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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

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

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!


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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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Alternative methods that work
Posted by Let curiosity lead you
Last Reply May 31, 2011 at 19:14
Started October 5, 2005
There are alternative ways to eliminate infections. One of them is to put the North pole of a magnet over the infected area. Albert Roy Davis discovered that using the North pole of a strong magnet on an infected area can eliminate many infections. It increases the amount of oxygen in the cells and increases the alkalinity. I've used nothing but a magnet on throat infections in the past, and within days the infection was gone.

Greek Oregano is another good choice. I've read several studies showing that Greek Oregano, or Oregano Oil, can kill many different types of undesirable organisms. You can find some of them on the web. It's a potent stimulator of the immune system too. I bought seeds and am growing my own (hirtum variety).

Resistance does not become a factor when these remedies are used.

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Posted by Kat
Last Reply May 31, 2011 at 14:05
Started May 31, 2011 at 08:30
i had an abscess on left side that ws drained and treated with clindomycin in feb never tested in may got ingrown hair under left armpit that tested positive for mrsa but went away over weekend after dr pulled hair out and before they got results so no meds were given tested neg to mrsa in nose, i have 4 kids and am nursing a 1 year old my dr said safe, have been taking garlic and turmeric is there anything else i can do to help from getting another/my dr not to informitive and feel she doesnot really care bcof the fact i am on medical- i have 4 oung children and need to stay healthy

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Can you spread MRSA once healed?
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply May 29, 2011 at 03:35
Started May 14, 2011 at 04:11
If you've had MRSA, and gotten rid of it can you still give it to other
people you come in contact with?

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I may have MRSA
Posted by Sean.
Last Reply May 27, 2011 at 21:56
Started May 27, 2011 at 08:19
About 2-3 weeks ago, my daughter caught mrsa from her granfather. The
doctor gave her antibiotics and the wound went away.

about 5 days ago, I developed a pimple on my chest. Which is kind of
rare for me. I usually get them on my back. It doesn't hurt or
anything but never developed a head. Im scared it might be mrsa
because my daughter had it. I have no health insurance and can't
afford the thousands of dollars they'll charge me to treat.
I just crushed some raw non-irradiated garlic with a few sprinkles of
water and let it sit for about 20 minutes. I applied this directly to
my pimple.

How long should I do this for? and How long should I keep the garlic
on my pimple before I can wash it off?

I currently have a band aid over it with a few small pieces of garlic
on top of it. I first let a paper towel soak in the juices and applied
that to my pimple.

when the rest of the crushed garlic, I swallowed it down with a glass
of water.

Thank you,

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Posted by mrsakilla
Last Reply May 22, 2011 at 04:13
Started April 15, 2011 at 22:16
So I went to a new derm(5th doctor) and this is what they told me I had(folliculitis). I have a few other post on here but im still a little confused on this. I have had three test, once done every month.

1) Showed gram-positve cocci with no growth
2) No growth, no organisms
3) No growth, no organisms

Before I get out of my depression stage and finally know for sure that im safe and in the clear my new derm said I do not have mrsa and am not contagious. Is she correct? I don't want to infect anyone. Are these just irritated hair folocules?

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I have a few questions
Posted by Messuvajess
Last Reply May 21, 2011 at 17:02
Started May 21, 2011 at 13:03
I first got MRSA last August. It started as a boil on my buttocks. Went to the doc,
they cultured it showed that Bactrim would take care of it. I took a 7 day
prescription and it cleared up. It came right back about 2 weeks later. Went back
to my doc and got more bactrim and this time talked to a pharmacist who told
me about hibiclens. I took that 7 day prescription of bactrim and showered with
hibiclens. Then it came back about a month or so later. This time went to a
infectious disease doc and he gave me a 14 day prscription to some medicine
that I can't remember the name of all of a sudden and he also gave me the
prescription of bactroban ointment for my nose. I took the prescriptions and put
the cream in my nose and showered with hibiclens for 2 weeks. That was in
October of 2010. In February of this year it came back. This time I went back to
my regular doc because I couldn't get in with the infectious disease doc and she
gave me more bactrim and bactrob... read more

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MRSA Found In Meat Supply
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 20, 2011 at 18:29
Started May 20, 2011 at 16:01

Scientists find MRSA in supermarket meats
May 12, 2011

[The report was published in the May 11 online edition of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

For the study, Zhang's team purchased 289 raw meat samples, including 156 beef, 76 chicken and 57 turkey samples, from 30 grocery stores in Detroit from August 2009 through January 2010.]


Food Safety Education (Cook thoroughly!)
Steaks & Roasts - 145 F
Fish - 145 F
Pork - 160 F
Ground Beef - 160 F
Egg Dishes - 160 F
Chicken Breasts - 165 F
Whole Poultry - 165 F
http://www.fsis.usda... read more

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I have a few questions
Posted by Katoo1
Last Reply May 19, 2011 at 03:56
Started May 18, 2011 at 04:28
We went camping last May and I got a couple of mosquito bites on my
right leg. I know they were mosquito bites as I swatted the
mosquitoes on my leg after we got our trailer parked. There were 4
bites. They itched like crazy and would not heal. By October, still
not healed, they were rock hard lumps. By January, both shins were
covered in a rash which is when I finally took it to my doctor. He
treated me for scabies, twice, which did nothing. By then I had the
furiously itching rash on my forearms, too. 2 weeks ago, one of the
orginal bites abscessed. I went to the doctor where he cut it and
drained it, and took a culture. He sent me to a dermatologist that
works in the same office who took one look and said, "that's staph."
One look at something that had baffled my doctor since January. It
just didn't occur to me that it was anything to worry about, because
other than ugly and itchy, I felt fine.

Yesterday, the culture results were in and I ... read more

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8mo daughter has MRSA
Posted by Sean B.
Last Reply May 19, 2011 at 03:00
Started May 18, 2011 at 04:48
Late april, my daughters grandfather caught MRSA. He was on
antibiotics and it just barely healed a few days ago. with in that
first week my daughter was at his house and caught MRSA. its a small
abscess on her thigh. the doctor has her on trimethorprim and its been
a solid 7 days she has been on antibiotics. How long will it be before
I can stop bleaching the tub everytime she bathes, or let her cuddle
with me in bed.??

Her soar never really turned into a soar. It started as a pimple and
since her grandfather had it, I decided to get it checked out. The
doctors put her on antibiotics before they could even get a culture.
the culture came back yesterday with *LIGHT TRACES OF MRSA*.

what exactly does that mean?? and also, my daughter never developed a
fever or showed any signs or symptoms of mrsa, Just the pimple.
Its become really scary and Im starting to feel myself turn into a
Howard Hughes like germaphobe.

I change her band aid 2 times daily with ... read more

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Update on son: Seeing specialist today!
Posted by Jenni
Last Reply May 18, 2011 at 20:36
Started May 17, 2011 at 15:00
After being seen for the past 3-4 yrs by a less than competent dr. we got an appt. with a specialist. Found out original Dr. never even cultured it. (which we will have done today) Usually the dr. requires the culture to be done and confirmed MRSA before he even sees you, and I know results won't be in for awhile, but we are keeping appointment anyway so we can at least talk to Dr. and he can see the sores on his legs. Hopefully he will be on the road to recovery soon!

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Brother In Law Has Mrsa
Posted by Chris
Last Reply May 17, 2011 at 15:19
Started May 16, 2011 at 01:31
My Brother in law has Mrsa, He has had it for a few years and it will go away and come back. I have 2 kids that like to go visit my sister and Her husband, They keep telling me that he is not contagious and that you have to be a host to get it. He says he is not a host so how did he get it? Is that true that you have to be a host to get it? Should I not let my kids go over there?

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My 10 year old daughter
Posted by Tanya
Last Reply May 15, 2011 at 03:20
Started December 4, 2010 at 02:21
I was told today that my 10 yr. old daughter ahs MRSA. Last week, right before Thanksgiving she was lathargic, had chills, and a low apettite. It appeared as if she had, what I thought was a preteen pimple. It worsened for the next 4 days with her lip and face starting to swell until my husband and I discovered a boil in her nose. It drained and oozed. When we took he rto the doctor the next day she drained the remander, took a culture in her nose and sent us to a pediatric ENT. She is on a ten day 3x/day round of Cleocin Pediatric and Mupirocin. Since taking the meds for four days now, she is alomost back to her old self.The MD said something about it has "colonized?" and that she would be a carrier for life. she said use a wahcloth/towel only once, no baths, no more sharing a bed with her sister. I have so many questions. Can she ever go to a sleepover? Can she go camping with her Girl Scout troop? Who do I inform and when i.e. school, other parents, Can she visit her newborn ... read more

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mrsa in urine
Posted by mindy
Last Reply May 14, 2011 at 05:55
Started February 10, 2008
i have had mrs in urine.been and still on bactrium-sulfur now.........not sure if i should be home with and sister have low immune systems,,should i be in hosp. or nursing home

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Questions on garlic vs MRSA
Posted by jamie
Last Reply May 12, 2011 at 16:15
Started May 7, 2011 at 01:11
Ive read a lot of posts on here since being diagnosed with MRSA about 10 days ago. Luckliy the bactrim I took 7 days has seemed to help for now. I have about a half an inch hole in my leg thats itchy but no more swelling. My daughters small abscess is also healing nicely on her round of bactrim.

Now the big test.. will it come back? I have heard so much positive feedback on Garlic. Bob Anderson swears on it and Bob I do appreciate your posts. Can Bob or someone else tell me where exactly i can find this specific garlic? I went to the local grocery only to split it and find no green leaves. Also, when i do get some.. how much do i use in the bath for myself and also my ten month old?? Do I include more garlic in my diet as well?


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