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Low IgG and MRSA?
Posted by Lilly
Last Reply May 23, 2013 at 19:55
Started October 19, 2009 at 02:44
I recently had sinus surgery due to recurrent sinusitis and the cultures came back as MRSA. I was then referred to an ID MD who tx'd me with Septra DS and Rifampin, and ordered lab work which came back with low IgG and low IgG subsets. The ID doc thinks I have an immune problem. I have never had skin wounds or infections, but have been on a lot of antibiotics for resp and sinus infections. I have asthma as well, and it is exacerbated by sinus or lung infections. I am worried about working as I work with the frail/elderly. I am aware that a few of these people have had MRSA urine infections or wound infections. I am a little concerned about my spreading this around to other residents. The ENT seemed hesitant to allow me back to work, calling it "an ethical problem" but the ID says so many people are MRSA positive that it doesn't matter as long as I use precautions.
I was glad to find this forum, I also have had some of the effects like fatigue, achiness and did not attribute it to ... read more

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Help me build an immune-strengthing plan
Posted by Sandy Carabio
Last Reply May 23, 2013 at 04:31
Started May 21, 2013 at 20:52
Hello everyone,

I am trying to work out an "affordable" immune-strengthening plan for my 22-year-old daughter, Jessica, who has been fighting MRSA for the last 2 1/2 years. Like many of you, she's tried just about everything I've researched online to naturally get rid of (or at least limit) the constant MRSA outbreaks.

Presently she is on Clindamycin after having a painful boil lanced a week ago. I also have her doing the garlic baths daily and probably will keep that up for another couple of weeks and then cut them down to every other day if we don't see any more outbreaks. I'd love to hear from others who have success with garlic baths as to how many you took at the beginning, for how long each bath (Jessica stays in there for an hour each day) and if you still do them regularly or just when you see a staph starting to appear.

There is so much information on this and other forums about what to take to build a strong immune system to help fight off MRSA outbreaks. My h... read more

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Posted by Peggy
Last Reply May 22, 2013 at 04:37
Started June 13, 2007 at 20:00
My mom has just been diagnosed w/ MRSA-it is in the blood stream. It started w/ pea sized areas on her body. These would come and go on different areas of her body. The most recent is a boil-like abscess under her arm that has caused swelling larger than an egg. Her temp was 101.3. This has now been lanced and has reduced in size about 1/2. The culture indicated it is MRSA and resistant to all drugs other than bactrim (sulfa). It is unknown how she contacted this. She has not been hospitalized before or after. I am dressing the wound. Should I be concerned about injesting or contacting MRSA. How long before my 3-yr old granddaughter can be around my mom? The incision is hearling, there is no elev. temp and the medicine appears to be working. I know nothing about this type of infection. Please inform me of the concerns I should hve for my mother's health and others contacting it. She is 90 years of age and in relative good health other than spinalstenosis. Will this aggr... read more

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Doxycycline - a miracle drug
Posted by Garlic Warrior
Last Reply May 21, 2013 at 22:14
Started May 21, 2013 at 22:11
If your MRSA is susceptible to it, I think I'd recommend doxycycline over basically every other antibiotic out there, for the following reasons:

- low cost (generally... shortages have driven the price up in the last few months, but usually places like the local supermarket give it away for free!)
- low risk of clostridum difficile infection (indeed, doxycycline has even been studied and shown promise as a prophylactic for c. diff in hospital infections!)
- low risk of allergic reaction (compared to sulfa drugs particularly)
- low risk of adverse side effects (you get a stomach ache sometimes if you take it without food and you have to avoid prolonged sunlight. That's about it)
- long and safe history of long-term use (teenagers use this every day for acne for years. It's great)
- significant anti-inflammatory properties (indeed, minocycline is even approved by American Rheumatologists for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis)

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Posted by PARKER
Last Reply May 19, 2013 at 19:44
Started May 19, 2013 at 15:53
Mymother was at work and contacted us as she said her arm was hurting her and she could not move her fingers that well,

we went and picked her up and took her hm as she said she will see how she feels in morning.

she contacted us the following morning and advised she went to the hospital as her whole body was in pain and her arm was still hurting, the hospital sent her home and advised she may have tennis elbow or tendenitis,

she went home and the next day still had body pain and could not move that well she was again taken to the hospital and released again and advised to take some prescribed meds and make apt with her reg dr,

the next day she could not move at all and had to be taken to hospital via ambulance, doctors ran some tests and said she had a septic infection and bladder infection and admitted her to icu, she then was removed from icu and in general room, the whole time she was in pain if you touched her , 24 hrs later she was not alert or responding as previo... read more

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Posted by Srini
Last Reply May 19, 2013 at 13:19
Started May 19, 2013 at 13:19
Couple years before I had an abscess in my lower limb which was removed thru a surgery and after testing it was MRSA positive. I was anti bacterial soaps etc and sanitizer since then. Recent couple months I traveled a lot in trains and now i have a similar small boil popped up on my forehead. I'm little scared it could be the recurrence. Have applied bactorban since 2 days and not much of a progress, it is neither decreased or increased. I had LINEZOLID anti-biotic for 14 days couple years ago.

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Recurring Boils on Face
Posted by Adrianne
Last Reply May 19, 2013 at 13:18
Started May 13, 2010 at 03:59
I've had boils on my face - started in November 2009 and it seems every month around the time I get my period, I get another one. However, this month I had three already! Most of them had caused my face to swell so bad that you couldn't recognize me. I have one on my forehead now that has one eye all swelled up and my sinus cavity on that side is killing me, along with the pain of the boil.

I never had skin problems before. Never.

The thing that worries me is that my cat was diagnosed with MRSA back in December of 2008. But he probably had it for at least 8 months before that. He died in January 2009. The vet that diagnosed him told me to use gloves when I changed his bandages - he had a huge wound on his head - but I had been doing it without gloves so that point was moot.

Ok, so he died Jan 2009. I start getting these boils in Oct. 2009. A doctor told me I can't catch MRSA from a cat, but the vet (who I trust more than the doctor I saw) said I can.

I'm not... read more

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MRSA again? sigh
Posted by Jeremiah
Last Reply May 19, 2013 at 06:57
Started May 19, 2013 at 06:57
I've been treated for MRSA twice in the last seven, both times treated
with Bactrium (which makes zaps any energy out of your body while it
kills the MRSA), some skin ointment which reminded me up neosporin,
and some nose swab stuff. Mine usually presented as a series of small
little pimples up the side of my belly. Sometimes these would harden,
"pop" have a little puss, and then go away. Those times I did not see
my doctor. This time I have the same kind of "pimp" on the underside
of my forarm. I thought immediately when I noticed it four days ago
that it might be a little MRSA pimple and I wanted to watch and see
before I overreacted and went to the DR. Well four days later and my
arm is swollen and red by the pimple, and my skin has swelled on that
whole arm, even noticeable in my arm. Today the pimple "popped", some
noticeable puss and blood but nothing more than a little nose bleed
would produce. I covered the area with neosporin and a bandage. ... read more

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Sandy Carabio
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 19, 2013 at 04:01
Started May 18, 2013 at 02:16

Topic link below provided for Sandy Carabio/daughter as a precaution to consider.

In my opinion concerning your posts reflecting your daughter’s ?MRSA infection(s)… if your daughter has not been seen by an Infectious Disease specialist I suggest you do get her in to consult with one concerning her chronic lesion outbreaks. In part due to the reason outlined in above link. As well as address her chronic outbreaks.
(Additionally, getting her on a good probiotic will assist her with necessary flora balance.)

I did not see mention of cultures in any part of your posts, therefore I suspect no culture/recultures have been done... yes? *The practice of not culturing culprit responsible for infection often results in treatment failure.

It is best to address this matter with o... read more

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hole left in arm
Posted by John
Last Reply May 18, 2013 at 17:21
Started May 15, 2013 at 23:52
After a week of garlic baths, a very large and stubborn boil has left a good size hole in my arm. The hole is approximately 1/4 inch across by 3/4 inch or more deep. I'm going to continue with the garlic baths and keeping it bandaged. Any other ideas or suggestions on treating this would be deeply appreciated.

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Controlling Destructive Pathogens
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 18, 2013 at 05:31
Started May 18, 2013 at 05:31

Learn ALL you can about particular pathogen cultured, and afflictions these microbes are capable of causing in humans/etc. so you know what you are up against. Above all KNOW when you are over your head concerning self care! MRSA strains can rapidly spiral out of control if not managed appropriately. Host health is a factor in prognosis. *Life threatening ‘sepsis’ is a very real concern when virulent MRSA is not controlled. Seek an ID (Infectious Disease) specialist for consultation.

Another worthy caution is to investigate ALL alternative therapies whether oral or topical, as interactions can be every bit as severe as conventional med interactions.

MRSA care is not just a problematic topical issue, although lesion outbreaks do tend to gain our attention directly. In order to successfully control MRSA infections one must address all three of the following categories with equal maintenance…
Topical Care.
Internal Care.
Environmental Care.

Being ‘proacti... read more

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ellicin resistan mrsa
Posted by mike
Last Reply May 17, 2013 at 21:15
Started May 16, 2013 at 22:36
dear bob Anderson

I have to impress upon you that there is not in fact a garlic resistant strain of mrsa.
I realize that many of my post lead one to question my "sanity" but I have not been totally forth coming about my circumstances.fotr now just believe me when I say that my family has been inside the loop of cia from the middle 60's when my father ywpould go play poker at the Olympic club in san Francisco. he knew the head of covert operations for northern califorinia,herb rose, sinc they were in
flight school at rankin air academy in Tulare or Victorville ca. in the 40's.
i never been in the loop directly bu have for years be of a minor concern to the covert agency. in the last 18 months i have been posting embarrassing facts about the agency and so have bee under quite a bit of duress.
so p[lease take what follows seriously , as the cia has developed a strain of mrsa that is devastating. continued

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First Time Poster
Posted by Jarhead
Last Reply May 16, 2013
Started May 15, 2013 at 17:02
Recently had a infection on a knee diagnosed as MRSA and ended up with 26 IV injections of Vanco which cleared things up. Within 4 months had eye infection which was diagnosed as MRSA by Opthamologist after he took culture. QUESTION: Does this mean everytime I bleed eg. scratch I must run to get a culture to make certain it is not another outbreak of MRSA. From reading posts it appears once you experience MRSA it is a lifetime situation you must cope with? If so, what must you carry with you if you want to go on a vacation eg. cruise????? Do you carry some form of ident bracelet indicating you
have MRSA in case you are in an accident and can't communicate to MDs?

Looking forward to hearing from others.

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mrsa in bloodstream-- garlic bath
Posted by jackelyngay
Last Reply May 14, 2013
Started May 13, 2013 at 07:45
How do you prepare garlic bath for decatamination of mrsa

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Toddler with MRSA
Posted by Christin
Last Reply May 12, 2013 at 17:07
Started May 11, 2013 at 13:52
I was told my 15 month old had mrsa based solely on an exam and no diagnostic
testing. Was given Bactrian ointment to use for 7 days. Pretty much was all the
dr could and would tell me. Cleared up for about 5 days and came back the other
day and as of last night she was running a low fever. Drs keep telling me just put
the antibiotic on it.. I'm worried it won't work after a period of time. And I'm
worried about what effects it could have on her too. I still don't know if this
ismrsa or not. Even after one showed up in her nose twice they still won't culture
her nose. I'm really scared for my little girl and I can't seem to clear answers as to
what this if it will stay with her. Can it get worse? Saw a dermatologist last week
for an entire 5 mins he said she is fine, looked at her while dressed only never at
her skin. Have an appointment with an infectious disease dr next week, I hope he
doesn't brush me off too. Should I do bleach baths? Bactrian in her... read more

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Posted by Michael
Last Reply May 10, 2013 at 22:05
Started May 5, 2013 at 20:06
Hello I am very terrified that I will contract this disease. I went to a hospital a
few weeks ago, went to the bathroom there. When I came home, I accidentally
put the shoes I wore to the hospital on top of my earphones. Thinking nothing, I
used those earphones to listen to music on the bed. The earphones touched my
lips many times, and when I looked in the mirror, my lips were very chapped and
bleeding. Now I am concerned I will get this disease from hospital to surface to
open wound contact, can Mrsa spread this way? Also, how long does it take
from the time of bacteria exposure to the infection? (incubation period) Thanks!

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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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