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mrsa contagion
Posted by chas
Last Reply September 16, 2010 at 06:30
Started September 15, 2010 at 22:25
I had ca/mrsa about 3-4 weeks ago. I was unaware at the time what I had . I stayed at a condominium with my elder parents for 2-3 days at the time I had an active outbreak.After I found out I may have mrsa,2-4 days later, I alerted my parents after reading all these informative websites. Both my parents have contracted a bad cold and under doctors orders are on a z/pac(azithromycin) since 09/13. I am worried they could have mrsa. Can they have mrsa without the outward physical signs(sore,bite,boil etc)?. What should I look for with them? what symptoms? my mom is diabetes type2 also. I would like them to get some sort of test from doctor. Is my mrsa, whick has subsided possibly related to their colds. My sister and her son were also there with me 4weeks ago and had colds from allergies. Just because I had/have mrsa ,confirmed thru culture of sore, how do I make sure they are not infected

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When is it time to go to the Emergency Room?
Posted by MikeT
Last Reply September 15, 2010 at 18:30
Started September 12, 2010 at 23:17
I think this may affect more than just me.
As your symptoms from MRSA seem to get
worse, when do you go to the ER?

I'm losing the battle. Having visited the ER 12/
08, without sputum or other tests and being a
smoker, I was diagnosed & treated for "
bacterial brochitis". Three batteries of
antibiotics later, my diabetic self had reduced
symptoms, but didn't feel cured. Same thing
happened at the same ER in 2004. In March/
April 2009, having the same symptoms and
sick as a dog as my family doctor had died and
I was going to medicare, I made an
appontment with my old PCP & was treated by
this pulmonary specialist for the same (2
batteries of Spectracef). By May 2009 I was
able to get into a "medicare" doctor that
treated me with 2 batteries of Doxycyline and
also changed a bunch/added a bunch of meds
based on bloodwork & diabetes tests. One
med he put me on was 2000mg of Metformin
that almost killed me.
While I can agree my diabetes reading... read more

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RESOURCE: 5 MRSA 'Hot Spots'
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 13, 2010 at 18:27
Started September 13, 2010 at 18:27

[“Why do so many people carry staph germs? Because the human body is the staph bacterium's natural habitat, says Gordon Dickinson, MD, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Miami and the Miami VA Medical Center.”]

"We are the ecology," Dickinson tells WebMD. "Humans are the ecological niche for Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is just a variant."

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=84984


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MRSA in Florida
Posted by Wayne
Last Reply September 12, 2010 at 02:51
Started September 9, 2005 at 10:30
Hello all. I contracted MRSA, most likely in 2003, when I was admitted to a hospital for a week with an unrelated intestinal infection. Of course I had no idea I had acquired a nice little "present" from the hospital until nine months later when I was bitten by a spider. The wound became abcessed and severely imflamed. So I went to the hospital, had it lanced and drained, and I was told to come back in two days if it wasn't better. Well two days later it was much worse and I came back to the ER to find out the abcess contained MRSA. I was sent to an Infectious Disease Specialist, who had a pic-line I.V. installed into my arm that goes to the heart. For five weeks I received daily intravenous Vancomyacin treatments at this doctor's clinic. The wound healed fine, and two weeks after my I.V. was removed I had a full blood panel done and was declared MRSA free. Things were fine for six months until I developed a nasty sinus infection that wouldn't respond to conventional anti-biotics. ... read more

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MRSA * PLEASE HELP*
Posted by Kim
Last Reply September 11, 2010 at 17:46
Started September 5, 2010 at 08:43
My dad has chronic leg wounds. The current one he's had for 3+ years. I think the Dr.'s are clueless, as he has been on oral, IV, and silver patches, as well as pressure pumps, he has had vein surgery, . . .I swear no one knows how to fix this and I'm tired of seeing him get sicker with all this medicine. PLEASE if anyone has been through this or ANYONE who can help us!!!! You will be in my graces!!! kgough84@msn.com

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symptoms of garlic allergy
Posted by edp
Last Reply September 11, 2010 at 05:56
Started September 11, 2010
How will I know if I am allergic to garlic? Is it the same as taking meds like antibiotics where you develop rashes in your skin or part of your body gets swollen when you become allergic to it?

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mrsa-thyroid
Posted by debbi
Last Reply September 9, 2010 at 22:16
Started September 9, 2010 at 20:40
My niece had a lump removed back in nov 2009. A few days later the
site had drainage and was swollen - her doctor told her she was ok and
was normal- put on antaboitic. Then jan or feb she started with sever
pain in her hands and joints...swelling she would go to doctor or er
and they would give her pain meds but then in my opinion just thought
it was in her head and she just wanted drugs. She has been to several
different specialist and blood work taken and they can not figure what
if anything is wrong with her. She is being passed around from dr.
specialist to dr. The latest dr told her her thyroid quit working.
She is on meds for this for 2 months. Then the other day her face
swelled up her hands are so swollen she can not hold a pencil and
sometimes can not drive. She went to er with swollen face 3 times the
size and a sore on face. and they sent her home on yet another
antobotic and pain meds. Then two days later she went to the er
because... read more

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cranberry juice and MRSA
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply September 9, 2010 at 22:05
Started September 9, 2010 at 18:49
Expanding their scope of study on the mechanisms of bacterial infection, researchers at
Worcester (Massachusetts) Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have reported the surprise finding
from a small clinical study that cranberry juicecocktail blocked a strain of Staphylococcus
aureus (S. aureus) from beginning the process of infection.

www.prohealth.com/aids/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=15571

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SCARED
Posted by Red
Last Reply September 9, 2010 at 06:18
Started August 31, 2010 at 03:56
Had a blister and got CA-MRSA on my finger. How common is this MRSA thing? Sounds like it is spreading like wild fire. I am ashamed to tell anyone. The one friend I did tell is afraid to come near me. I feel like I have leprosy. My ID DR seemed confident it was healing and I am on antibiotics for 2 weeks and ointment. This is terrifying. So many people seem to have it. I hope to find friendship and some compssion here. God bless you all.

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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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