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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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A few questions
Posted by Frustrated
Last Reply July 8, 2012 at 16:47
Started July 6, 2012 at 16:19
Hi I'm new here with a SO just diagnosed with MRSA. Currently on Viomycin (sp) via IV with PICC. MRSA was contracted in hospital, showed symptoms immediatly out of surgery but was released anyway. We were home for about a week and had the incision site cultured. He ended up in emergency surgery before the culture ever came back MRSA positive. So to my question... can he use a garlic bath on the incision site, he still has stiches and straw looking sutures which are to be removed next week. Also, I read that we should take out all dairy from his diet, but was told that he had to have yogurt daily to try to prevent c-diff. So, any ideas on how to get the active cultures he needs without dairy? I can't afford much as I've been out of work with him in the hospital... THANKS!

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MRSA Support Group USA and Canada
Posted by Denise
Last Reply July 8, 2012
Started August 9, 2005 at 03:17
I am very, very happy to let you all know that we are starting an MRSA Support Group USA/Canada. We will remain affiliated with the MRSA Support Group UK. Tony Field, Chairperson, and his wife, Barbara, are arriving in the USA on August 22nd to help raise awareness in our country. (Thank you so much, Tony & Barbara!) Additional information can be found at www.handsofhopegroup.com. I hope and pray that, together, we can all make a difference.
Bev - I want to thank you for all your support and encouragement. I am sure that many lives have been saved and will be saved directly because of your steadfast commitment to help make changes. I'm only sorry that you weren't fortunate enough to have someone speak up to protect your Mum before she got this horrible infection, the way you speak up for so many. Thank you.

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Is a culture valid after taking antibiotics?
Posted by worried
Last Reply July 7, 2012 at 22:27
Started July 6, 2012 at 22:35
If the antibiotics did not work,and now the experts finally decide to do a culture, will the mrsa culture out?

If not, can it be done after a certain time has elapsed? If so, how long?

Which type of culture is most effective? I have it is several body systems.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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New here, need help desperately
Posted by Lisa {product edited out}
Last Reply July 7, 2012 at 20:53
Started July 7, 2012 at 16:07
New here, need help desperately
Started by Lisa Posted: July 7, 2012 at 03:57

I figured out that I had MRSA after much online research. I do not have insurance and tried to do some home remedies to cure myself...(turmeric, iodine, {product edited out}, etc.) i saw improvement but i ultimately ended up going to the emergency room because the boils spread all into my groin and I could barely walk from the pain. It was horrible. The ER dr. gave me bactrim and doxycycline for ten days. I also scrubbed my body with hibiclens and did the antibiotic ointment in my nostrils for a week twice per day.... everything cleared up by the end of the ten days. {product edited out} It has now been about 8 or 9 days and i just found a very small painful "pimple" in my armpit. I also have another painful bump near my rear end. I absolutely do not think I can handle another round of this stuff. The last outbreak about drove me over the edge. How can I get rid of this?? These antibiotics only ... read more

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MRSA and Doxycycline
Posted by worried
Last Reply July 2, 2012 at 20:50
Started July 2, 2012 at 20:50
Is Doxy the most effective med? Or should I try to obtain Bactrim? Why are doctors so confused by MRSA?

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how do i get my immune systen to work (mrsa
Posted by danielle
Last Reply July 1, 2012 at 23:40
Started June 17, 2012 at 21:52
Hi,

Im wondering if i do manage to get rid of my mrsa infection and decolizine (remove all mrsa bugs from skin and nostril) by using bleach bath, hibiclens or the antibiotic swab. how do i get my immune system to work again?

ive been very sick with a severe strong case of mrsa every day for 3 yrs theres not been a single day where i didnt have large amounts of boils and feeling too sick to do much.

im only 28 yrs old and this is no way to live. i feel too sick every day to do anything and im homebound most of the time living like a shut in only going out to do errands for my health.

my scabs, cysts and boils seem to be minimizing due to lifestyle changes i made, but theyre still there and i do feel weak and sick still so im not better yet.

but my doctor says my immune system is barely working which is why ive had more coughs,upper respiratory infections since i got mrsa.

so even if i get rid of the mrsa which was community aquired for me, how do i say i wont get si... read more

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