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Dental & MRSA
Posted by Renee
Last Reply July 31, 2012 at 02:41
Started July 30, 2012 at 20:20
I am new here and was looking for information. I don't know if there is already a post but I was wondering if anyone has had any issues with their teeth? I have always had good teeth, no cavities, except when I was 13yrs old (I am now 42yrs). Since getting a staph infection(I can't get a Dr. to test me for MRSA THIS TIME) but I had it after a surgery back in 2002, I have had numerous issues with my teeth. All of a sudden I started having pain in my front tooth and had to have a root canal. I was told that the tooth cracked at the root and died, had to happen b/c of trauma, yet there was no trauma. This all happened about 4 weeks after having a biopsy and it getting infected with staph. After the rooth canal, other teeth started hurting and within a few weeks I had to have 4 cavities filled that were not there just a few months prior. Now I have a 'burning feeling in my mouth/tongue. I am extremely tired and run low grade fevers on and off. I keep getting boils , which I have never g... read more

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Posted by kelly
Last Reply July 30, 2012 at 08:06
Started March 9, 2007 at 01:57
I have been fighting MRSA for some time quit work because I was in the hosp on vanco came home got it another 3 or 4 times I cant even remember im so over this. Not only that its been 5 months I thought my family was over this well my husband comes home and has a boil on his leg I just feel like giving up. I have researched and researched nothing is helping. My husband has had it 4 times and my baby boy had it 3 times. I feel like just falling off the face of earth its a never ending battle. I read and read what to buy but nothing legit the doctors have no idea in hell what they are doing. One says this and the other says that. Can someone please tell me what I can buy over the counter that really works

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Organic Garlic Really Works for Staph
Posted by Laura
Last Reply July 30, 2012 at 01:22
Started July 30, 2012
Me and my Husband went to the Hospital whenever I thought a bump on
the back of his head was a staph infection. He tested positive for
staph (but not MRSA). Since he already has such a compromised immune
system due to bad allergies, I suggested to him to try organic garlic.
I'm a huge researcher of natural and holistic medicine, so I knew that
garlic was a powerful antibiotic, anti fungal, antiviral, and anti-
inflammatory. Everyday he would eat one clove of organic garlic, and
we would also put the juice of the garlic directly on his open wound
(which burns but really heals it fast if you can stand the heat), in
addition to putting garlic juice on the bandage that covered his staph
infection. His staph boil was about the size of a golf ball before we
started and it had a open hole. It took only four days for his staph
infection to close up completely and swell down dramatically from
using the organic garlic both internally and externally. And a week
... read more

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How The Human Body Fights Infection
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 29, 2012 at 16:53
Started July 29, 2012 at 16:49

[ Human bodies have a number of strategies to fight infections or prevent them. The whole of our infection fighting apparatus is called the “immune system.” The human body’s immune system doesn’t just include white blood cells, which attempt to catch and destroy germs, but a variety of mechanisms that stop germs from creating infection.

In most cases, humans have certain properties in their bodies that are called innate immunities, allowing bodies to fight infections at virtually all times. For example, the skin, our largest organ, is constantly fighting infection, or warding off infection by acting as a barrier against foreign, non-human cells. Other parts of our bodies, or contents in our bodies are always on guard to fight infections.

The gut and stomach contain mucus that can trap small numbers of foreign bacterial cells, keeping the body from becoming infected. Human bodies use a variety of acids in organs that create hostile environments for foreign cells. We also host... read more

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Posted by RAY
Last Reply July 29, 2012 at 09:37
Started July 29, 2012 at 09:37
Kudos for Bacteria-
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Oil derived from the aromatic coriander
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pain, easing cramps and convulsions, aiding
digestion, curing nausea and fighting fungal
Now, researchers from the University of Beira Interior,
in Portugal, have specifically found that the oil is
highly effective in killing bacterial strains such as Escherichia
coli (E. coli), Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus
and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thus, coriander oil
may be useful in preventing and treating food-borne illnesses. “Coriander oil
could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics,” says study
leader Dr. Fernanda Domingues.
Source: Society for General Microbiology

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Posted by ray
Last Reply July 28, 2012 at 21:09
Started November 15, 2009 at 03:29
my daughter has had mrsa for many years and just 2 weeks ago we found this out..most doctors are not aware of the signs doctors keep nsaying spider bits she has blood work done and its all over the board. does any one know if this is what happens untill we controle the infection

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Was never told what to expect with having MRSA
Posted by Cheryl B
Last Reply July 28, 2012 at 17:52
Started January 1, 2008 at 07:41
On Nov 8th 2007 I was admitted into the hospital following hernia repair surgery which was suppose to be done on an out patient basis. I was discharged 4 days later, on the 12th.
Saw my surgeon on the 14th for follow up. Everything was fine. Then on the night of the 14th started having chills and running a fever. I thought maybe my body was going through some form of shock due to the surgery. Continued through the weekend with chills and fever (periodically). Went to the doctors to have my JP tube removed on the 20th. The evening of the 20th I ended up going to the ER with fever above 101. A CT scan was done and showed alot of fluid in my abdomen. The doctor (not mine) said I had an infection. I was admitted into the hospital and placed in a room by myself. I was given antibotics by IV. The next morning the same doctor came to my room and took a look at my incision and the hole where my JP tube was at. He took a culture of the wound along with my urine and sinus. 2 days later my ... read more

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Last Reply July 27, 2012 at 01:42
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Posted by Ray
Last Reply July 27, 2012 at 01:10
Started July 23, 2012 at 16:23
I was diagnosed in March when an abscess grew in my groin area and I had to have it drained. In May, a boil developed in the area of my buttocks and I was prescribed clindamycin Phosphate. I have occasional outbreaks on my buttocks and elbows. My nose itches, and my face has a tingling feeling to it. If I shave with a razor, I have redness beneath my skin. I don't think many doctors have knowledge about this bacteria. I am actively looking into naturopathic medicine including Manuka honey and Tea tree oil. I am worried, but I am glad I have found this support forum to share experiences and exchange information. My question is does the bacteria attack those with weak immune systems, and if so, could the bacteria be fought by strengthening the immune system. In other words, is this an equal opportunity bacteria that can attack anyone?

I should add that my doctor believes consumption of sugar has nothing to do with the bacteria reoccurring since he believes the bacteria exists on th... read more

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Hibiclens Antimicrobial+Compatible Moisturizer
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 26, 2012 at 16:47
Started July 26, 2012 at 16:47

Hibiclens has a sudsing base which adjusts to pH 5.0-6.5 for optimal activity and stability as well as compatibility with the normal pH of skin.
ACTION: HIBICLENS is bactericidal on contact.

Hibiclens is often recommended as an important part of our ‘topical care regimen’ targeting reduction/control of pathogens on our skin. It is important to understand that consideration must be taken when applying moisturizers, etc. AFTER Hibiclens use. Here’s why…

A question was posed some time back concerning ‘moisturizer compatibility’ with chlorhexidine gluconate/CHG… the active ingredient in Hibiclens.
*The concern was finding a moisturizer ‘which WOULD NOT inhibit six hour protective residual activity of CHG’ after using Hibiclens. It makes sense not to disrupt activity of a treatment by covering it with something which may neutralize it. Persistent microbial activity of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is diminished if you follow CHG (Hibiclens), with a moisturizer that ... read more

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Lingering problems: Abscesses after MRSA
Posted by Erich
Last Reply July 26, 2012 at 01:53
Started July 21, 2012 at 03:29
I really need some input, I was diagnosed with MRSA in Aug 2011. Relatively
serious case as I neglected it, not knowing what I had and being a stubborn ass. I
didn't go to the hospital until crazy fever spikes left me no choice. Anyway I spent
a week in the hospital , organ damage was minimal according to stay and follow
up treatment , spent another month with a home nurse and vanco drip every 8
hrs. My problem now and my question, does anyone else out there suffer from
chronic abscesses now? Or other skin problems? I never had any of these issues
prior to being diagnosed. Hoping someone can help

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Help! 9th MRSA outbreak in my 2-yr-old!
Posted by Robin Hale
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 19:39
Started February 27, 2007 at 18:58
Anyone with knowledge and experience please advise....

My 2-year-old son just now has his 9th outbreak of MRSA in the last 7 months. He contracted it while riding on the next-door-neigbor's ride-on toy while wearing a onesie. Both the little girl, and my son got the first lesion on the inside on his leg. The little girl never got it again, my son, however, has gotten one lesion after the other since last August. After the third one, the pediatrician lanced it and sent it off to the lab. The results were that it is MRSA. She treated it with bactroban and I think, Supha? oral antibiotic. He did respond well to this treatment, however, got another lesion within 2 weeks. He has eczema, and he does scratch. We have been to the infectious disease specialist who asked our entire family to be treated with bactroban to the nose for 2 weeks and to bathe my son with Dial antibacterial soap once a day. We did this, but my son has gotten bout after bout of it. My questions. Should... read more

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MRSA vs. Bactrim resistant MRSA
Posted by concerned
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 17:12
Started June 27, 2012 at 02:52
This is a pretty general question that I can't seem to find the answer to. If you
contracted MRSA from someone that seems to be treated with Bactrim...could your MRSA
be Bactrim resistant?

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MRSA - Mechanism of Resistance
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 25, 2012 at 17:02
Started July 25, 2012 at 16:59

[ In 1959, Methicillin, a semi synthetic, beta-lactamase resistant PCN (PCN=Penicillin) was introduced. By the early 1960s, MRSA had appeared.

Resistance is mediated by the mecA gene, which is part of the mobile genomic element Staphylococcal Chromosomal Cassette (SCCmec).

mecA gene expression produces an altered penicillin binding protein (PBP 2a). (P)enicillin (B)inding (P)rotein.
PBPs bind to proteins responsible for bacterial cell wall synthesis by transpeptidation (peptidase enzymes, aka penicillin binding proteins).
If PBP is altered, then the antibiotic cannot inhibit cell wall formation and is rendered resistant.

There are four types of SCCmec, each with a varying array of drug resistance. The defining feature of MRSA is the SCC encoded by the mecA gene.

*SCCmecII and III is found in many nonsocomial (Hospital-Acquired infection) HA-MRSA Strains. These chromosomes harbor other antibiotic-resistance genes conferring resistance to aminoglycosides (amino... read more

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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

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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