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Staph/MRSA
Posted by Ray
Last Reply July 27, 2012 at 01:10
Started July 23, 2012 at 16:23
I was diagnosed in March when an abscess grew in my groin area and I had to have it drained. In May, a boil developed in the area of my buttocks and I was prescribed clindamycin Phosphate. I have occasional outbreaks on my buttocks and elbows. My nose itches, and my face has a tingling feeling to it. If I shave with a razor, I have redness beneath my skin. I don't think many doctors have knowledge about this bacteria. I am actively looking into naturopathic medicine including Manuka honey and Tea tree oil. I am worried, but I am glad I have found this support forum to share experiences and exchange information. My question is does the bacteria attack those with weak immune systems, and if so, could the bacteria be fought by strengthening the immune system. In other words, is this an equal opportunity bacteria that can attack anyone?

I should add that my doctor believes consumption of sugar has nothing to do with the bacteria reoccurring since he believes the bacteria exists on th... read more

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Hibiclens Antimicrobial+Compatible Moisturizer
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 26, 2012 at 16:47
Started July 26, 2012 at 16:47

Hibiclens has a sudsing base which adjusts to pH 5.0-6.5 for optimal activity and stability as well as compatibility with the normal pH of skin.
ACTION: HIBICLENS is bactericidal on contact.


Hibiclens is often recommended as an important part of our ‘topical care regimen’ targeting reduction/control of pathogens on our skin. It is important to understand that consideration must be taken when applying moisturizers, etc. AFTER Hibiclens use. Here’s why…

A question was posed some time back concerning ‘moisturizer compatibility’ with chlorhexidine gluconate/CHG… the active ingredient in Hibiclens.
*The concern was finding a moisturizer ‘which WOULD NOT inhibit six hour protective residual activity of CHG’ after using Hibiclens. It makes sense not to disrupt activity of a treatment by covering it with something which may neutralize it. Persistent microbial activity of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is diminished if you follow CHG (Hibiclens), with a moisturizer that ... read more

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Lingering problems: Abscesses after MRSA
Posted by Erich
Last Reply July 26, 2012 at 01:53
Started July 21, 2012 at 03:29
I really need some input, I was diagnosed with MRSA in Aug 2011. Relatively
serious case as I neglected it, not knowing what I had and being a stubborn ass. I
didn't go to the hospital until crazy fever spikes left me no choice. Anyway I spent
a week in the hospital , organ damage was minimal according to stay and follow
up treatment , spent another month with a home nurse and vanco drip every 8
hrs. My problem now and my question, does anyone else out there suffer from
chronic abscesses now? Or other skin problems? I never had any of these issues
prior to being diagnosed. Hoping someone can help

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Help! 9th MRSA outbreak in my 2-yr-old!
Posted by Robin Hale
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 19:39
Started February 27, 2007 at 18:58
Anyone with knowledge and experience please advise....

My 2-year-old son just now has his 9th outbreak of MRSA in the last 7 months. He contracted it while riding on the next-door-neigbor's ride-on toy while wearing a onesie. Both the little girl, and my son got the first lesion on the inside on his leg. The little girl never got it again, my son, however, has gotten one lesion after the other since last August. After the third one, the pediatrician lanced it and sent it off to the lab. The results were that it is MRSA. She treated it with bactroban and I think, Supha? oral antibiotic. He did respond well to this treatment, however, got another lesion within 2 weeks. He has eczema, and he does scratch. We have been to the infectious disease specialist who asked our entire family to be treated with bactroban to the nose for 2 weeks and to bathe my son with Dial antibacterial soap once a day. We did this, but my son has gotten bout after bout of it. My questions. Should... read more

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MRSA vs. Bactrim resistant MRSA
Posted by concerned
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 17:12
Started June 27, 2012 at 02:52
This is a pretty general question that I can't seem to find the answer to. If you
contracted MRSA from someone that seems to be treated with Bactrim...could your MRSA
be Bactrim resistant?



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MRSA - Mechanism of Resistance
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 17:02
Started July 25, 2012 at 16:59

[ In 1959, Methicillin, a semi synthetic, beta-lactamase resistant PCN (PCN=Penicillin) was introduced. By the early 1960s, MRSA had appeared.

Resistance is mediated by the mecA gene, which is part of the mobile genomic element Staphylococcal Chromosomal Cassette (SCCmec).

mecA gene expression produces an altered penicillin binding protein (PBP 2a). (P)enicillin (B)inding (P)rotein.
PBPs bind to proteins responsible for bacterial cell wall synthesis by transpeptidation (peptidase enzymes, aka penicillin binding proteins).
If PBP is altered, then the antibiotic cannot inhibit cell wall formation and is rendered resistant.


There are four types of SCCmec, each with a varying array of drug resistance. The defining feature of MRSA is the SCC encoded by the mecA gene.

*SCCmecII and III is found in many nonsocomial (Hospital-Acquired infection) HA-MRSA Strains. These chromosomes harbor other antibiotic-resistance genes conferring resistance to aminoglycosides (amino... read more

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MRSA Carrier
Posted by PhoneHag
Last Reply July 24, 2012 at 21:18
Started May 31, 2012 at 13:12
In December of 2010 I had emergency surgery on my breast to drain an infection and remove dead tissue. The biopsy came back positive for MRSA and the surgeon said that I am a carrier. I asked what that meant but am not sure that I completely understand. Does this mean that the MRSA is lying dormant in my body and can flare up at any time? I did have 3 negative cultures taken but the doctor said that just means that the MRSA is not active now.

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Phage Therapy
Posted by Rob B
Last Reply July 24, 2012 at 18:09
Started July 23, 2012 at 23:44
I am a MRSA sufferer am I have spent sleepless nights researching this HELL.I have discovered resently that Natropathic Doctors in the state of Washington are able to administer treatments that are used through out the world and one of these treatments include Phage Therapy. Research Phage Therapy and you will see why this is such a great hope to the treatment of MRSA and other bacterial infections. The FDA has draged their feet too long and big pharma is having a hard time to figure out how to make money off Phage Therapy because biophages appear naturally in our environment. So while many people suffer and die due to the filth and greed there are people out there that are fighting to find a way and an alternative to antibiotics. Do your research and let me know if I can be of any help pointing you in the right direction. At this point I am still in the stages of gathering information as to where to get treatment. I have a few contacts that I have sought out and gathered through my... read more

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new foster girl with mrsa
Posted by heidi
Last Reply July 23, 2012 at 04:06
Started July 23, 2012 at 04:06
i am going to be getting a foster child that is going to be staying with me and my family. i have 2 kids and a husband. i am worried
about my other 2 kids getting this. from reading up on mrsa im understanding that it is alot more contagious when there is an active infection compared to just being a carrier with no infection at the time. when the child doesnt have an active infection what is the risk of them passing mrsa on to my kids? i have seen alot on how to treat an active mrsa infection like bleach and garlic baths and etc but what is the real deal on this passing on to other members of my house hold if this child comes to live with us? reading alot of the stuff onlne is scary. i want to know if the child comes to live with us is it going to be a given that my other children get this?? any feedback would be welcomed.

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RN with MRSA
Posted by Lauren
Last Reply July 22, 2012 at 06:13
Started July 11, 2012 at 03:43
I am a new follower and have been deeply affected by your posts and by
the comments posted by others. I am an RN who has recently been
diagnosed with Folliculitis DeCalvans. I have lesions all over my
head that have MRSA in them. I am on the MRSA protocol as well as mega
antibiotics to help reduce the lesions. I am probably colonized as I
am in contact with MRSA positive patients daily in the Outpatient
Surgery department of my hospital. I should say was in contact. I
have been out on Short Term disability for 2 months-the first 4 weeks
being misdiagnosed with shingles. I now have work and the company
that manages my disability claim questioning my ability to work!! I
am devastated with the diagnosis and with the fact that the lesions
and lymphadenopathy hurt and with the fear of infecting my children
and of further involvement in my body. The ignorance regarding MRSA
and the seriousness of it is astounding to me, especially from others
in the he... read more

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MRSA on c-section scar
Posted by Napoleonette
Last Reply July 21, 2012 at 21:24
Started July 19, 2012 at 18:24
Hello.

Recently I developed a cyst on my c-section scar that, it turns out, is MRSA. Aside from the devastation of this news, I really need help in determining the best way to handle things to get this thing cleared up. Preferably mostly so within the next two weeks as we are then going to be visiting the IL's for a week and I'm not keen to tell them of my newest affliction.

After the Dr found out it is MRSA, she prescribed "Cipro". It did not go away. The problem is that I am overweight and have a great belly pooch from the 3 kids I've carried there. The belly flap envelops the sore and prevents airflow. I have tried wearing an actual belt around my lower belly to suppress the belly and give sore more room to breathe. I have been wearing long flowing skirts with no undergarments underneath. I'm a SAHM so it's not such an amazing feat.

Concerned that the sore was still oozing after Cipro was gone and that the ooze smelt foul, I make a new appointment with dr. ... read more

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MRSA and sleepovers
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply July 20, 2012 at 22:47
Started July 20, 2012 at 22:47
I hope you guys can help me, this has created a bunch of family drama. My sister in law and niece have both had MRSA infections, the former about 1 yr ago, the latter a few months ago. Both were treated with antibiotics and the wounds healed. My niece just turned 4, but has a "habit" of keeping a finger in each nostril and her thumb in her mouth. I have children, 7, 5, and 2, and am currently pregnant. Prior to a planned camping trip, I called my kids pediatrician to ask what, if any, precautions we should take. She said the kids could play together, we could go on the trip, but should be extra vigilant about handwashing, not share personal items, clean/spray contaminated items, and give our kids a bleach bath at the end of the day to "decolonize" after they played with her. She did not recommend them sleeping together/doing sleepovers, because we would not be able to supervise the decolonization or handwashing, they would be more likely to share things they shouldn't, and if my SIL... read more

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water in leg
Posted by jesse
Last Reply July 19, 2012 at 20:35
Started January 8, 2012 at 18:49
After mrsa having mrsa the same leg as the infection is now swelling with
water .is this normal . Doctor put a una boot on me and gave me a10day
prescription of silex. Went back and leg looked almost normal. Now three days
later water build up is back. At the end of the day my leg is about 1 to 2inches
larger around then normal. What to do. Is this one of the effects ? How long
will it last? The swelling goes down through the night. Not completely but
close. After moving around through the day it swells again. Need some
answera please . Thanks


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dog bite
Posted by vera
Last Reply July 18, 2012 at 15:09
Started July 17, 2012 at 18:46
I recently posted my story. I was quite discouraged and ladyk and bob
were kind enough to give we some wonderful advice and support. I just
finished my last dose of vancomycin this morning and have been taking
cranberry, allicin, B-12 dots, colon health, as well as eating yogurt
with probiotics, and lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains. Today, I
was bitten quite deeply by my dog. I will clean it religiously, but am
very worried about MRSA. I don't think it needs stitches. Anything I
should do or not do? Thanks so much! Vera

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MRSA protocol
Posted by Terrified and hopeless
Last Reply July 15, 2012 at 04:15
Started July 15, 2012
What comprises this protocol?

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Advance Lyme + Mrsa I feel like Im dying
Posted by Rebekkah
Last Reply July 12, 2012 at 19:14
Started July 10, 2012 at 04:57
I was diagnosed with Lyme many years ago and have been on antibiotics on and off. It makes me not beable to function and hard to take when i have to work online to survive. I am in constant pain in my joints, bones,etc. Everything hurts. I am also on B12 Injections, Adderall, Perocet and every antibiotic it seems. This last year I moved to Ny and had bad Dr experience making me look like addict cause I have been on same dose of percocet for about many many years. It is not helping that much and Dr doesnt want to switch me to something without acetominophen. I have given up on my health and dr's I am 35 and feel like i am dying. I had to teach myself ebay to work from home. About year ago I started getting MRSA under arms and on face-this is horrible pain and i dont go to dr i just deal with it. I am now in Pa and still have Ny state insurance so I have to pay my Lyme Dr for a visit to get my meds but he cant run tests. Last time tests were run my vit d, b12, immune system was very l... read more

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Nasal MRSA
Posted by hola
Last Reply July 12, 2012 at 04:48
Started July 12, 2012 at 04:48
Hi, the results of my throat culture came back positive for MRSA growth. The PA said
this is not related to skin MRSA. Is such a distinction possible? I have a mild soar throat
but my skin has also been bad. I would think MSRA could colonize elsewhere such as
the skin... They put me on clindamycin 300 mgs three times daily for 10 days. Hopefully
this will take care of it. Also was wondering: can MRSA live on pillows and such...
should all my linens be sanitized?

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need advice support
Posted by Vera
Last Reply July 9, 2012 at 23:36
Started July 7, 2012 at 07:38
A wayward toothpick started the nightmare that is MRSA in my life. If
I had only known twelve years ago what I know now, I would have let my
husband cut my foot off, instead of instead of insisting we go to the
Fast Trak at the hospital where I thought they would be able to numb
my foot and remove the toothpick. The doctors at the hospital couldn't
remove it and sent me home with crutches and an appt in two days time
with a plastic surgeon. He was quite peeved when he couldn't remove it
and told me he was going on vacation and I would have to wait three
weeks until he returned. This was the start of labor day weekend,
2000. By the next day, my foot was obviously infected and I was
admitted to the hospital. An absolutely horrendously painful surgery
followed, and I was left with an inch and a half long cut held
together with two stitches. Not surprisingly, this was my first
experience with MRSA. I was readmitted for eight days and sent home on
IV Vancomyci... read more

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sick and tired of being sick and tired
Posted by boo
Last Reply July 9, 2012 at 17:51
Started August 30, 2006 at 06:13
hi, i have been dealing with MRSA for over 2 yrs, i always thought i was the only one who couldnt get rid of it, i thought this becouse all the DRs i saw made me feel like i was doing something wrong each time i was hospitalized.

i have been treated like a hypocondriac, (sorry if thats missspelled) a drug seaker, and a few other nasty things, i have been turned away by DRs in seaking help, i can no longer walk very well becouse my right leg has been attacked by MRSA, i am 26 and feel like i am 60.

i was told i had it, but nobody could tell me what to do about it, accept put me on the vanco, and then sent home, i have had a hickman port, alot of PICC lines, and more antibiotics then i care to think of, just recently, my dr told me that if i cant get a handle on this i was going to die, becouse the vanco is not working well for me and she said i was running out of antiobiotics, and once that is done, they cant fight the infection.

My sister found this site for me, we were ... read more

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MRSA / Nurse
Posted by Linda
Last Reply July 8, 2012 at 20:21
Started July 12, 2007 at 12:22
I am a nurse working in a care home for the elderly. Having had chest infection for few weeks, i went to my Doctor. Tests have shown that i have MRSA in Sputum. I have been on 5 different kinds of antibiotics, but they do not appear to be helping. The Doctor feels that I also have MRSA in my lungs. Going for tests today. Symptoms I have are: cough, breathlessness, aches and pains in joints and loss of voice. Doctor stated that I will be off work for many months. Any advice

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