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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

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Now 3 years 8 months MRSA FREE!!
Posted by nyker
Last Reply October 2, 2011 at 21:01
Started October 25, 2009 at 08:19
I check in periodically regarding my status. Last week marked my 3rd Year and 8th
month MRSA free. Please read my information under Nyker if you are interested in
learning how I'm been successful. To this day, I continue to open doors with a napkin or
paper towel! I am so grateful for my success.

Don't give up hope!

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It's back
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply October 1, 2011 at 20:25
Started September 29, 2011 at 13:31
I am in tears because i woke this morning to what appears to be 2 new tiny pustules under my previously affected underarm. I have still not shaved (i know, ewww) because i feared spreading it and thought better safe than sorry til I knew I was in the clear. I took the antibiotics as directed, finished them all, have been garlic bathing every morning (i have only missed two days, pressed for time, took a regular shower instead) and started the hydrogen peroxide therapy this week on Monday. I know it's hard to get rid of and i know it takes time if it can be done but i am just so upset right now. How do you guys deal with the emotional toll it takes when you wake up to a new outbreak? I know stress doesn't help but i can't help being upset. I had truly hoped i would get rid of it with the bath/garlic combo and now building with the h2o2 therapy. i don't want to sound like a whiner as many have it worse than me and i know i don't deserve healing any more or less than anyone else but i'... read more

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Help with culture results
Posted by Tricia
Last Reply September 29, 2011 at 21:56
Started September 29, 2011 at 21:56
Last week felt a strong itch on my shin, looked, nothing there. 30 minutes later there was what looked like, an ant bite. Placed a bandaid on it as I was busy. A few hours later took the bandaid off and now there was a round, flat "sore" that looked like what a cigarette burn would look like, but was kind of like a flat blister with a little water in it. Went to the dr. next day and they did a culture. Went back today and he said superficial staph/mrsa. I got a copy of the lab report. If anyone can help interpret?? Gram stain, no microorganisms seen, no white blood cells seen. What does that mean? Then below that it says rare growth gram positive cocci.

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chlorhexidine in the nose
Posted by mombidextrous
Last Reply September 28, 2011 at 10:44
Started September 25, 2011 at 05:58
My husband swabbed the inside of his nose with chlorhexidine wash because
he had what he thought were cold sores. Next day the"cold sores" were gone.
In the past a nasal swab said he was negative, but they aren't always active.
People who are asympyomatic here are not generally encouraged to
decolonize. I'm almost ready to do the whole decolonization thing for the
whole family. My one hesitation is a concern about killing off the body's
natural flora and facilitating mrsa growth.

Do you think it is safe to put chlorhexidine up the nose? I know an antibiotic is
the usual thing, but I have lost faith in antibiotics.

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What do you do when doctor won't refill pills?
Posted by bob smith
Last Reply September 28, 2011 at 10:35
Started September 26, 2011 at 15:19
Has anyone experienced that you get Bactrim Pills for MRSA, then obviously when you finish it you have no refills, the MRSA reocurres a week later and your doctor won't refill the meds and won't see you, when you ask why you can't come back they say go to an outpatient facility if you're having issues, why won't they see you again? then i try to get appt with IFD specialist doctor and can't get appt for a month, so what i am supposed to do with MRSA outbreak for a month????? i'm trying to eat alkaline foods, trying to boost immune, but all these natural things are not working for outbreak, why doesn't my main doc want to see me again if they think it's no big deal and not to worry, why wont they see you when you need an appt? sigh. I'm trying to stay positive and calm but really feel like i've been thrown out to the dogs with this, do i really pay 300+ a month for insurance not to be helped, sigh again.

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When will I know if a medication works?
Posted by LMK in PDX
Last Reply September 27, 2011 at 19:51
Started September 26, 2011 at 18:06
I had a tibia/fibula fracture and had to have some hardware put in. A month later I got an infection, which seemed to go away with an antibiotic, but came right back three days after I finished the medication. It got pretty bad, so they had to go in and remove some of the hardware. More antibiotics, the infection hung on. Had a third surgery in three months to remove the rest of the hardware, and the culture came back as MRSA. Got a fourth antibiotic. At first it felt like it was working (which it was supposed to, according to the culture); the past couple of days I have been getting more redness, swelling, itching, and burning, and my skin is again tender to the touch, though no sign of any puss. My question is: how long should I wait to see if the medication will work? Three days ago I thought I had it beat, but the next day I started having some doubts, and today I definitely feel like something is going on. I don't want to be calling my doctor with (so far) relatively mild sympt... read more

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Friend with MRSA
Posted by Stacy
Last Reply September 26, 2011 at 17:16
Started September 22, 2011 at 06:24
My friend was recently diagnosed with MRSA. I have many cuts on my fingers as I bit the skin around my fingers and was wondering if I could contract it from her? She was recently at my house and we were laying in my bed watching a movie. Is it likely that I could have contracted it from her being in my bed, via sheets, sharing a computer, etc? She is on antiobiotics, and I did see her wound which was not covered, but it had already been drained. Just not very sure about the likelihood of it being contracted via sheets, hugging, due to my cuts on my fingers.

Thanks for your help!

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Posted by Joyfl2dy
Last Reply September 24, 2011 at 16:48
Started September 21, 2011 at 18:09
I have had recurrnt nasal staph for over 10 years; sometimes it came out onto the skin outside my nose. When it is on the skin, I believe it is impetigo. When I was about 5 years old I had impetigo all over my body. Some antibiotics have worked but I do not want to use antibiotics continually as the staph reappears every six weeks or so. Homeopathic remedies work but instead of a week it takes about 10 days for all signs to end. A few months ago I decided to put petroleum jelly in my nostrals every night and sometimes in the morning if I awaken feeling stuffed up, I put saline nasal spray in my nostrals and then the jelly. The staph seems to come when the mucus membrains are too dry and crack or to moist after a cold when they have become raw. I went over three months without an infection. Then two weeks ago a red spot appeared on the skin between my nostrals. I used petroleum jelly on the red spot for about ten days and it went away without ever becoming an open sore and scab... read more

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MRSA and hip replacement
Posted by Jeanette
Last Reply September 23, 2011 at 17:21
Started November 27, 2010 at 03:17
My husband has just had his final surgery for ostomy takedown. He had a colon operation and had a colostomy with no mrsa at one hospital, was fine. Wore a bag for six months. Then the takedown, and contracted mrsa. This was a very busy hospital with many surgery's. I am angry because the doctor did not give us much information on this infection and it scares me to death. He must have hip replacement when this is over and he is going to wait a while. But now....hearing all of this!!! He is only 57 and I am now scared he will have to live with avascular necrosis and it is degenerative so will only get worse. Had he known, he could have lived with the bag and been able to at least walk... maybe. WHAT is up with this??? This just isn't right. What is his alternative????

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