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Posted by Scared
Last Reply August 4, 2011 at 20:21
Started March 6, 2011 at 16:50
I have just met the most wonderful man, moral, honest and great... Anyway, he told me yesterday before things progress any further that he has MRSA. He currently has a lesion on his leg, but he also it in his nostrils. He is very clean with the wound on his leg, but how contagious is the fact that he has it in his nostrils... Can I get it from kissing or having sex? This guy seems wonderful...

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Post-treatment issues (cellulitis?)
Posted by John
Last Reply August 1, 2011 at 17:46
Started July 29, 2011 at 18:16
Around 6 weeks ago I saw the doctor about a boil on my inner thigh and was
prescribed oral antibiotics. During the treatment period I missed one or two pill
takings and finished the bottle with the boil still there though decreased in size.
Shortly thereafter another boil appeared in my pubic region. I saw the doctor again
and was prescribed a new antibiotic which I took and finished as recommended. Both
boils shrunk but left small red marks, the one on my inner thigh still slightly raised
and red. I saw the doc again and he said this was fairly typical post boil treatment
cyst formation and that there was not enough inflammation to suggest infection.

Since then the pubic boil is almost gone but the thigh "cyst" remains. The cyst feels
slightly itchy from time to time and I often feel mild muscle pain around the general
area but no noticeable inflammation aside from the cyst. I have anxiety issues as well
and have had psychosomatic groin pain before so I am h... read more

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MRSA & Breast-feeding?
Posted by Martha
Last Reply July 25, 2011 at 06:34
Started July 22, 2011 at 23:15
I just found out that I have MRSA. I believe that it first started with a rash I
developed under my arms after I gave birth to my now, 5 mth old son. The rash
was at times unbearable from all the itchiness that I figured it was from a new
deodorant I was using while pregnant so I just stopped using deodorant all
together to see if that was the cause. Still not too sure as the rash would come and
go. I finally shaved after a month since the rash had somewhat cleared so I
thought! That's really when all my troubles began. The bumps started to appear
within a few days and rash was even worse then before. I never went to the doctor
to treat the rash from the beginning and just applied cream… this was only a
temporary solution until it looked infected. I then used baby powder to dry it all
out so no bacteria would start growing and then some bacitracin zinc ointment,
which was a huge help for the rash and not so much for the bumps developing.

The bump on ... read more

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MRSA scares.
Posted by Seth
Last Reply July 25, 2011 at 05:45
Started July 24, 2011 at 22:55
I have had MRSA for over 6 months. It started as a sore behind my ear. I have used Bactroban for 2 weeks, and then Doxycycline for 2 weeks with no help. I am scared, and discouraged because I can't even hug my wife or put my kids on my shoulders for a piggy back ride.

I don't know what to do!

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MRSA strains can contain genes for panton vale
Posted by ruth
Last Reply July 23, 2011 at 17:19
Started July 16, 2011 at 21:17
MRSA strains can also contain genes that encode the panton valentine leukocidin toxin
(PVL). The PVL toxin has been shown to be responsible for many of the severe clinical
symptoms of infection with MRSA, such as furunculosis, severe necrotizing pneumonia,
and necrotic lesions of the skin and soft tissues.

Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) is a cytotoxin that causes leukocyte destruction and
tissue necrosis. It is produced by fewer than 5% of Staphylococcus aureus strains. A
collection of 172 S. aureus strains were screened for PVL genes by polymerase chain
reaction amplification. PVL genes were detected in 93% of strains associated with
furunculosis and in 85% of those associated with severe necrotic hemorrhagic
pneumonia (all community-acquired). They were detected in 55% of cellulitis strains,
50% of cutaneous abscess strains, 23% of osteomyelitis strains, and 13% of finger-
pulp-infection strains. PVL genes were not detected in strains responsible for other... read more

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Magnesium controls MRSA
Posted by ruth
Last Reply July 20, 2011 at 16:03
Started February 28, 2009 at 18:22
Magnesium controls Staphylococcus aureus, and its absence gives the hospital nemesis
permission for life. -Charles Walters

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I think we've found the source! What to do?
Posted by Ally
Last Reply July 19, 2011 at 04:42
Started July 18, 2011 at 21:06
This group was very helpful 3 1/2 years ago when our young daughter first came
down with a MRSA boil.

Our suspicions of where she got this have recently been confirmed (at least in MY
mind) but I'd like to know what you all think (given that you've all been through it).
I could really use your thoughts on how to handle this awkward family situation.

First Boil:

Our daughter was 4 years old (4 years ago). No history of skin infections or MRSA
with her or anyone else in our household (myself, my husband, and our 4 young
children). I was in the hospital delivering our 4th baby so my Mother-in-law
stayed at our home and watched the kids....

((((((Some relevant info on my MIL: She's almost 70, diabetic, Pacific Islander
Descent, lives with her daughter with whom she helps run a home day care, has a
history of mysterious slow-healing wounds that she keeps covered and never sees
the Dr. about. Our young nieces (that she lives with) have a history of bo... read more

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Leg problems
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply July 16, 2011 at 05:07
Started July 15, 2011 at 16:36
I'm really not particularly lucky. Last week, I slipped and fell and really hurt my left knee. This is especially dicey for two reasons: its the same leg that I had my MRSA infection in back in 2007 and its the last of my natural lower joints, my right knee and both hips are artificial. I have been nursing this thing along for years trying to avoid yet another knee replacement.

Now, I am dealing with a torn MCL and a really sore hip. I will have to be on crutches, again, for months. I can't even get that knee replaced (and its really a hot mess) until the ligament heals.

I have no idea why things like this keep happening to me. It seems that every summer, I'm stuck inside. Gets pretty old.

Anyway, I just checked in to whine. Only those of you that have had to deal with these kinds of handicapped can truly understand how depressing it is.

Nancy R

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MRSA Treatment
Posted by Recently Recovered
Last Reply July 14, 2011 at 20:38
Started July 1, 2011 at 20:13
I was recently diagnosed with MRSA. The red bumps kept popping up and while some would disappear, others would form into painful lumps that took weeks to disappear. I recovered after seeing a doctor and also learned that iodine works wonders against fighting potential MRSA bumps. As soon as the bumps start forming, apply a thin layer of tincture of iodine. It's best to have a concentration of 6.7 to 7.1% of potassium iodide in the solution.

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Posted by Rafael A Velez-Nater
Last Reply July 13, 2011 at 15:32
Started July 12, 2011 at 21:20
I received a negative result for a SPUTUM CULTURE, and a Rare WBC seen and Rare squamous cells.
What it means.

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husband with mrsa
Posted by kisket
Last Reply July 11, 2011 at 04:58
Started April 16, 2007 at 22:11
I am new to this site and I went searching for some answers the day my husband got the test results that said his mrsa was back. he had back surgery in Jan. 07. Surgery went fine, but after 1 week, he became deathly ill, running high fever and severe headaches. We rushed him to the ER where he had the surgery and after some testing found that he had a spinal fluid leak that was caused by a staph infection. When he left the hosp he was diagnosed with mrsa and was put on 6 weeks of IV vanco therapy. After 3 weeks of being off the IV, his infection recurred. He is now on another round of IV vanco. They did several test to try and find where the infection was and found it to be in a pocket of fluid in his back near the surgery site. The dr. does not want to put him through surgery again, but I am wondering, what will it take to get rid of this? I am desperate for some support and comments. He has been off work with no pay for 3 months now. We also have a 2 year old and I am won... read more

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Microbes - (know thy enemy)
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply July 9, 2011 at 22:50
Started July 9, 2011 at 22:50


The links set below are to assist in furthering our knowledge of what we face every day of our lives here on this planet. Just because we can’t see ‘them’… doesn’t mean ‘they’ aren’t there, we know different. Personally speaking, I prefer facing obstacles head-on. Wanted to share these interesting and informative links with everyone.



List of Human Flora


Human Microbiome


Human Microbiome Project


And for those of us who don’t mind close ... read more

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Posted by Vitamin D
Last Reply July 8, 2011 at 19:13
Started February 25, 2010 at 17:11
According to Russell Blaylock, MD, the best treatment for all wounds, even those
infected with MRSA is a 50:50 mix of Hydrogen Peroxide:Betadine (Povidone Iodine).
Mix the two in equal parts and flood the wound or soak the wound the best you can.

Dr. Blaylock used this extensively ever since he was a resident in neurosurgery. Mix
half hydrogen peroxide with half betadine. Make up enough to use for each treatment.
"Hydrogen peroxide and betadine will kill just about any organism and known virus,
no organism can develop resistance to it," said Dr. Blaylock.

You will notice bubbling as the Hydrogen Peroxide debrides (remove dead,
contaminated or adherent tissue) the wound. Put some betadine on a bandage and
cover the wound. Repeat a 3 or 4 times during the day.

MRSA is resistant to antibiotics, but it is not resistant to antiseptics. This is the most
powerful antiseptic. Usually within a week of treatment most wounds should be clean.

Improve overall health an... read more

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Healthday Article
Posted by Helene
Last Reply July 7, 2011 at 19:40
Started October 14, 2004 at 07:46
Drug-Resistant Infections on the Rise
By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDayNews) -- A bacterium that is becoming more resistant to first-line antibiotics is causing record numbers of skin infections in otherwise healthy children, according to a new study.

The bacterium, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is also emerging as a cause of pneumonia, which can be fatal. And while MRSA has been considered an uncommon cause of necrotizing fasciitis -- a rare bacterial infection, sometimes called "flesh-eating bacteria" -- another report documents 14 such cases in Los Angeles.

MRSA "has been a concern for a couple of decades," said Dr. Kevin Purcell, principal investigator of the first study and a health-care consultant for Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

While the bacterium used to affect primarily hospitalized patients, in the last few years more and more such infections are being detec... read more

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pvl mrsa
Posted by clarevera
Last Reply July 7, 2011 at 16:05
Started June 22, 2011 at 19:44
Hi I live in the UK and have been experiencing PVL symptoms for 18
months now. It took ages for it to be diagnosed and was only when I
took a swab myself and got it sent off that it was confirmed (under
the advice of a friend who had always said it was PVL as she works for
the HPA). I've been in hospital once with cellulitis. I have
decolonised regularly, my close contacts are all negative but I keep
getting recurrent infections. I am now getting multiple infections and
at the moment have three, including one on my face. I really don't
know what else to do. I feel like no-one, including my GP and a
dermatologist I was referred to, are taking it seriously. Can anyone
please help? I am currently on a combination of Clyndamicin and
Ryfampicin for a week. I am also taking Euchanacea for my immune
system but does anyone else have advice about immune system boosters?

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Posted by Vivian
Last Reply July 7, 2011 at 07:02
Started June 30, 2011 at 19:39
First off, thanks for hosting this site. Second, I am praying for everyone suffering from MRSA/MSSA. Mine by comparison is not bad (so far.)

Today I was diagnosed with MSSA. I developed crusty absesses inside my nasal cavity and shortness of breath 2 months ago after coming down with a really bad cold/sinusitis. I've had a noticeably itchy, sneezy nose for 2 yrs now (thought it was allergies), so I suspect that's how long I've been colonized.

I was prescribed Clindamycin 300mg 4 times a day for 7 days. I just completed 3 days and I don't see any improvement.
Question 1- Is it normal to take this long to see improvement?
The Dr just wants me to finish the meds and see how it goes.

To make things worse, my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for 1.5yrs with unexplained infertility (can't find anything wrong although we are 35 yrs old).
Question 2- Does anybody know if staph can affect fertility?
We're supposed to be starting our 2nd IVF cycle this Satur... read more

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Duration of MRSA colonization: Oxford Journals
Posted by Researcher
Last Reply July 3, 2011 at 08:57
Started July 3, 2011 at 08:57
Excerpt from Oxford Journals about duration of MRSA:

The duration of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is not well defined. During 1564 admissions after a clinical culture or surveillance test positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, we retested patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization. During the first year after the positive culture result was obtained, 48.8% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 45.8%–51.7%) remained colonized; at 4 years, 21.2% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 13.1%–31.4%) remained colonized.

Full report

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Just checkin in
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!


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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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