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Need Advice/Help for Son
Posted by Jenni
Last Reply May 10, 2011 at 17:36
Started May 9, 2011 at 17:49
My 22 yr old son has had MRSA skin eruptions for the past 3-4 yrs. At first he thought they were spider bites, but then when they just wouldn't stop, he saw a Dr. who said it was MRSA. He has taken antibiotics to clear them up, but new ones always pop up, mostly on his legs. Now I find out he has had an ear infection since January that won't clear up. He has taken several courses of antibiotics, but still has it. I don't know if this could be MRSA related or not, but I'm concerned. Five yrs ago he had a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized for over a month; was intubated, had feeding tube in stomach, and other invasive procedures and I think this is where the MRSA came from, because it was within the next yr or so that this started. The ear that is infected now is on the same side of his head that had the injury, and the same ear which he bled from at the time of the accident. I don't know if this means anything, but I am very concerned and don't really know what to do. He's ... read more

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HELP Long term mrsa effects???
Posted by Kari
Last Reply May 10, 2011
Started April 20, 2011 at 01:18
I had mrsa back in May of 2010. I was on lots of oral meds. Finally the
wound tested negative, however I still have pain in my leg from my hip
to my foot. I have been nerve doctor who said I had a bad nerve in my
leg and put me on more meds. I have told them they do not help sent me
to a pain dr to have a nerve block done this made the problem worse. Now
I have muscle aches and muscle spasm in my leg. What should I do now???
Never have had my blood work done to check any levels never seen an
infection doctor... any ideas?? I hope Iím not stuck with this pain Iím
only 28.... :(

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Prolonged Fever/Sinus
Posted by L
Last Reply May 9, 2011 at 01:10
Started May 6, 2011 at 18:13
I've been running a fever since January. Finally found what they thought was source of fever in March--inflamed sinus cavity. I underwent sinus surgery to have it cleaned out and a few other sinus things fixed 3 weeks ago. The fever (hovers around 100) remains. I had a Gram Stain and Culture of the sinus cavity done on Wednesday. I just go the Gram Stain results: Gram Positive Cocci with heavy growth and rare white blood cells and rare epithelial cells. The culture results should be ready Monday. My antibiotic has been switched to Augmentin.
What could these Gram Stain results mean?

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Mom and baby diagnosed w MRSA
Posted by Jamie
Last Reply May 8, 2011 at 21:27
Started May 6, 2011 at 03:05
Hello. My name is Jamie. I am a 25 yr old mother of three. I had a group of small
red bumps on my shin for a few weeks. They seemed to flare up more after a hot
shower and I would always scratch to relieve myself. I don't know if this rash of
pin head sized bumps had any relation to my devastating diagnosis but that's
where the problem still resides.

I noticed about 2 weeks ago a pimple on my shin. Day 2 it was red and
swollen. I figured it was a boil bc I've had boils before. In 2006 I had one on my
outer thigh and one about two months later under my armpit. For those I drained
them myself and never saw a doctor for them. Anyway day 3 the pain started if
the site was touched or rubbed clothing. Since I drained the other two , I figured
this was the same. I waited for a head to pop it but it never came. Day 4 was
awful, pain up my leg, couldn't walk. I almost called 911 but didn't want to scare
the kids so I promised I'd go the next day. That morning I d... read more

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Question for Bob
Posted by Amanda
Last Reply May 8, 2011 at 03:40
Started May 8, 2011 at 03:12
I have read your post on the garlic and I have staph on my finger. We have garlic growing all through our yard and some bigger pieces growing in a field beside us. Would this be a good kind of garlic to use?

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On the way out the door...
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply May 8, 2011 at 03:20
Started May 7, 2011 at 17:59
In my business the peak season is almost upon us and so most of my time will now have to be devoted to other matters so I will be making fewer posts, if any, over the next few months.

My experience spurred me to learn all I could about garlic and in doing so attended lectures by three of the most knowledgeable scientists in the world about garlic and also had extensive personal discussions with them. I learned from the best and I understand how garlic works and why no bacteria can become immune to it (see below). This is very valuable information which I think people are entitled to know, that is why I accepted Lady K's invitation to post, so I could teach others what I have learned and let them make of it what they will.

It's an educational thing.

Patients have a right to know about these things, as do doctors and, yes, we are allowed to discuss these things in a free and open society.

There is already enough information posted on enough aspects of using garlic so tha... read more

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YMCA (mrsa song )
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 8, 2011 at 01:25
Started May 8, 2011 at 01:25
I think you will find that this originally manifested from a Scottish hospital (Oban) the words have been diffrently re-arranged but it was the same idea ...........i think this one was more tastefully done rather than the pantomine Oban created for laugh's !!!!!!!!!

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'Storm' required viewing
Posted by Big Pharma is a Myth - Get Real!
Last Reply May 6, 2011 at 20:20
Started May 6, 2011 at 07:13
Everyone needs to check this out:

Yes, there are some rude, expletive words, be forewarned if you are a delicate and wilting little flower that may be 'offended'...

Just sit back, watch, listen, spend 10 minutes of your time learning some reality.

Watch the WHOLE thing, rewatch if needed, THEN you may discuss :)

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Please help me
Posted by Danyel Roark
Last Reply April 29, 2011 at 02:48
Started April 26, 2011 at 03:56
Re: Just got MRSA
Reply #4 by Danyel Roark Posted: April 26, 2011 at 03:39
Hi my name is Danyel and I had a c section in 2007 and shortly After my. Chin.
Swelled up really bad on my face and it that time I had no insurance so when I
did get approved for coverage it seemed to be to late. It took 4 months to get
insurance and another 5 weeks. for an appointment he immediately knew what it
was and I did all types of meds and scrubs they did not work my face swelled
nobody would like at me I hated myself for what my kids will have to get through
I went to a plastic surgeon no help there it help with my face. Then it spread
between my legs. They did surgery. Again and it got infected then my face then
too. Then a general surgeon thought he could help drained it no good again.
samething so he did it again in the hospital and while I begged to be put under
he said no it's a simple procedure that I will be ok during the surgery it went
wrong I started feeling piano ... read more

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Posted by Sarah
Last Reply April 27, 2011 at 18:45
Started April 27, 2011 at 15:49



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Just got MRSA
Posted by am
Last Reply April 26, 2011 at 04:22
Started February 17, 2010 at 06:26
I recently just got MRSA. I had a mole on my stomach that itched really bad. One day I felt something that stung and I lifted up my shirt and saw a clear blister on the border of the mole and skin. I touched the blister and it popped. I immediately cleaned it and within two days it was red and infected. I went to the doctor where he prescribed keflex. I took the medication for 7 days and the infection got worse. I had a hard lump under the mole that was 1 1/2 inches round. On top of that I had a 3 inch diameter of redness. It was red and really angry looking. My doctor immediately suspected MRSA and cut it open and cultured it. My doctor changed my medication to two really aggressive antibiotics which seem to be working. I am afraid that their will be some skin damage to that area. I am still really confused about MRSA. Do I have a MRSA infection or is it colonized? I am concerned about giving it to my wife and kids, My wife seems really paranoid about me giving it t... read more

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Sister with wicked MRSA wound infection
Posted by Jen
Last Reply April 23, 2011 at 14:23
Started April 23, 2011 at 06:22
My sister contracted a MRSA infection from foot surgery (and possibly because
brother-in-law is ID'd as carrier now and he is in the hospital presently for
systemic infection).

Anyway, my sister was VERY ill with all the classic symptoms of septicemia. Finally,
after some horrible treatment in two ER visits, she was hospitalized just shy of a
week for IV antibiotic treatment. She sustained liver impairment as a result and had
very enlarged lymph nodes in her groins. The infection had traveled from foot to
main circulation.

It took months for the medical staff to treat her and give proper diagnosis. She was
constantly turned away due to lack of insurance.

Here is my question. How long would it seem reasonable for her to be lacking any
energy and have no appetite? She has lost weight due to vomiting and infection.

To give an idea of her status, she used to play around on the computer ALL day,
playing games/social networking/chatting with family. She sm... read more

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Natural medicine for MRSA - thyme
Posted by RR
Last Reply April 23, 2011 at 02:22
Started April 21, 2011 at 01:02
One of my family member had MRSA infection and was on antibiotics (bacterim, clindamycin and doxycycline) for about 3-4 months with recurring blisters.

She also had tried non-irradiated garlic and all. Garlic helped a bit. But she had infections withing a week when antibiotic was stopped.

Finally one of her friend suggested to have thyme tea everyday. Dry thyme leaves are available in natural stores. Just have a teaspoon of dried thyme leaves in hot water. It was really amazing to see real results so quickly. Thyme is natural and therefore not much side effects.

It is also scientifically proven. For further details

Good luck everyone. My 2 cents.

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Honey Can Reverse Antibiotic Resistance
Posted by ruth
Last Reply April 22, 2011 at 15:58
Started April 21, 2011 at 03:18
Manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could
even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to new research.
Honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues which is an essential step in
the initiation of acute infections. Inhibiting attachment also blocks the formation of
biofilms, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause
persistent infections.

Honey can make MRSA more sensitive to antibiotics such as oxacillin -- effectively
reversing antibiotic resistance. This indicates that existing antibiotics may be more
effective against drug-resistant infections if used in combination with manuka honey.

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Throat Culture
Posted by sonomommy
Last Reply April 22, 2011 at 15:22
Started August 12, 2009 at 04:15
My 5yr old has had multiple bouts with ear infections and strep over the last year. Her
adenoids were removed two years ago because of their size. In preparation for a
tonsilectomy later this month her ENT did a throat culture. It came back MRSA. First
question- is this a new infection? She has had cultures done in the past that indicated
strep. Would these cultures not have indicated the MRSA as well if it were present?
Secondly- in that she has no skin lesions, no symptoms and no other signs of
infection what precautions should we be taking? We have two other children that I
want to protect as well as do what is best for her. Is there a possibility that she is just
a carrier and that this was an incidental finding? Finally- The ENT has put her on
Septra but I don't even know if sensitivity testing was done in the lab. Do we wait the
ten days for another culture or do we jump ahead to seek the care of a specialist? I
haven't yet figured out wether or not to l... read more

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Just checking in
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply April 19, 2011 at 15:29
Started April 19, 2011 at 13:56
Howdy Peeps! Just thought I'd drop by to say things still go well for me. It's been 4 years since my initial HA MRSA nightmare. It's hard to believe that you could be so sick for so long and recover. But I did!

This forum was very important to me during those dark and scary hours in the middle of the night when I thought all was lost. So, I try to stop by and offer encouragement to those still in the trenches.

If there is one thing that I can offer more than any other thing is that unless you have a good working relationship with your Infectious Disease Doctor you are in deep trouble. I don't care how amazing your other doctors may be, its the ID that is the one who will assess the damage and prescribe the meds.

And, build up your immune system with the RIGHT foods. Just eating isn't enough. You have to boost your system with dark, leafy greens, high quality protein, less fat and carbohydrates and foods lower in sugar. When on antibiotics, good bacteria dies along with the... read more

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mrsa in stage 4 bedsore desperate for help
Posted by audra
Last Reply April 18, 2011 at 04:19
Started April 15, 2011 at 21:10
my mom has a stage 4 bedsore and i have used prescription ointments and they don't help i was reading that genian violet is something to use and it works well for mrsa. Has anyone used this product or know of any products that may help her besore?

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Children's Grandparents with MRSA
Posted by ConcernedMom
Last Reply April 15, 2011 at 21:50
Started April 15, 2011 at 18:35
Both my mom and step-dad have had boughts with MRSA. Mother had it in her nostril twice and step-dad is just clearing up from his third round. Once on his face, once on belly, once on both inner thighs. I am now very concerned about having my 6 month old son and 4 year old daughter around them and being in their home. My mom keeps saying it's safe now, that my step-dad has cleared up for the third time. I worry though. How long should I wait until it is safe to have them go around their grandparents? Or even be in their home? Doctors keep saying that as long as they are on antibiotics then my children are safe being around them. My step-dad is horrible about not washing his hands. My husband even had a round of MRSA on his arm and we really believe that he picked it up at their house. However he was the first to go through the MRSA, next my Mom, then next my step-father. We had just visited my parents house though when my husband broke out with the infection.

Please h... read more

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Posted by mrsakilla
Last Reply April 13, 2011 at 20:58
Started April 12, 2011 at 19:15
For the last three months I have been told I have MRSA. I had a Gram Stain test ran on a a boil and this came up with rare cocci but no growth. The next month I had yet another Gram Stain ran on a boil but came back negative with no growth. Now this month I had a third boil tested and this came back negative. Amoxicilon,doxyclcyl,bactrim,oral vancocin, and clecocin have had no effects on these boils at all. Any thoughts?

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Posted by June
Last Reply April 6, 2011 at 21:56
Started April 5, 2011 at 14:17
I want to share my experience with mrsa. I was admitted to the hospital about 5 weeks ago with a very serious mrsa ear infection. I was first treated at an urgent care for swimmers ear and the infection progressed very rapidly. My ear swelled completely shut and I had lots of blood and pus draining from my ear. I'd never had an ear infection before. By the time I was able to get in to see an ENT dr. I was very sick. He took one look and scheduled me for surgery. The culture came back positive for mrsa. I was shocked because it happened so quickly and I'm a very healthy person. I was given clindamyicin and a sulfa ear drop. I took the antibiotics as prescribed and also supplemented them with a garlic water solution. I irrigated my sinuses and used the water as an ear drop. I did this twice a day for 2 weeks. I am happy to say that my last swabs have all came back negative for mrsa. I have decided that if I feel even a twinge in my ear, I will use the garlic again. My hope is... read more

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