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mrsa in blood & lungs
Posted by mary
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 14:47
Started February 21, 2005 at 02:20
My brother is currently in ICU with MRSA in his blood & lungs. The doctors say he has a 50-50 chance of living. Has anyone lived through this? Please help! He is 51 and has a 9 year old son. He is on a respirator and dialysis.

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Garlic powder
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 05:59
Started April 19, 2014 at 05:59
When you cannot find good fresh non-irradiated garlic, properly made garlic powder is the next best thing

The way things are, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in July or so, depending on garlic type and growing conditions. It has to dry down for 2 to 6 weeks, depending on bulb size and sales start in August and continue until the crop, except for seed stock, is all sold out, usually through November but sometimes into the new year.

Garlic stores at room temp for 4 to 12 months, depending on variety and storage conditions.

Home gardeners can actually have garkic year around by growing early harvesting varieties as well as late harvesting, long storing ones like silverskins and never run out of fresh garlic, nature permitting.

For most people it is very hard to find non-irradiated garlic from December until August. If one needs to use garlic during this time, garlic powder, if made from non-irridated garlic, will work well. Garlic made from garlic that has been ... read more

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Nasal Swab accuracy
Posted by Hil
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 20:56
Started April 16, 2014 at 19:25
How common is it to be colonized with MRSA in your nose and have 1 positive with the other 5 out of 6 swabs negative??

My boyfriend's surgery was cancelled today b/c one result was positive. But in the past 7 weeks, he has had a total of 6 swabs but only 1 out of 6 turned up positive? Just doesn't make sense!?!?

Does it depend on the technique the nurse uses for taking the swab? Or perhaps the MRSA is colonized in 1 small spot in his nose and only 1 out of 6 swabs touched that area where the bacteria are hanging out??

Thanks for your input!

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MRSA and exhaustion
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:58
Started April 16, 2014 at 05:56
I am currently going through my fourth bout of MRSA. This time it's in my ears. I
posted down below about my history with the disease, but I've had two spots
under my arm, two abscesses in my mouth and now my ears. I'm currently using
ear drops and doxycycline to treat it.

Anyway, I can't seem to get over this exhaustion. Even doing everyday things like
laundry leaves me in a cold sweat and so tired I have to rest afterward. It's
horrible because I work full time in an extremely stressful field (I'm a mental
health social worker), have two kids and a husband. My ID doctor recommended I
add Vitamin B12, zinc, Vitamin C and garlic powder to help fight the disease and
to try to fight the disease and get my strength back. She also recommended
avoiding stress and getting a lot of rest.

So, I took a few days off from work to rest and de-stress. I'm also adding all the
natural things she recommended. Is there any thing else I can do, especially for
the exhaustio... read more

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MRSA ear infections
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:37
Started April 3, 2014 at 17:09
Last year, I had a MRSA cyst under my arm that was surgically removed and
treated with Bactrim. Five months later, I developed MRSA abscesses on my lip
and in my mouth. I had four oral surgeries to drain them, took vancomycin
through the picc line and eventually developed a staph infection in it before
everything was cleared up. I've been back to work since January and thought
everything was going great.

Well, except for one thing. I kept getting ear infections but honestly, I've been
having recurring ones for about a year now, and I just thought it was part of that.
However last week my PCP decided to culture the nasty smelling drainage to
make sure it wasn't pseudomonas. It wasn't. It was MRSA. She has referred me to
an ENT and also told me to make an appointment with my infectious disease
doctor. I see the ENT Monday and the ID doctor a week later.

I'm not sure what to expect now. My PCP said I may have to have surgery on my
ears. Is that accurate? Wil... read more

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Recurring abbcesses/MRSA
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 18:40
Started May 25, 2007 at 19:08
I cannot find treatment to heal my body. I suspect I contracted MRSA during cancer surgeries in 2000-2002. In 2005 I had my 1st surgical site abcess. To date I have had over a dozen and the latest is not a prior surgical site. It is affecting my quality of life with such negativity and I cannot seem to find anyone to help cure me of these recurring boils that turn infectious abcesses and are SO painful. Any help, comments, suggestions, similar experiences? HELP!

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Baby Jena MRSA
Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 05:21
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:36
I promise to the creator and all that is holy. I AM a real person.
I want to see if I can post a wigit(think thats what its called) to my MRSA+
granddaughters website.


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granddaughter
Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 23:45
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:25
For all moms, grandmoms, dads, uncles, anyone and everyone. I am just a nervous
wreck lately. I have more on my plate than I can truly handle. I ask, for ALL OF YOU
who have FaceBook and Twitter and ANY social site, will you please, I beg you with all
my heart and soul, spread this link like wildfire for my granddaughter Jena who has
MRSA and her parents recently lost their job and health insurance. I started a
fundraiser. My husband is already paying rent electric natural gas medicine food
vehicle payment ins. You get the picture. As soon as these kids get some money, I
believe baby Jena can go to the hospital where she belongs. Thank you .

All I really ask, is that you just spread the link like wildfire - please. . . . . .

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/-mrsa-baby-jena-has-mrsa-
/158808

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MRSA FROM HAIRCUTS
Posted by Steve
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 17:29
Started August 15, 2005 at 03:35
Hello all,
Last year I contracted MRSA from a haircut in which I was cut by the barber and then developed a massive MRSA infection. Has anybody had the same experience or can point me to articles on the same? you can contact me at yensid@breakthru.com

Please help
Steve

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MRSA & Now Paralyzed
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 2, 2014 at 18:56
Started April 2, 2014 at 18:56
I am a wife and a mother of 3 daughters. I was working three jobs at the time when my life changed so drastically. My story began in Oct. 2011 when I developed a boil on my left elbow. I was told to go home and put a warm compress on it and let it burst open and then clean it, put Neosporin on it and keep it covered and dry. Changing it very often. I did all of this and it went away and had no more problems. On Nov. 30, 2011, I was going to work and by the time I got to my car, the pain in my back started. I thought that I had just pulled something stepping out of the house and turning to shut the door. Took some Tylenol and went on to work. The next few days I used
icy hot and a heating pad. The pain got worse because it hurt to sit or even stand for a bit. I went in to see my doctor because I needed something stronger for pain. He gave to Vicodin and told me to try that because he felt like it was just a pulled muscle. I came home and within 2 days I could not move my legs and t... read more

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No support from spouse
Posted by Mary
Last Reply March 28, 2014 at 13:45
Started March 23, 2014 at 16:20
Hi, I wondered if anybody deals with this. I was diagnosed with MRSA after a foot
surgery thirteen years ago. My spouse seems to blame me for it. He resents that I
am not healthy and can not work full time. I am now suffering through another
flare up and have three sites of infection. We were supposed to attend a wedding
and he became upset because I did not attend. He accused me of being stubborn
because rather than returning to the ER in the middle of the night, I elected to
wait for the redi-care to open. I am familiar with the docs there and knew they
would switch me to a more appropriate antibiotic. I am getting tired of being
called selfish. I understand this journey has been difficult for him as we'll. I just
wondered if anyone else has dealt with this?

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MRSA help
Posted by Christi
Last Reply March 26, 2014 at 02:30
Started March 25, 2014 at 23:01
I contacted mrsa in a gym in July . Area is less than desirable on my butt. My first
outbreak was at least 9 spots. All had to be drained and repacked several times.
Antibiotic for 4 weeks. Next outbreak august 24 that area drained. No outbreaks
until January 7 area drained antibiotic. Then February and March another spot
each time drained. This latest outbreak last week they didn't give me a antibiotic
and now I have another spot on the opposite butt cheek. I use the hibiclens soap
and the antibiotic cream in my nose. I wash my hands repeatedly to the point they
are sore. I am so sore that I can barely sit most of the time. We bleach wash
clean everything in our house. I have even given to my husband in January after
a hand surgery causing him to have another one to clean out his surgical site. I
am so depressed over this. Is there any cure for this stuff? The doctor even
contacted the infectious disease center. Their response was once it is colonized ... read more

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MRSA and C-Dif
Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply March 24, 2014 at 16:46
Started December 31, 2008 at 20:32
I have been in pain since the middle of September. I have had a number of test performed and continued to hit a wall. I went to the ER because I couldn't take it anymore. My symptoms were/are vomiting, diarhea, lower abdominal cramping, and nausea. I was diagnosed the first ER visit with gastritus and a week later the second visit with colitiz when they did a CT. The next day I went to a gastro and he scheduled me for a endo and coloscopy I was clean no gastritis or coloitis. I did stool samples and tested positive for MRSA and C-diff the ID spec. put me on vancomcin and the pain continued. I called the ID spec to ask if the pain and diarhea was normal while on the antibiotic he seemed clueless even suggested that maybe somethin else was wrong. Please help I'm 27 years old and have no clue what to do now. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death.


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infecting others?
Posted by Elaine
Last Reply March 14, 2014 at 20:03
Started March 14, 2014 at 20:03
I have not had a brake out in 6 Months, and I want to go see my sister
who dosen't know I have MRSA. She has COPD and been sick, I don't want
to go see her if there is a chance I can give it to her. I don't know
much about MRSA, and my brake outs have been small thank God. Please
let me know if I can spread this to her.

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MRSA
Posted by jain
Last Reply March 12, 2014
Started March 7, 2014 at 16:29
ME AND MY FAMILY(husband and 5 year old daughter)have mrsa for the last
few months,had taken treatment with hibiscrub and bactrium .but the
result come again positive.is there any complications with this if it
still in our body.Iam really worried about my daughter. is it a deadly
disease.


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MRSA in the bronchial tubes
Posted by Melissa
Last Reply March 8, 2014 at 22:04
Started March 7, 2014 at 23:55
Hey. I am writing in reference to my father. He has stage 4 COPD and underwent a bronchoscopy two weeks ago for Several infections in the Bronchial tubes. He would be on antibiotics for two weeks and within one week of being off he would be sick again with high fevers and severe SOB. Doctor confirmed today that his lab reports from the bronchoscopy showed MRSA. What could be done to treat this, if anything, with him already in stage 4 COPD?

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Help with Impetigo?
Posted by Phillip T
Last Reply March 7, 2014 at 01:59
Started March 7, 2014 at 01:59
Hello, I've had impetigo for several months now. The first three times,
both of my cheeks were infected. My doctor prescribed Mupirocin and it
quickly went away. Now, it is no longer a problem. However, it had
recently spread to the area between my upper lip and my nose. I do not
have any antibiotics on hand, so I have been applying petroleum jelly
on the site for 2 days so far. Is petroleum jelly a smart decision?
What can I do to suppress it? Thanks in advance

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Toddler & MRSA picc line next
Posted by Wednesday77
Last Reply March 6, 2014 at 01:11
Started February 9, 2014 at 18:10
I'm so glad I found this forum; I've been doing to a of reading and researching;
my daughter has a compromised immune systems with a dx MBL2 deficiency and
still more testing underway; she has had meningitis , pneumonia, and constant
lymphnode and sinus infections ; after continuous sickness we got a new EnT
who did a culture and found cA-MRSA; she still has it after 3 weeks of clinda and
we are now on a nasal nebulizer tx of nasal clinda however I can see her infection
coming back due to her symptoms and behavior and was advised we are looking
at a PICC line next. I want to ask/demand they do a blood test to check for MRSA
In Her blood is there a specific name for this? I also am curious if I should
request a chest xray. She has no lesions but has the active sinus infection she
cannot see to recover from; we have started bleach baths, new daily
bedding/linens and bactroban ointment in the nose and other suggestions would
be appreciated I am very concerned as... read more

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MRSA and teaching
Posted by Liz
Last Reply March 1, 2014 at 21:31
Started March 1, 2014 at 21:31
I retired from teaching nearly 4 years ago due to disability - mental (
depression and anxiety) and physical (ultimately 4 back surgeries).
About 5 years ago, while I was still working, I had a boil lanced and
tested positive for MRSA. Should I inform the school, in the case that
they've had outbreaks? Do I have a right to see student medical records
to find out if perhaps I contracted it at work? I'll say that my
retirement was less than pleasant, and I really have no desire to see
any of those people. But you can take the teacher out of the school,
but not the school out of the teacher. I feel a sense of responsibility
toward my former students. And no, I'm not looking for a legal
scapegoat to sue anyone. But if I caught it there, I want to know.

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Antibiotic infused cement spacer questions
Posted by Teresa M
Last Reply February 25, 2014 at 03:30
Started February 23, 2014 at 15:08
I had my hip replaced on 11/1/13 and when the staples came out drainage and
fever started. On 11/17/13 the surgeon went in again and replaced the ball and
socket liner and washed out the wound. Samples taken from the hip were
positive for MRSA. Vanco by IV resulted in massive hives so switched to
adaptomicin. PICC line and home with daily IVs and rifampin for 6 weeks. PICC
line out 12/31/13. Infection back along with fever so entire artificial hip removed
on 1/27/14 and a cement spacer infused with antibiotic put in. Can anyone who
has been through this tell me their experience with the spacer? The pain is so
much worse this time around and I am only minimimal weight bearing. After a
week home I started having pain in calf and ultrasound confirmed blood clot
along femoral vein so now stressing about a clot breaking off. This whole
experience has been awful. I went in healthy with the exception of a terribly
painful hip and thought I would be out 4-6... read more

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