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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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do u need seperate bed when active with mrsa?
Posted by SuZie
Last Reply October 17, 2011 at 16:26
Started October 14, 2011 at 04:20
If spouse etc to has mrsa active are people sleeping in guest room until he gets
better to avoid cross contamination?

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Has anyone beat/killed MRSA? If so, how?
Posted by bob smith
Last Reply October 16, 2011 at 21:29
Started September 22, 2011 at 04:43
Has anyone on here beat/killed/decolonized from MRSA Successfully? (Successfully meaning no outbreaks for a long time, tested negative in nares etc). If so, please share your stories on how you finally got rid of it, please?

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MRSA just diagnosed
Posted by Lori
Last Reply October 15, 2011 at 14:25
Started October 15, 2011
My father-in-law was just diagnosed with MRSA. They are doing surgery tomorrow to scrape the infection under his kneecap. It is unknown when or where he contracted it because he has not had any surgery or procedures on his knee.

I have a couple of questions, we just returned from visiting them (they live in another state.) We did not know at the time that it was MRSA. I have 2 young boys. Since he has no open lesions, could we still have contracted it from him? Should we be tested?

Also, what type (if any) decontamination is necessary in their house since this isn't an open lesion type of MRSA.

He is under the care of a bone & joint specialist and an infectious disease specialist. My husband's cousin is a naturiopath pharmacist and we have already contacted him about the herbal recommendations I have seen posted here.

Thanks for any help you can give us.


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new to this
Posted by Marie
Last Reply October 15, 2011 at 14:20
Started October 15, 2011
I was recently told I have MRSA. I was given an antibiotic which actually cleared it up. I then got a call saying I had MRSA. How is it that the cellulitis cleared up with the antibiotic but I have MRSA? It also feels lumpy from where the abscess was, does that mean there is MRSA in the lumpy area?

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Traveling to Mrsa Outbreak
Posted by Michele
Last Reply October 15, 2011 at 14:15
Started October 15, 2011 at 13:50
Hi,I was a regular on here for several years and fought the battle,I have changed mt name now because I am worried Family members may venture onto this sight and be offended with what they think is Paranoia on my part. I fought the battle for nearly three years and have now been Mrsa lesion free for just over ywo years.I am taking a trip soon to a let's just say Island that seems to be terribly ignorant to Mrsa and one of my inlaws has been dealing with Mrsa on and off now for about a year.Recently they have had very large boils on upper back and now another has just popped up about 10 inches from the last one. In my experience since the first one was not cultured it traveled and formed this second boil.This relative finally went to see an Infectious Desease Dr this week and hetold them to keep lesion uncovered and I am not sure if he cultured boil.I do know he prescribed two antibiotics this time.My question is should I be concerned going there as in their culture it is customary t... read more

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Should All Family Members Be Tested??
Posted by Lauren
Last Reply October 15, 2011 at 05:30
Started October 14, 2011 at 21:23
Last month our 2.5 year old toddler had his first bout with staph. We were originally told that his culture came back negative. However today when we went back to the doctor for another bump, this time on his upper thigh (1st bump was under arm) we were informed that what the lab labeled "no flora" was infact more than likely staph and more than likely MRSA. Since we have a 4 month old also & I'm a stay at home mom we rarely go anywhere and I've always been extremely diligent in my disinfectant efforts even prior to this. With having 2 break outs within a month of each other I'm convinced that my husband or myself is the carrier. Our pediatrician did not seem interested in my husband, myself, getting a swab done for ourselves. He said from what he's seen MRSA takes a about 2 years to run its course and then it seems like the immune system triggers an appropriate response and it stops. He doesnt feel that a carrier can effectively rid themselves of it. I still feel like we should see... read more

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Mrsa and tattoos
Posted by Todd
Last Reply October 14, 2011 at 18:54
Started October 6, 2011 at 22:45
I was diagnosed with MRSA last year after I cut my hand working on the car and it got infected. The infection was MRSA. The doctor gave me antibiotics with each reoccurance and said to shower with hybiclens. Which I did. I think it is leaving my system though, or maybe even gone as it has been 6 months since I had a boil and the last 3 months I haven't used hybiclens very regularly.
I was an avid tattoo collector before contracting MRSA. I was in the process of getting a very large tattoo piece and having it worked on every couple months. It wasn't even half done when I cut my hand open. I wanted that cut to heal before I went back in to get more work done on the tattoo, and then the cut got infected so I have waited.
Will the MRSA come back or flare up if it's still in my body, with me opening up the skin like that or break out on the tattoo itself, ruining it with scars? Can I never get tattooed again because of this?
(And no, to my knowledge, the MRSA was not due to the tat... read more

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MRSA with another diagnosis
Posted by Elizabeth Hoffman
Last Reply October 12, 2011 at 06:20
Started January 17, 2009 at 14:25
I have been battleing what I thought was an ongoing MRSA infection for at least 3 years. I actually had MRSA osteomyelitis of the jaw.(bone infection). Along with the recurrent skin infections, I have had ongoing, recurrent skin infections on my face, breast, abdomen. The onset of the lesions include, fever, debilitatiating joint pain, fatigue and other symptoms. My sister started to have the same symptoms and we had not seen each other in 6 months because she had a baby and I did not want to rist infecting her or her child. Then, after 1.5 years of battling this, I began to have breathing problems, blood in my urine and back pain. failed 3 months of IV vanc, did 6 weeks IV daptomyacin with great success initially. Took 1 year of preventive duracef, when doctors stopped meds all symptoms returned within 6 weeks and I was back in the hospital. I also developed cataracts during this time, when prior to my illness I wore glasses, but no sign of cataracts (I was 38 when symptoms be... read more

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spot with halo
Posted by mombidextrous
Last Reply October 12, 2011 at 05:37
Started October 5, 2011 at 19:05
Has anybody else noticed that mrsa spots sometimes have a white halo around
them? I'm talking about little spots that are not yet boils and don't have any
sort of white head. What could this mean?

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MRSA as a rash..
Posted by BobS
Last Reply October 12, 2011 at 05:30
Started October 1, 2011 at 01:54
Do you treat MRSA as a rash the same way you treat it as a boil?

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lancing a boil
Posted by mombidextrous
Last Reply October 5, 2011 at 02:01
Started October 3, 2011 at 18:41
I have a smallish boil on my bum. Since both of my children have mrsa and I've
never had skin issues before I think it is likely mrsa. With my kids no doctor
has ever wanted to lance a boil but I'm thinking of asking to have mine lanced.
It doesn't seem deep in the tissue and lymph nodes are not swollen so I'm
hoping to avoid antibiotics. Does it hurt to have a boil lanced? Is a topical
anesthetic used? How big does a boil need to be to be lanced?

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Update: More that 5 years and 7 months
Posted by NYKER
Last Reply October 3, 2011 at 06:41
Started October 2, 2011 at 21:03
I'm now more than 5 years and 7 months MRSA free. For those struggling with MRSA,
please don't give up!!

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should I test family?
Posted by Stephen
Last Reply October 2, 2011 at 22:00
Started October 2, 2011 at 14:47
hi there,
I've just been diagnosed as having contracted MRSA. The infection has presented itself in the form of a few boils on my knees, and one on my hand. At first I thought it odd that these "abrasions" were taking so long to heal! But then I finally caught on, went to emergency, and got 'em tested.
I went for 3 months of these (ugh) 'weeping' sores before diagnosis. I have a 6 year old, and a very pregnant wife under my roof. Do I get them tested ASAP? I'm so new to this...feeling very numb and more than a little pissed off.
Any input would be welcome. Cheers
s

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