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Possible MRSA?!
Posted by Heather
Last Reply September 13, 2013 at 03:38
Started September 10, 2013 at 02:28
I'm 17, I had a pimple on my cheek and I popped it. It's three days
later and my cheek is red, swollen and hot to the touch. I've been
putting tea tree oil on it from the start because that's what I do for
pimples. It was yellow and crusty this afternoon and i dabbed at it
with toiler paper and the crusty-ness started flaking off so i kept
pushing at it with the toilet paper but then i got to this part that
wouldn't fall off easily so i pushed a little harder and i saw it
coming off, but where it was coming off of, there was a less than a
centimeter sized hole in my cheek (it's not very deep). I'm having my
father take me to the doctors tomorrow, but is there anything I should
do for it at the moment? Does this sound like MRSA? I'm actually
freaking out and having a break down, am I gonna be okay?

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It doesn't seem to want to die
Posted by E
Last Reply September 8, 2013 at 03:26
Started July 20, 2013 at 03:54
Hi all, my mom currently has what we (and the doctor she saw) is MRSA. She got it about a week and a half ago. Went to the DR 3 days later. Was prescribed a common AB but it didn't do anything. 2 days later went back to the DR and was given Bactrim. It seems to have beat back the infection. Also I must add the boil was not big like you see commonly on the internet, it did not need to be lanced. It was rather small and had a very small crater compared to the pics online. So that leads me to believe it was a weak case of MRSA or we caught it just in time to keep it from growing.

Anyways shes been on Bactrim for about a week now and the boil has pretty much healed to 80%. It doesnt look open but it needs a little bit more healing but looks SO much better than before. The problem that has her her worried is that the area around the boil is somewhat red and warm to the touch. I should add that the redness did extend a bit. It runs from the bottom of her foot on the side to just abov... read more

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tygacil - way of administering
Posted by speedy12
Last Reply September 7, 2013 at 23:47
Started September 7, 2013 at 23:47
Hi everybody,

I have had a year-long infection of the urinary tract caused by two multi-resistant pathogens: coli and faecalis that do not respond at all to any antibiotics despite the pathogens showing sensitivity to them on the urethra smear test results.

I would like to take tygacil for 14 days which is apparently a mega bacteria hitter.

Has anyone been on this medication and how is it administered: through a PICC line or just normal IV cannula?

Please tell me of you happen to know or perhaps have been on it yourselves.

This is very vital information.

Kind regards

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Recurrent abscesses. MRSA?
Posted by Matty
Last Reply September 6, 2013 at 06:51
Started September 1, 2013 at 23:39
Hi all, in the past 5 weeks I have had 3 flare ups which have all been
diagnosed as "bug bites" with cellulitis. I have been put on augmentin
each time which doesn't seem to help with MRSA as I've read lately.
Each time, it starts as a small pimple which turns into a larger spot
(the size of a dime) and has puss under it. The area gets a bit
swollen and gets a defined red spot around it about the size of a
drink coaster. The red area is definitely warm to the touch. This has
been occurring only on my left arm between my elbow and shoulder in
different spots and is fairly painful. Is there anything I can do
until I get back to the doctor and have a sample of the fluid taken? I
am a very healthy male and 23 years old.

The images attached show the progression of my first flare up from its
worst point to when it began healing up. Each time, I clean the area
with alcohol prep pads and cover it with bandaid and neosporin. Does
this look like a possible MRSA in... read more

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Posted by lyall young
Last Reply September 6, 2013 at 03:20
Started September 4, 2013 at 20:59
Hi folk, I was infected with MRSA after a Dr at an after hours surgery injected my TKJR
with cortisone, 5 operations later, including a knee joint revision, My leg totally fell
apart after the 4th operation when the stitches were removed and I am left with huge
amounts of pain in my knee and also seem to be getting arthritic pain elsewhere, is this
common? I endured several complications as I had allergic reactions to many of the
antibiotics used. Is it normal to inject metal with cortisone? Are you left with long term
effects from MRSA. I was on pcc line for 12 weeks then oral antibiotics, it worked out
to be 12 weeks in hospital, 12 weeks picc line at home, 8 weeks anti-coagulant
injections in stomach due to clots developed after surgery. The Dr in New Zealand did
not receive so much as a rap across the knuckles for the pain and detriment to my
enjoyment of life. In Nz we have a no blame system so all I received was less than
$11,000.00 The Dr used the sa... read more

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Nares PCR Negative
Posted by Pauly
Last Reply September 4, 2013 at 02:48
Started January 12, 2010 at 14:25
I should be grateful for Dr Parada applying the test & the negative result. I'm not though because of what I know about the test & by the dr's own comments. A couple of times he stated, "if the results are correct." He told me he couldn't do another such test for a couple of weeks.

I asked him to do a blood culture to confirm the negative result. He refused. It certainly was an opportune time to do one since it's been 3 weeks since my last antibiotic treatment.

He placed me on a 42 day dose of Bactrim DS 2x for my sinus infection. This was surprising since he didn't have any labs to prove I still had a sinus infection. The PCR Nares he gave me was strictly for MRSA. He didn't even do a CBC to check on my WBC. My temp was taken but at 96.7, it hardly suggests any type of infection. (I have had low body temps since originally testing positve for MRSA, even w/ confirmed major infections & viruses).

I had provided him w/ evidence that I had just finished 3 separate courses of a... read more

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How long does the pain last.
Posted by Jenna
Last Reply September 2, 2013 at 18:53
Started September 2, 2013 at 05:57
I was diagnosed with cellulitis which then turned into an abscess that was lanced
and I was then diagnosed with MRSA. This was 3 weeks ago and I still have pain
on my leg at the site and also have found 2 sores in my nose How long does the
pain last?

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Posted by daramola
Last Reply September 2, 2013 at 16:54
Started September 2, 2013 at 16:54
Does mrsa cause nausea

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Garlic Baths/Internal MRSA
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 27, 2013 at 16:45
Started August 26, 2013 at 13:28
Bob...I am ready to start the garlic baths for internal MRSA. Can you please tell me how often and how long I need to keep up the regimen for it to be effective and rid my body of any bacteria that may still be there. How does it actually work? And how will I know if I am MRSA free?

I have been having a very hard time trying to find the correct garlic. I saw that you posted that Forever Yong Garlic in AZ has what I need. Are all their garlics non-irriadated? Does it matter which I buy? Also, what about the garlic pills? Are they a good supplement to the baths?

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Can I touch people again?
Posted by RestlessMar
Last Reply August 26, 2013 at 20:30
Started August 23, 2013 at 05:51
Hello everyone! I'm so thankful this forum exists. I hope all of you dealing with MRSA are managing to have moments of peace, warmth, and some degree of health. I am a 35 year old gluten-free vegan, who was diagnosed with MRSA a month ago. I had 2 very painful boils 1 on each butt cheek, 1 was very close to my vaginal area and the intolerable pain combined with hellish discomfort and fear of spreading the infection pretty much drained every bit of peace in me for about three weeks. I stopped touching people, started sleeping in a separate room and using a separate bathroom the day my doctor did a culture and said he suspected MRSA. That same day, my partner and I immediately started cleaning all high touch areas, had carpets cleaned and continue to keep all hygiene practices daily. My doctor confirmed my mrsa days later, drained one of my boils and had me do a 10 day clindamycin treatment and gave me mupirocin ointment to put on the wounds. I completed the 10 day treatment, did a fi... read more

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Posted by amber
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 21:57
Started August 25, 2013 at 21:57
i just had surgery on the 8th of this month and i got stitches they got
infected and the er gave me bactrum well i went back to my dr and he
said it was staph infection and has me on 2 different antibiotics and im
feeling really dizzy and sick..any suggestions?

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mrsa around babies
Posted by kara
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 16:18
Started August 25, 2013 at 16:18
Im engaged to my sons father and every person
basically in his family has or has had mrsa. His
mother continuously battles with it, his father, his
brother, his sister in law his 4 nephews his 2 nieces
his grandmother his sister and like it never.goes
away one of them always has it and its freaky to me
because I have a 4 month old son should I bring him
around them? I always make them wash their hands
and sanitize or put a blanket over them because I'm
deathly afraid.of him getting it. When I was
pregnant his mother gave me it and it was treated

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Workers Rights & MRSA
Posted by David
Last Reply August 25, 2013 at 12:13
Started March 4, 2013 at 17:32
People suffering with AIDS are protected against job discrimination. Are we as sufferers of MRSA protected?

I am concerned that, should my employer learn that I have MRSA, they will not want me working there any more. I am afraid to inform them, yet I know I should. I've been told my MRSA is invasive. I'm not sure what invasive means, but it doesn't sound good.

At any rate, does anyone know if I am protected through EEOC, or should I just keep my employer in the dark?

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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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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

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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

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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