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Newbie, Love any insight!
Posted by dvalentine
Last Reply May 9, 2013
Started May 8, 2013 at 10:12

I just found this forum, and thought I would introduce myself instead of lurking.

April of last year I developed a lump under my right arm, which I dealt with for several
weeks before going to the emergency room, since I'm not insured. When I did go, I had
an I&D, a gauze packing was put in, and I got a 7 day treatment of Bactrim. My discharge
instructions said to come back within the next two days to get the packing removed and
dressing changed. I returned to the same ER the next morning. When the doctor came in,
he told me that 'Someone will be by looking for money', so unless I have some I should
leave and take care of this myself. So, I did.

Four days after my initial visit, I received a phone call stating that the culture taken was
positive for MRSA.

One lump then spread into two, then four, before they went away with the Bactrim.

A month or so later, I had two more pea sized lumps under my left arm. I immediately
went to a different ER, ... read more

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Garlics are all different
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply May 3, 2013 at 14:32
Started May 3, 2013 at 14:32

Any problem with using garlic baths to treat the more resistant strains may be related to the type of garlic in use. Not all garlic are created equal, some are mild, like Applegate or Italian Purple, some are medium in pungency (hotness)like Inchelium Red or Georgian Crystal and some are hot like Lorz Italian or Metechi and others are very hot like Georgian Fire or Ajo Rojo but the hottest and produces the most allicin is Romanian Red. Unfortunately, these cultivated varieties are almost never sold in stores and must be bought direct from the small-scale growers who are located all over the country but mostly in the north. You might Google these varieties and find the growers.

These special garlics are not available year around but mostly in the fall. Garlics are harvested in July and take a month to dry down properly and are generally plentiful from August through October and mostly unavailable the rest of the year. Some of them will store freah for 6 to 8 months but all can b... read more

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MRSA in the workplace
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply May 1, 2013 at 22:36
Started April 5, 2013 at 11:35
Hello to you all. This is a bit of a touchy subject and I would like to start out by saying that I am genuinely trying to acquire some knowledge. I work at a cross utilized station for the airline which means we load bags, do customer service, and service aircraft. We have to share headsets used to talk to the plane, personal protective equipment used when deicing, computers, telephones and radios. There are two people at our station who have told me about their MRSA. One of them occasionally will have a boil or some skin irritation and is careful with hygiene. The other person is quite nervous and picks at the boils and sores and often has them. This second co-worker after touching her infections will use many different computer stations and phones throughout the station as we all do because of the often chaotic nature of the job. What I would like to know is what I can do to protect myself and others from this infection? I wash my hands often as does everyone at work and we try t... read more

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spinal injections post MRSA?
Posted by TerriH
Last Reply April 26, 2013 at 05:30
Started October 28, 2010 at 15:16
I finished my Cubicin therapy aprox. 6 weeks ago (MRSA after hardware placement w/bone graft-hardware now removed). I herniated two lumbar discs simultaneously in June and am now having a return of leg radiculopathy. I'm sure the recommended treatment will be corticoid steroid spinal injections, which I refused the first time but am considering now because I just don't have the stamina left to wait this out again. would appreciate some info regarding this treatment after MRSA since it can further surpress the immune system. Is there a reccomended waiting time? Will it increase my chances for reinfection? Info seems a little sketchy and I'm waiting for some info from IDD- LadyK-maybe you could weigh in on this for some direction? Thank you for any help! Namaste...Terri

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Posted by Katya
Last Reply April 24, 2013
Started March 25, 2013 at 04:27
My husband was diagnosed with MRSA pneumonia in December 2012 and spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital. He is now exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia again, coughing, fever, chills etc.. What are the odds it is MRSA again? He almost died the last time so this is a bit disconcerting. The last bill was for almost 50 thousand so he's reluctant to go in. I don't know if I should take him to the ER tonight or just try to make an appointment with the doctor tomorrow when they open. Suggestions please?

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Posted by r.lebrun
Last Reply April 24, 2013
Started November 20, 2004 at 14:55
My mother contracted MRSA pnuemonia recovered 2 months later she got it in her blood. I can't get straight answers from her doctor. She has enphisema and is always coughing and spiting up stuff so it would be hard to tell if she may be getting sick with an MRSA infection in her lungs again. Also, she insists she can not give us anything and therefore does not even try to protect myself or my children in case the MRSA may return. My question is how contagious is this since it was air born in her case with the pnuemonia. What precautions do we have to take to protect ourselves? I can't get these questions answered by her doctor. I have researched the CDC and many other sites but this information is not really discussed.

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Immune-suppressant meds & MRSA
Posted by Sundance
Last Reply April 20, 2013 at 03:08
Started February 13, 2011
I have psoriatic spondylitis (an autoimmune disease), and have been on prednisone and methotrexate (a chemo drug) for over 5 months (both are immune suppressant medications). I've also recently finished an unsuccessful trial with Humira (another immune suppressant med).

I've had several abscesses over the last few months. The last one was lanced and drained this week, and the culture came back positive for MRSA. I'm currently scheduled to start Remicade this week (another immune suppressant), which I think will need to be postponed.

My family doctor that drained the abscess this week wasn't too concerned about it being MRSA, and has not prescribed any antibiotics for it - just soak it in hot water 4 times a day, and apply fresh dressings. It seems to be healing up OK, but I'm very concerned about having a MRSA infection at the same time that I'm on multiple immune-suppressant medications.

Right now, prednisone is the only med that is keeping me functioning, while we are... read more

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Memory Loss after MRSA
Posted by Incognito
Last Reply April 18, 2013 at 04:25
Started February 13, 2012 at 04:17
In 2007 I developed a systemic MRSA infection that shut down my immune system. Over the next three years I continued to have MRSA skin and soft tissue infections.

Do long-term MRSA infections contribute to or cause dementia or alzheimer's type symptoms?

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Mild pain in one leg
Posted by Garlic Warrior
Last Reply April 15, 2013 at 22:01
Started April 15, 2013 at 22:01
Could /mild/ - not mind-numbingly painful - aches and pains be from a leg be after effects of a MRSA infection? These are not bad enough that I can't walk and do things, but they're bad enough that I notice them and am annoyed by them. There is faint redness around the ball of my ankle. I can't afford a CT scan or an MRI. I can't afford anything.

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Hyper IGE and MRSA
Posted by Ross
Last Reply April 5, 2013 at 14:00
Started March 12, 2010 at 01:43
I have had mrsa 23 times with 54 wound sites since Oct '07. I was diagnosed with Hyper IGE or JOB Syndrome. You know Job, Bible, Satan, God,Boils. This mean I have a high count of the antibody IGE 2613 which leads to MRSA. Looks like mine is the Autosomal Recessive Variety since I don't have Caveman Brow, or multiple rows of teeth. Anybody else have this out there? It's rare. Thanks, Ross

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MRSA reoccurence in 1 year old
Posted by ElectricLady
Last Reply April 4, 2013 at 17:07
Started February 16, 2009 at 05:10
My daughter had MRSA in July 2008 when she was 6 months old. She was hospitalized for three days and was on IV Clindamycin in the hospital and then took a 10 day round after we got home. She had an I&D there and we also used the Bactroban ointment. We use Dial soap for her baths and lots of hand sanitizer and Lysol. We have been using the Bactroban ointment on any cuts, scrapes, or open skin since then on her. Three weeks ago she began getting the small pimples and one of them got big very quickly. We took her to the pediatrician and he drained it and immediately started her on Clindamycin she finished a 10 day course less than 1 week ago. Everything cleared up. This afternoon I noticed a new pimple on her torso. I coated it in Bactroban. By bedtime tonight she had five pimples all over her body. We will be visiting the pediatrician first thing in the morning. My daughter is now 13 months old.

My questions are:

-Has anyone had a reoccurence so quickly after finis... read more

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MRSA- inability to tolerate taking medicine
Posted by Krakatoa
Last Reply March 25, 2013 at 03:17
Started March 24, 2013 at 20:03
Hello, I have MRSA. I notice that I cannot tolerate taking any medicine at all. Whether its antibiotics, phsycho meds, vitamins, aspirin... anything. It wasn't always this way- maybe all the antibiotics the docs put me on screwed up my system. But anyway, does anyone else have this problem? I wish I could still take vitamins, but I will break out in terrible impetiganized sores if I take any medicine. I hope the MRSA is having fun, because I sure as hell am not!

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My MRSA Miricle
Posted by Mary
Last Reply March 24, 2013 at 04:02
Started February 22, 2013 at 21:51
You all may think I'm crazy but I inadvertantly found a treatment for my MRSA, and even though I didn't know I had Psoriasis too, I found it also helps this as well. I have no information on the link between the two diseases, but I do know I have been around the block more than once trying to find a treatment, cure, reason or true cause for these and I honestly want people to know this has saved my life in several ways...

After my initial diagnosis of MRSA my husband was trying to find ways to boost my spirits and get me going again, I had all but given up. I was so depressed, in pain and the drugs made me so sick, I contemplated death as an option to not suffer any more. He convinced me to try SCUBA diving with him and I fell in love with it! I've never been so at peace as to be under the water with just the sound of my bubbles and to see all that underwater world has to show.

Any way, we live in a "cold" water climate but that didn't stop me I really love diving and will go... read more

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10 year old MRSA in ear
Posted by Brandy
Last Reply March 9, 2013 at 19:55
Started February 29, 2012 at 05:10
My daughter got MRSA staph on her leg last year. Before they cultured it and we knew
what it was I suppose my son got "IT". Since then he has had about 5 ear infections.
He never had ear infections prior to that. He would get a cold, then develop an ear
ache and i would take him to his pediatrician. Within days he would develop pus filled
blisters within his ear and on his ear lobe and once just below his ear on his face. I
asked his doc then if it might also be MRSA. The doc said we will just treat with
something that will kill MRSA. His infection cleared and every few months he would
get a cold followed by an ear infection, followed by pus filled blisters in his ear. Every
time he would get an antibiotic and it would disappear. In October of 2011 he
developed an abscess between his buttocks and I took him to Children's Healthcare
of Atlanta to have it looked at and cultured, (they lost the culture so we never found
out if it was MRSA), put him on antibiotics ... read more

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Gearing up for battle against MRSA.
Posted by Garlic Warrior
Last Reply February 27, 2013 at 20:54
Started January 30, 2013 at 03:24
Quick trip report:

-Red rash thing on my thigh that surrounded a spider bite. Thought it was a spider bite. Doc at clinic said MRSA. 10 days Bactrim+something else. Paid little to no attention to it because I had no idea MRSA could come back at the time. Went away, or at least it seemed like it did. NO CULTURE because I was an idiot at the time - doc offered it but he said it would cost 50 bucks. I should've just given him the money!
-4 days later, another two boils popped up. Bactrim by itself this time. Started having a weird red spot on my upper chest about 8 days in so I stopped on doctor's rec, got put on Clindamycin instead.
-Holy heck, Clindamycin. This drug sucks. I didn't have C. diff or anything (thank God) or even diarrhea, but I felt like crap the whole time I was on it. It didn't even work!
-10 days doxycycline hyc. delayed release immediately after finish the Clinda. This stuff is great, super easy on me, but it costs a fortune (250 bucks).
-Somewhere along th... read more

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At the MRSA crossroads
Posted by mrsa fighter
Last Reply February 27, 2013 at 11:11
Started February 27, 2013 at 11:11
Hi, so I was diagnosed with MRSA about a year ago. I had a huge abcess on my back. Doc gave anti-biotics and it went away pretty quick. Before long a huge one appeared on my chest, this needed draining, unpleasant experience that was. More anti-biotics. THen it came back again, more boils.

Changed to Bactrim, this cleared the boils but as soon as I would stop the Bactrim they returned again. Was given longer course of Bactirm, used Bactroban in the nose, Hibiclens in the bath/shower, Bactrim orally. Was completely clear until the Bactrim stopped then they returned again.

This repeated many times, probably 10 courses of anti-biotics, tried a few different ones like clindamycin, same result. I am now convinced that anti-biotics wont help me. Havent had Vancomycin though but from what I have read its not very effective anymore anyway.

On about my 8th Doctor he said anti-biotics cant help me and I need to get my body more alkaline. My only hope is that my own immune system ca... read more

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Demand Care- Doctors suck!
Posted by ADR
Last Reply February 20, 2013 at 16:20
Started February 20, 2013 at 07:23
I am 27 years old and I had my first MRSA infection in September 2012. I was
hospitalized 3 days and released. I was informed of my status while I was being
discharged, rather casually. I was sent home with oral medications, which I took
diligently. I returned to the ER the next day, having gotten cold sweats anytime I
tried moving around and was sent home because I was "fine." The next day, I
worsened, and began throwing up the medicines. I returned to the ER again, and
was readmitted for another four days and discharged with pills. Upon arriving
home, my Yorkie ended up with a horrible abscess almost overnight. The vet
didn't believe animals could get MRSA, and it was near the puppy's anal glands,
so he didn't culture it. My boyfriend and I suspect that it was indeed MRSA, as
the timing was right and my poor pup was nearly three and never had any signs
of an anal gland problem. Fast forward to January 2013. My boyfriend gets an
abscess. He g... read more

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Posted by Darlena Crosten
Last Reply February 20, 2013 at 13:52
Started February 20, 2013 at 13:52
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MRSA in blood stream
Posted by dan
Last Reply February 19, 2013 at 16:00
Started March 22, 2005 at 02:23
Can u provide me with some information about MRSA in the blood stream.

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I have MRSA
Posted by JB
Last Reply February 13, 2013 at 20:29
Started February 11, 2009 at 15:21
Hello to everyone, I was just diagnosed with MRSA Monday Feb. 9, 2009. I had a spot on my thigh that I was concerned with so I went to my dermatologist. When I went for the results on Monday I was told the biopsy came back as 1+ MRSA. I didnt really understand how serious MRSA can be until I did some research on my own when I got home. I am to be on antibiotics for 6 weeks then go back. I did ask him about being around my family and going to work but he seemed to think i would be OK with such a low reading. I am scared to death! I dont like the idea of having this and having to wait 6 weeks to see if the antibiotics have worked. Does anyone know if 1+ is a very low reading of this infection?

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