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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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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.

Forum Administration

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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.”]


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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

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

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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Mother of two living with mrsa
Posted by Worried Mommy
Last Reply August 31, 2011 at 15:55
Started August 28, 2011 at 01:18
I was in New York on vacation this past month and I got a really bad bladder infection. The closest hospital to my friends home was Jamaica. Lord that was one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made!! I arrived there at 8:00p.m. and the emergency room was filthy!!!! there was urine on the floor it was so dirty.....
I had asked to go us there restroom and omg!!!!! It was so disgusting!!!!! no paper no paper towels no locks on the doors. How can someone work in this place???? Better yet how can this place still be open????

I was finally called back to the women's room and that had to be one of the worst places I have ever been too!! It was like it was getting worse and worse the more I went inside of this hospital.

I had to keep going to the restroom,because of my bladder. and there was a women's restroom just for us.
but I knew house keeping had not been there all day! The trash can was over full to the ceiling (no joke) the toilet was clogged,there was blood and feces all o... read more

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Posted by Coriander oil kills MRSA
Last Reply August 30, 2011 at 17:55
Started August 30, 2011 at 17:55
Antimicrobial Activity Against Bacteria with Dermatological Relevance and Skin
Tolerance of the Essential Oil from Coriandrum sativum L. Fruits.

Casetti F, Bartelke S, Biehler K, Augustin M, Schempp CM, Frank U.

Competence Centre skintegral®, Department of Dermatology, University Medical Centre
Freiburg, Hauptstrasse 7, D-79104, Freiburg, Germany.

The aim of this work was to determine the antibacterial activity of essential coriander
oil (ECO) on bacteria with dermatological relevance and to assess the skin tolerance of
antimicrobial effective ECO concentrations. Essential coriander oil was tested on
clinical isolates of different bacteria species, all of which may cause superficial skin
infections. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed using a standardized
macrodilution test. Essential coriander oil showed good antibacterial activity towards
the majority of the bacterial strains tested, including Streptococcus pyogenes
(Lanc... read more

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how contagious is my nose
Posted by Josie
Last Reply August 29, 2011 at 02:20
Started August 29, 2011 at 02:20
Hello all
I was diagnosed with a MRSA abscess in my breast after having my baby this past
January (I'm thinking I picked it up in the hospital - maybe from the lactation

I was on Bactrim for 5 weeks after having fine needle aspiration performed twice.
Then in May I had a sore finger and went to the dr who said it was staph, maybe
MRSA, maybe not, but there was nothing to culture. So I am not positive if it was
MRSA but I was on bactrim for 2 more weeks. It has been 3 months and so far so

I now have this fear that I am carrying MRSA in my nose. I am afraid to smother
my baby in kisses (and i want to so bad) because I don't want my nose to touch
him. I seem to always have a slight runny nose too. How contagious would I be to


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