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Possible false negative culture??
Posted by L
Last Reply August 23, 2014 at 02:04
Started August 23, 2014 at 02:04
Hello, I have a small open sore in my groin area.Today I got the culture results for mine and my husbands staph/Mrsa culture. They show as negative for bacteria. My question is this.... I took a shower at 11pm on Monday night and I used Hibiclens. I had the culture done at 2pm the next day on Tuesday. Did I cause a "false" negative because of using the Hibiclens?? The culture was taken about 13 to 14 hours after the shower. Ugh, I wish I never used it. I'm worried I may have ruined the real results. Today is Friday and I can't call and ask the office until Monday morning. Please help.

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Pro Athletes are beating MRSA, so can we!
Posted by Brandon
Last Reply August 21, 2014 at 22:52
Started July 13, 2007 at 16:31
The laundry list of professional athletes that have had MRSA and are still performing at an extremely high level for their teams is lengthy and only getting longer. If anybody knows how to beat MRSA it would have to be professional teams that pay out millions of dollars to their millionaire athletes. They have tons of money tied up in their athletes.

In the NFL-
LB Junior Seau, LB Ben Taylor, S Brian Russell, WR Braylon Edwards, TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. OC LeCharles Bentley, OT Andy McCollum, DE Brandon Noble, CB Tye Hill and numerous others (I believe OT Ryan Tucker has had it as well) I've either forgotten or don't know about. In 2003, 5 members of the St. Louis Rams were infected with MRSA, around the same time the 49ers had several players contract MRSA after playing the Rams. The Redksins and Browns have also had outbreaks.

NBA-Cleveland Cavaliers Drew Gooden, just played in the NBA championship

MLB-2nd place finisher in last week's homerun derby Alex Rios fought... read more

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Posted by L
Last Reply August 20, 2014
Started August 19, 2014 at 15:51
Where do I find the raw non irradated garlic? What kind of store? Please help.

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Possible MRSA and I Have a 4 month old!
Posted by L
Last Reply August 19, 2014 at 02:58
Started August 18, 2014 at 15:55
Help. My husband was having trouble with his nose "breaking out" and finally went to the dermatologist a week ago. There wasn't a break out at the time so no culture was done. His dr. gave him the stuff to swab in his nose for a week or so and that was it. Nothing about his family. This has been going on and off since Feb. Unbeknownst to me he was using my tweezers to pick at it, all the while I was usuing to pick at a ingrown pubic hair. Now it seems I have a small open sore that won't heal (don't know it the hair is in there or not anymore, never got it out). I have been doing research online and I am concerned and almost positive its mrsa. I called my family physician and explained everthing to receptionist, they can't see me till tomorow morning at 8am. Should I just go to urgent care today instead of waiting??! We have a 4 month old daughter and I am terrified to touch her. I am her primary caregiver, I have been washing my hands like crazy and lysol spraying everything. I have... read more

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Septic and unresponsive
Posted by Friend
Last Reply August 18, 2014 at 15:56
Started August 17, 2014 at 15:41
I have a friend that was shot. The wound got infected and he is septic and unresponsive, possibly in a coma. I am wondering if any one has come back from this far gone through garlic baths. I know the protocol. I don't know how often he should be bathed in the garlic water. He is in his death bed in the hospital. He is obviously battling an antibiotic resistant bacteria. He is about 6 feet tall. I'm guessing he needs 4-5 cloves per bath. In this condition, and location, could he reuse the water? Or should it be fresh garlic water bath per treatment.

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Lyme and garlic
Posted by Ronna Hayden
Last Reply August 18, 2014 at 06:37
Started August 17, 2014 at 02:34

I am interested to know if there is information on Lyme Disease and garlic baths?

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply August 17, 2014 at 03:55
Started December 16, 2009 at 03:53
I don't mean to come across as a negative person or a person who isn't grateful I got rid of MRSA, but I am depressed upon depressed. Last year at this time, for months, I was fighting for my life. This year I am continuing to learn how to walk again and restore my immunity/health. I believe I am reliving and trying to process what happened to me last year. I, also, think I may be affected by the lack of sunlight we experience this time of year. I have a lot of stress as we all do. I am a clinical social worker. I do know what I need to do. That doesn't make it any better. I'm on an antidepressant, for years now. I do have a therapist. I'm not suicidal. I thought I saw the "light at the end of the tunnel", but the tunnel looks long and dismal right now. I've been through so....much in my lifetime and now this. How much can one person take? No one understands what it's like, except those of you on this site. I am trying to improve my immune system. I need guidance an... read more

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MRSA Ankle
Posted by Donna
Last Reply August 15, 2014 at 03:44
Started July 25, 2014 at 02:46
I had my ankle fused five years ago, and I've done well. In April I went into the hospital for my back, and three days later, I had contracted MRSA which immediately went to my ankle hardware. I spent another week at another hospital where they did I&D and put me on vancomycin. Infectious disease doctor said the hardware has to come out. My orthopaedic doctor said he won't do the surgery because he thinks my ankle will fall apart. Two of his associates say they won't do the surgery either for the same reason. So I saw the junior associate, and he says he'll do the surgery, out patient and that it should take 30 - 45 minutes and I'll be walking in a boot in two weeks once the stitches come out. The other docs say three to four months non-weightbearing if everything goes alright. I'm confused.

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Bob A - Staph and dogs
Posted by Anna
Last Reply August 11, 2014 at 23:29
Started September 21, 2013 at 17:03
My dog has staph infection on (in?) her skin. She sees a holistic vet
monthly; she has a compromised immune system (we don't use the "C"
word in our household). She has just started an antibiotic and
antihistamine regimen to break the itching/scratching/infection cycle;
however, both her vet and I feel like addressing the staph externally
will help as well, though I have no desire to use "anti"-anything
shampoos because they always kill the good with the bad.

Bob - Knowing that garlic can be toxic for her if ingested (and,
likely, through dermal absorption) particularly with her system
challenges, I am interested in trying to use garlic fumes proximally
to her skin. I found the 1936 study of garlic vapors summary (Walton,
Herbold & Lindegren, Journal of Food Science) but have been unable to
ascertain the length of time of exposure needed and whether it is
effective when not in a contained environment. Do you have any
information that may assist in th... read more

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What has been working for us.
Posted by Laura
Last Reply August 10, 2014 at 05:57
Started March 3, 2007 at 21:59
Hubby and I have been dealing with this for a year now... after many times of trying to find something that works we were able to come across an ingredient that has seemed to work well in bringing the boils to a "head". And the quicker they drain the quicker you can get the medicine in it to kill the bacteria. Beeswax seems to work well. We found this in hemhorroid cream. It seems to make the skin soft and thin enough to pull the core out. Where before we had done everything we could to get the head out , to the point of making it worse, this pulled it out much quicker. After finding this out we spoke to some friends whom we had found out had had MRSA all through their home. They found another cream that they said worked the same way... after inspecting this cream i found that it was mainly BEESWAX!!! Imagine my surprise. So if you have one come up slap some hemhorroid cream on it with a bandaid.. thats very important cause when it comes out it will drain and can cause more boils. A... read more

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I contracted MRSA after surgery
Posted by Mary Lowman
Last Reply August 9, 2014 at 23:34
Started September 4, 2007 at 02:43
I had surgery a couple of months ago and contracted MRSA. This has been like a death sentence to me. Everyone treats me like a leper, even my husband. How does everyone deal with this?

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Daughter has reoccurence of MRSA
Posted by FrustratedFather
Last Reply August 8, 2014 at 03:24
Started September 11, 2009 at 14:03
We have been to two primary care physicians and an infectious disease doctor yet my daughter continues to have recurrences of the MRSA sores. She was originally put on an antibiotic (sorry can't remember which one). She is now using a polybacitracin cream. The boils first started on her hip but now she is getting them on her side, under her arms (not arm pit). We are trying to get into another infectious disease specialist but is there anything we can do to help?

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Homeopathic cure has changed my life
Posted by Us mrsa
Last Reply August 8, 2014 at 03:19
Started August 7, 2014 at 06:55
I have struggled with MRSA for YEARS I have had three huge flare ups hat
included baseball sized boils which required antibiotics and lots of care. One was
on the snide of my thigh and the other two were on my lower legs. All at different
times. I got MRSA because I didn't know what it was. I always had body acne
slightly probably from puberty, but my boyfriend at the time started getting it too
and we wwnt to the doctor. She prescribed him meds, but not me. And then I went
to a different doctor and she prescribed something different. This is how MRSA
starts, doctors prescribing low grade antibiotics and misdiagnosis a serious
staph infection as staph aureus. I can only use 8 antibiotics left in the whole
world to cure any additional flare ups because my body has made be staph
resistant to all of the ones I have taken. Beginners pathology means if you take
an antibiotic it doesn't make sense to take it again, your body has already created
those antigens and w... read more

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new to mrsa as a caregiver
Posted by anke
Last Reply August 7, 2014 at 01:36
Started July 31, 2014 at 14:01

i am new to this topic. i have recently been engaged to be the caregiver for my grandma who's acquired a very bad mrsa infection in the hospital in the surgery site. she has been home with me since yesterday..

i have so many questions and am generally freaking out. i did not know that she had this infection until it was too late - already committed to coming from another state.

her incision is producing a great deal of mrsa discharge from both the incision and from a drain site. maybe 1 liter per day comes out of her.

i could use support from folks who know what this is all about.

my background:
leery of the medical community, anti-antibiotic, alternative approaches preferred for most things.

she has been rxd zyvox at $140 per pill (she does not have adequate rx coverage to cover this). i am livid about how expensive this is, plus not convinced it will really lick it after reading about mrsa on the internet.

regarding other resources, i real... read more

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New to this
Posted by Miguel
Last Reply August 7, 2014 at 01:29
Started August 1, 2014 at 01:22
Hi everyone I'm a 20 year old male and I don't know how I contracted mrsa I got it
on my left shin and it got pretty bad. I got it fixed and since iv had atleast one
flare up every month. Iv caught them before they've become a boil and they have
just become a red bump then I get prescribed bactrim and it's gone. For 5 months
this has persisted and the last two times iv had joint pain in the leg that got mrsa
and the arm on the same side ? Should I be worried that batrim isn't doing the
trick and I need another medication. Should I be worried about the joint pain and
also I feel fatigued

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Posted by Tammy
Last Reply August 7, 2014 at 01:12
Started August 5, 2014 at 21:34
I had a small bump on my knee that turned in to a painfull sore. Bad joint pain and
my leg swollen from the knee down. Finally went to the Dr and without doing any
test decided it was mrsa. They put me on bactrim. My question is, how long after
starting the antibiotics should the progression stop and I can start feeling so e
sort of relief?

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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

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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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