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MRSA in Sinuses for 3rd time in a year
Posted by Michael
Last Reply March 6, 2011 at 16:44
Started July 4, 2006 at 05:55
I just found this forum after finding out that I have a sinus infection that cultured positive for MRSA. This is the third time this has happened in the past 10 months. I will apologize in advance if my post is redundant in relation to others on this site. I am really not that familiar with MRSA, and after reading several posts on this site, I am becoming quite concerned that this could really blow up and really spread throughout my body. I guess I am wondering of there is anyone in the same boat I am in that would have any advice they could share with me. Here's my quick and dirty back story:
I had endoscopic sinus surgery and was having a hard time recovering - constant sinus infection. My ENT cultured me and it was returned as positive for MRSA. I was prescribed minocycline which did nothing, and finally Zyvox (pill form) which cleared up the infection. 1 month later it was back, and my ENT followed the same course of antibiotics - minocycline, rifampin, and finally zyvox... read more

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drs, want to blame something else
Posted by sandy
Last Reply March 4, 2011 at 03:03
Started March 4, 2011
I have had a mrsa infection since march 18th 2009, I had laminectomy
surgery and end up with 3 infections in surgical site, I had surgery in april
which was a few weeks later and then placed on vanco till june when I went
into kidney failure and was then put on zyvox. 3 days later I had stroke like
symptoms. I developed in march/april '09 a high heart rate rest can go
anywhere from 120- 200. The wound itself would not heal so I had to have
debriedment and b/c of the infections reherniated my discs or so I was told.
Had the surgery in jan. Of 2010 then a few days later was back with more
infection in surgical site and the drain the put in fell right out. Between
Mach of 2009 through March2010 I spent over 150 day hospitalized wheres
the last was being told I was putting this staph infection in my spine.. how
is that possible, I after that left the hospital and called and got an
appointment at the cleveland clinic and had another debridment july 1st
2010. Si... read more

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So many questions
Posted by Dustin
Last Reply March 1, 2011 at 22:31
Started March 1, 2011 at 20:53
In August 2009, my wife and some friends went to her grandmother’s vacation house on the Guadalupe River. Everyone wanted to float down the river, even though it wasn’t moving very fast. I was kind of disgusted by doing this, but I didn’t want to be the only one not going. As soon as we got home I developed a boil on the inside of my thigh. I went to the Doctor and they gave me some antibiotics, and it was gone.. just like that.. Last week, a year and a half later, I developed another boil. I had read that if you just let them drain on their own they will heal without antibiotics. I put Neosporin on it and kept it covered for a week. The boils started draining after about 4 days but still it got worse. It was bleeding quite a bit also. Only through a tiny hole though. I finally went to the doctor for this one and they pushed all the blood and puss out and took a sample to test. They gave me a shot of antibiotic in my butt, and gave me Doxycyline and Bactrim DS to take for 10 days tw... read more

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How helpful are probiotics
Posted by Mrs. T
Last Reply February 20, 2011 at 18:28
Started February 20, 2011 at 02:41
Just bought align a little afaid to to use them because i dont want to have side effects. Took a wk supply of antibiotics for h.pylori 2 wks ago. Got candida took flucanazole 2 days ago. Wondering how safe are probiotics.

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Just checking in
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply February 16, 2011 at 04:34
Started February 5, 2011 at 22:22
Howdy Peeps!

It's been a while since I've checked in and I'm still happy to report I've had no further MRSA infections. Glad to see LadyK still ever vigilant. Hope that those of you fighting the dragon stay focused on the goal of living your best life. Remember that you need to build a better body, get some sunshine and exercise and be very careful about general hygiene.

hugs,
Nancy

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frustrated...
Posted by amywoo
Last Reply February 15, 2011 at 16:40
Started February 11, 2011 at 06:53
My 8 year old is sick, covered in a mysterious rash, and has run a fever for over a week...just wondering if I should have the doc check him for MRSA/pneumonia..here's our story from the beginning, starting with the supposed origin of the rash:

Back in October, my younger sister came to stay with us for a week. She had had a rash for a couple of months and had not yet had it checked out by a doc. While she was here she slept in the same bed/used the same blankets as my son. About a week after she went home, she finally had her rash checked out at the Health Dept. They were not 100% sure, but told her she had scabies, prescribed a cream and left it at that. A few weeks later, my son started breaking out in a rash that proceeded to get worse over the next week. I took him to his primary care physician and she was pretty positive that is was NOT scabies, but prescribed him Pyrethrin. We applied it from head to toe, left it on for 8 hours, then washed it off and waited for the... read more

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Headaches with Recurring MRSA
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply February 14, 2011 at 17:18
Started February 13, 2011 at 16:00
Hi, I'm new here. I went to the ER a few days ago because I had a very painful (underneath) sore in between my shoulder blades and that's the same spot I had my first bout with MRSA three years ago. The doctor assumed it was MRSA by observation and history, no tests, and loaded me up on antibiotics. The sore outwardly looks much improved four days later but is still very painful underneath. What I am more concerned with is this killer headache that will not go away, also a sore throat, and pain behind my eyes. Could I have picked up a virile infection because of my compromised immune system? Is a severe headache cause for alarm when you have MRSA? When is it a good idea to be hospitalized for this, I live with 10 roommates.

Any tips/thoughts you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Feeling miserable in Massachusetts!

Jenn

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Phage therapy for MRSA in Georgia
Posted by Giorgi Napishvili
Last Reply February 12, 2011 at 12:33
Started February 12, 2011 at 12:33
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Who Has A Pet And MRSA?
Posted by Helen
Last Reply February 9, 2011 at 23:37
Started March 9, 2008 at 03:22
I've had MRSA since 2005 still battling with it. I feel I might of gave my hamster MRSA somehow. My hamster fell ill last year Sept.2007. Started with a bad skin infection and he started going bald. He seems to just keep getting worst. When I took him to the vet last month he had a big abcess on his belly that looked like a boil. I kept giving my hamster his medicine. He started getting better. Than I noticed another abcess on his underside. My hamster is now half paralized and slowly dying. He has yellowish green fluids in his ears. I know someone on this forum said they had an ear infection and they found MRSA in the ear infection.

Anyone here have any pets as well as MRSA? Has your pet seem to be getting ill or died while you had MRSA? I'm now afraid to touch any pets. I don't want to contaminate them.


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recently diagnosed
Posted by jamie
Last Reply February 9, 2011 at 14:18
Started January 26, 2011 at 18:13
I don't know where to start or what to do. I was dianosed with MRSA 5 days ago then found out from the pharmacy (not my dr-well,the PA as I never get to see a dr)about being contagious. Got sent home from work with another girl that has been walking around with an open MRSA sore for 2 weeks(nice that they are concerned now)and I'm freaking out. Beyond my dr not being concerned and the fine co.I work for exposing me to this-What do I do now? Am I allowed to hug my mom? How contagious am I to my roommates-to anyone? Am I ever allowed to have a boyfriend again? Can I still be a waitress? I'm very scared.

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I need as many ppl to read about my MRSA
Posted by Stacey
Last Reply February 9, 2011 at 02:02
Started January 2, 2011 at 04:36
Hello Bob Thanks for getting back. I want to tell my story. Im a married with 4 girls. Im 27 years old. I live in Ontario.
I see a walk in as my family doctor, when I go I can see up to 4 doctors they it changes by the day.. I first went there in May with the red bumps (30) in May... The Doctor gave me pills and said it was a rash from my hot tub.

After three weeks I was shaving my under arm and noticed a small lump.. with in three days it got to be the size of a golf ball. I went back to the doctors and they said it was a boil gave me meds and sent me home, two days later it started to drain but was still growing,
I went back...and the doctor said he was going to drain it. he used a biopsy needle and tryed to drain it for over 10 mins but nothing would come out he took a swab and three days later they called had e come back to change the meds after only being on them for two days.they then told me to come back in three days by then i have four more boils around the first one... read more

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Stories / Photos/Pimples
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply February 7, 2011 at 20:42
Started January 24, 2010 at 14:33
Hi,
I've been going through many old posts, and found a thread from a while ago (don't remember how long ago) where someone was going to post people's stories and photos (I think Nancy's birds?). Just wondering if they're still posted anywhere. I'd love to see them!
On a completely unrelated topic, how do you tell the difference between a "normal" pimple and a MRSA or staph pimple? I think I'm starting to annoy my friends because I get very upset (basically, I freak out) at every pimple (which, since my surgery, I seem to get more of lately!). Is it the itching sensation? Any other clues?
Thank you once again!

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Warning !
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply February 6, 2011
Started February 6, 2011
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1351630/NHS-alert-wave-super-resistant-bugs-hits-hospitals.html

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18 Year Long Infection
Posted by Dana Kerr
Last Reply February 5, 2011 at 16:40
Started February 4, 2011 at 12:11
I have had MRSA, confirmed and tested too many times to count. I contracted MRSA at age 12. I am now 30 and I have had well over 500 abscesses. I have been treated in the past by a Dr of infectious disease who was baffled that I still had outbreaks because my skin tested negative for colonization. However, every single outbreak I get tests positive for MRSA and is very resistant to nearly everything but Macrobid. Vancomycin has not helped and I am borderline allergic to it as it caused me to have convulsive vomiting. Rocephin, Clindamycin, Keflex, Z-pack… and others do not kill this nasty hanger-on. I am allergic to sulfides. I have had nose treatments with Mupirocin and I use antimicrobial soap everyday from head to toe. I wash my hands so much they crack and bleed. I have also had Polinidal disease which tested MRSA positive. I cannot rid myself of this aggressive disease. The hardest part is that I get lesions mostly on the labia majora. The lymph nodes in the groin swell and the... read more

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mom in calif
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 31, 2011 at 15:59
Started January 30, 2011 at 18:06

I hope you and family are doing well these days, and was happy to see you post recently as I have been looking through forum topics attempting to find the lotion you found which was compatible with Hibiclens - specifically not disturbing antimicrobial action on skin surface post showering?

Time permitting can you please copy and paste info on this.

Thank you
ladyk

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Family journey: prevention...
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply January 30, 2011 at 23:15
Started January 30, 2011 at 23:15
This is especially for anyone who may have an underlying skin disorder which makes the whole MRSA issue harder to get a handle on.

Back story: my teenage son and I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a moderately rare collagen disorder which affects joints (flexible, think Gumby), skin (soft), eyes (near-sighted) gums (soft) etc. We've known about this family issue for a few years but did not realize what it implied when MRSA came into the picture...

Two summers ago my son developed a MRSA boil on his elbow, and we embarked on the long effort to build his immune system and help him heal. After about a year of supplements and natural remedies (thank you ladyk and others!), a combination of garlic baths (thank you Bob!), supplements and Bactrim (SMX-TMP) cleared him of MRSA.

Then he took a trip back East and came home with a different kind of skin infection on his elbow - not as aggressive as staph but still troublesome. We did enlist medical help and tried to get a culture, but a... read more

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how to identify a mrsa strain?
Posted by kevin
Last Reply January 30, 2011 at 17:57
Started January 20, 2011 at 09:58
can anyone tell me on how do researchers identify and confirm a mrsa strain from a nasal swab ? what are the series of tests/cultures does the swab undergo?

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Advice please
Posted by mimi
Last Reply January 30, 2011 at 17:34
Started October 7, 2010 at 04:31
Six years ago I was infected with MRSA during a colon resection. I was very, very ill and almost died twice. I had vanc for several weeks and eventually was pronounced "cured" by my Infectious Disease Specialist. About a year and a half ago I began to have discharge from my navel, it was obviously an infection and I treated it with herbs and honey. I did see my Internist but he didn't culture it, just gave me an antibiotic powder which I never used. Eventually it cleared and I was well for a few months. I've been feeling achy and tired for a week or two but thought it was the change of seasons and my asthma was acting up. Today I discovered a boil on my abdomen. It's weeping (slightly) and the redness radiates out about 2 inches. It's rather tender but I don't have a fever.

My question is: should I see my Internist? Infection Disease guy? Treat with herbs and immune boosters? With the naval infection there was never any pain or tenderness. I didn't become ill like I feel now ... read more

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ID Doctor
Posted by Misti
Last Reply January 28, 2011 at 12:32
Started January 28, 2011 at 12:32
Fianally got in to see an ID specialist. Had some blood cultures done, cbc and an x-ray. My white blood count is still at 16,000 and I've been on Zyvox 600mg now for almost 30 days for MRSA pneumonia. Chest x-ray still shows pneumonia and had and CT scan on chest and abdomen. All tests came back okay. Went back for follow up yesterday. Still have high white count and fever 101.5, did another set of blood cultures and testing for autoimmune diseases now. Also did some x-rays on my back. I go back to have an MRI in a couple of days and then back for results on Febuary 10. Hoping they will be able to get some deffinative answers for me about what is going on.

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Mom/Sister Infected {edited}
Posted by Treavor Walton
Last Reply January 26, 2011 at 20:48
Started January 26, 2011 at 15:56

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Started by Treavor Walton Posted: January 26, 2011 at 07:28 My Mom has MS and has been battling MRSA for more than 2 years. She's done a bunch of antibiotic treatments and although she hasn't had a boil in a while, it still lives in her nose. My Sister lives with my Mom and recently had a massive MRSA outbreak. Its so bad that her Dr. wants to enter her into a medical journal! I've been online and read so many different things about MRSA that Im kinda dizzy over it.
What I want to know is which if any of these so called "natural remedies" is actually legit. {edited} Clearly the antibiotics are iffy, and haven't worked yet. 18268

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