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Rare Gram Positive Cocci in a Mixed Respirator
Posted by Michael Lamm
Last Reply December 18, 2016 at 01:00
Started December 18, 2016 at 01:00
I have a trache and it has been infected for a few weeks now, It has
been cultured twice, 1st result was mixed flora and 2nd showed rare
gram positive cocci. I have a history of MRSA (Respiratory). I have
been on clyndamycin for 14 days now on Levaquin for past 7 days and
drainage and infection continues to worsen. I am dumbfounded on what
I need to do.

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Infectious disease specialists
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 17, 2016 at 20:35
Started November 19, 2009 at 03:17
Many of you are recently diagnosed with MRSA and in panic mode. I totally understand, for I am a MRSA survivor myself.

I think that although many doctors recognize MRSA, few are truly trained to really address it well. The ER is not the place to go for a cure. ER's are designed to simply stabilize patients until they can get treated by their family physicians or specialists.

Infectious Disease is a relatively new specialty. It is also among the fastest growing for diseases such as MRSA, VRSA, Lyme Disease and so many more are springing up all over the place. Therefor, please understand that most GPs are NOT trained to fight MRSA. This is where you simply waste time and often create larger problems if its misdiagnosed and therefor, improperly medicated.

If you needed to have a bone set, you'd seek out an orthopedic surgeon. If you needed to have your chronic sinus infections fixed, you'd go to an ENT. Well, if you have MRSA, you need a good Infectious Disease specialist. The... read more

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Fear of Doctors
Posted by Tana
Last Reply December 11, 2016 at 16:31
Started April 19, 2010 at 16:55
Should I be concerned about going in for a colonoscopy? I have been outbreak free for 9 months now and still have lots of side effects from antibiotic use,rashes,tired,hot and cold,joint pain.The biggest problem I have going on is constant stomach pain when I eat and I am supposed to have a colonoscopy next Monday and I'm afraid of going and getting Mrsa infection from colonoscopy?Am I being crazy for thinking that is an issue?Doc put me on Bentyl for colon and it helps.He thinks I have irritable bowel syndrome,can antibiotics cause that? Help

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3yr old daughter with mrsa on skull
Posted by Chad
Last Reply December 6, 2016 at 20:37
Started December 6, 2016 at 20:37
My daughter went into hospital and while
she was the caught mrsa from her skull
being exposed the mrsa started in the
tissue now in the skull

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MRSA IN MY BLOOD LUNG AND SPINE ... Need Help
Posted by Chris A
Last Reply November 18, 2016 at 03:08
Started November 17, 2016 at 01:20
I went to the ER 3 months ago with terrible right side flank pain. I just had gotten
over phenomena and was still on mobile oxygen. The hospital admitted me and
discovered MRSA in my right lung, my bloodstream, and in my spinal bones.
They performed a procedure where they made some incisions on my right side
and send a camera in and they drained 1 liter of dark reddish black fluid from the
right lung. They scraped the thicken fluid and cleaned out my chest . I was put on
vancomycin and a few days later my chest tubes were removed. I went home
about 10 days later with a picc line and Vancomyicin every 8 hours for 6-12
weeks. I was home 8 days when the pain spread to my left side. Went back the
doctor said it has spread to my left back muscles and now I had an abbess on my
spine . He added an oral antibiotic sent me home.. It's been a few weeks now and
my pain is still increasing and spreading to the point I cannot stand up now. I
went back to the hospital but ... read more

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Developing MRSA while currently on Bactrim?
Posted by Elsie
Last Reply November 13, 2016 at 21:49
Started November 13, 2016 at 04:33
I developed a boil in late July that went
from what I thought was a tiny bug bite to
rather large sore in 3 days. I didn't even
think it was a boil because it was always
open (like a cut). It tested positive for
MRSA ofcourse, and I was put on Bactrim
for 10 days (2x a day) and it seemingly
went away. In the first of September , i
developed another boil right next to the
scar from the first one. This one was also
"open" (it didn't need to come to a head )
and also went from 0-100 in 3 days. I
again tested positive for MRSA and i was
again placed on Bactrim for 10 days 2 a
day. As this was a more serious case, i
was also given 3 months of refills at a
maintenance dose (1 a day ).
Now in mid-november, i have rapidly
developed another boil in the same area.
What are the chances it is MRSA if i am
currently on bactrin, and have been for
around 2 months? I know MRSA came about by
becoming immune to regular antibiotics,
could this have possi... read more

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Walking Dead or Leper Messiah?! Ughhhhhh
Posted by Sleepless2
Last Reply November 7, 2016 at 18:57
Started November 6, 2016 at 22:00
This forum is terrifying--especially without sleep. But so is MRSA. I don't know where to start other than with a scream that may not end. My first bout with this superbugger was 3 years ago. Was hospitalized and put on Vanco. Remeber saying "no, not Vanco. Why don't we try something other than that first--so as to have some future options?" This was in a broom sized closet of ER room as the IV was slipped in. It helped none when the my overseeing MD shouted "Oh my God, what has happened to you?" as he looked at my wounds the next day in my isolation room. Not boils, just crazy sores that were phtographed for disposable posterity, come to find out (as they "don't keep those records").

Incredibly, all went well. The paranoia faded and life seemed to return to normal. What i would give now to rewind those unbeknownst to me blissful years in which I complained about mundane things that I wasted thought and immesurable precious time on I can never get back 'coz I'm here now in this A... read more

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Anyone ever try serrapeptase
Posted by Brian
Last Reply October 31, 2016 at 17:13
Started June 25, 2015 at 04:42
I first had MRSA about 5 months ago, have been on many antibiotics and still get abscesses. I am on an antibiotic again now, and I am taking serrapeptase with it. It is an enzyme that breaks down the protective biofilm that colonies of organisms live under. The theory is that if you break down this biofilm, then the antibiotics have much better access to the bacteria that they need to kill. Eventually I want to be off of antibiotics, and MRSA really worries me. But I am using the serrapeptase this time and I am wondering if anyone else has any experiences or advice about it.

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Toddler recurring MRSA help!
Posted by Melissa
Last Reply October 31, 2016 at 04:47
Started October 2, 2011 at 02:13
My dear son will be 3 in a month. In march of 2010 (age 1) we had
taken him to the hospital for a red swollen area on his bottom, it was
very painful so I knew it wasn't a diaper rash. After getting to the
hospital they cut it open to find it filled with pus deep under the
skin, he tested positive for MRSA. Going through this was
heartbreaking and we thought we were in the clear till last month (aug
2011) he had what looked like a zit on his tummy but he would scream
if we even tried to look at it, we suspected MRSA right away and took
him to the ER where they lanced it. Both times he was on antibiotics
for 10 days. Now only a month later he has another bout of MRSA at the
base of his penis, we had it lanced and he is now on antibiotics
again. I am devistated by having to put my baby through this and the
antibiotics taste so bad even mixing it in choc milk doesnt help so we
have to hold him down and plug his nose. I am going crazy over this, I
can't keep ... read more

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gram positive cocci
Posted by Petey
Last Reply October 28, 2016 at 17:05
Started October 28, 2016 at 17:05
This in in addition to my last post.....I was hospitalized twice 10 months ago for pneumonia. Since then I have Been sick 3 or 4 times with similar symptoms. My IGg levels are in the 400 range. My sputum sample came back as follows: No white cells, no epithelial cells, few gram positive cocci. I have been on Levoquin for 10 days with no improvement. Does anyone have any info re this situation? I do not see my DR. until next week. Please Help!

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Rash Post MRSA Treatment
Posted by Concerned
Last Reply October 24, 2016 at 22:17
Started February 12, 2011 at 11:23
My daughter had a staph infection that turned out to be MRSA. The infection was in her blood stream as well as the infection in the skin. She received Vancomycin IV for 2+ weeks with no adverse reaction. She has been off Vancomycin for a week and has developed a rash over her body that appears to be hives. It is not a flushing of the skin but almost looks more like a heat rash but more spread out over her body. I talked to the Dr. on the phone and he told her to take Benadryl for the next 24 hours and if no improvement to come to the ER. There was no improvement so she went to the ER and was diagnosd with Red Man Syndrome. I am wondering whether this is possible as this usually occurs during administration and not a week later. Also it is not a flushing, or warmth to the skin. Is there another possibility?

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Eucalyptus Oil helps me!
Posted by Margo
Last Reply October 19, 2016 at 01:31
Started September 6, 2016 at 08:22
I have had MRSA for two years and this year has been particularly
bad with three breakouts. I try my best to not have to use
antibiotics because I don't want to compromise my immune system.
Although I used antibiotics for my frist outbreak I managed to
clear up a rather nasty boil a month ago with eucalyptus essential
oil.


I used one drop directly on the sore three times a day. It stings
a bit but nothing that made me cry out. The only adverse effect I
got from it was that it dried out the skin surrounding the sore
and it peeled off. Coconut oil helped with that, no biggie. It
cleared up in just a few days.

Unfortunately I had another sore (really painful.. I almost cry
when I bump it on something) on my cheekbone and I'm super low on
essential oil with no money to buy anymore, so I have only been
applying it once a day, but I also have mupirocin ointment 2%. I
used a homemade body scrub with coconut oil and eucalyptus bath
salt in the sh... read more

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MRSA in the ear canal
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply October 18, 2016 at 04:40
Started May 27, 2009
My little boy is 4 years old and has MRSA for 2 years. I keep hearing all these remedies for the skin and in the bones however, we have not been lucky enough to clear up his MRSA for very long.
We have tried everything and I am starting a new regiment of agressive cleaning for the ear this week under anesthesia with an oral ear antibiotic.
Does anyone else have MRSA in the ear and if so what are you using for treatment?
My son is Clindimycin resistant and allergic to Vancomycin.
Please help if you have anything.

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How much garlic to use for a garlic bath?
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply October 9, 2016 at 10:19
Started August 6, 2011 at 15:23
Sorry for the obtuse title, but it's the best one I could come up with
given the character limit.

Anyway, I was thinking of trying out a garlic bath to help treat my
staph infection, but was wondering:

- How much garlic should I use?
- How often should I do it?
- Any advice on how to properly prepare it?

Thanks.

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Mssa and tattos
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply October 5, 2016 at 17:46
Started October 5, 2016 at 17:46
I had mssa 4 years ago from a chillies
surgery and now I'm wanting to get a
tattoo. Has anyone had the same
experience. If you got a tattoo did you
get a infection? I really want this but
want to make sure I make the right
decision.

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dates wroong
Posted by Janice
Last Reply October 2, 2016 at 16:00
Started September 9, 2016 at 22:58
the dates on the postings can't be right.. some of them say December 2016 which has not even gotten here yet.. why are the dates not correct when people are leaving in formation

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Acne and Mrsa
Posted by Tina
Last Reply September 30, 2016 at 11:55
Started May 30, 2006 at 04:54
Hi does anyone know if Mrsa can make your face break out. I have had it for almost a year now and the last 2 months I have broke out bad on my face,and I never had acne before.Does anyone else have this problem or is it just something else.

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Mrsa in bloodstream
Posted by Kristen
Last Reply September 22, 2016 at 03:55
Started September 21, 2016 at 18:52
Recently I had an outbreak of MRSA after I got back from a Florida beach trip
The infection entered my wounds from paces I had peeled off from severe
sunburn. I had the worst boils that oozed puss. It was spread to my buttocks
and lower back. It was painful. I went to the doctor and got prescribed
antibiotics and they gave me ointment for the infected areas. but they never
sent anything to be tested because it was too expensive for my mom. They
started to heal and have gotten very small, almost gone and some are gone.
But the past few days I have been experiencing symptoms such loss of
appetite, coughing, cold chills, shaking,ramdomly lose hearing in one ear,
diarrhea and I get really hot easily. Also I have coughed up green mucus.
Should I be worried that this has something to do with MRSA? Ive done
research and read that it can get into your bloodstream. I'm only 18 and this is
really scaring me.

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bartholin cyst caused by MRSA?
Posted by Brandt
Last Reply September 16, 2016 at 17:44
Started October 28, 2009 at 01:58
I had severe impetigo on my face caused by MRSA. The only antibiotics
that worked were Vancomysin and Zyvox. I ended the Zyvox last week and
now I have a cyst on my Labia. My doctor told me it wasn't related to
the MRSA and said it may be a bartholin cyst. I think it IS related to
the MRSA. I have never been sexually active or had any sort of gyno
problems before. Could you offer some advice? I don't want to brush it
off if it may get worse.

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Long-term effects of MRSA
Posted by Deb
Last Reply September 14, 2016 at 15:05
Started December 21, 2005 at 21:22
What are the long-term effects of this infection? Can it cross the brain barrier?

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