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MRSA forever?
Posted by just venting
Last Reply February 16, 2018 at 23:38
Started February 16, 2018 at 19:54
I've had mrsa twice, negative nasal swab, but went through a
decolonization regimen prescribed by a ID doc (Hibiclens showers). So
far I haven't had another recurrence going on a few months, but I am
so freaked out and preoccupied. I have seen people who say they had
it once or twice, and never again....and then people who have had it
for over a decade. I can't imagine going through this long term and
worrying about being a carrier.

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MRSA in siuses
Posted by Donna
Last Reply February 16, 2018 at 16:08
Started October 9, 2006 at 21:33
I was wondering if there is anyone out there that has mrsa of the sinuses most of the people on this site seem to have the skin type. I have been dealing with this for over a year and have had one sinus surgery and done a 5 week course of vancomycin neither of which helped. If there is anyone out there that has a similar situation I would love to hear about it.

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Possible MRSA-HELP!
Posted by Alexandra Leigh
Last Reply February 13, 2018 at 18:05
Started September 14, 2011 at 13:41
My name is Alexandra and I'm 17. I have been dealing with this
on-going skin infection since May 2011(it's been 5 months now). It started out with just a small little spot on my arm that looked like a bug bite. My mom decided to take me to the doctor right away because both my aunt and cousin have mrsa so she knew how bad it could and would get if it was in fact mrsa and wasn't treated properly. My doctor couldn't take a culture of it because she said that it was too dry. She decided to treat it as mrsa and gave me Keflex and some topical cream to use also. A couple of weeks past and I just kept getting more and more of these boils(at this point they were all over my buttox and 7 or 8 spots on my arms as well). They would also just randomly start oozing and bleeding. My mom got really worried and took me back to the doctor and they just kept giving me different antibiotics to take and countless creams to put on the infection. Long story short, we ended up at the doctors office f... read more

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Can mrsa cause paralysis
Posted by Jeannie
Last Reply February 13, 2018 at 17:14
Started October 28, 2011 at 05:31
My daughter was diagnosed with mrsa in 2009. She was hospitalized for 10
days treated with iv vacomycin. She has not had any lesions since 2009,
however in march of 2010 she started with paralysis, the muscles on her face
and arms twitch. She will tell me her "body hurts" . She went to a neurologist
and was diagnosed with migraines, which she never had a headache. She went
to see another neurologist and he feels it is the start of ms and has started her
on vitamin supplements. MRI was normal EEG normal emg normal. She is only
22, don't know what to do. I do feel this is related to the mrsa, does anyone
have any suggestions?

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Anyone Willing to Share Story in video?
Posted by Jodi
Last Reply February 13, 2018 at 11:25
Started February 16, 2017 at 20:07
I'm looking to make a PSA-public service announcement-type video
telling the serious, long-term affects of MRSA. My friend's
daughter has recurrent staph infections in her ear that have
resulted in multiple surgeries near the brain, loss of hearing,
loss of balance, and migraines, etc. Even worse, her dreams of
career, etc., have been derailed. Her parents have actually
started a company that is focused on preventing infectious

If you are also suffering with MRSA (which I'm guessing you are
since you are on this site), I'm sorry for your struggle.

Would you be willing to share YOUR story to show the real life,
life-changing effects of MRSA? The video would be used in
infection control training and may be on our website. If so,
please respond here. Thank you.

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MRSA on Scalp and Hair Loss??
Posted by Fleur
Last Reply February 1, 2018 at 13:49
Started August 19, 2011 at 23:38
My boyfriend recently contracted a MRSA staph infection and was in the hospital for
four days fighting it. I contracted the staph infection on my leg a few months ago
and was prescribed an antibiotic to combat it. About three weeks ago I noticed a
large uncomfortable lump on my scalp. After going to the doctor and telling her the
history of MRSA, she again prescribed me an antibiotic without taking a culture. The
MRSA, similar to other cases, was on the skin and produced a large, infected (pus,
blood, etc), bump on my scalp. As it began to heal it scabbed over in a thin almost
white scab. For the past two weeks I have noticed that the area that was swollen was
slowly dropping hair. I now have a large half dollar sized portion on my scalp with
absolutely no hair and the entire area itches. Is this normal??? Will my hair grow
back? I am quite concerned as this area is easily visible and on the front of my scalp.
Has anyone else experienced something li... read more

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how long to heal??
Posted by kevinm
Last Reply February 1, 2018 at 02:23
Started September 18, 2006 at 19:17
I have had MRSA for almost 2 months now. I am an HIV positive 22 year old male living in the US. My symptoms are either boils under the skin that break and don't break. I've been through 2 bottles of 2 perscriptions of antibiotics. It was after that that I seeked help from my Infectious Disease physician and I am now on my second bottle of Bactrim and am seeing moderate improvement. Only moderate. Having MRSA has taken away largely from my life and I can honestly say is a living nightmare. My questions are does the bactrim work slowly and how long can this infection take to heal??


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Crushed Raw Garlic vs. Garlic Pills
Posted by Garlicmeister Bob
Last Reply January 29, 2018 at 05:59
Started January 13, 2010 at 19:24
Crushed raw garlic versus garlic pills and oils

Crushed raw garlic (CRG) and garlic water made from it both kill staph on contact; all staph, including MRSA and is the first line of defense in limiting the spread of MRSA. Staph, including MRSA cannot become immune to CRG because of the way it works.

CRG is the most effective weapon against staph because it can be combined with water and applied in many creative ways to bring its antibiotic power to where the infection is. If the infection is in the colon, garlic water can be administered as an enema while lying on the left side to kill staph in the colon.

You can soak in a bathtub of warm garlic water for a couple of hours and let it seep in through the skin. Not only does it kill any bacteria on the skin but the skin becomes one big transdermal application medium for delivering garlic into the body where it can enter the capillaries and even the lymphatic system and maybe do a little good before the bodies own defens... read more

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gram positive coccus & aerogenes
Posted by Ann
Last Reply January 27, 2018 at 17:02
Started January 26, 2018 at 18:14
My daughter had a terrible infection after a wisdom tooth extraction. She had
several surgeries to insert drains and there were concerns about her airway
closing. The lab results indicate gram positive coccus & aerogenes.

She still has residual effects, including numbness in her tongue, headaches,
and hearing loss. Can these things be related to the infection?

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Long-term effects of MRSA
Posted by Deb
Last Reply January 25, 2018 at 15:39
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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Crushed garlic can burn skin
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply January 24, 2018 at 20:42
Started November 23, 2011 at 15:38
There is something I would like to make clear about using garlic to fight MRSA and that is that prolonged direct contact with skin can cause first, second and even third degree burns so prolonged direct contact should be avoided.

Just how long is prolonged?

There's no real answer because some garlics are hotter than others and some skin is more sensitive than others and some people are more sensitive than others and it also matters how long it is left on. Generally, the longer left on the greater the chance of skin burning, usually first or second degree burns but third degree is possible with a stronger garlic for a longer time. A few minutes is one thing, a couple of days is another and yet for some people even a few seconds may be too long.

This is the reason we talk in terms of garlic water as that dilutes it greatly and neither the burning sensation nor the physical burning of skin are likely. A study I read showed allicin to still possess enough potency to kill all ... read more

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Antibiotic Resistance and you.
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply January 22, 2018 at 18:10
Started August 7, 2015 at 20:36
Can we speak frankly for a minute? There's a serious problem threatening all of us. Everybody. Everywhere. From the poorest person in the world to the richest. All are potential victims. None are exempt. That threat is bacterial resistance. Doesn’t sound very harmful, butwhat is it and where does it come from?

Mother Nature has pulled the rug of time out from under we arrogant humans while we were laughing, pointing fingers and making fun of her quaintness. You have to go back almost 100 years to understand. Back then, bacterial infections were running rampant, killing millions all over the world; that is, up until the invention of antibiotics, which finally stemmed the flood of bacteria. However; in order to be able to kill bacteria, antibiotics must be able to chemically bond with a receptor on the surface of the bacterium. Bacteria have been able to mutate new receptors that antibiotics cannot bond with and so are increasingly ineffective.

By comparison, gar... read more

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MRSA on groin, several antibiotics. Dry skn. H
Posted by Jamie (male)
Last Reply January 19, 2018 at 23:34
Started January 19, 2018 at 17:10
Hi everyone, I've been diagnosed w/ MRSA
(seems to be isolated more in the groin
area.) It started w/ what was initially
thought to be folliculitis from shaving. I
was finally cultured and formally
diagnosed w/ MRSA about 5 months ago. What
had started as little rash like bumps has
since turned into open sores. I have cold
sores now and then so I take my anti viral
regularly so this seems to be primarily a
MRSA issue. Nonetheless, I'ce been on
rounds of bactrim, clindamycin, and
bactroban and other corticosteroid
ointments. It's taking so long to heal and
my primary care physician and an
infectious disease specialist both have
basically thrown their hands up and don't
know what to try now. There have even been
periods where they would discontinue meds
which seems counter productive. I get the
resistant aspect of this but no treatment
at all doesn't work as the condition isn't
improving on it's owm. I'm at a loss
because it seems like the... read more

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does bactrim work on mrsa
Posted by Hope
Last Reply January 14, 2018 at 01:10
Started November 3, 2007 at 22:25
I was told on Sept 4 that I had Cellulitis caused by mrsa.Is this harder or just as hard to get rid of?They only have me on Bactrim right now,I can't get in to see a IDD until January.

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Posted by Joe
Last Reply January 2, 2018 at 13:53
Started June 25, 2013 at 05:58
Today is 06/25/13. Back in January I was more than likely bitten by a
brown recluse spider on my scrotum.Two days later an abscess formed on
the right side and blew up to the size of an apple just on the right
side. Day 3 I got to the er they look at it and say its cellulitis and
wrote a script for a antibiotic. 2 days later a big hole formed and
concave inward. I returned to the er and they cut me open in 7 spots
give me another script for stronger antibiotics. A month or so goes by
and my scrotum heals. Two weeks after that a bump on my inner thigh
appears and within two days manifestis into a 3 inch open wound. I go
to my primary care doctors where they take cultures and tell me I have
MRSA. Gave me a list of things to take and do. It heals in a months
time. I have 3 more outbreaks after that. One really bad 10 days ago
where over a dozen spots appeared. A cluster on my lower back, both
inner thighs, and my scrotum. I go back to my primary doctor he take... read more

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MRSA in bloodstream
Posted by Joyce Thomas
Last Reply December 31, 2017 at 01:05
Started November 10, 2017 at 22:51
I awakened on a Thursday morning October5, 2017 with a noticeable low back
pain on the right side of my spine, I am 51 yrs old and in fairly good health. The
next day I went to work and pain became increasingly worse by the end of my
workday as I was screaming with any movement. I drove straight to Urgent Care
Facility and was treated for pulled muscles in my back, given steroid and anti-
inflammatory shot and sent home with muscle relaxers, pain meds and anti-
inflammatory drug. The next day it was not much better and by the evening on the
3rd day was unable to sit upright to travel by car to the ER. My fiancé called an
ambulance and my fever spiked to 103 degrees. Thankfully the ER doctor on duty
felt the need to do blood cultures after MRI showed infection in muscles up and
down the right side of my spine. I was positive for MRSA in my blood stream with
Sepsis. The doctor said I was a very sick lady.I was in the hospital for 9 days and
treated by infectious... read more

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ME/CFS (myalgic Enceph...) Trying Fecal trans
Posted by David Geffen (ey)
Last Reply December 22, 2017 at 05:23
Started December 20, 2017 at 18:04
Nearing 4 years since hospitalized for MRSA with IV antibiotics of many kinds. Since then, I have never been the same (like many of you) with immune system shot and crushing symptoms like Myalgic Encephalomilitis (AKA Chronic fatige Immune dysfunction syndrome). Still batteling hard.

I have read studies that show that MRSA and MSSA can hyjack immune system turning it against itself and allowing the bacteria to survive much easier. This effect can be long term. ALso the antibiotics affect negatively our immune systems as well and that can also be permanent. Lastly the antibiotics cause gut dysbiosis destroying our healthy beneficial bacteria in our GI tract execerbating our issues long term. I am considering Fecal microbiota transplant. I have equipment at home to create triple encapsulated probiotics from a healthy stool donor. I am talking about using a centrifuge and more to ensure proper delivery into my gut. I have been researching this for nearly 1.5 years. ... read more

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MRSA and blood pressure
Posted by MichelleNC
Last Reply December 22, 2017 at 01:16
Started August 3, 2007 at 03:59
I have CA-MRSA that has been treated with bactrim/rifampin/muciporin as well as one treatment of an IV of something (honestly, I was too upset and in too much pain in the ER to even care what it was..but I am trying to find out now)....anyway, my blood pressure was off the charts when I first went to the doctor (200/110) and as I have gotten better (which I say loosely since I know that things can change quickly) it has gotten lower (140/90---still high but I am still on meds and not quite 100%). Has anyone else had high blood pressure associated with their MRSA outbreak? I know BP can be influenced by many things (needless to say that I have been very stressed out, in lots of pain and medication can impact BP) but my doctor is talking of BP meds (though agrees that we should wait and see considering that it has been dropping so much over the past week). I am willing to deal with high blood pressure but I don't want to miss something (like MRSA effecting the heart). My BP wasn't... read more

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multiple infections
Posted by Newcomer
Last Reply December 18, 2017
Started December 8, 2017 at 18:25
I've read that around 50% of people who get MRSA have it come back
many times over. Those are the stories I read most about on the

Does anyone on here know someone who had it once and it hasnt come
back (yet?).

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gram positive cocci
Posted by john
Last Reply December 11, 2017 at 16:10
Started August 31, 2007 at 01:04
looking for help,been on clindymissin iv for 5 days,no help.have infection on my shoulders,spread to my calfs.been taking lots of garlic tabs,turmeric,and an asssortment of immune building holistic stuff.its like crocidile skin,it drys ,flakes,cracks.tried different moisterizers,aloe gel,derma e,very short time releif.colloidial silver provides the best but short time releif.not sure what this gram positive cocci is as i thought i had mrsa befor lab results.i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemies.lots of iv patients in hospital.terrible.any help would be gladly

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