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compromised immune system MRSA
Posted by tired of it all
Last Reply March 21, 2011 at 19:38
Started July 18, 2010 at 19:45
I am a 48 yr old woman, who has had her share of being ill. 2 heart
attacks, cancer, spleenectomy, chronic infections. Well i had 2
surgeries on May 31, 2010 one for sinuses and the other for possible
oral cancer re-occuring. Turns out my cancer has returned so went in
for another surgery on the 15th of july, 2010 to remove more tissue
and maybe avoid chemo. Well,,,, while i was in there they cultured me
and put a sign up on my door that said i have mrsa. so now i wait to
hear if there was any more cancer cells in this recent surgery...and i
am really scared of this new mention of mrsa. the doctor's act like it
is no big deal..but with a compromised immune system i reall y think
it is. All they did was give me a piece of paper saying to take care
of cleaning and good luck. One funny thing was when it was time for me
to leave they sent in a different doctor, and i asked him are you
discharging me ? He said and i quote, " if you feel you are well
enough the... read more

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Tea Tree Oil Bar Soap resistancy and Probotics
Posted by VintageGirl
Last Reply March 21, 2011 at 15:51
Started March 21, 2011 at 15:51
Hi Everyone

Quick questions

1. Can using tea tree oil 100% pure bar soap to bathe everyday form a resistancy with MRSA? (I want to use this on my 3 yr old for his showers everyday and then just do a once a week Hibiclens wash)

2. I bought my 3 year old a daily probotic to take, is this something that is safe to give him everyday without harming his immune system?

I could not find any infor about this online so I thought maybe you'll had some info for me. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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Working in Hospital & Bringing Home MRSA?
Posted by Vintagegirl
Last Reply March 15, 2011 at 16:31
Started March 14, 2011 at 19:40
My mom works in a hospital, she does housekeeping in a cardiac treatment floor. Is it possibel that the shoes she wears at work can bring any form of MRSA to her house?

The reason I ask is because my child has had 3 staph infections, we don't live with my mom, however he visits often, can it be possible that he got it from my moms house?

I am just paranoid, noone understands my concern about staph infections, they just think I am a germaphobe that wants her kid in a bubble. Makes me cry.

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Boils that never drained
Posted by VintageGirl
Last Reply March 15, 2011 at 14:22
Started March 15, 2011 at 14:22
Its me again, sorry but you'll seem to know tons about MRSA.

Ok so the last two boils my son got did not drain, I of course noted them right away when they started as tiny looking bites so I immediately started bactroban ointment, took him to the DR and they gave him the sulfa antibiotic.......his boils just vanished after oral antibiotic and the ointment. Is this ok?? I mean they were to small at the time to lance and they did not get big enough to form a head so they vanished after treatment.

Dr's just see this stuff as a regular cold......they see it so often it doesn't phase them anymore. My child tested positive for MRSA in June 2009 but was never tested seems they are just treating boils as if they were MRSA....... Anyways just wanted to know if it was fine they never drained and vanished since they did not get out of control from the very beginning.

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Recurrent MRSA skin infections
Posted by Jon
Last Reply March 13, 2011 at 02:21
Started March 9, 2011 at 01:24
Hi everyone,

I believe I've been dealing with MRSA infections for at least the past couple years,
but I was only officially diagnosed this past November. I had several surgeries over
the last few years, so I bet I either caught it in the hospital or somewhere else
when my immune system was compromised.

I'm colonized with MRSA, and it's all over my skin. I've had positive cultures in my
groin area as well as in my nose. I'm constantly congested, and when I blow my
nose, it's always green mucus. I also get boils on my arms, legs, and back. The
maximum I have at any one time is probably three, but I think I also have activity
on my scalp.

I went on Bactrim for ten days back in November, and my skin and nasal symptoms
cleared up nicely; however, they all came back within a couple weeks. I saw an
infectious disease doctor yesterday, and he told me to wash my entire body with
Hibiclens once a week and also to put Mupiricin up my nose twice a day for se... read more

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Wound drained in bath
Posted by Dustin
Last Reply March 12, 2011 at 21:47
Started March 11, 2011 at 17:09
Before I knew my wound was MRSA I was
taking a bath while the wound was draining. I
was started on antibiotics the next evening. I
also took a shower after the bath. Am I going
to be covered in boils from head to toe? I feel
as though I'm a dead man. I'm so scared to
stop the antibiotics.

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taking probiotics while om bactrum??
Posted by steve
Last Reply March 12, 2011 at 20:54
Started March 12, 2011 at 10:46
IS it a god idea to take a probiotic while you are on bactrum??? or should you only take it after ? thanks

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mrsa treatment infection?
Posted by emily
Last Reply March 12, 2011 at 16:02
Started March 11, 2011 at 03:22
i've been treating for mrsa for about a month now, i have a hole in my
leg where i have to change and pack my gauss daily. everyday its been
fine, but now, its close to the surface and when the gauss was taken
out so i could change it, it was green. i'm extremely worried about
this, i am calling my doctor first thing in the morning but i was just
wondering if anyone here knows about this, and if this is normal?
do not have an abscess anymore, i'm just being treated with them
replacing my gauss.
i had to have surgery, and everyday i have to take out old gauss and
put in new. today the old gauss was green.

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mrsa ear infection
Posted by June
Last Reply March 11, 2011 at 22:27
Started March 10, 2011 at 14:58
I would like some feedback concerning how contagious is a mrsa ear infection. I have this infection and I'm concerned about my family, especially my children. Thank you.

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spine surgery
Posted by missy
Last Reply March 9, 2011 at 03:05
Started March 29, 2007 at 17:20
My husband had surgery put 2 rods and6 screws in his spine 3-5 day surgery ended up 31 day stay Due to MRSA in 3 wks he has 3 surgerys in his spine he is now on iv at home Cubicin 500mg for 4 wks along with cipro 500mg 2times a day and ripifin twice a day. He is awaiting MRI in 2 wks to see if wound is clear. MRSA is in wound ,bone, hardware. Any info would be greatly needed.

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live in mother with mrsa
Posted by chrisi
Last Reply March 8, 2011 at 20:05
Started March 7, 2011
Mom mother came home from a near 3 week hospital stay caused from pheumonia, copd and mrsa in her lungs. She lives with me and my family which includes 3 kids and 2 dogs, myself and my husband. I am really freaked out about the fact that she has mrsa and does not seem to thing that it is a big deal. I am making her stay in her room for the most part and when she does come out she wears a mask and gloves. My mother is what one might call a crabbie old lady and thinks that I am out of my mind for making her do this and going to through all of the disinfecting that me and my husband are doing(alot). My mother does not cover her mouth when coughing nor does she use a tissue when sneezing. And to top it off, her hygiene is not good to say the least. I am worried that it is going to come back and I will not know until she ends up in the hospital and by that time she will have contaminated the whole house, dog, kids and me. Can anyone PLEASE help me out. I have tried to research as much as... read more

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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.


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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/'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!


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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
A.I.S.I. LLC offers you an exclusive opportunity for the treatment of the MRSA patients via phage therapy based on experiments and scientific researches in the famous center of G.Eliava Research Institute “Bacteriophage” for Microbiology and Virology of Georgia.

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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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