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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.

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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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How contagious is it?
Posted by Bethany L
Last Reply August 28, 2011 at 20:30
Started August 26, 2011 at 22:28
My boyfriend has had several MRSA infections in the past and they are all healed. He has a red bump forming that looks like it could be another MRSA infection, he said it is only contagious if the bump opens and I touch the pus. Is this accurate? Can I get MRSA from him without touching the pus?

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me:mrsa from waxing. sister:mrsa from ??
Posted by lunamothjess
Last Reply August 28, 2011 at 06:06
Started August 28, 2011 at 06:06
Last summer I contracted MRSA on my face after I got my upper
lip & eyebrows waxed. I have sensitive skin that is prone to
outbreaks in general. Waxing has never given me trouble
though. Thus last time. I dont know exactly why, but when the
cosmetologist pulled the wax strips, she also pulled off some
skin OUCH! First time in 10 years that happened. Anyway, the
raw patch on my upper lip got really puffy & crusty & hurt a ton.
Shortly after this started, I got what looked like a linoleum just
above my eyebrows. **I have OCD that manifests in skin
picking, so when there is a scab or linoleum I pick & scratch. I do
use hand sanitizer and I wash my hands quite frequently. So the
patches on my upper lip stayed about the same but the one on
my forehead kept getting worse & worse, so I went to my Dr and
she immediately put me on meds. I had to go & tell the salon
that they had to close down their waxing.g station... Now they
use completely disposable st... read more

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First encounter with MRSA
Posted by Rich
Last Reply August 26, 2011 at 03:55
Started August 25, 2011 at 04:42
Hi. I was diagnosed with MRSA about 2 weeks ago. For a little background, I have been doing Brazilian jiu jitsu/submission wrestling for the last 3 years. I know the dangers with staph and what not, and have been doing good as far as good hygiene goes, keeping my gear and my body clean all the time, ensuring the gym's mats and training partners are clean as well. But, shit happens as I far as I have discovered.

About 2 months ago, is probably when I encountered my first boil on my right knee, which I assumed was a blister. Over time, I got another, and eventually a small pimple on my left knee that did not get better or worse. Thinking it was just random skin infections I have had in the past, I put prescription creams on them that I had from before. The pimple eventually got painful and I started feeling painless tingling feeling in that knee and leg here and there. So that is when I had it looked at by a dermatologist. By the time I got looked at, the blisters had popp... read more

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withdrawal from mrsa toxin?
Posted by danielle
Last Reply August 24, 2011 at 16:46
Started August 23, 2011 at 02:09
is it possible that im suffering from withdrawal of mrsa staph?
ive been sick every single day with mrsa severely for 2 anda half yrs. it became a new normal for me, i guess i accepted mrsa as normal.

maybe like a drug. because now for the first time since the day i got sick my scabs and infection are stating to heal up, half my symtoms are gone away in the last day or so and i suddenly feel very jittery, like im jumping out of my skin an cant live with myself, i feel very paranoid too suddenly along with being jittery an on the brink of a nervous breakdown.

only onetime in my life have i felt like this before and thats when i quit some medication i was on for a while cold turkey about 9 yrs ago

and im going through the same thing now. so im wondering, did i have a dependency on the mrsa toxins? since it became part of my life

maybe im having withdrawal from the toxins,but i feel like im losing my mind ive never been this nervous besides when i quit medication may yrs a... read more

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Berberine inhibits Staph adhesion on titanium
Posted by ruth
Last Reply August 18, 2011 at 21:05
Started August 14, 2011 at 03:35
Berberine inhibits Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion and biofilm formation on the
surface of titanium alloy.

Biofilm formed by Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a common cause of
periprosthetic infection. Recently, we have discovered that berberine is bacteriostatic
for S. epidermidis. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of
berberine on S. epidermidis adhesion and biofilm formation on the surface of titanium
alloy, which is a popular material for orthopedic joint prostheses. Three strains of S.
epidermidis (ATCC 35984, ATCC 12228, and SE 243) were used for in vitro experiment.
Direct colony counting showed that berberine significantly inhibited S. epidermidis
adhesion on the titanium alloy disk in 2 h at the concentration of 45 microg/mL. When
examined with crystal violet staining, confocal laser scanning microscopy, and scanning
electron microscopy, we found that higher concentrations (>30 microg/mL) of
berber... read more

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Where to go from here?
Posted by Jolly
Last Reply August 18, 2011 at 18:33
Started August 16, 2011 at 12:19
I am living abroad and my girlfriend is coming to visit in a week. I have not seen her in 2 months but during that period she contracted a serious infection on her scalp. She is a teacher and I know that this increases the possibility of contracting MRSA. Anyways, it was pussy and red then greenish and she was feverish and feeling terrible. She went to the doctor but she was his last appointment and seemed to rush things. He said it was "probably" MRSA and gave her two sets on anti biotics. It cleared up in a little over a week but he never tested for it or anything. What is the most accurate test she can get to see if it really was MRSA? And if indeed it was MRSA does this guarantee she will be a lifetime carrier? I am reading about these posts of it moving from the skin into major internal organs, even the brain,to the point where it has become life threatening and these people thought nothing of it. They had the same story as her, they got it in on the the skin, the doctor never ... read more

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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply August 17, 2011 at 18:26
Started August 16, 2011 at 21:16

To: whomever -

As I’m sure you have noticed… this forum is quite extensive. The stream of people who come to forum seeking help (and hope), is never ending. Therefore, if You wish to be taken seriously… and have another spend their time responding to any of your concerns *(when soooo many others are in serious trouble with their health), then I'd suggest - sticking to one name will serve you best.

19334 19333 Tara Re: gram positive cocci, folliculitis 16/08/2011 03:25:42
19333 19333 herophant gram positive cocci, folliculitis 16/08/2011 02:29:01
19331 10780 herophant Re: gram positive cocci 16/08/2011

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PS Someone will respond to your post(s), in the meantime if another is in front of you, you might read thr... read more

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After MRSA; is immune sys. weakend permanently
Posted by Emery Miller
Last Reply August 17, 2011 at 10:35
Started February 21, 2008 at 17:50
I had MRSA in 2004 after a 3 year old nipple piercing rejected the jewelery I was wearing & became infected. The infection attacked my breast impant because it was a foreign body and the implant & some breat tissue had to be removed. I was in the hospital under quarrantine to 5 days then release on Bactrim tablets later. After 8 months I was able to have my breast reconstructed.

My question is: once one has had MRSA is that person then more susceptible to illness over the course of their life? Can MRSA permanently damage ones immune system?

I know this is the worst flu season on record but I caught the flu from my husband after he had it for 2 weeks. Mine turned into a bacterial infection after 3 weeks of suffering. My husband is quite well now but as I entered the 4th week I went to urgent care still coughing, was diagnosed with a bacterial infection & was prescribed Amoxicylin & cough syrup with Codeine. I was getting better for 2 days & then got a head cold on top o... read more

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any ideas on what i should do?
Posted by danielle
Last Reply August 16, 2011 at 17:09
Started August 6, 2011 at 04:41
any ideas on what to do so that i dont lose my life. im 28 and have been sick for almost 3 yrs every day with mrsa. because of this, i lost my ability to work or go about a normal life. i cant go around people so no friends either.ive become a shut in whos disabled. i feel like im 90 and not in my 20s.

some days i feel like im going to die. some days i also have to take myself to the er because i cant breathe well or feel faint.

its very serious in my case because my symptoms are severe. in order to keep myself alive ive had to change my lifestyle severely.
i stay away from crowds, i must shower 3-4 times a day, i throw my clothes out after wearing them once because infected oil leaks onto the clothes and even if i do laundry i get very sick and my skin burns if i wear the same t shirt after being washed
if i need to go in an elevator i wait till no one is there. sometmes if i even walk past someone i start feeling very sick, itchy or more skin pain
ive tried everything, ... read more

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gram positive cocci, folliculitis
Posted by herophant
Last Reply August 16, 2011 at 03:25
Started August 16, 2011 at 02:29
Posted: August 16, 2011 at 01:59

I two was told gram positive cocci, but with one extra peice of info, folliculitis, been trying to get answeres for 2 weeks on weather or not my family needs tested, we share razors and lofus.
so frusterating they wont give me streight answere even wern i asked if its staph, I have had leashens head to toe for 7 years that my dr never tested.
comon sence tells me that my family is at risk, considering i bled every day.
why cant i get answeres i was put on dicloxacillin 500mg 3 times dailry, antibiotic oitment, and hybacleans 2 times dailey, 4 days later im in hiopital with internal bleeding.
E.R had no answeres for me either, this will be the 4th time i have to get a scope for internal bleeding.
please help.

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Fast-food Playlands Under Scrutiny
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply August 13, 2011 at 15:17
Started July 26, 2011 at 20:19
Be sure to check out the youtube video midway down first page. The culture list of pathogens (including MRSA) this mom revealed is something most of us think about... and now we KNOW.,0,6993905.story

Thank you Erin Carr-Jordan, of Arizona!


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