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Non-MRSA Staph urgent help needed!
Posted by BDW
Last Reply July 24, 2013 at 22:10
Started July 22, 2013 at 17:35
I hope you guys don't mind me posting in here. I searched for a forum for non-MRSA staph support and couldn't find one. I'm hopeful the knowledge that you guys have regarding treating MRSA will also be helpful for non-MRSA staph.

So, here's the situation. Last summer, my 17 year old daughter had what we thought was a spider bite that developed into an abscess and was drained in her doctors office and then treated with oral antibiotics. This summer, the same thing happened. But we were on an island without medical care and delayed treatment until we returned home. As soon as we returned home (June 29) we took her to a minor emergency facility where they cut a 1/2 inch incision, drained it, used tools to break up and clear parts that wouldn't drain, irrigated it, packed it with medicated gauze, and put her on Keflex and Bactrim. At that same visit my daughter pointed out an additional "spider bite" that seemed to be getting infected. That doctor (whom we liked VERY much) in... read more

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Recovery
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply July 24, 2013 at 07:44
Started July 15, 2013 at 01:32
I feel like I'm having a heck of time recovering from MRSA, even though I know
there are people who have it much worse, but I'm still getting frustrated. Let me
give some background on myself. I have psoriatic arthritis, and I take Humira,
which suppresses your immune system. I've been on it about a year. Back in the
middle of May, I took my shot, and about a week later, I noticed a lump under my
arm. I didn't think much of it, but when it got a little bigger, I went to my pcp who
thought it felt like a lymph node and sent me home on antibiotics.

Over the course of the next few days, it continued to grow until it was the size of
a large golf ball. The night before Memorial Day, it burst and drained. I thought
that was it, but that Tuesday, I woke up with a fever, chest pains and shortness of
breath. My doctor took a culture and admitted me to the hospital for testing. He
felt that all the symptoms were caused by the infection and sent me home on
Bactrim. The... read more

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Surgery?
Posted by Karnie Ann
Last Reply July 22, 2013 at 23:23
Started July 22, 2013 at 05:29
For my surgery this coming Friday, the private hospital my doctor uses
did a routine check for MRSA during Pre Admission Testing. This test
came back positive, so they say I am a carrier since I do not have
sores. I am still in shock.
They have me using a medicine in my nose and a wash twice a day until
surgery. It is on my right foot, my toes to be moved and repaired
from something that has caused them to become disjointed/ to deform
the past 5 years. Am I looking at some real problems? I just don't
know. Do I go through with the surgery? The left foot also needs
help, and is supposed to follow in surgery after the right foot heals.
My family doctor is out of town this week, so speaking to her about
this new diagnosis is out of the question. I plan on talking to
SOMEBODY tomorrow for a second opinion. The podiatrist says we follow
procedure, which is the medicine and wash I am using this week; and do
the surgery.

MRSA carrier, oh my, I am reading ... read more

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Will cortisone shots re-infect my MRSA ?
Posted by Cameron
Last Reply July 21, 2013 at 16:48
Started January 15, 2012 at 19:52
Hello,

After reading around on the forum I am a bit concerned. I had an arthroscopic scar-debriedment surgery that got infected with MRSA about 5 years ago. I was hospitalized and almost died (similar to all these stories I'm reading), had to spend a week in the hospital, another 6 weeks with vanco via a PICC line.

This process destroyed what was left of my knee and left me as a barely-functional chronic pain sufferer (I was only 29 and an athlete). My current scans (MRI and X-ray; 2 months ago) do show bone on bone contact in 2 places and articular cartelege damage, but the docs don't think I should be in this much pain (accodring to the scans, grrr!). They all think I'm being a baby or trying to get pain meds. I have always played high impact sports and actually have a high pain tolerance, so after initially being judged so much for this condition I left pain management and decided to just ignore it.

That was about 4 years ago when I made the choice to "ignore it"... read more

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Blue Light
Posted by turtlelover
Last Reply July 14, 2013 at 15:06
Started July 14, 2013 at 13:15
There is some evidence out there to suggest blue light kills Staphylococcus aureus as
well as Propionibacterium acnes the bacteria that causes acne.

I bought a blue light LED on Amazon for 40$. I have had great success in keeping acne
vulgaris controlled with this method.

Those of you that have staph rashes might want to try blue light therapy.

Read this paper on Pub Med:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19196103

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intestinal/bm pain issues
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply July 14, 2013 at 01:48
Started July 10, 2013 at 02:45
I was diagnosed in March 2013 and I seem to suffer terrible bowel movement issues and pain from lack of normal bowel movements. I also tire very easily and seal with nausea on a regular basis. I'm looking for support, suggestions, and connections with others dealing with MRSA.

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Drug Resistance to Bactrim?
Posted by Kelly in Baltimore
Last Reply July 13, 2013 at 19:36
Started June 5, 2007 at 02:22
Has anyone had any luck with the doxycyline ?

I've been battling MRSA for nearly 2 years. And was taking Bactrim for 7 days, than bactrim and rifampin for 7 days with bactroban nasal. I would go 1 to 3 months without breakouts in boils. At each new re-currence I was getting the same scripts refilled.

This past week i got new boils nad started taking the bactrim. However, I got new boils while on the bactrim. This has never happend to me before and should NOT happen. I called the ID I had seen last year and he said there are two possibilities.

One - is that over the past 6 months I've gained about 20 pounds, (to fatigued to be active) and that i'm no longer getting a high enough dose. That at my weight - 5'9 200lbs i should be taking the bactrim 3 times a day instead of two.

Two- my MRSA strain has become resistance to the antiobiotic, either the bactroban nasal or the bactrim.

He did switch me to Doxycycline 100mg 2x/day.

Has anyone encoutnered their MRSA st... read more

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Giving up hope
Posted by NancyRL
Last Reply July 13, 2013 at 14:12
Started July 11, 2013 at 14:43
Ok. I went to wound are today and was told that they have never seen a wound
grow larger in size when it's suppose to be healing. This wound has had MRSA 3x
and has been open for 6months. I don't ant to repeat myself so pls read my story
and pls start with the dates from oldest. It's aunder NancyRL. These drs are
clueless. The wound smells bad, drains all day and the drainage is brownish. I
have a huge rash all over the body. Low grade temps and now an awful lot of
pain. Can anyone AFTER reading my full story have any suggestions? The story
starts with Reoccuring MRSA in the forum and 3 or 4 other topics. They should ll
be on the 1st page. Again pls see posted by NancyRL. Not NancyR. Thank you in
advance.

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What Are Other Options
Posted by Scared
Last Reply July 13, 2013 at 04:48
Started May 2, 2007 at 15:44
If I were to have a boil/cycst start flaring up are there any options of what to do with it so that it doesn't get so bad and painful?? Is lancing these the only way to really take care of them?

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Desperate...MRSA symptoms
Posted by NancyRL
Last Reply July 10, 2013
Started July 5, 2013 at 22:25
Hello,
I am at my wits end and need to know if anyone out there has encountered the
same problem. So I don't repeat myself from beginning of issue pls read the topic
"reoccurring MRSA" by NancyRL it's on first page of forum topics. After reading
pls read on......ok so I just had a blood. Untrue don't. They took 4 bottles and 2
vials of blood to test for CBC, & any kind of blood Infection. To my surprise I was
just told that all was fine. They said WBC, Platelet, Liver, Kidney etc was normal.
However, my symptoms don't mat h my results. After reading my story on that
first page in the forum, I have ended up with an abdominal hole about 4cm deep
and the opening NOT the depth is getting larger and larger. I have a rash that has
formed around the opening of the wound & has traveled around the stomach
area, Parches on arms 1 leg, neck, lower back, and knuckles. The rash starts off
as a little pink pimple with a very small white head, it doesn't burst and no liquid ... read more

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MRSA from riding a friend's bicycle?
Posted by Mark
Last Reply July 9, 2013 at 21:08
Started July 6, 2013 at 17:18
Hello.

Yesterday i was riding my friends bike for some hours. The problem is that Im currently having hemorrhoids. My behind hurts a bit today, because i was sitting uncomfortable on the bike.
I was wearing long pants. Could the the MRSA virus have gone trough my pants and underwear and up my rectum?



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MRSA symptoms don't match Labwork
Posted by NancyRL
Last Reply July 9, 2013 at 21:01
Started July 7, 2013 at 15:36
Hello,
I am at my wits end and need to know if anyone out there has encountered the
same problem. So I don't repeat myself from beginning of issue pls read the topic
"reoccurring MRSA" by NancyRL it's on first page of forum topics. After reading
pls read on......ok so I just had a blood. Untrue don't. They took 4 bottles and 2
vials of blood to test for CBC, & any kind of blood Infection. To my surprise I was
just told that all was fine. They said WBC, Platelet, Liver, Kidney etc was normal.
However, my symptoms don't mat h my results. After reading my story on that
first page in the forum, I have ended up with an abdominal hole about 4cm deep
and the opening NOT the depth is getting larger and larger. I have a rash that has
formed around the opening of the wound & has traveled around the stomach
area, Parches on arms 1 leg, neck, lower back, and knuckles. The rash starts off
as a little pink pimple with a very small white head, it doesn't burst and no liquid ... read more

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Black spots in open wound
Posted by NancyRL
Last Reply July 9, 2013 at 20:15
Started July 9, 2013 at 16:34
I have found black spots in my wound.minhave an Intra abdominal wound. Prev
had MRSA 3x since jan/2013. Have had this open wound since then. Had an
abcess removed in March and they found MRSA again. 6wks ago had culture,
Bloodwork, & CT all was ok. 1wk ago I had blood work done again but no culture
and still all ok. Last night I found a couple of black spots in the wound around the
opening. Not on the sking but in the rim of the hole. It's painful. And also have a
rash that I've had for over a week and wound are said rash was ok but black spots
not there yet. I have posted on here a couple of times. But now That black spots
are under the skin that is dark pink on the surface and painful. Have low grade
temps, and some belly pain that's intermittent. I see wound care tomorrow. Ay
idea as to what this is? They are small spots the size of the head of an eraser on a
pencil.

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MRSA IN Cortizone shot
Posted by Bill
Last Reply July 6, 2013 at 19:15
Started April 26, 2012 at 04:09
I have never had any sort of staff. I work in construction and cut myself or scratch and
bleed routinely. I go into a hand surgeons office for a routine cortizone shot and four
days later I have to have surgery to extract the mrsa that was injected into the basal
joint of my left hand. After a month of antibiotics I hope to be free from pain, but what
else should I expect?

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Colonization
Posted by Mari
Last Reply July 3, 2013 at 22:00
Started July 3, 2013 at 15:10
Lady K,

What is known about hand and forearm colonization? I've come across two studies that tested these sites and I believe it was around 30% of those tested were positive for hand colonization. The studies were really difficult to find and I will continue to try and locate them but as of right now I have not been able to. So I am looking for help here.

How are hands colonized? Touching other colonized sites and not using proper hygiene?

I don't know one way or the other. I have not been tested but how would one go about decolonization of hands?

Thank you in advance.


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Infecting Others
Posted by Alan Stein
Last Reply July 3, 2013 at 05:26
Started July 1, 2013 at 23:19
Just got back results of nasal swabs and now both myself and my wife tested positive. We start a 5 day program of nasal cream, gargle with Perigard + spit and hibiclem baths. Then we go back to see if we test negative.

If one tests positive and the other negative what's to stop the one that is positive from re-infecting the one that is negative. Not sure if the colonized MRSA can be passed on to the negative party if the positive colonized MRSA party has NO current active MRSA infection. Would love to be able to speak with someone over the phone as I have so many questions. How long does the MRSA live away from the infected party. Seems like you can open a door and catch MRSA so it's hard to believe more people aren't suffering from this virus.

If one is tested positive for MRSA and cuts their skin can one simply treat the wound with antibiotic cream (Bactriban) and keep the wound covered until it heals. OR does EACH time a MRSA positive individual gets a cut they will need... read more

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Garlic Water
Posted by Mari
Last Reply July 2, 2013 at 14:12
Started July 2, 2013
Hi Bob.

Thanks for all you do on this forum. I've completed three garlic baths but I have to stop due to the fact I have young adult age kids home for the summer and the tub is in there bathroom, mine and my husbands only has a shower. I cannot bring myself to use their bathroom at all (I only clean it).

So my question to you is are there benefits in crushing the garlic, letting it sit for 30 minutes or so then adding warm/hot water, let that sit for a bit and then drink it. Do you think/know if this can help? Thanks again.

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Have not had any outbreaks so far
Posted by mak
Last Reply June 30, 2013 at 21:15
Started June 4, 2013 at 02:27
just come here to give some advise to people who may have not tried these natural remedies yet. In past couple months I've been having breakouts every week. I started doing the garlic baths along with combination of using olive leaf extract with a probiotic. Olive leaf extract is used in european countries to treat mrsa infections. If you do decide to use olive leaf extract I was recommended to use 500 mg with a 75 mg oleuropein. Take 4 a day for 1 week and then 2 a day for 3 more weeks. But I think I will just continue to take these. It's been more than two weeks now and so far, no outbreaks.I also use a Bacitracin zinc ointment in my nostrils once or twice a day. I have also heard of natural product called Schuessler 12 cell salts (tissue salts) from what I have read many people have claimed this has cured their MRSA along with many other things. Hope this helps anyone. I will keep everyone updated on how this treatment is going for me as well

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mike
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply June 28, 2013 at 01:05
Started June 24, 2013 at 02:32
mike -

The reason you have not seen links to honey on Main Forum is because they have been removed to Product Forum. If you'd like to discuss this topic... the Product Forum is where you do it, along with multiple other posts concerning this same topic.

This product does come with controversy as to effectiveness and study bias.

In short… below are 3 points taken out of context for you to read.

[Quote
1. Main results: Most trials were at high or unclear risk of bias.

2. Authors' conclusions
Honey dressings do not increase rates of healing significantly in venous leg ulcers when used as an adjuvant to compression. Honey may delay healing in partial- and full-thickness burns in comparison to early excision and grafting, and in cutaneous Leishmaniasis when used as an adjuvant with meglumine antimoniate. Honey might be superior to some conventional dressing materials, but there is considerable uncertainty about the replicability and applicability of this evidence.... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Terri
Last Reply June 24, 2013 at 19:01
Started June 19, 2013 at 22:13
PS Thank you! Believe this is an answer to my prayers. Been most painful and tiring
thing ever! Very desperate for relief as boils press on scalp. Headaches big time, trying
to stay away from ibuprofen. Also you have someone who mentioned crystal like
reaction on scalp. That also happened to me with the initial stage...maybe related to
dermatitis?

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