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Worried in NC
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply November 5, 2011 at 01:59
Started November 4, 2011 at 16:54
I went to the dr Tuesday night and was diagnosed with Cellulitis in my left breast the dr says to me "it probably has mrsa in it" he never cultured it or anything prescribed me septra and prednisone and some other things as I also have bronchitis.. the redness has gone down alot but yesterday while in the shower I was trying to drain it (so I wont have to get it lanced) and what I thought was a scab (and pulled it off) was what looked like a big whitish ball of pus that was squishy and sticky.. It hurt like nothing Ive ever felt before, almost as if I was ripping it out as it was connected to something. there was a hollow hole left behind and I cleaned it well and put a bandaid on it. at the end of the day I took the bandaid off and the only thing holding it to me was dried blood/pus and the white glob I pulled out in the shower had reformed in the hole. Should I leave it alone? I dont want to stop or interupt the healing cycle. My husband was mis diagnosed about 5 months ago with a... read more

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Antibiotics
Posted by Ryanne
Last Reply November 3, 2011 at 23:32
Started October 31, 2011 at 11:41
My doctor put me on 2 rounds of Bactrim, didn't work. Now they've given me Doxycyl(sp?) but it makes me literally sick. My "doctor's office" said there was nothing more they could do for me. Is that really all there is?

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Antibacterial soaps good or not?
Posted by BobS
Last Reply November 3, 2011 at 16:44
Started November 3, 2011 at 03:12
I keep reading conflicting advice on the web about antibacterial washes? Which do you think is best, use them or not?

For example... One site will say use antibacterial or antimicrobial soap, cleanser, or body wash to kill bacteria's on the body (kill the mrsa off to help prevent cross contamination in household as well as avoid re-infections).
Then i read another site and it says you should avoid using antibacterial, antimicrobial soaps because they diminish the natural flora (kill the good and bad bacteria) leaving you bare and easily inviting harmful bacteria into your system.

it's like you cant win either way! sigh.


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Veggies improve immune system.
Posted by ruth
Last Reply November 2, 2011 at 16:03
Started November 2, 2011 at 15:35
Poor dietary intake consisting mostly of hydrogenated oil (trans fats), sugar and
processed foods directly alters the surface receptors of cells lining the digestive tract,
responsible for more than 80 percent of our immune response.

the breakdown of cruciferous vegetables can yield a compound that can be converted
into a molecule, which triggers the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) on cell wall
surfaces. Further reports found AhR's can be regulated by dietary ingredients found
primarily in vegetables including broccoli, kale, spinach and many varieties of leafy
greens. This action ensures that immune cells in the gut and the skin known as intra-
epithelial lymphocytes (IELs) function properly.

Researchers commented:"individuals fed a synthetic diet lacking this key compound
experience a significant reduction in AhR activity and lose IELs. With reduced numbers
of these key immune cells, individuals showed lower levels of antimicrobial proteins,
heightened imm... read more

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Need Help Now Mrsa Pain Natural Remedies?
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply November 1, 2011 at 23:51
Started October 31, 2011 at 19:17
Hello -
My son has terrible pain in his leg post spider bite and mrsa blood
bourne infection. Anyone have any suggestions for pain remedies that
could take the edge off instead of pain medication? My son's quality
of life is horrible and it is very painful for him not only to walk
but to just find a comforatble position laying down. Any suggestions
would be most appreciated. I have read about garlic for treatment and
prevention of reinfection, but unfortunately he is allergic to garlic.
Rubbing a salve on his scar tissue is out of the question as the pain
of touch sends him through the roof and he has experienced visual
disturbances as a side effect of the nerve pain medication that was
prescribed which takes some time to become effective anyway. Need Help
Now! Thank you!

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Test results - ??????? What do they mean?
Posted by arw1019
Last Reply November 1, 2011 at 16:47
Started November 1, 2011 at 16:47
Aerobic culture
Gram stain: few polys, few gram positive cocci

Culture: Many staph aureus (MRSA) the staph does not demonstrate and inducible clindamycin resustance


Anaerobic Culture

No anaerobes isolated

What does this stuff mean?? I obviously figured out it was MRSA and wasn't resistant to clindamycin.

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HELP
Posted by arw1019
Last Reply November 1, 2011 at 13:59
Started October 30, 2011 at 03:50
All the reading I've done is overwhelming. My pcp made is seem like mrsa wasn't a big deal, she said "research shows swabbing the nose is ineffective because one day staph could be there and the next it couldn't". She wanted to keep me on augmentin and the ER dr said I didn't need antibiotics because once drained, the sore would heal on its own. I'm upset and it seems almost impossible to not pass this to my kids (5yr old girl and 6month boy). Dr said nothing about special body wash, diet, vitamins, or places where it colonizes. I had no idea it was contagious thru saliva and having a cough??? My first boil is now healing along with a cold that I received as a gift for my 30th bday. I was never offered to see the lab report, I was never even told that once you have mrsa, its forever. Thank God for this forum but I've been up til 2-3am for nights searching the forum and its a lot to take in, time consuming and sad. If this is contagious thru saliva, does this mean not to kiss my kid... read more

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Recently diagnosed. Don't have any fight.
Posted by Al
Last Reply November 1, 2011 at 13:48
Started October 31, 2011 at 21:57
I got a large boil on the back of my head a couple of months ago. My doctor gave me an antibiotic, but changed it to Doxycycline after finding out that the staph was "resistant" to most antibiotics. He didn't tell me it was MRSA. Neither did the dermatologist who drained the next one on my neck two weeks ago. Only an immunologist told me that I have MRSA and there is nothing I can do except stay clean. I am a very clean person. I'm in my early 30's and have never had the best health, but have never had anything serious.

I work a job that requires me to face different people on a regular basis and travel. I can't bring myself to leave the house if I am contagious. I also can't leave the house if my head is oozing pus from a marble sized boil. I have a girlfriend that I am going to try and break up with tonight so she won't catch this awful disease from me. I don't ever want her to look at me and think I am disgusting, which is what I am. I could even tell people in the ... read more

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Post mrsa muscle problems
Posted by Jim
Last Reply October 31, 2011 at 20:15
Started October 28, 2011 at 03:16
Had mrsa 2 years ago on knee and spent 9 days in hospital. A few months later
had problems walking. Tests were done for ms that came back negative. Every
couple of months I get the problems with muscle soreness and trouble walking.
It seems strange that this only started after getting mrsa. Dr thinks it could be
early stages of ms.

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MRSA from eating off one another?
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 31, 2011 at 15:58
Started October 20, 2011 at 22:31
Can someone contract MRSA by eating off of someone who has it? What about
kissing and other close contact?

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Recomendations for ID specialist in Pittsburgh
Posted by arw1019
Last Reply October 30, 2011 at 21:11
Started October 30, 2011 at 07:18
I have all these questions, I should really get with a dr, any suggestions for drs in pittsburgh pa?

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Shaved. Bad idea.
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply October 30, 2011 at 14:59
Started October 25, 2011 at 15:11
I finally shaved on the 7th because I could not STAND going any longer without it. Yes it was a new razor, yes i cleaned the skin with both antibacterial soap and hibiclens before and after I shaved. I shaved my legs, armpits, bikini area/lady parts as I have always done before this...and shaved the armpit that seems to get infected the most, last, just to make sure I didn't cross contaminate. However I wound up with razor bumps/burns in the bikini area of my inner thigh and labia on one side and it will NOT go away and I shaved on the 7th, this is the 25th. Sometimes they look like tiny pustules, other times just red bumps. I am still bathing in garlic, using hibiclens to shower off with after the garlic bath. I was using bacitracin on it religiously once the bumps came up, but it didn't seem to be helping, so I thought perhaps it was just razor burn as it happens sometimes (but usually heals within a few days) and I should leave it be and let it have some air instead of being cove... read more

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MRSA Med side effects- Death
Posted by Da-Brenda
Last Reply October 28, 2011 at 17:22
Started October 27, 2011 at 22:33
My mother contracted MRSA when she had jaw surgery. They put her on many antibiotics. She was having all kinds of symptoms, fatigue, swollen and painful joints to the point she stopped writing on her facebook because of the pain. She committed suicide a few weeks ago and that is when we were looking into the meds she was prescribed. My question is: If it is known to use a different medication if the patient had any mental health issues in the past and they still administered it knowing a side effect could be suicidal tendencies...is there a lawsuit that can be filed on negligence of the doc that prescribed it?

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New ?'s Sensitivity Report: staph or mrsa
Posted by Natalie
Last Reply October 26, 2011 at 20:35
Started July 8, 2009 at 04:01
I have several questions and many concerns. I have spent over a month reading
through posts and comments here.

My family has recently been attacked by boils, which I immediately suspected and
feared could be mrsa. I had never heard of this before and was terrified by the stories.
My experience with the doctors & hospital are similar, basically I&D and sent home
with antibiotic bactrim. No words or warnings of the seriousness and blatant "eye
rolling" when I expressed fear. The first three visits no cultures or testing. The doctors
and nurses didn't take careful precautions and did not express that I should take
special care of wounds or home environment. Of course because of the forum, I
quickly have found an arsenal of information. Thank you all.

On my 4th trip with the 3rd child to become infected and a 3rd hospital I demanded a
culture. These are my results;

Gram strain results;
gram strain 7/02/09 lathd
moderate polymorphonuclear wbc
many gra... read more

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How do I get completely Rid of MRSA
Posted by Peter in CA {products edited out}
Last Reply October 24, 2011 at 21:50
Started October 23, 2011 at 19:34
How do I get completely Rid of MRSA
Started by Peter in CA Posted: October 23, 2011 at 18:41

I've had mrsa for 5 years.

When I first went to the doctor, he gave me 2 antibiotics and when they ran out,this stuff came back with a vengeance.

Meanwhile I spent hours online to find any solutions.

When I walked out of his office just before New Years Eve, it was on my mouth and lips, as well as on other parts of my body. So I bought some organic garlic and ate 3-4 cloves with each meal, which finally left my mouth and lips after about 2 weeks.

I still have it on my skin surface, as I can see the little spots and little blotches hear and there and they itch alot...on my arms, back, scalp, buttocks, perineum, etc.

I'd like to get rid of it completely. I don't want to just be free of outbreaks. I want to get this stuff completely out of my life...out of my body, off the surface of my body, and off everything in my household and car.

I've tried many products, but j... read more

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Does MRSA live all over the skin?
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 20, 2011 at 07:57
Started October 20, 2011
I am living with someone infected with MRSA, and am trying my hardest to
keep cross contamination from happening, as I do have a young son. The thing
that seems unclear to me is how exactly are surfaces contaminated. Is
someone who is infected have MRSA all over their skin, as in everything they
touch gets contaminated? Should my son not even be close to his
grandmother? It seems far fetched, but many people seem confused ab that.
Or is it simply spread by not washing well after touching the spots on the skin
that are broke out? Thanks so much!

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Has anyone tried silver wound dressings?
Posted by BobS
Last Reply October 19, 2011 at 14:52
Started October 19, 2011 at 14:52
Hi, just wondering if anyone has had any success with silver wound dressings, i see many for sale online, wonder if it will help even when mrsa not yet come to surface as a preventative of it getting worse.

Also what's the deal with lanolin ointment? i read a post somewhere where a person said that worked, i wonder how or whether it's just a shot in the dark.

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New "knot" under arm
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply October 19, 2011 at 03:26
Started October 16, 2011 at 22:09
And once again, MRSA has reared it's ugly head, this time under the first affected arm. It is a hard knot under the skin like this whole thing started. I am garlic bathing, doing food grade hydrogen peroxide therapy and trying to rub bacitracin into the skin as much as I can several times a day. I have a question though, since this isn't a pustule, but just a painful knot/cyst with no head, like my first lesions were before I knew what it was, will the bathing etc still help? And the bacitracin? Will it still get under the surface of the skin or is it in like a sac under there to where it's doing me no good? Must i go to the doctor every single time for antibiotics or can I beat outbreaks on my own with the bathing and bacitracin etc? Is it dangerous not to go back to the doc for each outbreak if I can chase it away on my own?

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Living With Someone With MRSA
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 19, 2011 at 03:11
Started October 17, 2011 at 06:47
We live with my mother in law who is currently in the hospital having surgery
for a large MRSA legion. I have a 3 year old son and I would like to keep the
three of us from contracting the infection. I was wondering if anyone could
offer some good advice on how to prevent this from happening. Does Lysol kill
contaminated things? I know it can be spread by contact, but does this only
means by touching her actual infection or things she has touched after having
it on the hands, right?

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Nancy R
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply October 18, 2011 at 19:14
Started October 18, 2011 at 19:14

My dear friend... so nice to see you popped in! How's the hip and heart? O like Will (and most all of us), needs some serious down time for REAL R&R. Coordinating too many competing projects for time these days, seems to get in the way. Some different from days gone by wouldn't you say? So hard to see… so many years later, and still far too many are suffering.

I hope you are doing well and thriving my friend.

Hugs & Best Wishes,
ladyk


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