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Am I healing?
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply September 22, 2011 at 20:07
Started September 18, 2011 at 22:17
Sorry to start a new thread, but I thought it might draw more answers if I posted a new thread as I'm concerned about a lesion I have been fighting for over a week now. As posted previously, I have a small boil on the side of my breast that tested positive for MRSA, susceptible to Cipro, which is what i'm currently taking, along with garlic bathing as recommended here. It's not as red, angry, oozing (that i can tell, i'm keeping it covered and treated with bacitracin though til it looks much more healed) but as time progresses, it left a pit/hole. The pit appears to be filling in from the inside out and becoming more shallow, but the diameter of the hole it left, is getting larger on the surface. Is this normal healing? Or am I going to need to go back to the dr and have this surgically removed? And when they do surgery on it, is it outpatient in the office or do they knock you out?

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Food/Drink/Pills to keep MRSA away?
Posted by Bob Smith/ladyk {product edited out}
Last Reply September 21, 2011 at 04:07
Started September 16, 2011 at 03:17
Started by Bob Smith Posted: September 16, 2011 at 02:58

Hi, Once you've had MRSA and you've been able to get rid of it for with antibiotics i understand it's very common that it keeps coming back, so with this in mind i would like to ask all of you to share any suggestions for foods/drinks/supplement pills that you've found successful in keeping MRSA from returning, i've seen a few people have stated they drink acai juice every day, some drink aloe vera juice everyday, some take { } garlic pills, can all of you please tell me what things you eat or drink to keep MRSA from returning, i would like to get a list going ... 19504

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possible MRSA yet culture negative?
Posted by worried mom
Last Reply September 20, 2011 at 15:00
Started September 20, 2011 at 01:36
3+ years ago my oldest daughter had what we thought was a spider bite on her arm. I'm sure the rest of the story is familiar to people here. It turned into a nasty boil/ abscess, draining pus and blood, very painful for her. She was given antibiotics and the dr called it a spider bite too.

Then another of my children started to get "spider bites" and by the 3rd or 4th in as many weeks we realized these were not bites. One got so severe she was hospitalized and had surgery and IV antibiotics. Every doctor who saw her including the surgeon was convinced it was MRSA due to the severity, but to everyone's surprise the culture came back negative for MRSA and was the regular strain of staph everyone has on their skin.

We have since had another child hospitalized with an abscess that went all the way through her thigh, she too had surgery and a long course of AB. My husband had a massive boil the size of a dinner plate on his thigh for which he had surgery. Again, all cultures... read more

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Steam Sauna
Posted by Tommy
Last Reply September 18, 2011 at 19:42
Started September 18, 2011 at 19:42
Though I beat MRSA a new idea came to mind for those that still have
it so I did some research. This is what I found and it's very
interesting.

Stimulates sweating and might fight infection: Sweat helps to regulate
your body temperature. And, according to recent research, your sweat
might also shield the skin from bacterial infection. Researchers at
Eberhard-Karls University in Germany found that sweat contains a
protein called Dermcidin, which battles harmful bacteria like
Staphylococcus aureus, also known as “Staph,” reports the BBC.
Sweating up a storm in the sweltering sauna may increase Dermcidin
levels and arm you with additional defense against bacteria. However,
you still need to protect yourself from these infections, particularly
the antibiotic-resistant, potentially fatal Staph bacteria MRSA
(Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). When using a public
sauna, sit on a clean towel and always shower afterward.

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MRSA Lesion
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply September 17, 2011 at 18:38
Started September 12, 2011 at 19:43
Help please! I have several questions!
Here is the background. Around the 4th of July, I broke out under my arm with what I thought was a pimple. But cystic, not a pustule. It was a hard nodule like a mosquito bite. Another popped up a day or two later, very very very painful. They healed on their own and went back down. I assumed I was healed, and it was just acne of some sort.
Around the first week in August the same happened, with a couple of them popping up, and one got so large (grape sized) I had to go to the dr and it was not ready to open up yet, so she did not lance it and get a culture. She put me on Omnicef. The big one burst on it's own in a few days and healed nicely. The other went back down. I assumed I was healed from the antibiotics.
Last week on the side of my breast, I had what I thought was a regular old pimple pop up. Red, white head, I popped it, put alcohol on it like I always do if I get a little one on my face etc, and figured it would dry up as any othe... read more

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Your immune system and you
Posted by Tommy
Last Reply September 17, 2011 at 16:45
Started September 17, 2011 at 16:45
Hello. I'm the one that beat my infection with Bactrum, polysporin and
tanning. There is something that came to mind that the Dr told me to
keep this from coming back... take care of your immune system. I'm told
that people that have the recurring problem have compromised immune
systems even if they don't know it. I'm told most of us carry it and it
will get us when our immune system is most compromised.

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my 4 yr old has MRSA
Posted by Angela
Last Reply September 17, 2011 at 03:39
Started January 11, 2005 at 17:14
Hello Everyone,

I'm a very worried Mom today. Please excuse the length of what I'm about to tell but I really need some advice. My son became ill with strept throat the Sunday before Christmas. I had taken him in to an after hours clinic they put him on Augmentin. He didn't get better he seemed to get worse. So I took him into the family dr. she looked @ his ears said one looked a little red and put him on Omnicef. She also looked @ his throat said that looked fine but did a throat culture just to check for staph. I received a call a few days later that he did have staph. The dr. said that the Omnicef should clear it right up. The dr. didn't recommend that I come back in but thankfully something told me to keep the appt. So I took him in Monday a week ago they just got back with me to let me know that he still has the bug and by the way it is MRSA! They did put him on Bactrum. He doesn't have it at all on his skin. Here's some questions that I have can you all answer o... read more

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Treating MRSA sooner or later?
Posted by mombidextrous
Last Reply September 16, 2011 at 03:10
Started September 13, 2011 at 23:34
Which is better? Is it true that the longer you go before seeking treatment the harder it is to kill?



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alcoholic
Posted by John
Last Reply September 15, 2011 at 19:18
Started September 15, 2011 at 02:12
Hi all Doctor said I was an alcoholic two years before surgery and ha
mrsa He claimed the mrsa would not heal because of my drinking. I can
not find any information saying that any where. This was the same
surgery that a sponge was left inside for several months and on a wound
vac. Anyone ever herd of this??

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Expel MRSA
Posted by MJ
Last Reply September 13, 2011 at 21:07
Started September 13, 2011 at 04:15
Should you and if so how do you "de-contaminate/expel" a potential MRSA bacteria ? The sitaution is this--- While away travelling, a family friend stayed in my house for about 4 weeks Upon arriving to my home, the friend was apparently recovering from a MRSA foot bacteria infection. Can this cause a contamination of my household environment? and if so how do I expel it ?

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vinegar
Posted by mombidextrous
Last Reply September 13, 2011 at 20:49
Started September 13, 2011 at 20:49
Does vinegar kill MRSA? I am looking for a gentler alternative to bleach to `clean the kids' toys. Many are not dishwasher or laundry machine safe or I'd just chuck them all in. For surface areas I'd also like to use vinegar but am not sure it will be tough enough for MRSA

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mrsa w cystic fibrosis
Posted by cole
Last Reply September 12, 2011 at 23:50
Started September 12, 2011 at 21:14
Please give me advise on mrsa comming up positive on throat cultures on a 4 year old. I have tried many natural things and man made it is not going anywhere please give me any advise as most of you are right the medical community is not the place to get fixed. sh ehas never shown any signs of it and it is only culturing in her lungs.ughh the worst place in my eyes.

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Day after Garlic
Posted by AD in SoCAL
Last Reply September 9, 2011 at 19:13
Started September 8, 2011 at 18:29
Three months ago I had confirmed MRSA abscess. It was drained. Dr gave me some antibiotics and it went away. A few days ago a had a very small swollen oozy wound. Went to doc and got antioboitics and hibaclense (sp?) My doc basically said there is not much I can do about it.

After reading about garlic I decided to give it a shot. I crushed some non-irradiated garlic. Let it sit for hour or so and then put it directly on my wound. It did burn a little.

This morning the swelling dropped considerably. I plan on applying more garlic this evening. I haven't taken antibiotic yet because doc was really just guessing if it would work on my strain of MRSA.

I just wanted to post my personal experience with garlic. I will update in a few days.

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Clones of CA-MRSA
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 8, 2011 at 01:49
Started September 8, 2011 at 01:49

Five CA-MRSA strains account for the vast majority of CA-MRSA disease worldwide.


The first widely recognized CA-MRSA strain is commonly known as the Midwest Clone, coined after the region in the United States where it emerged [1, 2]. This clonal lineage, however, was prevalent in communities in Western Australia earlier [4]. According to multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) analysis, the Midwest Clone belongs to the sequence type ST1 clonal lineage (Figure 1) [5].

The second CA-MRSA strain—ST30 clonal lineage—is known as the Southwest Pacific/Oceania Clone, as it was implicated in localized community outbreaks in Australia, Greece, Mexico and United States [7-11].

The third CA-MRSA strain—ST80 clonal lineage—is known as the European Clone for causing endemic disease in many European communities [8, 14].

The fourth CA-MRSA strain—ST59 clonal lineage—is known as the Pacific Clone as it is endemic in the United States, Taiwan, and Vietnam [11-13].

The fifth CA-MRS... read more

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2 years of fighting MRSA
Posted by Linda
Last Reply September 7, 2011 at 05:26
Started June 18, 2011 at 20:43
In April of 2009 I had an abcess form on my upper thigh right at my panty line. My husband took me to the ER and they opened it, drained it, cultured and packed it. I followed up with my GP a few days later and he took the packing out, cleaned it and re-packed it. A few days later, he removed it completely. The culture came back as staph, but not MRSA. By August, the wound had never completely healed and had continued to drain periodically. I went back to my GP and he cultured it and this time, it was MRSA. He put me on 750 mg of Levaquin for 6 weeks. By the end of the 6 weeks, it still had not healed. He then referred me to a general surgeon who did surgery and removed the area. I thought that my problem was over. Since October of 2009, I have diagnosed with MRSA infections somewhere around a dozen times. Each time, they give me oral antibiotics that help with the symptoms, but has obviously not done anything for the problem. Currently, I have confirmed MRSA in my left ear, under m... read more

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Need More Garlic Info
Posted by JRM
Last Reply September 5, 2011 at 19:48
Started September 4, 2011 at 02:08
My son had a new staph infection show up today on his arm. The boil is about the
size of a quarter and very hard. I found nonirradiated garlic, crushed a clove, let it sit
out for an hour, then mixed it into 2 cups of water. I stirred periodically for about half
an hour, then soaked some gauze in the water and applied it to the boil like a
compress. I did this twice, both times leaving it on there for 15 minutes.
The boil is just as large and sore. Tomorrow he'll have to get it lanced, drained, and
packed which I was really hoping to avoid.
As he was already in a lot of pain he wasn't too agreeable to the straight crushed
garlic and the burn.
Did I need to apply the compress more times? I'm not seeing any results.

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MRSA Surgery?
Posted by Trish
Last Reply September 4, 2011 at 17:53
Started August 24, 2011 at 17:47
I am having a hysterectomy in 5 weeks. I have a few MRSA boils the last few weeks and I am wondering if it is ok to have the surgery?

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Any thoughts on the product {"edited out"}?
Posted by (Stephen) / ladyk
Last Reply September 3, 2011 at 10:44
Started September 3, 2011 at 06:17
Any thoughts on the product {"edited out"}?
Started by Stephen Posted: September 3, 2011 at 03:19

Stephen -

Please read forum guidelines. There is no advertising of products on this forum, this is reason your initial post was removed.

Thank you for your support.

ladyk
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Universal Precautions
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 1, 2011 at 15:25
Started September 18, 2009 at 20:45
Universal Precautions
(One University’s Survival Manual)

[“When on clinical rotations, students should take all measures to minimize their personal risk of exposure to contaminants. Actions which minimize risks include careful adherence to posted gown and glove requirements for certain patients.

All health care professionals should include meticulous hand washing before and after seeing each and every patient to avoid serving as a vector of disease.

Close adherence to Universal Blood and Body Substance Technique (UBBST) is necessary at all times.”]

ladyk


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Am I a danger to my critically ill mother?
Posted by Malinda
Last Reply August 31, 2011 at 16:48
Started August 21, 2011 at 03:05
I am a caregiver to a couple in their nineties. Was not told by the
family before I came to work on Friday that one of my patients, who
has had a catheter for months following a sever bout with the flu, had
been diagnosed with with both a GI bug and MRSA in his urine.

Problem is my mother, whom I live with and care for, was hospitalized
for critical INR (12) on Thursday nite. I stayed with her all evening
and all night. She was discharged on Friday afternoon and I went to
work.

I worked my shift without knowing about the bug and the MRSA. Only
found out from the caregiver who relieved me.

Before I went home I had to have someone leave a surgical mask for me
on the outside door at home - only prophylactic measure I knew to
take.

Generally I use excellent hygiene: gloves, handwashing etc. But I
would have been more conscious and rigorous had I know my patient had
MRSA and that a viral infection had been circulating among the
caregivers and the famil... read more

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