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Home Care - Help Needed
Posted by Peachy
Last Reply December 9, 2012 at 16:45
Started December 6, 2012 at 01:58
My FIL took a fall in October, fractured his knee above his knee replacement and three days later it swelled up, was red and hot - DH took him to the ER fearing it was infected and low-and-behold, it wasn't just infected, it was infected with MRSA!

He was isolated for a week, and then transferred to rehab where he's continued his six week course of intravenous antibiotics. Tomorrow he starts his oral antibiotics that he'll take for life, and in about 10 days he'll discharge home.

His doctor is worried about relapse and says we'll need to monitor him, but hasn't really said what that means - what do we look for as signs of relapse?

We don't even know how he got it - he had no open cuts, scraps or anything, just the knee swelling so we think he was colonized or something where it was inside him just waiting for the opportunity.

What do we monitor and how do we know if he's relapsing?

Is he going to be contagious to us or my kids?



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MRSA in my Husbands Lungs
Posted by Hollie Mcmillan
Last Reply December 7, 2012 at 15:32
Started December 6, 2012 at 14:32
I've known him since 2008 and when I met him he already had a trach and diabetes since he was 8 months old. I come to find out one of the most common infections he has today is MRSA inside his lungs. I didn't know that this was permament or could this be a false diagnoses? They keep putting him on antibiotics like Rafampin (sp?) and it does help it go away, but i was told he will always have it. His condition is complicated since everything above his trachea has collapsed and he only breathes through the trach. Is it true...that MRSA can be permanent in your system like a STD and just has flare ups? Thing is he was not born with it or got it outside of the hospital. He had a 12 hour diabetic seizure and they intibated him after they thought he was "dying" after 6 weeks intibation they put a trach in and have been neglecting his health. almost 7 years down the line and he may never get the trach out. I just wanted mainly more information regarding how to handle the MRSA if anyone has... read more

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Nasal MRSA
Posted by Vicki
Last Reply December 6, 2012 at 13:35
Started November 27, 2012 at 02:34
Now that I am facing a 2nd round of MRSA I need some authority of you pro's. I had a
small paper like cut in the inside/outside of my left nostril. Took Bactrim. antibiotic
irrigation, nasal ointment for the 1st round. Nasal swab negative and I thought I was
done. But NO- the cut came back 3 week ago and called the ENT for a check. He
thought I was crazy but it came back (+). I am baffled by this MRSA. Why did it come
back? Ive been in excellent health, at least I thought so. So many have boils and lesions.
Is that what is to come for me? Please advise as I really don't understand all this. Bless
you all.

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Hygiene
Posted by Vicki
Last Reply November 27, 2012 at 04:18
Started November 27, 2012 at 04:18
I forgot to ask-
Do I need the disinfect everything? What things need to be cleaned?
I swapped my toothbrush and using clorox wipes on surfaces.
If I touch my nose I presume I must wash my hands asap.
What needs to be done to control the possibility of spreading MRSA from my nose?
Any help you can suggest is greatly appreciated.
Im already OCD with germs and now Im totally bugging out.
Kind Regards to you all.

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seeking opinions
Posted by mattb
Last Reply November 25, 2012 at 07:56
Started January 23, 2007 at 19:03
I had my initial MRSA outbreak last June and a 2nd smaller outbreak last August, both treated using Bactrim. I then embarked on a 3-month immune-building regime consisting of taking maintenance doses of allicin (360 mg per day) and going through 1 bottle of Immuplex and 1 bottle of refrigerated probiotics. This is in addition to washing with Phisohex and/or Hibiclense and using muciprocin nasally.

When 3 months passed and I was still clear of infection, I felt free to end the immune-building phase and return to my "normal" habits. (But is there ever really such a thing as "normal" once you've had MRSA?) I remained clear for another 1 1/2 months, but around New Years, I developed a new spot on my back within 3 inches of my prior 2 MRSA outbreaks.

I immediately started taking allicin again and because of the holidays, I went to an urgent care clinic and got a new prescription for Bactrim and started taking that as well. I couldn't get a culture done at that point, becau... read more

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NEW TO MRSA
Posted by LYN
Last Reply November 24, 2012 at 13:45
Started August 31, 2010 at 03:29
HI
I AM EAGER FOR INFO AND AM GOING CRAZY FROM READING ALL THE STUFF ONLINE ABOUT MRSA. I AM SCARED AND CONFUSED AND CAN USE ANY HELP YOU MAY GIVE TO ME. i HAVE CA MRSA ON MY FINGER AS A BOIL. I AM A CASHIER AND WAS TOLD BY MY DR THAT MOST LIKELY I PICKED IT UP FROM MONEY HANDLING. I AM ON DOXYCILLIN FOR 20 DAYS AND MY INFECTION IS JUST ABOUT ALL CLEAR. NO OUS OR DRAINAGE. I FEEL VERY SCARED, LIKE IT IS MY FAULT I CONTRACTED THIS. I AM SO AFRAID TO EVEN TELL MY HUSBAND. MY QUESTIOMS ARE...ONCE IT IS CLEARED UP, WILL IT COME BACK? DOES IT LIVE IN YOUR BODY? CAN YOU GIVE IT TO OTHERS IF THE WOUND IS HEALED? PLEASE SHARE YOU INFO AS I AM VERY FRIGHTENED .

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MRSA Staff knee infection
Posted by Harry Daw
Last Reply November 23, 2012 at 02:55
Started November 23, 2012 at 02:55
Late March, 2011, I had arthroscopic knee surgery which turned into
MRSA Staff infection. I came home in August 2011. Since then, a lot
of physical therapy to try to restore normal movement. Had limited
success. After over a year of no signs of the infection, I am
scheduled for a new knee Dec. 4th, just days from now. Pre tests have
gone well except for drawing fluid off the knee for a culture. The
doctor could not get a single drop of fluid off the knee. Scar tissue
and all other tissue that could harbor the infection were removed in
April of 2011. The surgeon must have done a good job. Plans are
still on for the replacement. I have a body wash to use starting 5
days before the surgery, a nose rinse to use 3 days before and 5 days
after, plus antibiotics to run the same as the nose rinse. It is
daptimeyicin (excuse the spelling). It is what the infectious disease
doctor finally found that stopped the infection. I will check back in
to this s... read more

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Internal Care
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 19, 2012 at 16:00
Started October 18, 2011 at 19:28

Support A Healthy Immune System

Supporting the immune system affords optimal function as it is biologically preprogrammed to do, in ridding the body of system invaders. Of course healthy foods (the body’s fuel) is best… but when one is unable to meet healthy ‘balanced’ daily values, *consider safely supplementing that which is lacking from diet.
*(One must check for drug interactions as these impact us particularly. Some supplement interactions with routine meds ingested can have fatal results.)


Healthy ~Foods~ that Strengthen the Body's Defense to Fight Diseases

Vitamin group A: sources are pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, carrots, red peppers, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, green leafy vegetables, tomato, papaya, egg, blueberries, apricot, cantaloupe, mangoes, persimmons, peach and cod liver oil.

B-complex sources are black strap molasses, oats, wheat germ, bran, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, all nuts, green leafy vegetables, all beans, avocado, whole grains, b... read more

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At My Wits End, Considering The unthinkable
Posted by mortgageman
Last Reply November 19, 2012 at 04:24
Started November 9, 2012 at 01:10
I dont know what to do anymore. 3 months ago i went to japan and was colonized in my armpits. I have had 4 doses of antibiotics, it always resurfaces as little red spots on my armpits -nowhere else.

They then get worse. then take bactrim. they go away.

Here is the problem. Yesterday i was on day 8 of bactrim and i started pooping mucous and blood. I feel fine no fever, etc. But still, that startled me. It makes me wonder, if i get c-diff now as a result of antibiotic use, then, my options are, well, limited. And I see myself dying from this.

Im heartbroken. HOWEVER, i have had two nasal swabs and swabs of my armpits and lesions come back NEGATIVE. However, we are still treating as if MRSA, as the ID beleives it is based on patterns.

I do the decolonization, own hibicleanse, phisohex, etc. I just dont know what to do.

I do not want to live a life like this. If it werent for the pretty girl I just met i think i may just end it all. Whats the point? I dont feel an acce... read more

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MRSA in surgical wound
Posted by Lulu
Last Reply November 18, 2012 at 20:23
Started July 18, 2006 at 06:10
I was a healthy 46 yr old female when I underwent a double mastectomy with free-TRAM reconstruction (tissue taken from abdomen) in Sept05. Since then, I have had MRSA 3 times in my abdominal wound and have required an additional 4 surgeries (last was Jun06) and 5 hospitalizations. (I also had multiple blood clots in both lungs and in one leg, but that's a story for another forum.) My 1st MRSA infection was treated with a month of IV Vancomycin and oral Levaquin, followed by another month of oral Minocycline. I was treated prophylactically in Jan06 with IV Vancomycin and IV Invanz for 2 weeks after my 3rd surgery. Within a week of finishing these drugs, I showed signs of re-infection - increased pain & redness at surgical site and fever. My ID doc decided to treat me with oral Zyvox for a month. I quickly felt better, but that drug really wrecked havoc on my blood counts. I ended up back in the hospital needing a bone marrow biopsy as it was thought that my bone marrow was da... read more

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foaming hibiclens
Posted by sad mommy
Last Reply November 17, 2012 at 01:40
Started November 14, 2012 at 02:45
I have been trying to find the foaming hibiclens but stores dont carry
it and all the websites so far that I have seen have a minimum
subtotal and a high shipping fee :( I really dont want to have to
spend $30 plus another $10 or so for shipping for one pump. Does
anyone know if I can use an antibacterial foaming pump hand soap
container and rinse out the soap and fill it up with hibiclens? I
wasn't sure if hibiclens can be in a clear bottle or if the light will
decrease it's effectiveness or if the type of plastic of the foaming
bottle will matter. also it may be hard to get ALL the old soap
out....will that decrease its effectiveness? I wish the stores would
sell the pump :/

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mrsa cross contimination?housing
Posted by danielle
Last Reply November 16, 2012 at 17:29
Started November 16, 2012 at 01:38
hi,

i know this sounds dumb or maybe you wont understand me but. i got sick from mrsa in early 2009. ive been sick from it every day since so for almost 4 yrs ive had mrsa boils on my skin, rashes and horrible internal symptoms where i dont feel well.

i went to many doctors and emergency room trips when i wasnt feeling well and they said all they can do is give me antibiotics and none of the antibiotics they gave me improved my symptoms at all.
mine is resistant to every antibiotic i took since then wich is most of the antibiotics out there.

ive been mrsa pus filled blisters scabs and cysts every single day for 4 yrs and have considered not wanting to be alive anymore.

because the antibiotics didnt work i went home and did my own research on the net to learn about mrsa and alternative cures and treatments.i tried everything. bleach baths and hibiclens baths which helped the symptoms sometimes but then by the next day the symptoms got worse again and the boils were there... read more

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It's Back and Stronger than ever
Posted by Johnny Boy
Last Reply November 14, 2012 at 04:25
Started November 13, 2012 at 12:32
Hi There. Last year I had my first staph boil in 5 years appear again on
my face.I was given bactroban and i used garlic to success. Almost a
year to the day i got another staph boil in the same area. Its been 24
days and the wound is still red and open. I was on Dicloxocillin for 10
days (didn't work) and Bactrim DS for 10 days (didn't work). Im really
scared and confused as to what steps to take now. Doctor took a culture
and results just said..negative. I really dont want another course of
abx. Any help out there please this is emotionally draining.

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MRSA Breathing problems
Posted by Give Dad a 2nd chance
Last Reply November 11, 2012 at 13:02
Started November 11, 2012 at 13:02
My father @ 87 was hospitalized for MRSA for 23 days. Probably contracted from the hospital/rehab setting. It left him incapable of standing up. When he went into the hospital he had been walking. When he came out he was completely unable to stand up. Constant complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath that he did not have before. Now he is in long term care. He is cognizant and just wants to get out. Unfortunatly the family finances are not sufficient. He also has bad indigestion. Some of the breathing problems seem related to the indigestion. Can MRSA cause this? What can we do about it. I want to get my dad out of long term care!

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Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply November 6, 2012 at 14:56
Started February 6, 2010 at 19:01
Have any of you compared the two - garlic versus oil of oregano?

We take Allibiotic CF but have never used the more expensive versions of pure garlic extract. However, we've used oil of oregano topically (with care, since it can burn!) and have just started taking oil of oregano capsules internally. Taking the oil internally seems very effective, especially for our son, who was experiencing some breakthrough pimples after about a month clear on supplements alone.

It sounds to me like the two natural plant extracts have similar antibiotic properties. Both strong, both need to be used with care topically...Oil of oregano has the advantage of being available at the health food store. Raw garlic of course you can work with at home (thank you for your tips, Bob) but it does come with garlic odor, which I don't mind :) but my husband complains...! The garlic that is advertised with fervor all over the internet (...stabilized purified patented only from one source) seems so expensiv... read more

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2nd time with mrsa
Posted by Bryce
Last Reply November 1, 2012 at 21:46
Started October 30, 2012 at 23:17
I have mrsa on my leg back in 2008 and now have gotten it on my forearm. I'm on
anti niotics and cream since yesterday. What are the chances it'll heal in a week?
If not I'll have to get it cut out and I don't wanna do that :( my doc said I should be
ok with the anti niotics I'll see it in a few days I guess I'm worried a lot about it I
hate this stuff:/

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Brotherly has Mrsa, should I be worried
Posted by Lauren
Last Reply November 1, 2012 at 21:03
Started October 30, 2012 at 20:31
My little brother has has staff twice this past year and the dr mentioned to my
mom that he could be a Mrsa carrier. I have a 2 year old who stays at my parents
house all the time ( my brother also lives with them). Everything that I've read
says that he can pass this to her at any time. Even if they both touch something
as simple as a remote! Is this true or does he need to have an open wound to
pass it? Both of his infections have healed but I'm not sure if its something that
lingers or not. Please help give me piece of mind either way because my brother
is having a Mrsa test done but Apparently it's likely it will come up positive & until
I know more about it, I'm not letting my daughter over there

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Sore lymph nodes after MRSA/Mono
Posted by Sick of MRSA
Last Reply November 1, 2012 at 16:07
Started September 28, 2008 at 09:10
In November of 2007, I was diagnosed with a MRSA staph infection on my face. I was put on five oral antibiotics. Two days later it had spread and was moving up towards my brain and eyes. My doctor opened it, drained and cultured it, and confirmed it was MRSA. He then put me on six different oral antibiotics and it improved, but it had gone systemic and went through my blood and lymph system and ultimately shut down my immune system. I developed six very painful nodules in my groin area underneath the skin. My doc said they were a part of the MRSA infection. After two weeks I returned to work-I'm a teacher, which is how I got MRSA to begin with (a student had MRSA two weeks before I did).

Within a short time I also developed mono and was horribly sick again. My doctor made me take two months off work and stay in bed saying that my immune system could not be exposed to anything else from my students. During that time I had another MRSA staph infection and was put on antibiotics ag... read more

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Just diagnosed with MRSA
Posted by Matt
Last Reply October 29, 2012 at 15:10
Started October 22, 2012 at 22:32
Last week i woke up with what i thought was a spider bite on my on my calf on my leg, i thought nothing of it. after a few days it was swollen and red and a black spot was in the middle of it. well i went to have to checked out and they did a culture and it is mrsa. i found out today, im very scared and the more i read about it the more scared i get. im currently taking the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole and a muprirocin cream for the actual sore. Are these good drugs to combat the mrsa? ive read that it is spread thru garments and blankets and im wondering if some blood and pus gets on my blanket and then i touch that part of the blanket to another part of my body will it spread the mrsa there? how does mrsa spread to the lungs(ive read many posts about how it got into peoples sinuses) what are the basics of living with this desease and things to know? i appreciate any help i can get...ive never been so scared before. by the way im a 25 year old male with no previous health problems

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Some Observations
Posted by Living With It
Last Reply October 29, 2012 at 15:03
Started October 29, 2012 at 15:02
Started by Living With It Posted: October 27, 2012 at 19:24 I would like to state that I live in Canada and our medical system I would expect is pretty good. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced the same things as me. I have been battling MRSA for 2 years now and hope to eventually rid myself of this I have gone to the hospital on a few occasions when I know the infection has gotten completely out of hand and I need some form of treatment. The last time I told the doctor I have tested positive for MRSA the first thing she did was offer her hand for me to shake. I was confused thinking you know this is contagious right. Also I have been prescribed antibiotics that I know will not work and have had to tell them that. {product edited out} People with MRSA will know what I am talking about you get paranoid to any little skin inflamation or a certain feeling of soreness. Also I noticed that MRSA seems to rear it's ugly head so to speak after I have been drinking too much or und... read more

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