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MRSA free for two months
Posted by Garlic Warrior
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 05:06
Started August 25, 2013 at 05:06
Yes, I still have folliculitis on my butt but I honestly don't even notice it, it's symptomless and from what I've read it's basically harmless. I haven't had a full-blown boil for months. What worked for me? It's honestly hard to say... garlic baths seemed to help a lot, although I wonder these days whether it was because of the garlic or because of the warm water. Heat is one of the best treatments for any infection and soaking an infection can really improve blood flow in that area. Either way, the garlic baths worked for me when I needed them. Some antibiotics worked, some didn't. Hibiclens seemed to work too, after showering with it daily for a month I was completely good to go (unfortunately, I now have to deal with jock itch, but who cares, jock itch is way better than MRSA). I developed a case of reactive arthritis after food poisoning and that wasn't fun to deal with either, but that's gone now too. Just thought I'd let you guys out there suffering know... there IS hope.
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Diet/Boosting Immune System
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 21, 2013 at 22:21
Started August 21, 2013 at 14:35
Looking for opinions on how to make my body as strong as possible. I've been drinking Kefir, but not sure how much a day to be effective. What are the best foods to put into my body and what supplements could I take?

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MRSA PNEUMONIA 16 mth old
Posted by Joyce-Ellen
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 16, 2013 at 12:28
After a chest xray and initial diagnosis of traditional pneumonia, 5 days and 5 docs, and an ongoing fever that stays between 100-105 even on ibuprofen, 5 days of no improvement on augmentin ...the latest doctor is pretty convinced that my 16 mth old son has either an atypical strain of pneumonia(NOT VIRAL) OR- more seriously she suspects a MRSA pneumonia.

My older son had a boil early last week that the long culture came back positive for MRSA. After having a cold for almost 2 weeks the doc believes my little guy contracted the MRSA and it settled in the lung. She started him on an intense arsenal of abx. Azithromyacin and clindamyacin ... She ordered a repeat chest X-ray tomorrow morning and said if 24 hours didn't show improvement he plans to admit him to the children's hospital. This is one sick little baby. This whole situation makes me sick to my stomach.

So. Here's where I need your help. How do I help him? Is there anything else I can do?

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Green pus
Posted by LaffRiot
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 17, 2013 at 02:24
I just posted one topic about my concerns but this is a new one and is separate.

My mom had an abcess drained about three weeks ago which left a crater in her breast. It was from mrsa. SHe has been home for about 2 weeks and noticed green pus in her bandage two days ago. IS this normal??

She had an appt with her surgeon yesterday and of course the pus was not present at the time. He said he was not concerned. Today, she showed me a bandage she removed earlier and there was quite a bit of olive colored pus on it. I had her try to call the doc but it was after 5 and he only took emergency calls. A nurse frined said to see if she had a fever. My mom says she gets a pain in the wound site.

What should we do? The hospital would not give advice when she called. Said they couldn't do the Ask A Nurse thing anymore due to liability issues...

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I can't menstruate for 3yrs due to stap
Posted by Mariam
Last Reply August 19, 2013
Started August 11, 2013 at 07:24
Pls help me# . I have got stap
for more than 8years now I av
used different antibiotic to
no avail. I was lucky I gave
birth to my child in 2010
uptil now I cannot see my
Menstrual circle the doctors
said the stap has blocked were
my menstration is surpose to
come out from. Please hlp me
for it is affecting me
seriously.pls hlp me. My email
is mariamaudu2116@ymail.com

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MRSA / upcoming oral surgery
Posted by Kim Manning
Last Reply August 17, 2013 at 22:57
Started March 27, 2013 at 13:54
Hi,

I broke my leg badly in November, and needed surgery/bone graft to set the bone. I wound up with a MRSA infection in a surgical wound, diagnosed in late December 2012. It cleared slowly (over 8 weeks) but without major complications, and I've tested MRSA free via a nose swab since.

I just found out I need oral surgery for a tooth extraction, and they're going to do a bone graft in the area where the root is removed so that I can get an implant in the future. It's absessed, and they've prescribed penicillin for me to take 2 days prior to, and then following the surgery. I told them about my recent MRSA infection in my leg, and asked if Bactrim might be a better choice, but they dismissed the idea.

Should I fight for Bactrim? Do you guys have any experience with this kind of thing or thoughts for me? I also have a call in to my infectious disease doctor, so hopefully she'll be able to weigh in as well. I don't want to over react, but it just makes me a little nervo... read more

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Family member with MRSA questions
Posted by LaffRiot
Last Reply August 17, 2013 at 16:41
Started August 17, 2013 at 02:17
Hi All, This is a great forum, thanks to everyone who contributes!
My mom recently had to go to the hospital for an unbearably painful abcess on her breast. She had surgery and a few days later we were told the abcess was due to MRSA. They drained it and now she has a round hole about the diameter of a half dollar which she must change the dressing every day.

I live with my mom and pay the bills as she is on disability at the moment and can't really support herself. We share a shower and I have been careful about cleaning it once a week and using lysol between showers etc. I also hit the dorknobs and lightswitches, toilet seats and handles and sinks, and so on with lysol twice a day (more if my ocd starts acting up).

I really do have ocd issues where I worry more about me spreading mrsa around, either back to her or to my new boyfriend's house, who has 2 kids and a mother who survived breast cancer. I am actually afraid of visiting him (ok, being with him) because of this. M... read more

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nervous from mrsa
Posted by danielle
Last Reply August 16, 2013 at 04:49
Started August 15, 2013 at 06:16
im nervous about the mrsa. is anxiety a side effect of having mrsa?

ive had a severe case of mrsa for over 4 yrs and every day I was deadly sick. it was a systemic infection. and my doctor also told me im allergic to the mrsa bacteria. I almost died a lot of times due to it and mine is untreatable it was really sad hearing every doctor I went to tell me they cant help me and that theres no medication for me. because none of the dozens of antibiotics helped one bit.my mrsa strain is one of the strongest ones out there. so they also told me its resistant to iv antibiotic

I planned my own funeral in my mind a bunch of times. I have some type of anxiety from it because im horrified. I have ptsd from it

every day thinking u will die

is this normal? I have this huge level of anxiety being told that at age 25 your life has ended forever. do other people go through this when they have long term mrsa

I have an autoimmune issue so the garlic didn't help. are there psychologi... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Anne
Last Reply August 13, 2013
Started August 5, 2013 at 19:41
I contracted MRSA from having plastic surgery. By the time I went to the ER my
blood stream was totally infected (sepsis) and my body was septic. If I would
have waited another few hours I would have died. It is now 5 months out and my
abdomen won't heal ( where they removed the MRSA) i was admitted into the ICU
where i was for 2 weeks following 2 surgeries. I am wearing a wound vac, am
extremely anemic. I am always tired, I'm unable to work, and needless to say
frustrated and depressed. The original surgery was to remove excess skin, a
tummy tuck, breast lift and augmentation. I now am seen twice a week at a wound
clinic and the Drs say my immune system is at 30%. I've never felt so tired, weak
and emotionally fragile!

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Recurrent MRSA after bactrim and fatigue
Posted by Luke W
Last Reply August 13, 2013
Started August 12, 2013 at 22:08
I believe I got MRSA from swimming in Miami Beach, FL. A couple of days after
returning I had a large boil on my stomach that did not go away. When I saw the doctor
they prescribed bactrim but it did not go away. I had it surgically removed and
remained on bactrim for seven more days. Two months later I got another smaller boil
after skinning my elbow and was on bactrim for 10 days. Now, another small boil has
appeared on my stomach and I'm feeling fatigued like I did with the second occurrence.
I am sleeping and eating well. I do not want to build a resistance or continue to flood
my body with antibiotics every two - three months. I am an otherwise healthy 21 year
old male. Please advise.

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Never apply raw garlic direct to skin
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply August 12, 2013 at 16:59
Started May 17, 2012 at 04:09
Never apply crushed raw garlic direct to skin with diluting it as it can cause a burn. While I have said this many times in this forum I want to emphasize it because a few people have done so and left it on for a while and it has resulted in second degree burns, which may be relatively minor but can still be painful like a bad sunburn, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Garlic can be very helpful but its benefits can be overshadowed by an unpleasant burn. Many people in this forum have reported cures using garlic water and the key word here is water. It doesn't burn when diluted. A few people have reported burns when applying it diretly to the skin without diluting it in water. I urge everyone to dilute it and avoid any unpleasant burns.

It is my intention to help desperate people find relief but that can be made difficult if the garlic is apply direct without diluting in water.

I urge in the strongest possible words everyone who uses it to dilute it in water ... read more

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Is this MRSA?
Posted by Frank
Last Reply August 11, 2013 at 22:15
Started August 10, 2013 at 13:51
I've had mrsa in the past. Recently these showed up on my foot.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/6goo.jpg/

One has brown puss in the middle. I tried to pop it to put manuka honey on it but it wouldn't pop.


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our story of MRSA
Posted by michelle and rob
Last Reply August 9, 2013 at 15:40
Started August 23, 2005 at 03:45
hi everyone. i cant tell you how happy i am that we found this site. until now we did not know that there were others like us. and hearing new things about MRSA from all of you is wonderful. we knew nothing at all from the doctors here. my husband was diagnosed with MRSA over a year ago. his first out break of sores happened when he was in kuwait fighting. my husband is in the navy. when he came home he had 2 more sores so i made him go to the hospital. they gave him meds and cultured the boils. they got better and we never heard back from the hospital so we went about our lives. when he went back to the hospital a second time it was 3 months later it wasnt till then when they told us it was MRSA. but they never once told us that it can be passed along or how to treat it. we told just that it was a type of staoh and to take the meds and he would be fine. what a joke huh? well now its a year and a half later and low and behold my daughter who is 8 my mother-in-law and i now have MRSA... read more

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MRSA ..HELP
Posted by Mandy
Last Reply August 9, 2013 at 02:32
Started August 8, 2013 at 14:03
I'm really worried for my sister's health, she's had over 25 surgeries for MRSA in the past 3 years, is hospitalized atleast every 2 1/2 months. Right now, she's in the hospital most likely going to be admitted to the ICU because her fever is 103 and has been since yesterday. Has anyone else experienced this kind of severity from MRSA? She's worn a wound vac for the past month and it did nothing...and that's not the first time she's worn one. Please give any help/advice you might have. I would appreciate it. - I'm very concerned for her.

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Recurring MRSA! HELP! :(
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply August 5, 2013 at 04:44
Started July 28, 2013 at 19:24
About 5 yrs ago I had
contracted MRSA after I shaved
my legs and went hiking/stream
exploring. The Drs deduced I
acquired it via a knick from
the razor and the stream
water. I was treated with
antibiotics and it cleared up.
Ever since then I've been
getting recurring MRSA
outbreaks at least once a
year, sometimes as many as 3
times a year. Always on the
same leg (thigh area
typically). I notice the
outbreaks happen near my
period. About 2-3weeks before
my period I get these deep
dull cramps in my woman area
that aren't typical cramps
then 1-2weeks before I'll have
a boil or 2. I immediately
quarentine the area w/a
bandaid (I apply toothpaste to
the bandaid it actually kills
it faster) then it goes away.
Still I want to know why it
keeps coming back. I am very
clean and hygeinic, showering
often twice a day. Once every
other week I bathe in a bleach
water mix to kill any bacteria
on my skin. Why is this
happening? What... read more

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Question for Bob?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply August 5, 2013
Started August 4, 2013 at 14:44
Hi Bob, I am a surviver of MRSA thanks to this group and wanted to know
if it is allowed, and or can I have permission to share you wealth of
knowledge by copying your Garlic info into other groups.So many are
suffering and I know how much your break down of the process helped me.
Thanks,Tana

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HA MRSA/Help and Advice
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 4, 2013 at 14:40
Started August 3, 2013 at 21:46
JBarely functioning since I was diagnosed with MRSA after an ankle surgery. Had two more surgeries to remove infected hardware and irrigate the wound. I'm 44 and currently on IV Vancomycin until Aug. 11, 2013 which was started June 28th. It definitely seems to be working because my foot doesn't look like it needs to be amputated anymore!! That is the good news. What is long term prognosis once this bacteria is in the body? I've been reading so many horror stories and they are causing me to panic and I just can't handle it anymore. Any info on what to do with internal MRSA/diet, etc! I feel like I have been given the death sentence all because I fell down the stairs! Sooo very desperate for help!

Is this eventually going to KILL me? I feel it already has!

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please help me
Posted by cian
Last Reply August 3, 2013 at 14:26
Started July 28, 2013 at 01:41
can someone please explain to me how exactly to use hibiclens? how often should i use
this and is this also allowed for my 3 yr old. my son and i was also diagnose with mrsa.
and like everyone im reading i am so freaking out and stressing loosing sleep and
unrested over thinking about this infection. i want it to stop from getting it back so i
am looking and searching everywhere of what product like soap i can regularly use to
help prevent this bacteria. please help.

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MRSA in the Gulf of Mexico
Posted by Heather
Last Reply July 31, 2013 at 21:48
Started July 28, 2013 at 19:31
Just curious what information there is on swimming in the Gulf of
Mexico and contracting MRSA? I had a positive MRSA culture about 6
months ago and was prescribed Bactrim for 2 months. It went away and
was gone for several months (it was winter so I wasn't swimming) Then
when I went swimming in the Gulf again, a couple weeks later I started
getting boils. I've been using the Turmeric treatments and went to a
doctor who gave me Bactrim again and we're waiting on a culture to
determine if it is MRSA again. Should I ask for Bactroban ointment if
it is MRSA? I really want to nip this in the bud, it is painful and
unsightly and I don't want to worry about it coming back all the time.
In the meantime, I don't plan on swimming in the Gulf ever again, just
in case.

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MRSA healing?
Posted by Alix
Last Reply July 30, 2013 at 01:03
Started July 29, 2013 at 12:18
So, my intelligent self decided to try to pop a really deep under the skin zit right
underneath the right side of my lower lip. It formed an abscess and swelled up. Upon
having it lanced and drained, it turned out to be MRSA.
(Most expensive zit I've ever had)

I was prescribed Bactrim, and found out I am allergic to sulfa drugs after having a
reaction for about a week. (I'm talking burning eyes, skin on my face and neck dried out
so badly it hurt, finally progressing to severe headache, neck pain, hypoglycemia, and
red pinpoint spots all over my body.) I was prescribed 800mg/160mg 3x daily for 10
days, and took it for 1 dose shy of 8 days. I was told to stop taking the Bactrim
immediately and pick up some Benadryl.

The next day I went back to the clinic and was told she didn't think it necessary to try a
different antibiotic, and to come back at the first sign of reinfection.

My concern is that all of the bacteria wasn't killed. It isn't sore, but I can't t... read more

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