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what if CA-MRSA is never treated?
Posted by kayro
Last Reply July 22, 2010 at 14:40
Started July 19, 2010 at 05:41
I have asked about this about 6 months ago. I believe my 89-year-old father may have MRSA and his doctor will not test him nor refer him to a specialist.

His symptoms are mostly an extremely itchy rash and an ocassional "bug-bite" or "pimple" type of manisfestation.

I would never have guessed MRSA myself except that I myself have had it, and after my initial diagnosis the man for whom I was a caregiver (who happened to be my dad's age) broke out in a similar painful, ultra-itchy rash like my father's present situation. With my employer, I suspected MRSA almost right away (because of my recent infection) but none of the several doctors I took him to would even consider it. I started out with his primary and from there we went to a dermatologist, an infectious disease specialist, his VA doctor and NOT ONE would seriously consider that his itchy rash (which would pop up here and then there and looked more like cellulitis to me) could be MRSA.

After about 5 months his orig... read more

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About the Clindamycin D-test
Posted by Emily
Last Reply July 22, 2010 at 03:58
Started July 22, 2010 at 03:58
I am a microbiology student. I hope there are some microbiologist here who can answer my questions. Its about the D-test.
We know that D-test is looking at the inducible clindamycin-resistance under the effect of erythromycin. But I encountered different patterns in the disc diffusion test.

1) The presence of D-zone with reduced MRSA growth.

2) A double-ring: normal growth -> reduced growth -> normal growth -> reduced growth towards the Clindamycin disc.

3) A clear circular zone within a D-zone.

4) Growth of MRSA around the CC disc within the outer clear zone.


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MRSA Please Help
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply July 22, 2010 at 03:08
Started July 13, 2010 at 02:42
My 29 month old daughter has MRSA and now has had it for going on 6 months. Every time i take her to the doctor they give me the same meds and it goes away for maybe a day but only after two weeks of using meds. Then she gets it again, right now she has 3 of them and its to the point she isn't eating well, having trouble sleeping because they are all on her thighs and bottom. She tells me it hurts all the time and i want to relieve her of the pain, but no doc seems to know exactly what to do. She's so tiny and doesn't understand why i can't get rid of it. If anyone has tips or a good source who can tell me what to do please let me know. I'm tired of her hurting. And i just had a newborn a month ago and im sooo scared she's gonna get it to. Please Help.
Thank You

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Had MRSA a month ago, now slight fever
Posted by Ares
Last Reply July 21, 2010 at 03:34
Started July 18, 2010
I was in the hospital for 8 days last month with MRSA I feltt fine after being
discharged except for how the bactrim made me feel. Now a month later I have a
very slight fever the highest it's been was 102.5 and that was only once. In the
morning when I wake I'm at 97-99 usually at night it starts to spike. Iv had the
fevers for about 3 days, but again I feel completely fine and have no lesions or
pain anywhere. Do I need to see a doctor or go to the ER?

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Zyvox / Bactroban???
Posted by Keith
Last Reply July 17, 2010 at 02:56
Started January 9, 2009 at 13:53
I am now under the care of an ID doctor; the last culture I received came back inconclusive largely due to the exuberant amount of antibiotics I had been taking including the IV treatment in the hospital of Vancomycin. I have now started the next phase of treatments including the antibacterial wash recommended by Ladyk, probiotics in addition the ID doc prescribed Bactroban and Zyvox. I have read up on these two antibiotics, though would like anyoneís opinion who may have used these treatments and what the outcome was. Has anyone encountered any adverse effects while utilizing these treatments either during the course of administration or after effects once completing the cycle? The Zyvox is to be administered twice daily 600mg for two weeks at which time a meet with the ID doc again, the Bactroban is to be used twice daily in nose and on current and forming lesions. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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A tip worth sharing
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply July 16, 2010 at 23:12
Started July 16, 2010 at 23:12
It has been a year since MRSA came into our family. First our teenager, then me, then Hubby. We have learned a ton from this site!

We adults have regained our health without antibiotics, using the suggestions here. We now maintain with occasional topical treatments and extra supplements if needed.

Our son is back on antibiotics for the first time since last fall, after a relapse following dental surgery. Because of the time he had to rebuild his immune system during nine months without antibiotics, he is having no issues with the Bactrim, and it appears to be working.

The PA gave us a key piece of advice which I think is worth sharing here. She told our son that hot compresses and baths are the most important thing, 'more important than medication', because the bloodstream, carrying medication [or whatever you take internally] must reach the infection site in order to work.

The temptation is to quit with the compresses and baths when the initial wound or infection se... read more

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Site for checking med interactions
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply July 9, 2010 at 22:16
Started July 9, 2010 at 22:16
I just stumbled upon this site, eHealthMe - Real World Drug Outcomes, which compiles statistics and drug interactions if you put the names into the search bar. Interesting, I have never seen anything like it before...


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Kidney stones
Posted by Don
Last Reply July 6, 2010 at 16:14
Started July 5, 2010 at 16:16
Thank you Lady K for your reply and informative input - as well as the links. I now know that my water intake has been a problem as well as my diet. Changes are underway to correct these issues.


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Just Diagnosed/long-term prognosis?
Posted by Daniel B. Wheeler
Last Reply July 4, 2010 at 06:19
Started October 19, 2006 at 14:21
Have not been hospitalized since March. Diabetic since 1999. On injected insulin since April.

On 9/28/06, had a bout of gout in conjunction with high fever and chills. Right foot sensitive to touch, so kept it elevated and without covering. Next day noticed what appeared to be a spider bite about 5 inches above my ankle. Remember killing a spider while in bed with gout.

On 9/30/06, noticed red inflamed area greatly expanded from ankle to near knee. Area puffy, perhaps 1-1/2 times larger, with special tenderness/pain at spider bite location. Painful to walk. Saw MD on 10/2, initial diagnosis of either Staphyloccocus or Streptococcus infection, culture taken, was given Keflaxin and Bacitrin prescription. Had it filled same day and started immediately on 3 Keflaxin and 2 Bacitrin daily. Told to come back 10/4 for follow-up.

Received diagnosis 10/4 of MRSA. Wound had formed crater by then about 4 cm across, and had started weaping. Assumed pus was not good for area, and with do... read more

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Nancy R
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply July 2, 2010 at 14:28
Started July 2, 2010 at 01:33
Nancy , Vanessa has posted on the UK forum , i just thought id let you know........ since she left a message .

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Did boils go to bloodstream?
Posted by Ginger B
Last Reply June 26, 2010 at 19:10
Started June 24, 2010 at 11:06
I had 2 mrsa boils, one healed quickly and the other took 30+ days. But I am Diabetic II, and the 1st symptoms I had were flu type with trouble walking with hips, 6 days of flu then vomiting which I never do, so I went to doc and he prescribed SMT? antibiotics for the 2 boils. Now my sores healed but I feel so bad and hurt. My hips and legs in constant pain, I get pressure in them like my blood vessels want to explode, then stabbing sharp pain above ankle. I have very weak immune system and I need help. Money is a problem so I cannot consult my doc without it. He does nothing over phone. Please email me at if you know a solution for me. Thx.

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MRSA Cure with Garlic
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply June 24, 2010 at 15:23
Started June 26, 2007 at 23:48
Here is a great antidotal story that is true about a cure of MRSA from another forum printed here with permission. There is a chance that photos and diary of treatment will become available. I will let you know where and when.

Hi Arrow,

Interesting that you would bring this issue up right now (mrsa). I had plannedon posting here, regarding this issue, in the near future. I recently
connected with a woman who had mrsa from her ankles to her neck.
Serious, serious stuff. She was breathless, and nervous and eyes were
darty. Angry red rash all over. Horrible itching, legs would swell and
then crack and ooze. On and on.

She got on high dose garlic. Garlic cloves, crushed and washed down
with water, like a pill. about 4 cloves every few hours, doing maybe 25
a day. Between garlic doses she did about 3000 mgs of vitamin C. In
about a month the rash has totally disappeared from her upper body and
is isolated now to one lower leg: ankle, shin and some calf.
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my 2year old has MRSA
Posted by Casie
Last Reply June 16, 2010 at 19:09
Started May 5, 2010 at 05:49
My daughter turned 2 today and we had to take her to her Dr. She has had a what i thought was a diaper rash for over a week. We had changed diaper brands do to cost, so i thought at first it was a reaction to the new cheaper brand.The bumps got worse and yesterday looked like pimples with white heads in the center(only on her covered area of her buttocks)Anyway, so her Dr. said it looks like MRSA and gave us SULFAMETH-TRIMETH and RIFAMPIN.All i know is that after finding this web site im REALLY WORRIED and SCARED because he made it sound like if you take the meds it will go away!! But all you guys have said otherwise...Should i ask for a second oppinion? and should i worry about getting it and others getting it from my house too? And most importantly,is my daughter going to get worse?? SHES ONLY 2

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Joint/sinus problems
Posted by Kevin
Last Reply June 16, 2010 at 18:03
Started June 16, 2010 at 06:26
Just wondering if you have had MRSA in 2006 and 2007 can u have effects from it in 2010.I have a staff infection inside my nose where I have to use nasal rinse 3 times a day and even in the middle of the night because I get so stopped up I can't breath.I also have sleep apnea and that doesn't help out either.I've been to several ear,nose and throat specialist and they have tried everthing.Lately I've been having lots of problems with my feet.......when I stand up it feels like a stone bruise and I can barely walk. Can this be from MRSA? I take medicine for gout and have had lots of problems with that too but,just wondering if this can all be related to MRSA.I'm only 49 and fill like I'm 79.....Help me out if you can!! Thanks

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Posted by kATHY L
Last Reply June 15, 2010 at 19:10
Started June 13, 2010 at 15:14
Hello everyone,I went to the dr's office on Thur with a sore on my wrist,it looked like a small pimple with a white head,with red all around it and a little bit of swelling.He said he wanted to swab it,he cut it and bandaged it and told me it was a staph infection but not to be surprised if it was MRSA.My mother in law died a year ago after she had surgery on her heart,they had knicked her liver and from there the infection started. My wrist cleared up almost compleatly wih the cephalexin and sulfameth/trimethoprim in two days.Im really worried,my husband has rhumitoid arthritis and now has pnomonia. My results should be in tomarrow,im really worried,at this point my daughter in law wont let me near the baby EVER if this result is positive after some of the things she has read.well.thanks for listening

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Colonization sites- more than one?
Posted by sjb
Last Reply June 13, 2010 at 18:26
Started June 13, 2010 at 03:44
I have read earlier posts regarding colonization sites. I tested positive for MRSA in my
nose and I am treating with bactroban, is it possible to have more than one colony?

I have had sores/lesions in other places (ears, armpits and groin area) does that mean
I might have a MRSA colony there as well?

Does it make since to just treat one area and not the others?

Thank you to all who have answered my questions and for the great information on
this site. Obviously I am new at this.


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newly diagnosed need more info on MRSA PLEASE
Posted by sjbgarden
Last Reply June 13, 2010
Started June 11, 2010 at 14:16
I would love your help- newly diagnosed with MRSA colony and the Dr. was very
casual and vague. I have had seven very painful ear infections (cellulitis), two in my
nose, two folliculitis outbreaks on my arm and a very large boil that needed to be
drained in an area Iíd rather not discuss plus terrible bouts of vertigo. Finally, my ENT
told me to have a culture done with a dermatologist. Came back positive for MRSA.
The dermatologist told me to use bactroban ointment in my nose (where the culture
was taken) three times a day to kill the colony. I asked him if I should go see an ID
specialist and he told me I didnít need to, they would just tell me to do the same. But
I was told by my sonís dermatologist to defiantly go to an ID doctor because it is
probably in my sinuses and would need further treatment.

I know by reading your posts that so many of you have had a much more serious
infection, so I donít mean to complain but I feel awful. I have for years... read more

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Breastfeeding with MRSA
Posted by JJohnson
Last Reply June 12, 2010 at 05:59
Started June 10, 2010 at 13:34
I've been breastfeeding my baby, she's 5 months old, and just within the last week I have had an outbreak of MRSA. They are currently on the lower half of my abdomen, I've had these in the past but they were normally on my bottom. I'm making sure to keep them covered with bandaids, and I also put a towel over my belly while feeding her. This is the first outbreak since the delivery of my little girl. I'm just wondering if I should continue to breastfeed or what I should do? I can't even imagine her having to go through this painful situation. She has been running a low grade temp on and half for a few weeks, nothing over 100. It's usually around 99.5 but then again it is sometimes normal. I was assuming this was from teething although she hasn't gotten any teeth yet. Could me having this infection and me breastfeeding be causing her to carry a low grade temp? Any advice is much appreciated. I feel so helpless.

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Which herbs have helped you?
Posted by sjb
Last Reply June 11, 2010 at 14:45
Started June 11, 2010 at 14:45
I have been reading about the herbs some of you recommend.

Can you summarize the essentials before I go shopping?

I have read that the following are helpful:

Garlic high in Allicin (at least 6000 mcg/tablet)
Oil of oregino
Essencial greens
Pau Dí Arco
Asparagus extract

Anything else I should consider?

Thank you- and thank god for this site, I have not been able to talk with ANYONE

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SSDI for MRSA...Anyone applied and won?
Posted by Peg
Last Reply June 10, 2010 at 13:37
Started June 9, 2010 at 03:29
I am battling MRSA for the 13th time in two years and have tried every means of antibiotic therapy including IV Vanco and it keeps coming back. I am considering applying for SSDI for this infection but I don't see it listed on SSA list of medical conditions. I also suffer from arthritis, fibro, migraines and depression, which of course has gotten worse since having MRSA and loss of social contact with family and friends. Any feedback appreciated

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