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Colonized MRSA and new baby
Posted by Dolores
Last Reply September 9, 2010 at 06:05
Started September 2, 2010 at 15:39
A year ago I was diagnosed with colonized MRSA by nose swab upon entering the hospital coming from another hospital for a broken bone in my arm and was immediately put in isolation. I'd had surgery on that arm to repair it in the first hospital and a few months later had surgery on my finger and had no trouble with either surgery (no infections). I do have a respitory condition that requires me to use an air compressor pushing moist air by using a mask to sleep with and also take medication in this manner. I am now going to be great grandmother and of course very concerned. Am I at risk of passing MRSA to this new baby by holding it? Do I have to do anything special to protect this baby?


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Why not mandatory patient testing for MRSA?
Posted by MikeT
Last Reply September 8, 2010 at 08:08
Started September 5, 2010 at 19:26
I'm not sure if this is venting, an opinion
or a question. If Norway can drastically
reduce their incidence of MRSA, why can't
the US? I write this after my worst
infection & feel near death. After years of
infections, this entered my blood stream
& posts I've read lead to:

I've searched many subjects/read a bunch
of posts in this forum and have come to a
basic conclusion that the US medical "
business" has failed us and is contributing
to the MRSA illness and related death toll.
This monster has been in my system since
at least 2000 (maybe since childhood) I've
NEVER been tested or treated properly or
correctly. I'm now 58 and feel like MRSA
has won & I've lost and will become a
death statistic.

With all this new Federal medical
insurance coming, it would greatly serve
everybodys interests if laws were put into
effect for all medical practicioners,
clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and
anybody else seeing a patient for any
condi... read more

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Long Term MRSA, Atrophy, Lactic Acid Pain
Posted by MikeT
Last Reply September 6, 2010 at 19:50
Started September 4, 2010 at 16:51
I've seen some info on my questions, but
many forums to search for specific info.
Wish there was a phrase or words search
separating forum sujbects.

I've posted on the "Infect bones/joints
page & owe LadyK a response (right after
this). I've been battling MRSA since 2000
w/skin infections, respiratory infections &
possibly others. With my latest/worst skin
infection I found how sick you can actually
become. I took time for a lot of research.
Found this fantastic site while healing.

This last infection went into or added to
my blood stream. Felt I was near death &
a couple days considered death a better
option. Had a mental breakdown 3 years
ago resulting in Major Depression (&
other disorders). I discussed this w/
psychologist yesterday. Made his ears
perk up. They're supposed to report these
thoughts, but in this case I found him the
1st to understand & he's taking action to
get me into Mayo Clinic.
Background:
Over 10 years my ener... read more

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MRSA Round 2
Posted by Erin
Last Reply September 3, 2010 at 18:07
Started September 2, 2010 at 16:19
I believe I am in my second bout with MRSA. Had it back in May of this year on my calf. Intensely painful, it had to be packed once it was drained for 3 weeks. Ugh. Was on antibiotics including doxycycline and sulfameth. I believe it is back. This time on my buttocks. It is starting to swell, get red. I feel it getting hard in the center but see no head. Am trying to avoid the doctor since I have no insurance right now. Have been applying muprocin on it for 3 days. Trying the bleach bath theory tonight. Any other suggestions?

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Mrsa?
Posted by tisha
Last Reply September 1, 2010 at 03:35
Started November 26, 2007 at 01:25
Our story starts in June when I (mom) develpoed my first boil on my
knee. I was doing girl scout camp and thought that I had gotten
bitten by something or it was an ingrown hair. That one healed on its
own after it drained. In August I got another boil this time on my
stomach. I went to the doctor and was put on antibiotics.

My then 18 month old son got a boil on his bottom the end of
september, I knew when i seen it what it was and took him to the
doctor immediately. He was put on anitbiotic and it cleared

My husband got his first boil the beggining of november, right below
his belt line, doctor said it was an ingrown hair, put him on
antibiotic and it drained and cleared

While I was changing my now, 21 month old son, I see the aw to
familuar looking pimple thingy and take him to the doctors. Yep the
begining of a boil they called it celetius this time. By thursday it
covered his whole cheek. He could not sit. He started running a fever
by the time i took him t... read more

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blood test?
Posted by kristina
Last Reply September 1, 2010 at 01:11
Started August 30, 2010 at 03:20
My daughter (15 months) finished her 10 day antibiotic on Friday for MRSA. She had a cut on her leg that got infected. She has an appt Tuesday at the dr for her regular check up. I called and told the nurse I would like a blood test done to make sure the infection is really gone. She made it sound like I was CRAZY and said they normally don't do that. Told me to speak to the dr Tuesday. Her leg looks 100% better! Still a bit red but not hard anymore or swollen.

Does this sound like I am asking a strange thing? Am I overreacting by asking for bloodwork?

Thanks :)

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Treatment timeline
Posted by mrod424
Last Reply August 28, 2010 at 20:56
Started August 21, 2010 at 18:23
I would like to hear how long your doctors let the MRSA progress before
being more assertive with treatment. My sores started last Saturday around
incisions from arthroscopic knee surgery. My Monday, they were about the
size of a dime. I saw a PA at the surgeon's office and he sutured one of the
incisions because of swelling. He gave me nothing for the infection. I had a
3 day course of Keflex right after surgery (8/9/10). By Wednesday, the sores
were as big as quarters and I saw the surgeon. His nurse said it looked like
MRSA but the doc wouldn't commit. They drug their feet on a referral to an
ID specialist. So I went to the ER in hopes of a faster referral. The ER doc
said MRSA, and gave me bactrim and really minimized the severity. I am
immune compromised with sjogren's, possible lupus (speckled patteren ANA),
and I have had MRSA two years ago. I was on IV for 5 days in the hospital
and 30 days outpatient. The next day I saw my GP and he tho... read more

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MRSA-specific cleaning questions
Posted by Ben
Last Reply August 28, 2010 at 16:52
Started August 23, 2010 at 09:06
Forgive me if this is a repeated topic...I searched and didn't find much.

I'm wondering about certain cleaning methods that I'm not familiar with. I'm a
bachelor, and consider myself to be of average cleanliness.

But disinfecting furniture? Disinfecting carpet? Some of these things are over my
head, so please be patient with me.

An added wrinkle is that I have eczema, so any natural, non-chem products or
substances you can suggest are appreciated.

I'm curious as to how to "disinfect" furniture and carpets. Do you spray stuff on
and let it dry? Are you steam cleaning? Obviously I can't use my bleach water, but
I'm not optimistic that benzyl peroxide or vinegar will work. Peroxide isn't good
for eczema, anyway. I thought that leaving something damp encourages bacteria,
so I'm confused as to the spray on method.
I also use a shop vac for corners and baseboards, but I'm concerned about the out-
vent of the unit....it blows out the back while runni... read more

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MRSA and Hypothyroidism
Posted by Albert G
Last Reply August 27, 2010 at 16:35
Started August 25, 2010 at 23:58
About 2 years ago I had a nasty MRSA infection. Life threatening and at a minimum feared losing my leg. Fortunately I knew something was wrong and life and limb are still there.

However, about 2 years later I now have hypothyroidism (hashimoto's disease). Wondering if the thyroid/autoimmune problems could be related to the previous MRSA infection?

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Allergic reactions
Posted by mrod424
Last Reply August 27, 2010 at 07:50
Started August 26, 2010 at 19:04
I am immune compromised with Sjogrens and Lupus. I had arthroscopic
surgery and developed MRSA 6 days post-op. I have a hard time finding a
doctor to take my case. The surgeon denied it was infection. I have been to
the ER 3 times .. all saying MRSA. The first one gave me Bactrim. I took one
dose and itched ... the second dose hives all over. GP took me off Bactrim and
increased a daily dose of doxycycline i had been taking for my facial rash of
40 mg. He increased it to 100 mg twice a day. The infections worsened and
returned to ER, he gave me an IV of vancomycin. Got a headache but that
was all. Treated with a Vicodin, which did nothing. Then given
morphine/phenergan and again did nothing. Didn't even make me drowsy.
Saw and IDD on Tuesday and he said MRSA and a 15 day regiment of Vanc
and a PICC line. The first infusion of Vanc caused a headache again. The
within 10 minutes, I started a red flush up my neck and onto my face. Then
began wh... read more

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In my sinuses?
Posted by StellaBlue
Last Reply August 26, 2010 at 18:51
Started July 17, 2010 at 20:58
Hi everyone, I'll make my long story short. I'm in my early 30's and have suffered with allergies/chronic sinusitis my whole life. I had balloon sinus surgery on June 25h, which went well. A few days post-op, my ENT told me that they cultured a "mass" (basically, a big blob of snot) from my maxillary sinus, which was "staph". He didn't SAY MRSA. I was already on routine post-op Augmentin.

After I completed the AUgmentin, a felt great for a few days and then started to develop an infection. Went back to ENT, he cultured both nasal passages and put me on Avelox for ten days. He told me that I may be "colonized", and the next step would be nebulized antibiotics. I see him monday to find out what the culture said.

Would he have told me that the original culture was MRSA staph? Could I have gotten MRSA during the surgery? I am sooos scared, but I really feel that this is MRSA. HELP!


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Is this mrsa
Posted by Danielle
Last Reply August 26, 2010 at 04:59
Started August 24, 2010 at 21:12
I am very concerned my son had what appeared to be a pimple on left area of his face above his temple area. He popped it and a day later is was bigger sohe popped it again and within a day it was the a red swollen area the size of a half dollar and just to slighty touch it produced ooze whitish/yellowish. I told him to leave it alone cleaned it with peroxide (thinking it is an infected pimple) and then put some neosporin on it and told him when he got a shower to wash his face with the clearasil facewash. The next day when I got home from work it was worse his face was becoming swollen and the area under his left eye was all puffy and the thing was justing oozing i was trying just to clean his hair away from the area because it was getting matted in the ooze. Any it hurt him badly just to wipe around the area. so last night i look online for severely infected pimples to see what I could do. Then it sounded more like a boil from what i was reading and this said t put warm compr... read more

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15 month old with MRSA
Posted by kristina
Last Reply August 25, 2010 at 04:00
Started August 24, 2010 at 19:48
Hello!

My 15 month old daughter was diagnosed with MRSA last week. She had a "cut" on her leg that was hard and very painful for her. Dr took a culture and it tested positve for MRSA. They have given her an antibiotic for 10 days (apparently this medicine was tested in her culture and worked). I am worried about it getting to other parts of her body or even of it returning again.

Any help would be great. Thanks!

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Compensation Greed
Posted by Peter Lewis
Last Reply August 24, 2010 at 16:15
Started August 24, 2010 at 12:03
Recently reading about the kitty Cope saga and her large payout it sent out alarm bells about the crazy compensation culture that has gripped the UK.

A friend of my mothers also living in South Wales had a hip operation that resulted in a very severe case of MRSA infection.

So severe was her condition that she remained in hospital for over three months and it was deemed neccessary to call the priest to give her comfort with staff believing she was on deaths door.

Thankfully she did pull through but has undergone another hip operation which still leaves her in some discomfort.

She is not the same age as Kitty Cope but has reached retirement age and the thought of any redress from the hospital was the last thing on her mind.

I myself was born in the early 1960s when the thought of where there's blame there's a claim was almost unheard of.

I participate in active sports events on a regular basis and did hurt myself badly some years ago.

Did i claim ? Certainly not.... read more

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A few colonization questions.
Posted by John
Last Reply August 23, 2010 at 02:56
Started June 5, 2010 at 19:46
This week I was hospitalized for a MRSA infection. My nose tested negative.

1.So, can I have gotten an infection and beat it with antibiotics and NOT be a carrier?
2. If it is on the skin and not in the nose is it possible to eradicate it from the skin for good?
3. If it is so tenacious to get rid of from skin why does proper hand washing help?

Thanks for your help!

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MRSA in child, no more symptoms
Posted by Momasita
Last Reply August 22, 2010 at 04:49
Started August 19, 2010 at 17:10
My child had an ear infection that was not clearing up with Floxin, so our Doctor swabbed her ear and the culture came back positive for MRSA. We changed antibiotics and the ear infection cleared right away. We went back and they swabbed her nose. The culture came back positive for MRSA. We are now putting Mupirocin in her nose. She has no symptoms. No rash. No fever. She has now missed two weeks of school, and because of the second culture from her nose coming back positive can't go back even though her ear infection is cleared. I'm waiting on a call back from an infectious disease doctor that I am told is VERY busy. I'm told there is a LONG wait for an appointment. In the mean time I have been reading online about people being "carriers" indefinitely! Others say that they had to go into the hospital! I'm freaking out that she may be a carrier forever. Does this mean that she’ll never be able to go to school again??

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MERSA @ Cleveland Clinic
Posted by Ken W.
Last Reply August 20, 2010 at 23:14
Started August 16, 2010
On June 29th 2010 I had surgery for GERD, and contracted MERSA from the surgery staff and the 4" incision from my ribs to my belly button was swelled up an inch high and 4" long. I was told on July 3rd that it was normal and the swelling will go away. I was released on the 4th and I asked if I should have antibiotics for the swelling and the nurses got upset with me and told me again that it was normal. I called Dr.Rices nurse the next day and she again told me to wait it out, "Its Normal".On July 6th I was walking in my yard and my incision bursted and shot out about 16" with a surgical sponge sticking to my sweatpants that came from the wound.I then called Dr Rices nurse again and she told me to either to come in then or go to the nearest ER. I went to Aultman ER in Canton,Ohio and the ER doctor squeezed out about 6 more ounces of infection fron the wound, and perscribed me Bactrim DS. The next day it swelled up again and I called Dr Rices nurse again. She told me to be there by... read more

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Surgery from He_ _
Posted by Ken W
Last Reply August 20, 2010 at 19:48
Started August 20, 2010 at 01:04
I have MERSA also. I had GERD surgery @ Cleveland Clinic on June 29th 2010 and on the 3rd of july my incision was swelled and very painful. I asked a nurse if I shouldn't have some anti-biotics or something since it seems infected. I was told it looks normal and I shouldn't worry. While I layed in the hospital, I asked for my bed sheets to be changed several times since they were soaked from sweat from breaking a fever, the nurses neglected to change them. I was released on Sunday July 4th and I walked around here in dire pain. On July 5th, I called Dr. Rices nurse and I was told again that I shouldn't worry, it was normal for a major surgery like I had. About noon on July 6th I was walking across my yard without a shirt on and my wound bursted and it squirted out about 15-16" and a surgical sponge landed on my sweat pants and stuck there.I again called Dr Rices nurse and she told me to go directly to my nearest emergency room. I then went to Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio The ER ... read more

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Lawsuits
Posted by Marlene
Last Reply August 19, 2010 at 18:02
Started August 19, 2010 at 18:02
I live in Northern Calif. and have researched lawsuits. We are only successful if we can prove that we've died from MRSA! We all have a nightmare to share and they are all similar stories...we've suffered and are still suffering. That's the bottom line! I can only hope that we can collectively come together and make our various hospitals and communities accountable for our misery.

This forum is a good start. What shall we do next?

Still in limbo,
Marlene

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CA-MSSA in Washington, DC
Posted by Brad (27- Texas)
Last Reply August 18, 2010 at 18:12
Started August 16, 2010 at 05:12
I moved to Washington, DC in June 2010 for a summer internship. After being in the city for about three weeks, I noticed a small bump on the my neck directly over my Adam's apple. Thinking it was a razor bump or zit, I put some benzoyl peroxide on it and went to bed. The next day, the bump doubled in size and became incredibly painful. Over the next four days, the boil grew to 4 inches long and started to impact my swallowing/breathing. I went to an ENT who tried to drain it, but no fluid came out, which meant cellulitis. I was put on Levaquin and over the next four days had the lesion reopened twice. The meds did nothing and I ended up developing another lesion in my right nostril a week later. As my face began to swell, I went to the ER and they admitted me instantly fearing I had MRSA. After four days of IV antibiotics (mostly Penicillin and Clindamycin), I was released when both lesions began to recede.

Eight days after being discharged, two more lesions began to develop on e... read more

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