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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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Does this sound like a mrsa sore/leason
Posted by Tricia
Last Reply September 22, 2011 at 20:31
Started September 21, 2011 at 21:53
Yesterday morning I felt an itch on my shin. Scratched but didn't see anything. 30 minutes later I noticed what looked like an ant bite (tiny puss filled dot). I put a bandaid on it to check it later. That afternoon I took the bandaid off when I showered and noticed the spot was now deep red, flat, and the size of what a cigarette burn would look like. It had a thin blister with pus in it. I immediately thought mrsa. Cleaned the pus/infection out. Sterilized it with alcohol and then put crushed, non-irradiated garlic on it. Then put a bandage on it and went to bed. Woke up this morning and the main center is a brownish color. Still the same size. No real pain. It's a little elevated, but not much. It's a little warm and there's a slight tinge of pink around it. My question is: does a mrsa leasion/sore appear this quickly out of nowhere? We have wolf spiders in our house and did kill one that morning near the loveseat where I was sitting. But I never felt a bite. I work with dogs and... read more

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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

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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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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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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