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Reoccurring MRSA
Posted by NancyRL
Last Reply October 2, 2013 at 20:31
Started June 25, 2013 at 15:23
I have changed the topic. Thank you for your quick response to my prev
questions in the "MRSA in my lungs" forum. However, I really need some
answers from anyone who has reoccurring MRSA and that has tried building up
immune system, eating properly, daily exercise which has now been decreased
due to extreme fatigue, and last but not least, having all the correct drs on board.
Meaning, ID, Colorectal & GI of whi h none know what else to do other than the
culture, Bloodwork, and CT all to which came back negative. I need to know if
when having a culture, does the swab have to hit the bottom of the wound to
receive an accurate result or is it ok that they just culture the middle? Also, really
need to know how does an post surgical OPEN wound in the abdomen get larger
in Width NOT depth. The opening literally grew larger in width overnight. How
does that happen? ID drs don't know neither does wound care nurses, which I
have been seeing on a weekly basis. These d... read more

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Still in Hope
Posted by Still-n-Hope
Last Reply October 2, 2013 at 16:38
Started October 2, 2013 at 16:35
Hi everyone,
I was recently diagnosed with MRSA, but I'm sure I had it for years.
I'll start with a quick history. I had impetigo when I was about 9. I was treated for
that. Then when I was 15 I had staph infection and was treated for it, then it
cleared up. Then when I was around 17 I started to get this rash which I stupidly
mistook for just body acne. One flared up but then went away and I didn't get
treated for it. Now that I'm 31, this year I started to get these horrible boils in
underarms. Then it spread to areas that no female wants. I was ignorant about
MRSA and Staph etc and I thought maybe it was an STD (even though I haven't
had sexual intercourse in over 3 years) but I just really had no other idea. I didn't
think Staph could appear in Elvis regions, but the underarm really through me for
a loop. I went to the doctor and she diagnosed me with Staph again. She
prescribed me Bactrim which helped but it didn't clear it all the way. It came back
jus... read more

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Re pea Ted infections
Posted by Sue
Last Reply October 2, 2013 at 12:13
Started October 1, 2013 at 20:55
Any suggestions my son keeps getting infections has special needs I want to
help but put on bactroban and tried tumeric paste feel helpless any suggestions.

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Garlic Baths Worked
Posted by Betty
Last Reply September 28, 2013
Started September 24, 2013 at 23:35
My Story: I was hospitalized with cellulitis MRSA in groin area and MRSA in left lung. I had never experienced something so painful. Morphine did nothing for my pain. I rec'd IV Vanco and other IV antibiotics, released for 3 weeks of oral antibiotics. Broke out in hives 24/7 for several weeks. I was on Benadryl 24 hours a day. My menstrual cycle also stopped immediately. ID doctor and OBGYN could not tell me dowwhy. Dr's n played my illness and did not tell me anything. ID doctor did not even want to see me after my release. I was told to call only if I got a temperature.

After reading online about MRSA and the struggles people were having, I was scared, depressed and lonely. Approximately 1 month later, I started getting wierd bumps I had never seen before. I started using oregano and tree tea oil on them. I tried to build my immune system by eating healthy, no sugars and lots of greens, taking vitamins and probiotics. I did bleach baths and hibiclens (sp?). This worked initial... read more

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Posted by Pamela Hebert
Last Reply September 26, 2013 at 04:20
Started September 25, 2013 at 22:49
My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer july 3 and was
hospitalized 2 weeks in she had surgery to place a drain for fluid in
her lungs. She got an infection which was "treated". 2 weeks later
she was released, home about a week now has mrsa so bad they have
said there is nothing left to do and gave her 2-3 weeks and put her
in hospice. Is this normal? Do you have any suggestions? I cant
believe an infection that was "treated" is now your death sentence.
Please help me understand. Thank you in advance for your time and

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Herbal Remedies
Posted by Pete C.
Last Reply September 25, 2013 at 04:18
Started September 25, 2013 at 04:18
My name is Pete C. and I am a journalist student at CSU Northridge, outside of Los Angeles. As a MRSA sufferer, I remember being really frightened a year ago, when i found out the bacteria had cultivated my body. Then I found this site, and I have improved my outbreaks and symptoms.

I am writing because I am doing a story on superbugs, herbal remedies, and the sufferers who confide in the internet. I would love anyones help on this story. If you require more information shoot me an email I would love to know your story of how you received the illness, what antibiotics you have taken, and any herbal remedies. I would love to go into further detail through email, and if you would like to remain unidentified we can talk about that as well. As you can imagine, I am working on a deadline so a response ASAP would be appreciated.

thank you,

Pete from Cali

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ca mrsa
Posted by abi
Last Reply September 25, 2013 at 03:54
Started September 25, 2013 at 03:54
Is ca mrsa treated diff than ha mra?And if so
with what antibiotics?

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Questions for Bob Anderson about garlic
Posted by onelove87
Last Reply September 24, 2013 at 04:44
Started July 26, 2013 at 17:05
Hi Bob,

Thank you so much for all the information you've offered here. I had several questions about garlic:

1. I plan to take garlic baths, but I have a very hectic schedule. What is the minimum amount of time that I can sit in the bath and still have it be effective? 1 hour? 2 hours?

2. Also, what is the minimum amount of times per week I need to take the bath for it to be effective? 2 x a week?

3. How long should you leave the garlic in the bath tub water before you soak in it?

4. When I don't have an opportunity to take a garlic bath, I want to still be able to expose my boils to crushed garlic. Sometimes garlic water is not an option because the boils are in a place that I can't soak in a pot of water. Olive oil sticks better to skin so I'm wondering if the crushed garlic would still be effective if I put it in olive oil rather than water and then put it on my skin?

Your expertise is greatly appreciated!

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MRSA & Tonsillitis?
Posted by Megan
Last Reply September 20, 2013 at 23:56
Started August 21, 2013 at 08:28
Female; 18 y/o.

April 2013: MRSA on shin. Moderate pain. Took Sulfamethoxazole.
Healed. No work missed.

May-June 2013: MRSA on ankle (same leg). Unbearable pain. 1 month of
work missed. Accompanied by an uncommon strain of strep and cellutis.
Took Sulfamethoxazole, and a separate antibiotic for both the step and
cellutis. Finally healed.

August 2013 (present): MRSA & cellutis on the same leg. Worst pain of
my life. Took Sulfamethoxazole. Had an allergic reaction. Put on
Cephalexin. It has been treated for 8 days now with Cephalexin. I
still have 2 days left. So far I have only missed a little over a week
of work. The actual spot on my leg looks a lot better and feels
better. Skin is severly peeling around the spot but I am sure that
that is to be expected.

My only concern is that now I have symptoms of tonsillitis on one
tonsil. (Swollen, white patches, fever) I am just wondering how likely
it is that I have MRSA in my throat now. & How likely... read more

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Mrsa and stress
Posted by Tana
Last Reply September 16, 2013 at 11:02
Started January 26, 2010 at 15:18
Hi everyone, I have been Lesion free for six months now and trying to stay that way.I have been under extreme stress lately and I am afraid it will cause me to get sick again. Things happen that I think I have to deal with and lately I feel like I'm going to go off the deep end. Should I just ignore things for my own sake and tell everyone to leave me alone? I really fear for my health because of stress from everything that is happening in my life.Loss of my mom 3 years ago,which I got my Mrsa from trying to revive her,Court battles over her will and Estate,loss of most of my family over their greed,and after I thought this was all settled something else pops up to do with estate and I feel like I have to fight the good fight for my moms wishes.On top of that, trying to plan my daughter wedding on a tight budget because of all the money I owe for treatment of mrsa and all the supplements I have to get to keep Mrsa free.I am feel as though I am working just to keep mrsa away.Should I... read more

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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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