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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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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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