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Last Reply November 19, 2013 at 19:53
Started December 16, 2009 at 22:43
Our baby boy has been diagnosed with MRSA. He is on Clindamycin and baths of hibiscrub and bactroban nasal cream. We think it is a result of mutated staph aureus skin infection. I am so scared of this and while my ID doctor says he will fix it - I keep reading and thinking this is impossible a) becuase of the fact this is our third infection, b) MRSA is methicilin resistant and its superbug nature means it can mutate into something else while we treat it with antibiotics. HELP.....can my son be healed for once and for good at this stage? Can he die from it? I am so scared I cant stop crying. Please email me any info:

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MRSA Hospitalization
Posted by Candy
Last Reply November 14, 2013 at 22:37
Started September 21, 2009 at 15:57
Reply #171 by Candy Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:17

My 17 year old son is in the hospital right now with MRSA! Not sure where it actually began. School just started and he's in aquatics. Could have been someone with an open sore in the pool. He first complained of a pimple like sore on his tricep muscle. Like any teenager he popped it! It swelled and got worse. I cleaned it thorougly with alcohol etc. Looked like a possible stinger in it (a bug bite maybe). We used tweezers and tried to get it out. No luck and it looked bad! My husband took him to Providence in Everett, WA. The doctor accused my son of being a drugy and using needles on him self! He's never done drugs or in trouble, good in school, athletic. He has severe athsma! I was Furious! He barely numbed his arm and sliced into it! It started draining. He said it was MRSA before a was done, didn't clean the wound..blood and puss drained out of it! He just packed it with gauze and was pain banda... read more

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Preserving Garlic
Posted by Betty
Last Reply November 13, 2013 at 23:41
Started November 13, 2013 at 17:46
I had purchased garlic to hopefully last me through the season. However, I noticed some of the garlic is already spoiling. It is turning a yellowish/brown with a different aroma. What can I do to make the garlic last through the winter months until more is available. I use this garlic for health reasons. I notice if I go more than 5 days without a garlic bath, I might get a bump. A boil wanting to start. What can I do to preserve the garlic. I have romanian red.

I appreciate your help!

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toddler with mrsa
Posted by Mrsamom
Last Reply November 9, 2013 at 06:54
Started November 8, 2013 at 07:11
Hi mrsa fighters,
I wrote my story before diagnosed with mrsa here
I am new to this stubid bug mrsa :)
I think i got it from a biobsy wound as i tried some store cloths with my wound open
or may be from anywhere else but it happened i woke up with six lumps near the
healed wound four underskin and one is red with white head . The first culture
ruined by the doctor office i went to her again because two of them still painfull she
drained them and took another culture .
Two days after it is mrsa
I was on an antiboiotic already she change it to bactrim they are gone now but my
two years doughter had it she had a quarter size boil drained :((( and i think her twin
had it but it didn't develop to boil he has a small red spot there for two week... read more

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oil of oregano help anyone?
Posted by terri
Last Reply November 7, 2013
Started April 18, 2009 at 22:19
My daughter has had MRSA for over a year...been on vanco iv and so on off and on still will not completely cleared up. Ny neighbor said oil of oregano is showing promising results anyone heard about this?

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Am I colonized
Posted by Betty
Last Reply November 1, 2013 at 23:18
Started November 1, 2013 at 22:36
Dr. told me I was not colonized with MRSA. However the lab results indicate the following:

Graim Stain: No WBC seen
Moderate Gram negative bacilli
Few gram positive cocci

Culture: Mixed gram positive and gram negative flora - moderate
growth no further workup indicated.

I thought gram positive cocci is the same as staph. Unless a sensitivity test is done, you cannot determine if it is MRSA. I think the doctor was trying to sugar coat things, so I would not stress. However, if I am correct, it only violates my trust in her. The reason I wanted the culture done, so that I would know if I needed to take extra precautions around family members. I do not have any open wounds, but just wanted to know if I was colonized. If you understand lab reports, please explain to me.

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MRSA and cancer
Posted by Mary
Last Reply November 1, 2013 at 03:27
Started June 9, 2013 at 02:18
My ex husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma 5 weeks ago, was in the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks, then moved to a nursing home 3 days ago. They are now telling me that he has MRSA and is in isolation. he also has severe gout.. Does anyone have any info to share or what I should expect. we have a 17 yr old son that cant even go in and visit now, because of isolation.. he has had blood transfusions, chemo treatment. thank you for any input

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STAPH and MERSA after open heart surgery
Posted by Rick
Last Reply October 27, 2013 at 22:07
Started October 27, 2013 at 22:07
Hello all I am new to this. I will give you a brief run down of my situation. I had heart attack on 12/26/11. triple by pass 3/5/12,Admitted on 12/12/12 STAPH infection in bones and flesh, abraided and wound vac put on with gapping hole in chest, 2/6/13 STAPH infection again admitted put on iv antibiotics, Went for 2nd opinion on 2/27/13, the Dr. looked at it and did an emergency admittance to ICU, MERSA, Pulmonary adema was found in bones again, my heart surgeon refused to admit to infection even after looking at it, the Dr. abraided wound 5 times, bone and flesh, right side stomach muscle was cut lose at the pelvic area and threaded up to my chest for support then skin graft put over that. On 7/18/13 I was again admitted to ICU with MERSA infection again. Placed on IV antibiotics. On 10/24/13 my pic line was removed and taken off IV and put on oral antibiotics for the rest on my life. This has been a very long road for me with great deal of pain and suffering. At present the infe... read more

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stress and mrsa
Posted by danielle
Last Reply October 25, 2013 at 23:58
Started October 25, 2013 at 02:45
does anyone know if stress causes mrsa to be worse? or if stress is the cause of mrsa?
because I know its an opportunistic infection so usually staph waits until the immune system is down for it to affect you

does stress lower the immune system?

how are some ways to get rid of stress. how do you guys handle the stress of being sick with mrsa or with dealing with everything? because I know mrsa destroys lives. it destroys everything about the sick persons life and it affects everyone around them.

I know ive lost a lot of friends because of my mrsa.

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MRSA in Lungs
Posted by Tina
Last Reply October 22, 2013 at 20:21
Started March 12, 2013 at 02:17
I was recently diagnosed with MRSA Pneumonia. This was after about a month and a
half of going to our local health center with complaints of the flu. The health center
sent me home with prednisone the first time, antibiotics, xray and prednisone the
second time and the 3rd time on Feb 25th with prednisone and a followup appt.
Mind you during all of this I also did Mucinex & Tussin. So I woke up at 4am on the
day of my followup appt on Feb 28th with hives head to toe...moving, forming &
changing, so I went to my followup appt and they sent me to the hospital. Upon
arrival I couldn't breath, had the sweats, severe side and back lung pain and began
coughing up blood. The next few days are a bit blurry, there was a bronchoscopy
involved, lots and lots of blood work, lots of coughing up nasty, awful, foul tasting
stuff and pain. So, they put me in isolation and got me on a few antibiotics that
started to make me feel better, then they changed one and I start... read more

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Posted by StillnHope
Last Reply October 22, 2013
Started October 5, 2013
Has anyone heard of the above Indian drugs to treat MRCA? I did a bit of research
and some have stated that these really work. I've heard it's tough on the body
though. I'm thinking about trying it. I'm definitely going to try crushed non-
irradiated garlic though. I was just curious if anyone knows about vancomycin,
Linezolid, or linospan...?

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Long term effects post MRSA Infection
Posted by KrisG
Last Reply October 18, 2013 at 22:51
Started May 19, 2006 at 12:20
I had a undiagnosed pelvic abcess (MRSA) and suffered for months. After treatment was complete, there was still terrible pelvic pain, and still is. Lately I have also had numbness in extremities, and severe joint pain. All of this happened one year ago this month. Anyone else having joint pain/tenderness? Also are there long term effects of Zyvox, or Vancomycin?

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Best time to get garlic - Sept
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply October 16, 2013 at 17:23
Started August 27, 2013 at 18:55
Many people tell about how hard it is to find non-irradiated garlic most of the time and this is certainly true.

August, September and October are the times when American-grown garlic is most available. Gilroy, CA grows a lot of conventionally-grown white Artichoke-type softneck garlic. These typically retail for $6 to $8 per pound and will grow almost anywhere, even on the Canadian border and all but the southernmost areas of the USA.

There are 10 basic kinds of garlic (Artichoke, Asiatic, Creole, Porcelain, 3 kinds of Purple Stripe, Rocambole, Silverskin and Turban) and hundreds of variations called cultivars and they all look and taste different and all of them grow in the USA. They are all effective in killing bacteria, some more effective than others, usually based on pungency.

Use Google creatively and you can find garlic growers all over the country.

In this country these kinds of garlics, known by most people as gourmet garlics, are grown by small scale commerci... read more

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does garlic have antiviral properties?
Posted by Blue Mom
Last Reply October 16, 2013 at 06:05
Started October 16, 2013 at 04:44
Pissed with my mom's friend. (and with myself for not standing up for
myself.)he shared my dessert (i rarely ever share) and i think he gave
me herpes! cause apparently i have not had enough with mrsa and having
had to deal all my life with acne, now i have this "cold sore" thing in
my lip too.

Wonder if garlic has antiviral properties and can kill this to?

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Recurring MRSA on 3 year old
Posted by Debbie
Last Reply October 16, 2013 at 02:58
Started May 5, 2011 at 16:02
I'm looking for ways to cut down on the number of infections my 3 year old daughter gets. She's getting an abscess about every 2 months. This might get long but I want to give as many details as possible.

She first showed up with what looked like a spider bite on her pelvis Sept 2010, just shy of 3 years old. After a few days we took her in to ped, they lanced it and cultured. Ped said sand (we had been on vacation) might have gotten in her bathing suit, causing a small scratch for bacteria to get in. She was put on sulfa and topical Altabax (samples that I have since run out of), and between that and warm soaks the abscess went away. In Nov she got another small one on her abdomen (more like a pimple than abscess), but I was able to treat it at home with warm soaks and Altabax.

In Jan 2011 she turned up with a boil on her chin, and a larger one on her thigh. Lanced the thigh one, cultured, and prescribed clindamycin. I insisted on seeing an ID doc, so we went to Child... read more

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MRSA Facts
Posted by David
Last Reply October 16, 2013 at 02:14
Started March 5, 2013 at 08:22
MRSA death rate in the U.S. is 12% higher than AIDS.
U.S. funding for MRSA is only a fraction of 1% of the funding allocated for AIDS research, and no one is making a quilt for us.
80% of all MRSA infections are acquired from a health care facility.
In the 1950's MRSA was mostly a senior citizen affliction, infecting residence of nursing homes. It has traveled from the nursing homes to the hospitals and clinics. It is now in the school systems.
If you have MRSA, you most likely caught it from a health care provider. If you know where you caught it, take legal action. I caught MRSA from the VA, so there's no legal action for me.

If enough people will take their case to court, the establishment may get serious about finding effective treatment.

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is surgery "safe" after Mrsa infection?
Posted by Sandy
Last Reply October 16, 2013 at 01:34
Started October 27, 2005 at 21:50
I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this...About 2 years ago, I had a MRSA infection that originated inside my nose, and the infection/boils later traveled to 3 other areas on my body. I was treated with antibiotics and ointment, which seems to have "cured" me- I have not had any more outbreaks in the last 2 years and actually forgot about it completely until a week ago when I scheduled surgery. I am having nose surgery (not for cosmetic purposes) next month and am so scared that this could trigger another outbreak since they are operating in the exact area where it all originated. I checked with my doctor already, and seems very nonchalant about it. After 2 years of no reoccurences, am I really cured? is this something I should be nervous about? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks

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MRSA meningitis, MRSA in blood aspinal empyema
Posted by Mother
Last Reply October 15, 2013 at 03:15
Started October 14, 2013 at 22:11
Hello! I found this forum when I was searching for MRSA meningitis, but I 'm not from USA/Canada. Excuse my poor English. My 2 year old daughter recovered from MRSA meningitis and empyema a month ago, and I wonder if there is anyone else here with this experience? The doctors didn't know about this and my daughter was the first with this diagnosis.

If so, please let me know. :)

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MRSA skin infection
Posted by Jessie
Last Reply October 14, 2013 at 17:44
Started October 12, 2013 at 21:19
I'm 17 years old and was diagnosed with MRSA
on Wednesday. It started as a small pin-
prick sized cut from shaving (bikini-line)
and over the course of about two or three
weeks continued to grow into a large, open,
pusy, bloody wound. After a couple doctor
visits and antibiotics, I got the abscess
drained two days ago. I was told I should
get immediate pain relief, but it didn't get
better. The pain actually got worse, so I
went back yesterday. The doctor took off the
bandage and unpacked the wound and said it
looked much better than before, and that's
great and all, but I still am in a lot of
pain. I've had a nearby lymph node that has
been very swollen and tender as well. The
actual wound is feeling less painful, but
it's the lymph node that is really hurting
me now. It hurts to move, walk, or really do
anything. Even laughing or flexing stomach
muscles hurts. I've been nauseous the past
few days and I've actually been throwing up
this mo... read more

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Please help..2.5 yrs since initial infection..
Posted by Joy Murphy
Last Reply October 14, 2013 at 15:50
Started October 13, 2013 at 14:16
2.5 years ago I came down with Mrsa and cellulitis in my arm. It took months to
recover, severe fatigue continued. A few months later, infection re-appeared in
another site. 5 mos later severe fatigue, memory loss, joint pain and severe
gastro problems crippled me. My body started attacking all foods as allergens. I
lost 50+ lbs and couldn't walk. I was diagnosed with celiac disease and a neuro
endocrine tumor in my pancreas. Before surgery they did give me antibiotics to
help fight off a recurrence of mrsa infection during surgery.. This was after I
insisted. After surgery I slowly recovered to an extent on a gluten free diet, until
in started to spiral again. Fatigue, dizziness, bone Paine, brain shuttering, odd
episodes of weakness and neurological disconnect lasting 4 hrs and left
exhausted for days or weeks. Still living with my bed on blocks, 80 mg of
pantroprazole, 175 mg of Zantac and drinking gulps of gaviscon through the
night. Have b... read more

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