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Mrsaphobia
Posted by Tana
Last Reply March 5, 2010
Started March 3, 2010 at 17:36
I have been dealing with Mrsa for over 3 years now and I recently had a car accident with minor neck injury and they want me to go to physical therapy and I refused because I am scared to death of getting infected again.I have been free from outbreak for 8 months and have worked hard to get this far.Am I being paranoid? I won't go to the gym and only go to the grocery store once a week and wipe cart down.Is this being overly cautious?

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MRSA Blood Test
Posted by Cynthia
Last Reply March 2, 2010 at 06:36
Started February 27, 2010 at 20:36
After a round of antibiotic clindamycin is there a blood test that can be done to rule out further infection

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Steam cleaner
Posted by Shelly B.
Last Reply February 27, 2010 at 17:16
Started February 26, 2010 at 23:34
What are the thoughts out there on steam cleaners (Shark Steam Blaster)?? They claim to kill the MRSA bacteria (heat from the steam?), as well as clean / disinfect without harsh chemicals. Any thoughts before I run out and spend money on one? I'm already spending on cleaning products, so this may be a savings in the long run if it really works on MRSA. Thanks!!

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Concerns growing over superbugs in our food...
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply February 25, 2010 at 17:26
Started February 25, 2010 at 17:26

Tainted Meat Exposed

Extensive research in Europe and Asia has found MRSA in many food animal species, and in the past year, US researchers have begun testing meat sold here. Scientists at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center tested 120 cuts of locally purchased meat and found MRSA in 4 percent of the pork and 1 percent of the beef. A University of Maryland scientist found it in 1 out of 300 pork samples from the Washington, DC, area. And a study in Canada (from which we import thousands of tons of meat annually) found MRSA in 9 percent of 212 pork samples. The percentages may be small, but according to the USDA, Americans eat more than 180 million pounds of meat every day. "When you consider the tiny size of the meat studies, the fact that they found any contamination at all is amazing," says Steven Roach, public health program director for Food Animal Concerns Trust.

In some cases, the tainted meat probably came from infected animals; in others, already infected... read more

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Hibiclense and Muropicin Questions
Posted by Tana
Last Reply February 24, 2010 at 17:13
Started September 10, 2009 at 01:27
I have been using The antibacterial soap every day and swabbing nose with muropicin first week of every month.Different doctors are telling me different things.Some tell me to swab nose everyday,another says 5 days on and two off,and yet another has told me one week every month? And with the wash they say everyday,and another says three days a week.Anyone have a regimen that is working with these without over doing it? The same with the allicin,oregano,olive leaf extract and C. Should I be doing all these at the same time or alternating some? I can see taking the allicin everyday and the C, but I have been having an issue with the Wild oregano giving me a burning sensation in my chest and causing irritation with bowel movements. I have not brought olive leaf yet.Hope someone who has been without an outbreak for awhile can give me some answers here.Please help anyone ?

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Infection Control
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply February 24, 2010 at 13:57
Started February 24, 2010
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hotnews/sepsis-pneumonia-hais.html

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GM food and immune system
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply February 24, 2010 at 13:16
Started February 21, 2010 at 19:45
This might be old news to most people, but Hubby and I just rented part I of the movie "The Future of Food" that deals with genetically-modified foods in the USA. What an unbelievable horror story! Corn, soy, beet sugar, cotton and canola are the primary modified foods, having either resistance to herbicides or presence of insect-killing toxins built-in to their genetics.

Two things jumped out at me - the use of a fragment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA included with the modifications, to prove the success of the genetic transfer by ensuring that only the newly-resistant cells survive the test dose of antibiotics! This bit of resistant bacterial DNA comes along in the final food products and affects the livestock which eat it, the humans who eat it, the groundwater of the land on which the crops grow, etc. etc. Any wonder that antibiotic resistance is such a force today? In the US, GM crops in our food have been common and unlabeled since 1996...

The second piece of in... read more

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new to MRSA ... many questions
Posted by Reese
Last Reply February 22, 2010 at 07:55
Started February 21, 2010 at 01:07
I have had MRSA for just under two weeks. It started on my right calf below my knee and another abscess showed up on my lower left butt cheek several days after that. I am constantly draining and wrapping these in gauze and have been on the antibiotic Sulfameth/Trimethoprim for a week now. I am terrified of even the slightest little bump on my body. How long can this possibly go on? It makes me feel disgusting, not to mention very tired and achy.

Here are some general questions, and if anyone could help me out, I'd be so appreciative:

Will I ever be truly rid of this, or will it always be in my system, even once I'm done taking antibiotics and the physical symptoms have faded? I've been on antibiotics for a week now - what is the likelihood that this could spread to yet another location on my body?

How soon and how often should I thoroughly sanitize my apartment (and wash my clothes in hot water)? Should I wait until my physical symptoms have cleared or start now? What abou... read more

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Questions on My Immune System Support
Posted by Lois
Last Reply February 21, 2010 at 12:44
Started January 29, 2010 at 19:55
I have been taking Allibiotic CF for awhile now and I seem to be able to tolerate it. Do I need to take an additional oregano supplement?

I started to take "iFlora, a Multi-Probiotic Formula, a Blend of 16 Strains 16 Billion Cells" produced by Sedona Labs just recently? At about the same time I started drinking Chocolate Light Silk Milk?. I started having intestinal problems. I connected that to the Silk Milk. Beans are beans in any form! However, I'm still not feeling quite right. My intestinal system just isn't quite right and I have this uneasy weak feeling. I am more regular than I have been in several months!

At about the same time I started taking a new Brand of slow release iron? The light therapy box is fairly new too. All in the month of January.

Then I think of C Dif. I never had it, but.... Is it possible it can have been dormate since last April? Or am I just thinking too much? I have no fever.

I see my internist Monday for a regular followup vi... read more

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How reliable are hospital tests for MRSA
Posted by kaskade
Last Reply February 21, 2010 at 02:12
Started February 20, 2010 at 07:44
My father had a painful skin rash that started as an area of what he thought were "bug bites". That rang my bells because I had CA-MRSA a few years ago and that's how my outbreak began.

The rash on my dad itched madly and moved around on his chest and back for weeks. Last weekend he complained of a headache, low fever and night sweats and finally a hard, tight cough. Up until then he'd been to the doctor twice who dismissed the possibility of MRSA and sent him home with common anti-itch cream. His newer symptoms finally sent him to the ER.

He was kept overnight because of a slight irregular heartbeat (he's 89 years old), but was sent home the next day and with no diagnosis that I know of. I did inquire about whether he could have MRSA and was told no...that routine tests were done on all incoming patients and if MRSA were found he'd have been isolated.

I still think he may have MRSA involvement. My question is, are hospital diagnostic procedures reliable? From what I'... read more

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jaw
Posted by Colleen
Last Reply February 19, 2010 at 16:12
Started February 18, 2010 at 03:59
I was just diagnosed with MRSA and I am wondering if any of you have pain in your jaws when you are eating?

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lesion question
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply February 18, 2010 at 01:38
Started February 1, 2010 at 21:43
I'm wondering about lesions. I know I keep harping on this, but I can't seem to let it go. I certainly apologize for taking everyone's time! And you all understand so much more than my friends!
My lesion had the hard, itchy bump in the middle, and that grew to about the size of a dime. But....the area immediately surrounding that got bright red (like an angry red color), probably three inches or so around. The red area surrounding the middle bump was not a smooth circle around the edges, but jagged and pointy. It was not raised, only the middle part. As I've said before, the middle part does not open and drain. Does anyone else get such an angry red area around their lesion? I hope I'm not the only one!
Thank you all once again! You make me feel better just by listening.

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Aspirin for MRSA
Posted by ruth
Last Reply February 11, 2010 at 21:34
Started February 11, 2010 at 16:42
Aspirin, a common, cheap drug found in most households can help your body clear
even "superbugs"---bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. One of the
most worrisome superbugs is staphylococcus aureus, which is what puts the "S" and
the "A" in MRSA. S.

Science Daily reported on a Dartmouth Medical School study published in the Journal
of Clinical Investigation. According to the Dartmouth study, aspirin disrupts "the
ability of S. Aureus to produce toxins, which the bacteria require to propagate and
spread to other tissue." Fewer toxins equal fewer bacteria. Fewer bacteria equal fewer
healthy cells becoming infected.

Aspirin does not cure the bacterial infection, nor does it reduce the scope of infection
already present. What aspirin does do is keep the bad guys from multiplying and
spreading as rapidly as they normally would. By limiting the ability of bacteria to
multiply and spread, aspirin limits the ability of infection to go, literally, out... read more

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Dry skin
Posted by Saf
Last Reply February 11, 2010 at 16:40
Started February 11, 2010 at 01:58
Okay so I have noticed that since i have first gotten MRSA, Every time
my skin gets dry and i take a shower the water actually hurts my dry
skin. I do know that when I do have a MRSA infection that the skin get
so sensitive that water does hurt the sore. Has anyone else noticed
this?

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MRSA vaccine?
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply February 7, 2010 at 14:39
Started February 7, 2010 at 14:35
I came across this article. I believe vaccines have been tried before, but I think I read they didn't make it past stage 3 testing. Maybe this will be different. What do you think? Too much to hope for?
http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/12/16/sanofi-pasteur-commercializing-mrsa-vaccine.aspx?admgarea=ht.InfectiousDiseases

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Hand Dryers
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply February 4, 2010 at 17:34
Started November 29, 2009 at 20:12
This was sent to me today by a very trusted friend.

I thought that this was very interesting information.

Everyone in the cleaning industry has always been told that hand dryers in restrooms are not sanitary, they spread germs and bacteria around. I always thought that this just came from the paper companies because they are loosing sales to the hand dryers. A couple of years ago, I was working with a rep, and I noticed that after he washed his hands and noticed that there were no paper towels , only a hand dryer he left the restroom with wet hands. I asked him about it. He said that hand dryers blow a lot of germs and bacteria around. He also told me to take a look under the hand dryer next time I was in a restroom. There is a filter underneath the hand dryer that is supposed to be cleaned on a weekly basis. I looked at one and it looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years. It had layers and layers of caked on gunk (disgusting). Since then I will not use hand d... read more

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I can't believe it!
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply January 29, 2010 at 21:16
Started January 28, 2010 at 22:25
Hi, everyone,
I am sorry to say that I think I have another infection. It's the exact same spot as the three previous lesions, that itchy bump that I can't stand! My last one was mid-November. I made it two months. Before that, it was 11 months between lesions, with no special precautions as all.
I have to tell you I'm in total shock. I have NOT been complacent! I take my supplements every day, use the Hibiclens in the shower every three days, wash just about everything with bleach, never use the same towel, completely wipe the house with the Clorox Wipes from the toothbrush handle to the cabinets to the chairs to the remotes, even my car, every week! At school I wash constantly. After the lesion in November, we went through the house with Lysol and washed everything from the floors to the walls and in between!
There is nothing I can think of to do that I don't already do. I am truly sick over this. I think I must be one of those people who will get it for no reason a... read more

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Nasal Spray
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 29, 2010 at 15:53
Started January 29, 2010 at 15:53
http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20091120/vicks-nasal-spray-recalled

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Laundering study - HAIs and home efforts...
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply January 25, 2010 at 22:10
Started January 21, 2010 at 17:36
Wow - UK based study finds hospital scrubs a common source of pathogens, especially home-laundered! At the very least, it means that families dealing with MRSA at home need to be aware of potential inadequacies in their laundering efforts at home...

http://biomedme.com/infection-controll/ineffective-laundering-mechanism-of-surgical-scrubs-potential-source-of-healthcare-acquired-infections_5851.html



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can carriers spread?
Posted by wary
Last Reply January 24, 2010 at 15:24
Started January 23, 2010 at 16:29
This question isn't about MRSA only, but any staph. If one were a "carrier", ie, colonized in nose, can this be easily spread? If one were going to work with medically vulnerable adults (ie someone on ventilator, feeding tube, etc), could they be jeopardized if one WAS a carrier?

I ask because I may work with such an individual in the future and while I have not been diagnosed with staph or MRSA, someone at my job had mrsa and I had to dispense meds to them. After reading all this I'm thinking it would be wise to get a "nose swab" before I accepted a position working with people in a more medical type setting. Also, I get little reddish "zits" if you will, and always have, in various places on may skin. Could it be possible I have a regular staph infection?

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