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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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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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MRSA in infected tissue expander
Posted by Kelly
Last Reply October 28, 2012 at 08:03
Started January 8, 2012 at 23:08
Hi Bob,

I have an infected tissue expander in my breast that was placed there after
masctectomy for breast cancer. Several weeks ago, i had a positive culture for
MRSA (one colony gre after 3 days of culture). I was told that i was not
"clinically infected" but, now, that appears not to have been true. 4 days go,
there was redness on my breast skin (cellulities) and my plastic surgeon decided
i should be admitted to the hospital for IV meds. I am on IV Vancomycin for the
past 4 days. I had cellulitis on my breast but no open sore. Should I still place
diluted garlic on the breast skin? I cannot bathe in it because I have a breast
drain (open wound) on the lower side of my breast. Any advice? I believe that
Vancomycin is the best choice for me, at this time. But, I am not dumb. I know
modern medicine has it's limits and although my infection is localized, I realize it
could take weeks/months to kill off. I know you are not a doctor but, in your
opi... read more

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MRSA in the bone
Posted by tammy
Last Reply October 26, 2012 at 06:18
Started October 26, 2012 at 06:18
Been healthy all my life until last year 2011, I had 5 surgeries to
remove cancer. From my last surgery I contacted MRSA and it is in my
hip
bone. I have no sores on my skin, but when the MRSA acts up my hip
hurts. MRSA almost took my life twice.....scary stuff but I am doing
as
much as I can naturally. Does the PH level in the body have anything
to
do with killing or warding off MRSA? What can I do to get rid of it
for
good? I had an episode 3 months back and I have taken the last
antibiotic they said was left to give me, after that there is not much
to do but surgery.


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tunneling of infection
Posted by sonie
Last Reply October 21, 2012 at 21:23
Started April 5, 2006 at 04:29
hi there all...i seen a wound care specialist today..i have to have another operation,he says i have very very deep tunneling into my abdomin...can someone explain to me exactly what this tunneling is,and what it does exactly????thanks...sonie

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Hibiclens in Toronto, Canada?
Posted by Lesley
Last Reply October 21, 2012 at 17:40
Started January 9, 2011 at 05:30
I am looking to purchase this product in Canada but am having some difficulty locating it.

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MRSA
Posted by Lori
Last Reply October 17, 2012 at 17:43
Started October 11, 2012 at 22:33
I work in an assisted living facility. I took residents to the public library. One of the residents that checked out 2 books has now been diagnosed with MRSA. What should I do about the books? Return them? We wiped off the outsides with disinfectant, but not every page. How contagious is this book?

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MRSA Baby
Posted by Worried MOM
Last Reply October 17, 2012 at 15:58
Started October 16, 2012 at 16:49
My daughter is 20 months old and has had MRSA 3 times. The doctors don't seem concerned. I feel like I should do sometime....any advice?

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Killing MSRA Bacteria
Posted by Chris
Last Reply October 12, 2012 at 01:10
Started September 22, 2012 at 04:31
How do you kill MRSA bacteria on beds, blankets and comforters, since the CDC says it can live on them for more than 7 months?

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urinary problems
Posted by lacey
Last Reply October 10, 2012 at 16:35
Started October 8, 2012 at 16:36
Ok, so i had mrsa from a spider bite when i was 18, had a
painful lesion on my arm that was surgically removed,
spent four days in the hospital then when i went home
finished all of my antibiotics, for the next three years had
horrible pain in my lower abdomen and very painful
urination.so much so that it made it hard for me to stand
let alone keepa steady job. I tried so many drs and lots of
antibiotics but all the pills just made it worse. So i just
gave up because i was tired of people poking around
inside my vagina with no results, not to mention all the dr
bills i have, so many that i just started throwing away all
the bills.no one would listen to me they all thought i was
over reacting our trying to make it sound like i was in
more pain than i was.
Its been two years since them and I'm still in pain.its not
as bad as it used to be because over time i think i built up
a tolerance and i learned Wat food make it worse. I
struggle with fatigue and ... read more

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What Next?
Posted by Helen
Last Reply October 7, 2012 at 21:59
Started September 24, 2012 at 20:46
My MRSA infection went misdiagnosed for about 3 years. About 14 anti-biotics later, I
finally went to an urgent care and requested a referral to an ID DR. He put me on
Bactrim and Bactro- Ban ointment for my nose. It improved but didn't go away. So
another round of Bactrim and A different ointment for my nose When I finished that
round, I went back because the soreness in my nose had not improved although the skin
lesions were better. He did another culture and it came back "no-Growth" I didn't feel
like it was gone because of my nose but the Doc disagreed. Two months later, the skin
lesions are coming back. I have had so many antibiotics I am afraid to continue taking
them. should I see some one about my immune system?


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