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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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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.

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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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Is this MRSA? (pics)
Posted by Heather
Last Reply July 28, 2013 at 15:21
Started June 3, 2012 at 09:06
Hello, glad to see this forum... thank you for any help...!
Let my start by saying I had a clear face up until now, at 20. I was
very stressed and I picked at every single pimple I got- several times
over now. I cant stop as bad as it is.. I've become addicted. After
reading scabs in your nose can be a sign of staff infection, I'm now
worried I have MRSA as my face continues to break out.
Today one of the only pimples I barely touched now seems inflamed all
around it... I popped it and it has remained like popping a normal
pimple aside from redness, and it feels tender and painful to touch.
This is a picture of the area, my pores have gotten huge!

I have a doctors appointment scheduled for thursday but I fear this
may be too late with this new pimple... do I need to go to a hospit... read more

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Hibiclens use for 3 year old
Posted by VintageGirl
Last Reply July 28, 2013 at 01:36
Started March 14, 2011 at 17:06
Hi everyone
I am new here, just a brief history. My 3 yr old has had 3 staph infections. His first was at the age of 1 then he got another one a few months later...... he was treated both times with a Sulfa antibiotic and bactroban for the boils. He was dormant from staph for almost 2 years and then he got two more boils recently on his leg, I immediately started putting bactroban and took him to the Dr where they gave him the oral antibiotic again. He recently I read that weekly Hibiclens showers were great....... we have been doing this on Sundays....just using it as a regular body wash. During the rest of the week we just use Cetaphil on his body which is also an antibacterial soap. I am over doing it? Should I just use regular soap and then the Hibiclens once a week?

When he was staph free for 2 years we never did anything other than constant hand washing and avoiding the public playgrounds......but somehow he got it freaks me out...... read more

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exercise and MRSA
Posted by onelove87
Last Reply July 26, 2013 at 17:09
Started July 26, 2013 at 17:09
So I started exercising as a way to boost my immune system and improve my ability to fight MRSA. I started a few days ago doing speed walking on a treadmill. I went in the morning but I didn't get to change or shower after the gym until night time. The next morning I noticed several boils on my stomach.

Has anyone ever had a breakout after exercise? What do you do to avoid it? Should you always change immediately after you work out?


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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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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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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

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:

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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

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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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