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MRSA & work in the med invironment
Posted by Scared And Lost
Last Reply December 9, 2010 at 04:46
Started November 26, 2010 at 23:46
I was just diagnosed with MRSA infection on my toe. For a suspected infected ingrown toenail, the nail was removed and sent for a culture to rule out fungal causes. It came back as positive for MRSA and reactive to Bactrim. My Dr wanted to be very aggressive once the culture results came in. Prior I had been through 2-10 day rounds of Cephlexin and 2-7 day rounds of Bactrim (the first 1-2 X daily the second 2-2 X daily) Once he had the results he extended my Bactrim to 14 days (2-2 X daily) and added the Cleocin (2-3 X daily).

I am due to start a new job on Monday and it is at a hospital. I keep the toe completely covered, then in a sock and shoe. My husband and daughter have not had any issues and I've been fighting this for months now. So my question is : Is it safe for me to go to work and if so is it necessary to reveal my infection to them if I am keeping it covered and it is all but completely healed. I'm worried it will cost a job I've been looking for since the f... read more

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Uh Oh
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 8, 2010 at 04:51
Started November 17, 2010 at 16:51
Well Peeps, here we go again. Looks like my last real joint below my waist is in failure. My left knee, on the same leg that I had the HA-MRSA infection in back in 2007, is probably going to have to be re-placed. It's so hard to select that option, but the alternative is a wheelchair. I've done the wheelchair and frankly, I didn't care for it.

I see the ortho on Tuesday to make a decision. I'm always on high alert for MRSA, so you can imagine my mindset. I'm gonna eat a lot of Ben and Jerry's as I try to calm myself down.

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Made it through surgery
Posted by Shellyb
Last Reply December 1, 2010 at 18:46
Started November 28, 2010 at 12:32
It's been awhile since I posted here. We're all doing fine (cross fingers / knock on wood). My husband has been active infection free since his last outbreak (about one year ago) and my daughter's infection cleared up with the removal of the nail-bed from her toe (we're still having issues with her toe, but they are related to the scar tissue growing out as opposed to active MRSA infection). My latest news is that I has surgery recently to remove two Melanomas and several of my lymph nodes. I was very concerned about bringing open wounds into the house with our history of MRSA, but everything healed with no issues :) I know that I'm going to get taken by surprise one day when MRSA rears its ugly head again, but for now, we seem to have gotten control of it (again with the crossing fingers and knocking on

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my 3 yo and MRSA
Posted by B'smom
Last Reply November 23, 2010 at 20:36
Started July 14, 2010 at 18:40
My gorgeous 3 year old daughter has very recently tested positive for MRSA. Unlike the other topics I read my daughters MRSA is not coming in the form of pimples or boils.(however after reading others' expierences i remember when there was some questionable skin issues). She was plagued with chronic ear infections as an infant and had her first set of tubes put in at 6months. We went about 6 months with lots of runny noses and even got pneumonia shortly after tube placement. We got the diagnosis of allergies and thrown loritidine (sp?). Let me just say this that since the age of 6 months the longest we have gone without antibiotics 2 months. The longest being on constant antibiotics is 28 weeks.We had many blister diaper rashes and thrown cream after cream which sometimes worked sometimes didn't. We had dry patches of skin diagnosed as just that and told we needed to change soap and lotions. No soap or lotion ever worked in ridding of these "spots" which were almost blister ... read more

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MRSA infection
Posted by bicuspid
Last Reply November 22, 2010 at 21:26
Started November 22, 2010 at 21:26
I recently was admitted to my local hospital for Numerous Syncope episodes. While there I specifically told the ER staff that I did not want the hospital's cardiologist involved in my case due to previous encounters with him. To my surprise when I was being work up the next morning it was by the specific doctor I stated for them not to send. The hospital did not even notify my PC doctor, which I asked them to do during the admitting process. While in the hospital this particular doctor ignored every direction my cardiologist had given me. I have extreme low blood pressure which I take medication for but am not to be taking it within 4 hours of laying down. Well, in a hospital bed, you lie down. This doctor had the nurses giving me this medication. I had been advised to severely increase my sodium intake to help boost my pressure; this doctor cut sodium out completely. (This is when my blood pressure dropped to 69/48, I was told this could be deadly) It was like he was treating someo... read more

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Alopecia and MRSA?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply November 22, 2010 at 01:12
Started November 17, 2010 at 01:42
Well,here I go again. Its been one year and three months since last outbreak.Just wondering if anyone here has had Alopecia areata from the effects or treatment from MRSA.Since my last outbreak I have have been diagnosed with arthritis in neck with narrowing of vertabrea and bone spur pressing on nerve,severe dermatitis and just recently Alopecia.All of a sudden out of nowhere my daughter freaked and said you have a bald spot,then looking closer found 3 half dollar size spots and numerous nickle size.Also have pain in hip and seeing Dr for that in a few days.Chronic yeast infections,which are getting better with garlic and strict diet.Where does it end with this.Was healthy until Mrsa and IV antibiotic use for months.Any input would be greatly appreciated.Thanks

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My baby had MRSA
Posted by Shannon
Last Reply November 19, 2010 at 17:21
Started November 19, 2010 at 17:21
I have some concerns and was hoping someone here might have some answers. My now 13 month old baby girl ended up with MRSA last month. She had an abcsess in her groin area that had to be surgically removed. She spent a week in the hospital with fevers running at almost 105. The wound is now closed but she still has one hard part that just seems to stay that way. DR said it could take months for it to soften. Should I be concerned. I was told that she will forever have it and could easily get it again now. Is this true?

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Effective Treatment Without Antibiotics
Posted by JC
Last Reply November 16, 2010 at 15:43
Started November 16, 2010 at 06:24
I had a septic toe for over three months caused by MRSA. This is how I got rid of it without prescribed antibiotics. It began simple enough as a cut on the foot. Then the cut healed "funny" and a blister formed shortly thereafter. The blister went away then part of my foot and toe became septic and red, and then cellulitis set in. It was about this time that I decided to do something about it. (lol in retrospect) First I used bread and milk poltucies, potatoes, hot compresses, and elevation to draw the infection to a head. I then lanced the "head" and drained it. Being careful I made sure to keep the wound clean with hydrogen peroxide and to keep it covered. I also continued to try and draw the remaining infection out with continued poltucies and on occasion an epson salt soak. This worked out ok however it remained septic. This is when I started taking pau d' arco and oregon grape as well as high doses of vitamin C. I also stopped consuming white bread, sugar, caffeine, and saturat... read more

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I need some advice
Posted by couchmonkey
Last Reply November 16, 2010 at 07:09
Started November 6, 2010 at 07:07
I have had MRSA for 2 years now. I am 20 years old, and aside from
getting colds fairly often, I consider myself healthy. My doctor told
me I was colonized, I have taken nearly every kind of antibiotic. I
put the nasal cream inside my nose, taken bleach baths and wash my
hands frequently. The past year or so, my outbreaks have been less and
less extreme, with fewer trips to the hospital/doctor to have any
abscesses drained and stuffed. Id say its been about a year that I had
much trouble, and yet last week I noticed a spot, of course in one of
most humiliating places possible. After nearly a week of sitting on it
(literally) I couldnt take it any longer and went yesterday to the
hospital, where I was treated, and given antibiotics and such. When I
arrived at the hospital, I was only in pain, no fever. When I left the
hospital, on the drive home, I got a fever, and chills and could not
stop shivering for over an hour. I got a headache after awhile and
foug... read more

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help understanding MRSA
Posted by Echo
Last Reply November 13, 2010 at 06:41
Started November 11, 2010 at 05:22
hello my name is Echo and i am 20 years old.and besides the MRSA i consider myself to be in good health. i figure i should first of all start with my story and ask questions at the end. last spring around memorial day i woke up one morning with a bump on my right forarm. as the days went on this bump was getting larger and was very tender to the touch. i kept a bandaid on it but refused to go to the doctor to seek help for it because i was very stubborn.. adventually tho the pain from this bump grew to be just a little too much and was getting in the way of me enjoying everyday activities even though i didnt want to admit it. so i finally went to the doctor when my bump was about the size of a golf ball. entering the doctors office i thought for sure my bump was a spider bite. seeing i live very close to a large woods spiders are not uncommon for me to see. when i got into the office i told the doctor what i believed it was and he had no remaks to make against my observation. so he ... read more

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switched antibiotics/garlic
Posted by GINA
Last Reply November 5, 2010 at 08:58
Started November 4, 2010 at 10:16
Nsal mrsa 3rd time in two years.
Need some guidance and support. Feel awful. Depressed,

I am trying inhaling the garlic but still not better. I do not think I am doing it right .
Anyone else use this and how do you do it. Bob says not to boil it; ladyk said to boil it. Confused.

I felt better after 2 weeks on Biaxin and bactoban and had to stop them to be reswabbed . Awaiting results.
By the third day off antibiotics I had tiredness nausea and awful head pain back- no fungus smell in nose.

Now I am on again doxycycline and bactroban again and have to go off it to be retested next Monday when I see Inf Diseae. AFraid I will get worse. Had to lie down for days.
Is this normal ?


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Posted by Jlayn
Last Reply November 3, 2010 at 17:06
Started November 1, 2010 at 01:46

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Is more surgery actually gonna help?
Posted by Karen
Last Reply October 31, 2010 at 15:20
Started October 29, 2010 at 22:02
I have had 5 surgeries on my knee, 3 to remove the MRSA, and had a suggestion from a friend to have more. I currently have a 4in by 3in absess in my knee. But in all honesty it was a surgery that started this and I am actually scared! I know more surgeries will be necessary. I am missing the acl and possibly looking at a knee replacement. But why ask for more? Any suggestions would help!

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MRSA Reoccurance
Posted by WorriedTeen
Last Reply October 30, 2010 at 23:25
Started July 16, 2010 at 08:58
I have been experiencing symptoms of MRSA for the last week and a half, and am worried about the outcome of it. It's now in both arm pits and the pimple-like absesses are spreading aggressively throughout my right side very close to the breast line. I've had MRSA in the same spot in my right arm pit where they are, once again, beginning to appear. I had MRSA a month and a half ago and caught it through school pool usage. I immidietaly ceased all activities involving sharing working materials and now, after finishing my medication (One i can't remember the particular name ad Cephalexin) and following hygenic procedures, such as constant clean hands, The infection seems to be rapidly reapproaching it's prior, painful, state.

What is suggested I do about this. My immune system crashed right before i caught it due to a phlem-based pneumonia, and my body has a difficult time fighting diseases. Sudomethohexacolin was the other antibiotic i was perscribed.

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some garlic bulbs are not the same
Posted by edp
Last Reply October 29, 2010 at 13:33
Started October 27, 2010 at 22:09
I often see a garlic bulb where only one or two of the bigger cloves have epicotyl(green leaf) on the center. The rest are just like the smaller ones where you do not see any sprouts in them.Could it be that those bulbs of garlic were not fully irradiated? Do the larger ones remaining with green leaves can be used for treating mrsa?

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MRSA in mastoid / ear
Posted by Steve
Last Reply October 27, 2010 at 17:18
Started October 26, 2010 at 22:07
I have been on antiobiotics for about 9 months. I just finished 30 days on Bactrim DS with drainage returning prior to finishing the Rx. This infection started with an emergency room stay, after a car accident, over 1.5 years ago. Now the ENT wants me to consult with another physician for possible Mastoidectomy. Shouldn't the next step be to visit an Infectious Disease physician to consider a more assertive focus on the MRSA? This is starting to really take a toll on me. It may not be related, but it seems that any cuts or bruises are taking much longer to heal? Any suggestions?

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MRSA on Kids
Posted by Jen
Last Reply October 26, 2010 at 20:41
Started October 25, 2010 at 15:13
Hello, everyone. I have a seven-year-old boy, John, and a 5 year-old girl, Hannah, both of whom keep getting the little MRSA "pimples" around their mouths- on the chin, upper lip...sometimes on their nose. My son had it badly on his ear this summer- it even started spreading to a lymph gland and he had to go on antibiotics. Since then, both children have been battling off these little "bumps."

I keep the affected areas treated with StaphASeptic 3 x /day and have started giving them Manuka honey 3 X /day, as well as Vitamin C. If I fail to keep the Staph-A on the affected areas, they will usually sprout a new bump within a few days, or a rash. I immediately put the ointment back on and it stops.

I know this is MRSA because my husband has also been battling it for the past 2 years, and we have to keep his in check with Bactroban and 2.5 pH water (used in Japanese hospitals- yes, it really DOES treat MRSA wounds successfully!).

My concern is understandably increasing. I ... read more

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mrsa third time any suggestions
Posted by GINA
Last Reply October 26, 2010 at 12:27
Started October 22, 2010 at 12:25

I am posting a question regarding getting mrsa for the third time in two years.
I think the first two times were from a hospital setting post surgery.
In July I had a colonoscopy, but I had three clears for mrsa by August 23

Last week OCTOBER, I was told I have it again- this nasal mrsa.

I also read waxing can be a culprit and wondered if anyone had any ideas on this. The CDC has a page on their website and a study in Netherlands I googled also states waxing can be a culprit.

I havw PIDD (inherited) which is an immune disease (subject to sinus to bronchitis to pneumonia ) and am treated weekly with gammaglobulin (plasma.
ANy ideas appreciated.

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Please help me understand MRSA
Posted by Natalie
Last Reply October 23, 2010 at 19:04
Started October 23, 2010 at 04:01
I'm a fifteen year old girl and terribly worried. I was diagnosed with MRSA October 12th. I have 2 wounds, one on my groin region and one on the back of my thigh. On the 12th, I was prescribed Bactrim for ten days and Mupirocin. I took this Bactrim twice daily and applied the Mupirocin twice daily as well. On the ninth day, I woke up covered in a head to toe rash and went straight to Doctor's Care. They told me to stop taking the Bactrim immediately and then if the rash wasn't gone in four days then to come back. Well, that night I started having terrible itching which caused me to not be able to sleep. I went straight to the ER. They gave me a shot of Vistaril and I am now taking Prednisone daily along with Atarax one to two times daily for the itching. As of now, my two MRSA spots look a good bit better, but not completely. I'm still itching a bit as well. I'm incredibly worried about those spots scarring or more MRSA spots coming back in the future. Is the fact that I didn't comp... read more

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Been MIA
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply October 22, 2010 at 03:36
Started October 11, 2010 at 16:34
Howdy Peeps:

Whereas I try to check in every few weeks, its been crazy around here. My husband of 42 years had a heart attack back in December of last year and is having more problems. He had to be admitted to Johns Hopkins last week for stent work and has to go back this Thursday for even more.

I always hate having to go to any hospital due to my own horrendous experience, and having my husband have intrusive heart surgery involving even more stents is really hard for me to take. I had so many bad experiences with artificial implants it scares me to death know how much hardware he now has in his artery. He has 8 stents in one artery and a bypass. He also has a pacemaker.

The fear of MRSA is so strong that I have to check my emotions at the door. I know he has to have the stents done or else its another bypass.

I don't think we ever get over the emotional scars from MRSA. We may be able to push it back in our minds, but its always there.

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