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Copper wins out in live battle against MRSA.
Posted by ruth
Last Reply July 1, 2012 at 21:38
Started May 25, 2011 at 02:31
It's not often that we can celebrate a victory against superbugs. But in a live
experiment conducted to mark World Health Day yesterday, an unlikely contender
succeeded in wiping out a colony of MRSA within minutes: not a new antibiotic or
cleaning agent, but a simple copper surface.

Bill Keevil of the University of Southampton, UK, believes that the natural antibacterial
properties of copper could be a simple and effective way to combat them. Within a
matter of minutes, the MRSA on the copper surface began to die off, whereas the
population thrived on the stainless steel.

"Our research has shown that copper works in two ways, directly and indirectly," he
says.

The direct effect comes from the release of copper ions which degrade the DNA of a
cell and inhibit its respiration.

The indirect effect is even more rapid. On a dry surface, copper interacts with the
bacteria's metabolism to generate very potent free radicals, which are even quicker
than ... read more

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MRSA in hip - facing amputation
Posted by Lisa C
Last Reply June 27, 2012 at 17:57
Started December 15, 2008 at 01:07
My mother has been battling MRSA for 16+ months now and is quickly losing the battle, I'm afraid. She has osteomylitis (infection in bone) and is facing total leg amputation. The doctors are pretty much waiting for mom to give them the "go ahead" to amputate. She's been on several rounds of different antibiotics and as soon as they take her off and have her only on the oral antibiotics, the infection flares up again. She is 61 and has been on major narcotics for 10 years now due to several failed total knee replacements that kept coming loose. She had a "cementless knee replacement" which didn't come loose, BUT she broke her femur and the doctors recommended an artificial femur and hip replacement to secure it to since her bones are so weak (that of a 90 year old they say). All was well until she developed HA MRSA in the leg after that surgery. Now they're telling her amputation must be the entire leg from the hip down with no chance of a prosthetic leg because she has NO upp... read more

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one you have mrsa is surgery ever safe?
Posted by sad mommy
Last Reply June 25, 2012 at 20:40
Started June 23, 2012 at 02:56
I went to see a rectal surgeon for a high anal fistula. He says that
surgery is the only way to get rid of it other wise I will just have
to deal with it and after having it for over a year I can't take the
pain anymore. I told him that I had/have MRSA and wondered how that
would work with the surgery but he totally blew it off saying that
bacteria is everywhere and everyone has bacteria all over there body.

Hmmmm....should I be worried???
Last time they lanced the boil on my butt (the fistula) it did have
bacteria but it was not mrsa.

My younger sister went to this surgeon yrs ago for a Herminia surgery
with excellent results (she does not have mrsa). So I don't know if I
should go ahead with the surgery or not. Are there any precautions
that I should ask about before having the surgery done? I want to do
it if it means the anal fistula pain will be over but I don't want to
make MRSA matters worse or introduce it inside my body.

I'm scared and co... read more

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omega 3
Posted by dene2
Last Reply June 25, 2012 at 19:36
Started June 25, 2012 at 19:36
Omega3 EPA DHA with vitamin D liquid form also helps. It fights against the inflamation extremely well.

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mrsa free
Posted by blue mom
Last Reply June 25, 2012 at 19:07
Started June 18, 2012 at 19:16
I am sad. Please give me hope. How long have you been mrsa free? Mrsa
negative?

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MRSA How to survive it!
Posted by Samantha
Last Reply June 18, 2012 at 20:13
Started June 6, 2012 at 03:47
I'm a MRSA survivor and mine encapsulated into a absess a perirectal
abscess i couldn't walk and was bed bound for 2 years.
i learned to wear only clothing i can bleach and use white
bleachable towels.
i learned to make sure i take vitamins and dairy 3 hours after my
antibiotic and to eat with my antibiotic so my stomach could handle
the meds. one med could be eaten with dairy and one couldn't.
i learned to make sure i use probiotics.
i learned that MRSA can live on a object for 2 years.
i learned to make sure i don't wash the abscess with the rest of my
body i washed it first and last with antibacterial soap. and changed
my bandage probably over 6 times a day. washing it with homemade
saline solution. i got a digital scale and measured out 9 grams of non
ionized sea salt and boiled 2 liters of bottled water . and put them
in gallon jugs to save to wash my wound and spray bottles.i would get
my bandages really super cheap from allegro medical... read more

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pools and garlic?
Posted by blue mom
Last Reply June 18, 2012 at 17:17
Started June 10, 2012 at 18:32
I have been trying to find information about bringing the crushed, raw garlic inside a pool... to no avail.

we use our community pool, and i have read that you can get mrsa from pools. even though my kid does not have an active infection, (i do) and he has been cleared by his dr to swim, i want to ensure other's safety as well as our own, being that mrsa is a common bacteria who many carry unknowingly...

i am just so sick of getting this mrsa thing... but i want to have a normal life... which is already so difficult because my OCD only sees mrsa. Anyways, does anybody know about any info out there. Or any tips about safe swimming. I know better now than going in on a cloudy pool, and that chlorine fails so... i want to be safe...

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Maggot Therapy
Posted by Samantha
Last Reply June 18, 2012 at 16:53
Started June 18, 2012 at 16:50
Maggot therapy
I searched and they even have bandages that is specifically to keep
the maggots in the wound and comfortable while the mini surgeons
(maggots lol) clean out the wound. They say you leave them in 3 day
then rinse them out and put fresh ones in if you need to. Some
patients are excited to know they are working and removing the bad
tissue and don't mind the feeling of them in the wound. some
complained they couldn't handle the feeling the creepy crawly
sensation. i've read on the maggot therapy its saved people from
amputations and disfigurements i'm sure the more healthy tissue is
saved the easier it would be for plastic surgeons to repair damage.

Here's the website i found that has them i didn't get prices sorry
http://www.monarchlabs.com/patients.htm

Here's a interesting quote from the PDF about how the maggots work in
the wound.

"d. Larval secretions have several ... read more

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mrsa
Posted by ginger
Last Reply June 17, 2012 at 13:13
Started June 4, 2012 at 18:42
My 2 year old daughter has MRSA in her lungs. She had a bronc done a year ago it showed mrsa and strep. Her symtons are like Asthma but worse. She had her 2nd bronc 2 month ago. It showed mrsa and another bacteria.. When is this going away,. Got a cold thursday same symptons. I am so worried for her.

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Things Less Thought Of...
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply June 17, 2012 at 13:06
Started December 30, 2009 at 18:30

I’m hoping everyone will add to this list in hopes of protecting us all (as much as humanly possible) from modes of pathogenic cross contamination less thought of.


As most of us know our hands provide pathogens (bacteria & viruses) the legs needed to infect us. One serious and often times over looked cross contamination risk is… loose produce (fruits & vegetables) at our local grocery stores, where selective shoppers touch/squeeze/inspect items and then put them back for the next unsuspecting customer. All it takes is to go shopping and stand back and watch for a moment to see this cross contamination risk in action. As disturbing as it is, you will also see many lick their fingers to open plastic bags, and with same hand rummage through items while selecting produce!

This will definitely give pause to the squeamish next time you're at the grocery store when thinking how pathogens are cross contaminated.

If you think you are protected by inedible hard skinned prod... read more

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this outbreak and garlic treatment question
Posted by blue mom
Last Reply June 17, 2012 at 03:50
Started June 16, 2012 at 20:06
this is the first time my outbreak has several heads. 2 dried up good, 2 have dried up but there is a small boil underneath. 1 is still healing, also has a small boil. i am spot treating with the garlic water.

Bob, in your experience, (and anybody else spot treating with garlic water) will spot treating with the garlic water heal the boil underneath? I assume, the full garlic bath will?

This is my first time using the garlic water. I am wondering wheather i should do the tumeric, which in my case opened the skin and made the boil drain.

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MRSA for 20 years?
Posted by Carrie
Last Reply June 16, 2012 at 04:08
Started September 15, 2009 at 17:38
I started having a chronic problem with boils and cysts about 20 years ago. I was always lanced, put on oral antibiotics, and sent home, only to continue to have this problem. About 1995 I started to feel really fluish all the time and have, for the most part, felt this way ever since. It got worse in 2005, shaking, fevers, so weak that I couldn't lift a gallon of milk from the fridge or walk to the mailbox. Severe headaches and vomiting. My doctor wanted to refer me to a psychiatrist. I knew there was something systematically wrong and thought it was related to these sores. Oh - previous to that I had sores on the soles of my feet that IDD and Dermatology could not identify. That was in 2001. Also, break outs of skin eruptions on my feet, little red dots, that have since turned brown and raised, and are moving up my legs. There have been times of severe bone pain, especially at my spine, right between my shoulder blades. I have been tired and sick, and dealing with these boils, esp... read more

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Gram + Cocci in pairs and chains
Posted by Stan H
Last Reply June 14, 2012 at 15:55
Started June 14, 2012 at 15:55
My mother is in the hospital and they told her she has gram + cocci in pairs and chains. A infection in her blood. She has a temp and they are giving her very heavy antibiotics. She had a surgery to blast some kidney stones about 4 weeks ago in another hospital. She was having it done again for more stones on 6/11/2012
Please help me understand this more. How to you get this? Is it from dirty instruments from the previous surgery. Why was blood not drawn before this surgery and they would have seen it in her blood. Thanks..

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How did your mrsa spread?
Posted by blue mom
Last Reply June 14, 2012 at 08:59
Started June 11, 2012 at 19:40
mine started in my leg. then on my belly. now its my hip. i thought it would be spreading in my legs, most likely below the wound, not up like it's doing. it scares me.

How about yours?

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MRSA in Hospitals
Posted by Ladyk Fan
Last Reply June 13, 2012 at 19:49
Started June 13, 2012 at 19:49
IMPORTANT repost of ladyk

Hospital Infections - Drug Resistant Bacteria

Each year over 1.7 million Americans will get a drug-resistant
infection from a hospital and 100,000 of them will die. In the United
States, more people die from hospital infections than breast cancer
and AIDS combined. Thousands of other victims of hospital infections
escape death but are left with serious life altering injuries
including paralysis. Disturbingly most of these infections can be
prevented through the implementation of stricter sanitary and
bacterial testing procedures.

Shocking Hospital Infection Statistics

• 2 million patients get health care associated infections each year
• 100,000 deaths from health care/hospital infections each year
• $30 billion spent to treat health care/hospital infections each year

Hospital infections are commonly drug resistant and lethal. The
bacteria in these infections replicate and mutate so aggressively that
even the most potent... read more

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Burning Painful Feet
Posted by Issy
Last Reply June 13, 2012 at 16:02
Started May 21, 2008
I had MRSA in October and since in December I developed painful joints in my hands and feet,and now on top of that my feet feel like they ar on fire,red hot and very uncomfortable.
Could this be an after effect of the MRSA in October???
Doctors are dimissing everything related to MRSA having caused any of my synptoms prefering to say I have Rheumatoid Arthritis,I had nothing like this prior to the MRSA infection .... I am in depair and now getting paranoid because no one will listen,as soon as I mention the MSA it's almost like they won't even discuss the possibility.

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Osteomyelitis
Posted by Karen
Last Reply June 12, 2012 at 19:39
Started June 10, 2012 at 23:15
I have read several of the posts in here and I see a lot on MRSA on the skin.
Mine is in the bone my left knee to be exact. I have had 11 surgeries so far. 4
debridements and 13 weeks of iv vanc . I have not had a surgery since March
2011, but have expressed concern over existing infection. I finally got lucky
seeing a not so cocky PA, who ordered MRI, and subsequent nuclear testing. As
of yesterday I received test results as positive for infection. Does anyone know
what this means? And will they do the same things done before? Please help! I
am afraid that this will put me back on vanc and more debridements. On the
same point what happens if they do nothing? My finished and remit have both
been damaged by infection.

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MRSA and all it's remedies
Posted by Mike
Last Reply June 9, 2012 at 03:48
Started June 7, 2012 at 02:22
I have been reading up on many natural remedies and have read about a list of
things that have helped people all over....
Colloidal silver
Manuka honey
Milk of magnesia
Turmeric
Grapefruit extract
Garlic
Olive leaf extract
Oil of oregano
Tea tree oil
12 salts
Berry juice
Apple cider vinegar

My question is what combination should I use? Is it safe to use all of the things at
once? Is it worth the money, what combo should I use? Do some of these things
do the same things, and therefore a waste to use? Is it a guessing game, should I
just try things and see how they go?

Thank you for any advice
-mike from Cali

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MRSA on breast, breastfeeding 9 month old
Posted by Laura
Last Reply June 9, 2012 at 01:46
Started June 4, 2012 at 21:55
My husband was recently hospitalized and contracted MRSA. He was treated with Vanomycin via IV then Bactrim and Flagyl after he was discharged.

This was two weeks ago.

Three days ago, I got a boil under my left breast. I have never had a boil in my life, so I immediately knew it was MRSA. I immediately went to my OB and had it cultured, and the results should be in tomorrow, but I feel certain that it is MRSA. My daughter pinches and scratches while nursing, so I always have broken skin on my breasts (can't keep her nails trimmed fast enough!) and I assume that's how the bacteria entered my skin.

My doctor advised hot compresses and Neosporin, and keeping it covered with a band-aid to prevent my daughter from touching it when nursing.

I am going to do the CRG tonight after the kids are in bed and I work up the nerve. I can take the pain - I just want this gone. :) If I have to take Bactim, I have to wean my daughter and I am not willing to do that until all else fails... read more

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MRSA in urine
Posted by L
Last Reply June 9, 2012 at 01:12
Started June 8, 2012 at 23:50
Is this something that is curable. I am in my first trimester of pregnancy and just found out today I have MRSA in my urine. A nurse at my ob/gyn called me and said I had a bad UTI and then after we were talking for a while she said, "yea, this is a bad UTI, it's MRSA". I immediately got freaked out. She said they were going to try a round of antibiotics and see if it goes away. I did not have UTI symptoms. I would have never even began to assume I had a UTI. I am terrified of touching my 4 year old child. She is so loving and always wants hugs and kisses. Should I be worried about passing it to her if it is just in my urine? How does a person get MRSA in their urine? I'm literally sick to my stomack about this. I have been puking since I found out. This is something I should inform my boyfriend of, correct? How concered should I be about this? Should I expect it to go away with antibiotics?

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