is a terrible infection and my heart goes out to all of you. We have been there.

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Ichthammol Ointment for spider bites
Posted by cathy n
Last Reply April 29, 2014 at 04:38
Started September 28, 2007 at 16:18
I have a borwn widow or brown recluse spider bite. The Dr. has me on antibotics.I remembered my Mother using drawing salve for infections so i bought a tube of goldline Ichthammol Ointment.However I am kind of scared to try on the bite.I was wondering if anyone has used it for these kind of bites? As I don't want to make the bite worse. I am not allergic to any thing except IVP dye.

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My partner has MRSA
Posted by Zia
Last Reply April 28, 2014 at 22:29
Started April 17, 2014 at 02:56
Good Evening,
I'm writing- very worried. My significant other was just diagnosed with MRSA.
This is his third "outbreak" in 3 months but he wasn't diagnosed before- instead
treated for respiratory infection.

We have obviously been physically close. Including kissed while his nose was
draining (had NO idea what any of this was!!). That's the only time while having
symptoms that we were close. BUT I assume he was still carrying it while not
"leaking" it?

How likely is it that I've been exposed? I assume very likely. What's next? I'm
going to get a culture done... But I'm mortified

What do I do??!! I'm worried for him, I'm worried for myself, I'm mostly worried for
the children. I'm making sure we are bathing twice daily, washing everything
maniacally, I don't know what else I can do.

I feel guilty refusing to share drinks and what not. But should I get over it
because I assume I've already been exposed? Or should I run for the hills? Idk
what to do:-(

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Healing MRSA with essential oils
Posted by jen
Last Reply April 24, 2014 at 05:13
Started April 20, 2014 at 03:10
I have been colonized with MRSA for a little over a year now. I had my
first staph infection last year and I don't know if it was MRSA or
not, but then I got MRSA in October on my elbow, then another a few
weeks later on my face taking antibiotics each time I had an
infection. Then, another on my leg. I have been colonized with MRSA
and have recently been getting more infections on my face. I got an
infection near the spot on my face where I had mrsa before, and then,
I was prescribed antibiotics which didn't help, so I resorted to tea
tree oil and taking echinacea/goldenseal pills.
When that healed, I got an infection on my chin which healed and
yesterday, I noticed a hard bump on my forehead. I have been putting a
lot of essential oils on it and eating garlic. It's strange because no
pus is coming out, and the spot where the bump started is now flat and
looks dark red like a bruise/dead red blood cells. There is still a
huge bump under it though. Is thi... read more

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Denver
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply April 22, 2014 at 13:42
Started April 21, 2014 at 03:25
Is anyone out there from Denver? I had MRSA over a year ago and am struggling with all of these same symptoms and the doctors have been no help. Looking to put a few local heads together to take some action.

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Reporter Inquiry
Posted by Ibby Caputo
Last Reply April 21, 2014 at 03:22
Started March 10, 2014 at 19:13
Hello, I'm a reporter at WGBH, Boston Public Radio. I'm interested in speaking with a
person from Massachusetts or New England who has had MRSA, or a hospital inquired
infection. If you would be willing to speak with me for a public radio story, please be in
touch ASAP. I can be reached at ibby_caputo@wgbh.org. Thank you, Ibby Caputo,
Reporter

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