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MRSA vaccine
Posted by sad mommy
Last Reply August 6, 2012 at 16:08
Started March 29, 2012 at 04:05
Just curious what your thoughts are on the MRSA Vaccine being worked
on by the University of Rochester?

I am new to this forum. I am 28 yrs old and I have a 5 yr old son. We
both came down with MRSA in Oct 2011. Right now we are both on our 3
round of outbreaks :( I am completely beside myself. I'm so depressed
all I can do is cry, shower and clean. I hope that this vaccine pans
out and can be used by all us MRSA sufferers to stop recurrent
outbreaks. This is the only thing that keeps me from completely
loosing my mind right bow!!!

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Just some questions
Posted by Messuvajess
Last Reply August 3, 2012 at 20:19
Started August 1, 2012 at 22:57
I had was diagnosed with mrsa in August 2010. I was treated with bactrim for 10
days. The boils went away and by October of that year, I had more boils. Again
was given bactrim and then a pharmacist told me about hibiclens. I used bactrim
and hibiclens together and was good until February 2011. Again I had another
boil and was given bactrim, hibiclens, and the ointment for the nose. Since then I
have not had any boils, but I will periodically get small pustules around the same
area I had the boils. My questions are, has anyone ever had experience with this
and if you did, what did you do for it. My other question is, can mrsa be resistant
to hibiclens? Thanks so much in advance.

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I don't know what to do!
Posted by Britnie
Last Reply August 3, 2012 at 20:13
Started July 31, 2012 at 04:53
I have been dealing with MRSA since last July! My uncle gave me a tattoo and a
week later My back was covered in blisters I was running high fevers my whole
body hurt, I went to the doctor he just said it was staph and gave me Doxycycle
HYC everything was fine for a month or so then I ended up with a huge boil on my
butt, finally my ob-gyn lanced the boil and cultured it. I was positive for MRSA, I
was givin the same antibiotic. Since last July I am constantly tired run low grade
fevers off and on and get boils they are very painful and make me feel disgusting!
I have two young children and I'm worried about them getting it too! For the last
month I've had a lot of diareahha and upset stomach, now I have a rash on my
butt that is starting to look and feel like the rash I first developed a year ago! I am
running fevers my muscles are always very tense, headaches, I am so depressed
and frustrated! My dad recently had open heart surgery because of MRSA (he
recei... read more

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Found this forum and looking for help
Posted by Emily
Last Reply August 1, 2012 at 03:41
Started April 16, 2008 at 18:40
I just came across this forum when looking for information about MRSA and I have been reading alot of the posts.
I was hoping to get some help/advice from you all regarding my mother.
A couple years ago, my mom found out she had MRSA in her pacemaker, the leads, etc.
The doctors took out her pacemaker and replaced it with a new one and also gave her antbiotics for several weeks. everything seemed good for a couple years.
Last week, she noticed pain and swelling in her arm again and went to the dr to find out the new pacemaker is now infected with MRSA as well. My mom is very very tired of surgeries and they are telling her they cant guarantee that if they put ANOTHER new pacer in, that in months or years it will again get infected. SO she has opted to not do the surgery and take her chances with antibiotics. The doctors have told her this is risky and told my father to "be prepared" for something to happen. Ive read through some of the posts and found one where a m... read more

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HA-MRSA Long Term Effects
Posted by Laura
Last Reply August 1, 2012 at 02:25
Started December 4, 2009 at 19:55
I contracted HA-MRSA after a back surgery in 1993. I had the infection in the back wound and a bone graft site. After IV antibiotics for 16 weeks and oral antibiotices for another 6 months I was infection free. I had subsequent plastic surgery to close my wound and two years later was back to "normal". I'm wondering what the long term effects of this type of infection are. Since the infection I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia which is well controlled with lifestyle and meds. However, I seem to get sick a lot. I get frequent sinus infections, colds and get the flu every year even getting the flu shot. I take a lot of vitamins. Does anyone know if having HA-MRSA can impact the immune system long-term and make you more susceptible to infection?

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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-
Busting Coriander
Oil derived from the aromatic coriander
plant—one of the 20 most popular essential
oils worldwide—has applications beyond
aromatherapy as a food additive and is widely
used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander
oil’s reputed health benefits include relieving
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
Started May 14, 2005 at 04:44

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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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