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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 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

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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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

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

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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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