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Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply July 3, 2011 at 04:47
Started July 2, 2011 at 22:52
Howdy, Peeps! I'm still MRSA free and happy to be back in life. It's not perfect, but at least its better. MRSA has become SO common, there is NO excuse for any GP not to immediately recognize the symptoms. Heck, I can remember when no one recognized the symptoms and everyone was getting bitten by "brown recluse spiders". You'd have thought we had a bad B movie going!

Hopefully, the medical community has now taken their heads out of the sand and finally acknowledged what we have known for years: its everywhere and sooner or later, you're gonna meet it first hand.

I see LadyK is still manning the watch and giving excellent information. Makes me feel very happy. She's truly the most dedicated person I know.

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. Play safely and for heaven's sake, stay of the ER!

hugs,
Nancy

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acne and garlic baths
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply July 2, 2011 at 17:19
Started August 7, 2010 at 16:03
I’ve been troubled with acne for about the past six months or so (about three months after my last lesion, whatever that was). They’re “whiteheads” – my face, back, upper arms, thighs, and even places you’d never expect – three on my breast, for example. Who gets acne on their breast???? I NEVER had acne like this before my last lesion. Sometimes, I’ll have six on my face at one time! They seem to come in cycles. Had a blood test for hormonal levels – all normal. Also, just for details, had a hysterectomy a few months before the last lesion (thank goodness the hysterectomy was a complete success - had the hysterectomy in August, 2009, the last lesion at the beginning of November), but still have my ovaries. Went to two dermatologists who both said it was not related to MRSA, even though we never knew if I truly had MRSA (although because of these lab results, I probably did). Had one cultured (thank you, Ladyk) and here is what it said…Quantity: Rare (space) Staphylococcus ... read more

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MRSA Treatment
Posted by Mama Sheila
Last Reply July 1, 2011 at 12:01
Started July 1, 2011
I have had a hard time coming up with MRSA remedies that work. My daughter has been using Dr. Ohiras probiotic 12 with great success at keeping the MRSA at bay and helping her to heal quickly when she has an outbreak. She also uses Manuka honey which is used topically as a light antifungal.
The problem is she still has outbreaks. We want a cure not an antibiotic bandaid. We have learned that antibiotics can make the strain stronger and that is not what we want.
There are several natural remedies that include garlic and balacing the alkaline in your body.
If something has worked for you please let us know.
Maybe we can find a cure using the grassroots approach. Start collecting cures from your facebook friends or reporting what has worked for you. Lets keep this going, the medicinal approach does not seem to be the answer. Join Mama Sheilas collection of MRSA cures until we find a way to stop this disease. Peace, love and Gods blessings!

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2 and Half years with MRSA
Posted by Nova
Last Reply June 23, 2011 at 03:46
Started June 22, 2011 at 03:39
I'm 25 from US, I had MRSA for 9 months and did not know it. IT sucked
ass. I was living with my mother and had no job and I was barely
starting college. When my doctors finally figured out what it was and
that there was no cure. I cried I was depressed for days. I don't want
to live like this all my life. I have 32 scars on my ass and lower
thighs. For almost a year I hadn't had an outbreak. But now just two
days ago three painful bumps. 1 month an half of antiobiotics left me
with Candida and IBS syndrome. My body has never recovered. I'm scared
I think I may have given it one of my younger sisters. I'm scared I
have no insurance still. Neither does my sister. I'm scared because
what else will be messed up this time I try to get on medicaid and
take more antibiotics.

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mrsa contagion elements
Posted by ann
Last Reply June 22, 2011 at 19:54
Started June 20, 2011 at 23:51
my roommate has mrsa. how can i protect myself and my granddaughter from her when she comes to visit? the roommate has open sores and still thinks it is okay to hug and touch people and share makeup and lotions. please advise.

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Duration of MRSA colonization
Posted by Researcher
Last Reply June 21, 2011 at 08:29
Started June 21, 2011 at 04:20
I have been researching the duration of MRSA colonization on the internet. Many medical journals and articles in the internet say that the majority of people who are infected with MRSA or who are colonized with MRSA, the MRSA will go away in time. It might take months or many years for it to go away. There were a lot of studies done on the duration of MRSA colonization in a small sample of people. I read many articles stating that MRSA colonized people will stay colonized from just a few months to about 80 months.

Hospital admissions will have a policy that once MRSA colonized, infected or colonized, the person will always be a threat. But that goes against what is written and studied in medical journals.

I am going by what I read in the interent and their studies. So people, there is a hope that you will eventually get this superbug out of your system. One medical article stated the majority of people they studued that were MRSA colonized went away in time, spontaneously.

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MRSA - Job related
Posted by K Mom
Last Reply June 19, 2011 at 20:38
Started June 18, 2011 at 16:29
What if your manager at work covered up the fact that you contracted MRSA while on the job? It is a national company that repairs and cleans Fireman's suits. A woman that worked there repairing the suits is the one that infected our son. He handled the suits putting them back together after she had repaired them. The manager did not want to report the issue since he would have to inform all of the Fire dept's in North and South Carolina.

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Hibiclens Foam
Posted by jeneyj
Last Reply June 19, 2011 at 19:53
Started June 19, 2011 at 19:53
I find the easiest and most reasonable way to use Hibiclens is in a foam pump. Rather than spend more money on this convenience, just buy a regular bottle of Hibiclens and then use the pump dispenser from many of the soap products that come with the foam dispenser. Works great for me, and less waste.

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Delay removal of knee replacement?
Posted by JoJo
Last Reply June 17, 2011 at 12:50
Started June 13, 2011 at 18:35
Hello, my mother(76) has MRSA. She got it from a TNR in Feb 2010. For over 1 year we have been dealilng with the effects. She has han one revision and been treated with IV vanco for 6 weeks. The infection came raging back, and she was on Zyvox for 2 weeks. Her infectious disease doc told her this week that the knee must come out ASAP. Her othopedic doc has basically washed his hands of her and told us "he has only done 1 or 2 removals" ever and we should get someone who is more experienced at this. We got her into the doc he recommended and he told us today that she will need to wait 1 month without antibiodics to have the MRSA focus itself in her body on the knee replacement, then if she doesen't turn septic in the mean time, he can operate to remove the TNR and put in a spacer.

She is in such a poor state with a MRSA rash all over her body, a draining wound on her knee. In addition to the MRSA she has end stage congestive heart failure and sever renal failure. Has any o... read more

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I have MRSA... have you been cured?
Posted by Sue
Last Reply June 15, 2011
Started December 13, 2010 at 01:40
This forum has proven to provide quite a bit of useful information.

I am hoping people can share the stories of how they are now cured from MRSA as the number of those stories seem to be easily shadowed by stories of long term fights.

This all started with what looked to be a pimple that ended up growing quite large. I saw my PCP and was referred to urgent care to have it lanced and drained which was a failure and extremely painful.

Later went to the ER the following day and they tried to do the same but it was too painful. They admitted me and scheduled myself to have surgery.

The size of my mrsa abscess was now the size of a tennis ball and very painful. They operated that night and drained it. Incision was about 3 inches deep.

Once admitted I was placed on vancomycin however I hate an immediate reaction to the drug and I was switched to Zyvox via IV.

I just finished day 9 of being on Zyvox via IV and have 7 days of Zyvox 600mg twice a day. 7 days seems a li... read more

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How to prevent spreading among family members
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply June 14, 2011 at 21:34
Started June 10, 2011 at 01:54
My 5 yr old son has just contracted mrsa and we are treating his first boil on his
knee. He is on antibiotics and I am using CRG on the infected area and keeping
it covered. I have three other children and am very concerned about it spreading.
I have washed all linens, towels, etc. I have bleach cleaned bathrooms and
surfaces, and steamcleaned floors. Im having everyone wash their hands with
peroxide and alcohol wipes. What else can I do? I've read through some posts
that suggest family members being tested to see who might also be colonized
carriers. Also, should I try to drain the pus at home or does that increase the
risk of contamination?
The doctor seemed unconcerned and told me not to "go crazy trying to
sterilize our environment" but I instinctively began to do just that as soon as I
got home! I'm lucky to have found this forum right away and I want to do
everything I can to help my son heal and protect the rest of our family.

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Please read
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 13, 2011 at 17:02
Started June 13, 2011 at 17:02
http://www.mrsa-forum.com/index.asp?forumID=24913&subject=MRSA-Court-Case

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simple treatment woks in two days and no pain
Posted by scott
Last Reply June 11, 2011 at 14:05
Started June 11, 2011 at 06:05
I thought about this for some time and tried it out and to my surprise and relief it worked. I couldnt afford to get medical leeches sent to me so I bought a container at my local bait and tackle shop. I used two different leeches to not re-infect area but with no pain and no side effects I had beat a mrsa out break in less than two days. Leeches have a anticoagulant which also disolved the hard knot often found around the infected area. Please give me feed back if you have similiar results.

Good luck

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MARCH 26/2010 BLEACH BATH and PHAGE THERAPY
Posted by BELL
Last Reply June 10, 2011 at 20:05
Started April 23, 2010 at 14:30
PHAGE THERAPY

The Phage Center may claim 95% success rate with treating impossible to cure
infections.

The one in Georgia is most famous.
Georgia seems to have an agency in Tijuana, Mexico
You also have a Phage clinic in Poland.
And a few in Russia.

http://www.phagetherapycenter.com/pii/PatientServlet?
command=static_about&language=0

http://www.phagetherapycenter.com/pii/PatientServlet?
command=static_ptwhitepapers&language=0

Type: Phage therapy or Phage center plus the country you look for.

Costs are between $4000 and $7000 without flight and accommodation and treatment
takes often about four weeks.

Inform yourself about this type highly successful treatment if you are in danger.
Most (also terminally ill declared) patients return cured.
Only few need to return for a follow up.

BL... read more

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Unsure of symptoms...
Posted by Mercy
Last Reply June 8, 2011 at 15:40
Started June 7, 2011 at 03:54
Hello,

I know the only way to find out for sure is to go to the Dr., but I would like some
input from true MRSA patients before I spend that much money, being
uninsured.

A horrible sharp pain in my hand woke me up last night but I fell back asleep.
This morning I noticed a blood blister on the pinky finger of that hand, and
extreme soreness in that finger. Now the pain has spred into my wrist, and
lymph nodes in that armpit. My hand is stiff and I can't really use it. My
temperature is only 99.7. Does anyone have a similar experience to this, or am I
completely paranoid? I appreciate any input!

Thank-you.

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MRSA in Dogs
Posted by Sally
Last Reply June 5, 2011 at 01:57
Started June 3, 2011 at 17:09
Hello, I have four dogs. Recently two of them are positive for MRSA and are on a course of antibiotics for six weeks. I am a wreak over this. Should I consider putting them to sleep? I love them so much but don't want this to affect my family. It's hard to decide. Just trying to educate myself. Anyone ever experienced this in their beloved dogs? Please share if you have.

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Link between MRSA & Chronic Pain
Posted by DebiR
Last Reply June 4, 2011 at 01:38
Started April 12, 2011 at 16:38
I had a severe MRSA infection on my thigh in 2005 and was hospitalized for 18 days. The infection was almost to the bone and it took 2 surgeries to clean it, with a vacuum dressing between those and then continuing for the next 2 weeks. I have muciprocin ointment for any outbreaks and am very careful about any cuts, injuries or other skin infections. No confirmed re-infection, but have been experiencing worsening chronic pain. Possible fibromyalgia? Not sure, but am have a complete physical tomorrow. Anyone else have this experience? Also need to mention that my stress level has been a little on the high side lately.

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MRSA and retirement home
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply June 2, 2011 at 16:52
Started May 25, 2011 at 05:41
Hello, I work in a retirement home and we have a few people that are MRSA positive. When I have asked our director of care why we are not using personal protective equipment and replied that they were not colonized but just carriers and are no longer able to spread if throughout our facility. I am having a hard time understanding this. I`ve researched what this means to not be colonized`` and I am starting to think she is wrong.
From my understanding..

If a person is MRSA positive then they ARE always colonized during the time they are positive.

People can decolonized but they would test MRSA negative at that time if they weren`t colonized.

You can`t just be a carrier. You are either colonized (positive) or not colonized (negative)

People can decolonized after being MRSA positive but they would test MRSA negative at that time.

I`d love if someone could explain this to me. I feel as if my facility doesn`t use the proper transmission precautions for staff ... read more

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Recurrent MRSA while on Cubicin...Help!!
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply June 2, 2011 at 15:50
Started September 21, 2009 at 21:04
Hi, My problems started in April when I needed a hysterectomy. I thought I was healed and in June I noticed a huge lump under my incision. I went back to my surgeon who told me to wait it out. Finally July 10th the surgeon put a small hole in me and it started to drain. He thought it was a seroma (fluid filled sac) which sometimes happens after surgery. He sent me to the wound center. I went 4 days after it started draining and they tested me for MRSA. Of course it came back positive, the wound center Dr's made no big deal of it and game me some genamycin to put on it and told me to wash with hibiclens. The next week they gave me 7 days of Bactrim and Bactroban for my nose, underarms, groin, under breasts. I got another small bump on my private area I told the Dr. and he blew it off so I went to the gynecologist and she gave me more Bactrim. The next week I started getting small red hot bumps all over my abdomen 10 more days on Bactrim I asked for a referral to an Infectio... read more

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MRSA "white heads" and other general questions
Posted by Jubee
Last Reply June 1, 2011 at 14:53
Started May 7, 2011 at 05:13
Hi all.

I was diagnosed with MRSA first back in August 2010, which seemed to go away completely with a dose of antibiotics. I was diagnosed again in December 2010, after a horrible infection on my ankle, which went away after both several rounds of an iv with antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and bactrin. I haven't had any serious outbreaks but still have the little "whiteheads" on my back and frequently on my legs- only a few at a time. My IDD told me to just put the bactrin on and that's its really not a big deal unless I feel physically ill, running a fever, etc. So I guess my question to those of you out there, how serious is it? Is the bactrin enough? I just so badly want to be rid of this stuff. I would prefer not to go on more antibiotics since I know they do more harm than good on my overall immune system health, but I really just want to be done with this. I've been feeling so exhausted and wonder if its in my head or if its still the MRSA. I've also had two pretty b... read more

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