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Giving Thanks
Posted by Tana
Last Reply January 7, 2013 at 17:02
Started December 17, 2012 at 22:36
Hi LadyK,Bob,and Nancy, Sorry if I left anyone out its been awhile. This time of year I always reflect on my three year battle with Mrsa and all you wonderful and dedicated people on this forum that helped me survive. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about my near death experience and the feeling I had of despair and hopelessness. Just wanted to tell you thanks again from the bottom of my heart for all you do for this forum and the help you give to the suffering.I have been doing well in the last 3 years.I do have a host of other problems that I do believe was caused by the 3 years of antibiotic use and mrsa. I have joint pain,muscle pain,and reaccuring yeast infections,I also have narrowed esophagus from reflux caused by antibiotics destroying my stomach flora,and Irritable bowel syndrome.Sounds like a train wreck right? I will take this any day of Mrsa outbreaks lol.Just wanted to give you all kudos and a big virtual hugs and wish you a Happy Holiday and God Bless.

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MRSA Flu symptoms
Posted by Stacey
Last Reply January 7, 2013 at 16:56
Started January 7, 2013 at 01:20
For the last few months my husband has been racked with colds and the like. Back in October he got a pimple on his face around his chin. He popped it and it just never healed. Then he got another one, this time on his outer thigh/hip area. Again, he popped it and it took FOREVER to heal. Then he had a boil to appear on his groin, it looked like an infected hair follicle so I used tweezers to pluck the hair. It was like popping a cork! The pus and blood just oozed and it burst again during the night. Then another boil popped up in another area on his leg and then one in his nose. He called the skin DR and went in. The skin DR looked at them, ONLY LOOKED, and said it was probably MRSA and put him on Sulfamethoxazole-tmp. The boils went away. He has been on the scrip for 10 days. 3 days ago he developed a sudden fever that reached 101.5, chills and sweats alternating, and a severe headache in the back of his head. By morning he was fine. He went 18 hours with no symptoms and then awoke... read more

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Mrsa on the face
Posted by Puff
Last Reply January 6, 2013 at 03:03
Started January 6, 2013
Hello everyone, let me just say first that my MRSA experience was a trip through hell because of my own mind. I always am negative and get scared and exaggerate things super easy. I am on Paxil so my mind don't get away from me. I was not on my Paxil when I went through most of this. I also was diagnosed with Bipolar and BPD. It all started out when I shaved my nose hairs. Crazy I know, just didnt want hair in my nose. Big mistake. It created pimples and eventually a sore from probably cutting the skin. I then for days did not want the scab in my nose so I picked it as soon as it scabbed over. Probably a obsessive thing or something. It lead to me getting MRSA from picking off the scab over and over. I then squeezed my nose thinking it was a bad pimple. One day I woke up with a clear yellowish liquid boil and pimple like thing on my nose. I got tested then went found I had MRSA and went on antibiotic after antibiotic. It still did not heal the sores on my nose. Everyday... read more

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MRSA Ear Infection in 3 year old
Posted by MG's Mom
Last Reply January 4, 2013 at 06:17
Started January 2, 2013 at 04:56
We just found out that my 3 year old has her 2nd MRSA ear infection. She has battled ear infections since birth. She's had 4 sets of tubes put in, adenoids removed twice and her tonsils out. We just can't stop the ear infections! This 2nd round of MRSA has me really concerned. We have seen 3 ENTs and no one seems very concerned about MRSA ear infections. Has anyone else dealt with this? How did you treat it? Any suggestions for prevention? I'm tired of pumping my child full of antibiotics!

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Newly Diagnosed MRSA in my son's ear canal
Posted by Patrick's mom
Last Reply January 2, 2013 at 04:41
Started December 10, 2011 at 12:05
My almost 2 year old son has had major ear problems since birth. His right ear canal is crooked, causing it to pool fluid, instead of drain fluid. He has had numerous ear infections, tubes, and numerous infections after the tubes were inserted. His most recent culture came back as positive for Staph and then positive for MRSA that unfortunately is resistant to all ORAL antibiotics except for Septra. Patrick is allergic to sulpha drugs, so Septra isn't an option. He was put on Gentamicin ear drops and Mupirocin ointment (along with my husband and myself). We see the ENT on Tuesday to discuss what the treatment options will be. I guess my question for everyone here would be what kind of questions do I need to ask the ENT. I intend to be very proactive in his healthcare plan, but I am kind of at a loss about what to ask her. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Beating MRSA with diet/supplements/exercise?
Posted by Stephen
Last Reply January 2, 2013 at 03:27
Started September 18, 2011 at 02:35
Is there anyone here who's beaten MRSA only through the a regime of a good diet, supplements, pre/probiotics, and exercise?

I have MRSA, but it isn't nearly as bad as some of the worst I've seen out there, which makes me curious if a good regiment would be enough to beat it once and for all.

Previously I had taken conventional pharmaceutical drugs, and they had only succeeded in making me feel ill, weakening my immune system, and making my infections that much worse. Since then, I've stopped taking any drugs, and have instead opted for a more-natural approach:

* Avoiding acidic foods (or at least limiting them), and eating only alkaline foods. (Do a search on MRSA and acidic/alkaline foods.)

* Eating plenty of raw garlic; mixing Turmeric in my drinks; and making teas from raw ginger root and various spices.

* Taking pre/probiotics, and yogurt.

* Getting exercise every day.

* Using ointments like tea-tree oil.

* And being cleanly: Washing my hands constantly, ... read more

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Just diagnosed w/ MRSA
Posted by Hal
Last Reply January 1, 2013 at 17:17
Started November 1, 2012
I'm 60 years old and on Sept. 21, 2012 I had rotator cuff
surgery.Surgery went great! Two weeks later the incision started
"leaking". I was assured by the surgeon that everything was fine. One
day later I had emergency surgery to clean out a lot of infection in
the shoulder and everything fixed by the surgery was "unfixed". One
week later, I had to have another emergency surgery due to the
infection which was confirmed MRSA. Now, 3 weeks post-surgery, I'm at
home self-administering Cubicin IV every morning.
I am constantly exhausted, weak, and sleep poorly. I'm concerned about
going back to work where I deal with about 100 people a day in a motor
pool and lots of phone calls. The ID doctor says I'm OK to return to
work. Everyone in my office (I stopped in recently) treats me like I
have the plague. What I read and am told leads me to believe that
returning to a full time job that is as demanding as mine is all but
impossible and the concerns of others abou... read more

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Recommendations From Someone Who Has Been Ther
Posted by Kaydee
Last Reply December 28, 2012
Started December 22, 2012 at 01:30
I came down with MRSA about a little over a year ago. I came close to
death and had a tough time with it, but have not had an outbreak now
since May and wanted to share a couple of thoughts because I know how
awful it can be. Here are the things that helped me: prayer,
Bactrim, a good multivitamin, turmeric, cutting out sugar, and
something surprisingly effective and I believe the single best
treatment Dial gold bar soap. I had tried so many things, including
Hibiclins, and still had problems, but 2 treatments of the dial and
the boil crusted over in two days and there is absolutely no scar. I
know there is an ingredient in there that is associated with cancer so
I know it should not be continued on a constant basis, but believe me,
at the time it was a choice and the soap won out. Now I use it once
every other week just to keep it at bay and so far, it has worked.
My GP doc told me about the soap and I actually ignored the advice
because it sou... read more

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MRCA success
Posted by erica
Last Reply December 15, 2012 at 14:32
Started November 13, 2012
I've been meaning to post my recent success story about fighting MRCA, in hopes that I may be able to help somone else. My 5-year old daughter got three back to back bouts of MRCA with boils on her body. Each time she was put on antibiotics. I knew it would just keep coming back. I bought a book about fighting MRCA and followed the advice and it actually worked. It has not come back. Here's what we did: NO SUGAR. I took sugar out of her diet (mostly). According to the book, MRCA needs sugar to grow. I also give her probiotics and immunity vitamins twice daily. I shower her in tea tree oil. This has really worked and I am so thankful. Hope it helps someone. I think it may.

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Posted by RAY
Last Reply December 11, 2012 at 02:35
Started November 11, 2012 at 05:16
The most effective measure you can take to fight MRSA/STAPH is your diet. I am convinced this has to do more with your immune system than anything else.

First, check your cholesterol. Bakc in June 2012, mine was 188. I have now reduced it to 111. And, I have lost fifteen pounds.

Second, avoid sugars as much as possible, refined or otherwise.

Third, stop consuming alcoholic beverages.

Fourth, avoid caffeine

Fifth, drink juices: I mix Kale, lemon juice, apples, radish, celery, cucumber, green peppers, mustard greens, and anything else that os green.

Sixth, Increase your intake of coconut and almond

Seveth, Take probiotics for digestion.

Eight, drink plenty of water.

There are many more precautions I have taken to recover from staph/mrsa outbreaks and it is working ( knock on wood).

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new w/questions
Posted by a. rose
Last Reply December 11, 2012 at 02:08
Started December 5, 2012 at 05:36
Hi. I am a 29 year old female and before July of this year I had never had a staph infection. In July, I became very sick with really bad flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, and muscle aches, along with extreme fatigue, confusion, dizziness, and really low blood pressure. After sleeping for almost two days straight, I started getting worried about how severe my illness was, so I started researching the symptoms on the internet. One thing that kept coming up was toxic shock syndrome, which I had only knew about previously due to the warnings about tampons. I hadn't known it was caused by staph, so when I noticed two different sores had formed (one on my face, the other under my breast) I went to the ER as it was late at night, on the weekend. I told them my main concern was the other symptoms, but they treated me for the sores and literally said, "if them other symptoms are related, they will go away with the antibiotics, if not, go see a doctor. Were not going to take the tim... read more

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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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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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Posted by LYN
Last Reply November 24, 2012 at 13:45
Started August 31, 2010 at 03:29

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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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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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