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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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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

Im 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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