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The Normal Bacterial Flora of Humans
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 7, 2012 at 17:07
Started September 7, 2012 at 17:07

Todar’s Online Texbook of Bacteriology

Online Textbook of Bacteriology Table of Contents

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Infection Disease Specialist
Posted by RAY
Last Reply September 7, 2012 at 16:22
Started September 5, 2012 at 21:53
Many of you here have recommended making an appointment with an ID specialist. I made such a request from the family doctor. Initially, he was reluctant to make an appointment for me, and when I insisted, he did. But my doctor informed me that the referral was rejected by the department that oversees infectious diseases on the grounds that Staph infections are common. And, my doctor said, that although staphs inflections are annoying seeing a ID specialist would not have helped. In other words, he was suggested to used the same treatment: Clindamycin. I have been seeing a naturapathic doctor though. But I find it odd why they would reject my request.

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20+ babies in NICU with MRSA bacteria
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 6, 2012 at 14:52
Started September 6, 2012 at 14:52

Sutter NICU
(Sacramento, California)

Parents of MRSA babies expected to announce lawsuit…

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MRSA and finances
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply September 3, 2012 at 03:02
Started September 3, 2012 at 02:18
I have been fighting the merciless MRSA for about two months now on my leg. I will soon run out of FMLA. I am beginning to get nervous about clearing this up within the 12 week FMLA period. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Long Term Effects of HA-MRSA
Posted by David
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 20:29
Started October 16, 2010
Hello All,

The purpose of this post is two-fold: (1) to provide a brief background on my personal long term struggle with undiagnosed HA-MRSA (3 years+), and (2) ask whether anyone has suffered through such a long infection and been able to recover their energy, etc. following the infection?


I have had multiple sinus surgeries for chronic infection (pan-sinusitus). The best medical estimates is that I contracted HA-MRSA (hereafter MRSA) during surger in Houston during July, 2007. The diagnoses was not made until Sept 20, 2010 when a competent doctor swabbed and clultured the persistant infectious material in my sinus. During that time I had not experienced any external boils or classic symptoms, etc., but instead experienced sever sinus pain and a slow and near complete decline in energy to the point of near disability. During the 3 year period I had gone from a healthy, fit, runner, attorney, pilot to someone who could barely get out of bed. I was li... read more

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surgey after mrsa
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 04:32
Started August 19, 2012 at 02:56
A lot of you know me, I got HA MRSA after ankle replacement surgery and finally had to have my leg removed. I now need back surgery and they need to put metal in my back. I know metal attracts MRSA just wondering if anyone has had surgery after mrsa and it ended well. They give me a 50% chance and that is now good. Thanks for the advice

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Thank you ladyk! Help me please!
Posted by jean
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 04:17
Started January 15, 2011 at 04:28
I was just given my Dx of MRSA yesterday afternoon by a walk-in clinic. Even though a dermatologist knew about it last October, he never told me -- just said on initial appointment that my Dx was eczema with excoriated acne. Of course I picked. I even excavated as the only means known to me to relieve the intense itching and burning so great that it felt as if little steel rods were placed in a fire before being thrust into my lesions. I even told my son I was performing surgery on myself. Thought I had adult acne. Went to derm because nothing OTC worked.

Found this site from the UK site. Thank you to all, but especially to you, ladyk, as you seemed to have made this forum your personal mission. I only found it about 2 hours ago but have already learned a lot from you.

My history: In 1982 I had cellulitis in my leg so bad that I spent 10 days in the hospital and still almost lost my lower leg. I could see my bone covered with capillaries. Perhaps that is when I contracted the ... read more

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Posted by BeeGON
Last Reply September 1, 2012 at 23:42
Started August 26, 2012 at 13:05
First let me say thank you to anyone that has taken the time to post useful information on this board for people like me, who arrive here lost, confused, worried and sick. I am a 43 yr old male, had not been to a doctor in 20 years because of good health. Wednesday of last week developed a few small bumps on finger. My hands are always getting wet from a non-toxic fluid that sometimes causes them to get dry and crack but it has been this way for 10 years with no other effects. The bumps itched and I scratched, rubbed, scraped, whatever was convinient. Individual bumps became 1 sore and finger began to swell. By Monday my finger was extremely swollen and really sore. My boss sent me to the ER where I was prescribed 2 different antibiotics and told I could return to work the following day. I couldn't get any sleep that night because of pain but returned to work following day and worked my shift. Still no relief and no sleep because of pain the following night. I went to another ER th... read more

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staph missed on biopsy
Posted by Dee
Last Reply September 1, 2012 at 21:51
Started July 12, 2012 at 15:39
I had a punch biopsy done at my dermatologist,about a yr. ago, but all the results showed was that it was NOT a fungus. Just a week ago, i had a culture done that revealed i had staph/mrsa on my scalp. IF i had the staph infection when i got the biospy done, why wouldn't it show up or does the dermatologist have to specify what he's testing for?

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Vitamin B3 Combats MRSA
Posted by ruth
Last Reply September 1, 2012 at 03:04
Started August 31, 2012 at 05:12
The research, published in the September 2012 edition of The Journal of Clinical
Investigation, found that high doses of the nicotinamide form of vitamin B3 stimulated
a specific gene (CEBPE), enhancing white blood cells’ ability to combat staph infections,
including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

In laboratory tests with mice and human blood, Cedars-Sinai scientists found that
vitamin B3 increased by up to 1,000 fold the ability of the immune system to kill staph
bacteria. A feat impossible via standard antibiotics. Beyond its findings related to
vitamin B3, the study indicates that similar targeting of the CEBPE gene with other
compounds may offer a new immune-boosting strategy to fight bacterial infections.

Kyme and Thoennissen turned to vitamin B3, which has been shown to increase the
expression of some other genes in the CEBP family. The results: When studied in
human blood, clinical doses of the vitamin appeared to virtually wipe o... read more

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Last Reply August 30, 2012 at 22:51
Started August 30, 2012 at 22:51
What are the symptoms of mrsa?

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Posted by BETHANY
Last Reply August 29, 2012 at 19:38
Started June 23, 2012 at 04:17

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Growing garlic
Posted by Pacco
Last Reply August 25, 2012 at 21:27
Started August 25, 2012 at 08:59
Hello again Bob,
I want to start off by saying that non-irradiated garlic is super hard to find where I
live (mid SC). I did find one brand in our wal-mart that ships from orlando fl, but
they dont always carry it. Hit-or-miss. I have been MRSA+ for about 4 yrs now and
am fed up with it all-together. I have already spead it to two family members
despite all my precautions( contant cleaning of myself and things I touch. Even
going so far as to keep all towels and washclothes to myself and wash them right
after only using them once.) The garlic I do use seems to help but I can never get
enough when they do have it. I tried to plant some bulbs from thay same garlic
and shortly after seeing short green stalk coming from them, they always die.
Having said all thay, my question is, would keeping the pot in a refridgerator help
them grow? I am assuming that it would since most types of garlic are grown in
the winter months, but you know what dad says about assuming. ... read more

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Did anyone have success with a dermalotogist?
Posted by worried
Last Reply August 24, 2012 at 20:26
Started August 24, 2012 at 20:26
Just wondering if any of you ever had sucessful treatment with a derm. Thanks.

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High-sugar diet alters intestinal bacteria
Posted by ruth
Last Reply August 23, 2012 at 23:42
Started August 23, 2012 at 23:42
People who eat a high sugar high fat diets have moreFirmicutes bacteria (such as
Clostridium, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Helicobacter pylori) in their gut, than
people who eat low fat diet rich in healthy plants normal weight individuals tend have
more Bacteroidetes bacteria.

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Bleach bath
Posted by Messuvajess
Last Reply August 23, 2012 at 20:19
Started September 30, 2010 at 23:27
Has anyone been told by their doctor to take a bleach bath? Or have you done it
and it work? I was told today to take one with 1 capful of bleach in my bath.
Kinda sounds crazy to me!

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Prebiotics - Probiotics
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply August 23, 2012 at 19:42
Started December 30, 2008 at 17:01
About Prebiotics
Prebiotics are a very specific type of food. While many of the food ingredients we consume are digested immediately, prebiotics are a healthy non-digestible food ingredient. Furthermore, prebiotics are heat resistant, which keep them intact during the baking process and allow them to be incorporated into every day food choices. By consuming a non-digestible ingredient, it allows for growth of bio-cultures by reaching the intestine unaffected by the digestion process. The positive effects prebiotics have by reaching the intestine in an unaltered form is known as the prebiotic effect.

Prebiotic Effect
A prebiotic effect occurs when there is an increase in the activity of healthy bacteria in the human intestine. Prebiotics stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli in the gut and increase resistance to invading pathogens. This effect is induced by consuming foods that contain prebiotics. These foods induces metabolic activity,... read more

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probiotics during antibiotic
Posted by Napoleonette
Last Reply August 23, 2012 at 19:37
Started July 21, 2012
Sorry to post a different thread so quickly but I have been trying hard to find this answer. Should I take probiotics while in the middle of taking doxycycline. Will it combine badly or lessen the healing from the antibiotic? (if it's even working that is)

Also as a sidenote. A friend told me her Mrsa infected DH takes a daily dose of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water. I've done this a few times but have been hesitant to fully embrace it not know what effect it has towards the antibiotic. I'm assuming not much effect but I'm still nervous about it.

Thanks for any input.

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MRSA and psoriasis
Posted by CaliB
Last Reply August 21, 2012 at 20:28
Started July 11, 2012 at 04:52
My husband has psoriasis and excezma, woke up on May 6 with swollen lymph nodes on the left side of groin, by the time he finished his weekend, he could barley walk..went to ER, did a CAT Scan and his node already showed necrotic areas, admitted him, kept him for a week. IV and pain meds..LOTS OF BLOOD DRAWS. released at the end of the week. at the end of the SECOND WEEK, see our primary doc, who immediately put him in hospital for emergency surgery, the moment the doc cut his skim, the node ruptered, they drained it and cleaned it..It is now July 11 and he is still feeling drained and has zero stamina. My question is that if he is released to go back to work, (he has daily contact with people and card readers) and has another flare up of his secondary condition ( they cause his hands and feet to dry excessivley and split) can he re-infect himself? can he infect someone else? can he contract someone elses disease? So far NO DOCTOR has been able to tell him, and the worry is about... read more

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Excruciating pain
Posted by Charli
Last Reply August 20, 2012 at 20:24
Started August 20, 2012 at 04:42
Blessings to those that help us, that we may be of help to them.

My question is to, someone with 2 boils and the begging of number 3.I had posted earlier on the difficult road to hopefully finding ID Doctor that will continue to help her.
Im sorry back to the point, the 2 and begging of the 3rd boil are on her armpit. They have been identified as MRSA. Have any of the suffers here with boils in armpit have excruciating pain down the arm, numbness and tingling, sharp shooting pains into chest and back and at times she feels like there is heaviness on her chest. New today she has pain in her neck and jaw.

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