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Just trivia
Posted by postman
Last Reply January 4, 2010 at 17:58
Started January 1, 2010 at 21:32
I guess I am easily amused. I found one of the most searched topics about MRSA. In any search engine enter this question. Then I substituted infected with for carrying.

How long is the person carrying MRSA contagious?




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negative coagulation??
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply January 2, 2010 at 12:21
Started December 17, 2009 at 22:46
Hello, everyone, and thank you again for listening!
A few questions:
I've had three negative nasal swabs. I'm not a carrier, apparently, but could I still have MRSA on my skin and infect myself or others? I have started to boost my immune system and I bathe with Hibiclens - everything I learned here! I could not be more terrified to get it again. I almost have a heart attack with every little red bump I see.
I was never officially diagnosed with MRSA, but the surgeon who did the I and D said it looked like MRSA. He gave me doxycycline and it cleared right up. No culture or anything (he said there was no pus). I've had three lesions in two years, all in the same spot. I can't imagine what else it could be.
Lastly, one of my dogs was diagnosed with MRSA. He had some skin lesions that the vet said was allergies, but I finally insisted on a culture. They said it was MRSA, but wasn't a "true" form of MRSA because it coagulated negatively, and that it was no more dangerous ... read more

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ID appointment
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply December 31, 2009 at 18:36
Started December 31, 2009 at 16:32
Hello, everybody,
Just wanted to share that I had my appointment with an Infectious Disease Specialist - 2 1/2 hours away. Worth every minute! He spent almost an hour with me. Very warm and caring. Went through my entire list and never felt rushed.
Basically, bottom line is that since no one ever took a culture, there's no way to tell what I had. He was angry that they just gave me Doxycycline without culturing - kept shaking his head. Could have been MRSA, but could have been any other infection. He said it also could have been shingles (he's seen shingles with one lesion, he said). He said we'll never know unless I get it again. Then come right to him!!!
I asked him about the supplements (multi-vitamin, vitamin C, garlic, and probiotics), and he said very good, and definitely take the probiotics. Although he wondered why I just don't eat garlic instead of taking a caplet!
Remember that I posted about one of my dogs having MRSA that coagulated negatively? He said the... read more

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Happy Holidays
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 31, 2009 at 18:32
Started December 24, 2009 at 03:16

Merry Christmas to all and a big Thank You for your contributions of knowledge and support that make the USA/Canada Forum a treasure so many have found as a valuable MRSA resource.

Wishing you all a New Year filled with peace, love, health, and hope.

Sincerely yours,
ladyk


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pain and swelling
Posted by Chris
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 15:32
Started December 29, 2009 at 16:29
My 30 year old daughter was hopitalized for 48 hours to receive vancomyacin by IV for an MRSA infection on her face that caused the right side of her face to swell to where she was not recognizable. She is still experiencing extreme tiredness, body tingling, joint pain, and swelling of her feet and ankles. I just wish she was feeling better. She is single and supports herself. I know she struggles just to keep going. Can anyone help us.

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MRSA & Joint Body Pains
Posted by Ramona
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 05:31
Started December 27, 2009 at 01:43
This forum site has given me great relief. I got MRSA two years ago. Boils formed on the back of my knee and I, thankfully, called my doctor's office. I haven't had any outbreaks for a while, but recently was suppose to go in for spinal surgery. I went to the hopsital for the pre-op and the surgeon called me a day or so later and asked me to come into his office. When I got there, he was very concerned and told me that my blood was infected with MRSA and that he could not go ahead with the surgery until it was cleared up.

My family doctor had been treating me w/antibiotics when I first showed signs of MRSA, but the surgeon told me that if I took Zyvox, it would kill it. My family doc didn't put me on the Zyvox because I was on other meds that couldn't be taken w/Zyvox. Had to slowly go off all of my other meds over a three week period with some impressive withdrawal symptoms. Finally, just before I was going to begin the Zyvox, my husband had to take me to emergency and I had to ... read more

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PROGRESS!!!!!
Posted by Lois
Last Reply December 30, 2009 at 01:51
Started December 29, 2009 at 03:11
Hello All!

My Christmas gift this year: My right leg was able to climb steps! I was able to alternate legs going up stairs! I am so.....thrilled! It was with the help of my cane, but it won't be long and I will be able to do it without a cane. Of course, I count progress in months, not days or weeks. I'll take any progress I can get though!!!

Happy New Year to All!!!
Lois


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MRSA free!
Posted by SaraM
Last Reply December 28, 2009 at 01:42
Started November 8, 2009 at 03:46
In June of 2006, my husband came home with a spider bite. He went to the doctor's, who told him it looked like a staph infection, took a culture, and told him he had nothing to worry about. She gave him some cream, and that was that. We had no clue what a staph infection was, and we didn't take necessary precautions to stop it from spreading. It wasn't long, and I started getting boils too. The culture came back and verified that it was a "staph infection". No mention of MRSA. Time went by and we suffered with them continuously, in the worst of locations. I usually had no less than 2 or 3 at a given time. We found out in November of 2007, that I needed abdominal surgery, and I started doing research online about boils and staph infections. That's when I found out about MRSA. We went to another doctor, who confirmed that we did have it (on the skin, not in our nose), and prescribed us Bactrim and Bacroban nose cream. The boils went away for a short time and then came back. After tryi... read more

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Bad Day Yesterday
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 24, 2009 at 02:19
Started December 21, 2009 at 01:41
I will be away for a while. While in the midst of a total blizzard here in central Maryland, my husband of 41 years had a heart attack. He had to have emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins yesterday afternoon. He is stable now, but we still have a lot of snow here. I slept in his room at the hospital last night and am totally exhausted.

Hope everyone else braved the weather and did fine.

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Just a few more questions!
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply December 22, 2009 at 23:14
Started December 20, 2009 at 12:10
Good morning!
I was wondering...I'm so terrified about getting this again. I am taking steps to prevent that, but....if I do get another itchy, pimple bump, is there anything I can do to prevent it from getting infected, or is it too late at that point, because it's already in your system? Is there anything topical (besides washing with Hibiclens and using warm compresses) that I can put on? I had to start antibiotics in TWO days after I got an itchy pimple the last time. It happens so fast!!! I thought I remembered reading somewhere that one of you put on an ointment, and your lesion cleared up (or was I just dreaming??!) Any advice is truly appreciated.
Thank you all again!

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Pomegranate
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 22, 2009 at 18:00
Started December 22, 2009 at 18:00
http://www.kingston.ac.uk/pressoffice/news/48/16-12-2009-pomegranates-the-latest-weapon-in-the-fight-against-mrsa.html

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Our Skin / Human Microbiome Project
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 21, 2009 at 17:43
Started December 1, 2009 at 18:47

The Human microbiome project (HMP) is a National Institutes of Health initiative with the goal of identifying and characterizing the microorganisms which are found in association with both healthy and diseased humans (their microbial flora). It is a five-year project, best characterized as a feasibility study, and has a total budget of 115 million dollars.

The ultimate goal of this and similar NIH-sponsored microbiome projects is to test if changes in the human microbiome are associated with human health or disease.

Human Microbiome Project
http://www.hmpdacc.org/

Human Microbiome Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome_project

ladyk

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Drs Still Covering Up MRSA
Posted by Pauly
Last Reply December 18, 2009 at 14:52
Started December 9, 2009 at 12:09
After a catheter replacement for a morphine infusion pump in '05, the incision in my abdomen became very red, sore & blistered. I went to the neurosurgeon & told him it was infected. He said it was a reaction to the tape. I disagreed because I had the same tape on the incision in my spine & had no problem. I also used the same tape for prior surgeries w/ no problems.
I, like many others, didn't know what MRSA was at the time. A few months later, I tested positive for MRSA. Neither the hospital or the dr notified me. I only learned of this after receiving & reviewing medical records in late '07.
During this period, my health deteriorated & I was hospitalized several times. Mainly w/ infections & pneumonias.I was admitted for possible sepsis at one time. I was wrongly dx'd several times, continued to suffer & have been on almost continuous antibiotics since.
After finding the positive MRSA, I contacted an ID. He sent me to a primary care dr for testing. She ordered several lab test... read more

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Evening Primrose Oil
Posted by Spotsy
Last Reply December 18, 2009 at 05:59
Started December 18, 2009 at 05:59
I see evening primrose oil occasionally listed here as a supplement. Just thought I would warn any other epileptics out there not to take either evening primrose oil or borage oil as they can affect your seizure threshold.

The good news is there are plenty of other effective supplements to take in the fight against MRSA.

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Husband's MRSA
Posted by Shelly B.
Last Reply December 17, 2009 at 14:49
Started December 5, 2009
We've been MRSA "free" for a couple months now (I don't believe it's gone... just waiting for him to sustain another injury). My past post explained that my husband's MRSA seems to be internally carried, as he has no external indications of infection. Interestingly, he did slip while hiking recently and hit the same knee that had the infection in it... it swelled, turned red, got hot - all the "normal" signs of MRSA returning. My posts make it sound like he stumbles around most of the time, but these "injuries" are the everyday bangs and bumps that most of us wouldn't even get a bruise from. Oddly enough, the infection didn't seem to progress. We applied heat (suggested by the Dr. to increase circulation) - good advice? The following morning, his knee actually looked better. The day after that = normal knee :) He's been using Hibiclens and I have been disinfecting (I found a Lysol-like spray at a local janitorial supply house... it kills EVERYTHING according to the label... good stu... read more

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Help! I am so overwhelmed!
Posted by S
Last Reply December 13, 2009 at 17:02
Started December 3, 2009 at 03:05
My husband has had bad "acne" all over for weeks. A lot of them have gotten really infected & painful. He finally went to the dr after a friend of his that has/had MRSA told him he NEEDED to see a doctor. Before that he had been picking at them all the time (& I think making them infected) The dr told my husband "probably MRSA" took a sample & sent him for blood work & sent him home with some oral antibiotic. That's it... I am freaking out! We have a toddler & an infant & a cat & a bird. I have no clue what I should be doing to protect my family & the doctor gave no information. I have so many questions: How do I disinfect my house? What excatly needs to be done? Should I throw out our carpets? Do I need to change our bed sheets every day? Should the kids be tested or do I just keep looking out for sores on them? My husband gets sick all the time (just in general) how can I boost his immune system? I just want him to be ok & for the kids & myself to be ok! Where do I start?
Oh I us... read more

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so many questions and so few answers
Posted by lorianne
Last Reply December 13, 2009 at 16:58
Started October 10, 2009 at 02:50
I am a 32 year old who has been plagued by frequent mrsa infections for the last 2 solid years come November 1st. It all began with an ingrown hair on my knee the morning of october 30th 2007 (which was the day after an emergency room visit) and by the afternoon on November 1st it was a deep MRSA infecton the diameter of a softball. I knew what it was because my mother had one on her calf 6 months earlier, but in her case she never had anohter. Unfortunately in my case i have since continued to get a new infetion every month or so after treatment and decontamination like clock work. I wonder if there is a cycle in the infectiousness or something... just hangs out in my nose till it's more infectious or my immune cycle is at a low point... maybe it's my chemistry? i'm grasping at straws trying to find the answer to reinfection.
I currently am seeing my regular clinic doctor, an infetious disease specialist, and now a dermatologist to whom I was refered by the specialist.... no soli... read more

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mrsa in Texas
Posted by shootinstarzzz
Last Reply December 12, 2009 at 21:17
Started September 23, 2004 at 14:35
Hi, I am 32 healthy.I have mrsa now, been fighting it for 3 months, first there was what they tought was a spider bite,then it was in my eye,on my nose,behind,stomach,arm and now one that will not heal on my knee, I have been to the disease control doctor and taken 4 different rounds of oral medication.Now this dr has me on a combination. Its keeping new sores at bay, but its very slow to heal, I am so sick of the smell of bleach, I bleach everything everyday, wash my hands so much, use the special soap, yet dispite this I passed it on to my 8 year old son,we discoved a sore on his behind, he is now on bactrim and its healing quite nicly.my husband and daughter dont have it.Nobody seems to care in Texas, its considered not reportable to the health dept. They claim its only caught if you touch the sore and not wash your hands.This cannot be true.It also makes you feel so cruddy.It was so nice to find this place and know I am not alone in suffering with this stuff,Im so sick of it.Im ... read more

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Diabetes & Recurrent MRSA
Posted by Terri Corvin-Davis
Last Reply December 10, 2009 at 01:31
Started December 9, 2009 at 21:43
I am very worried re 30 year old daughter with now four outbreaks in 4 months with MRSA-first one with a 17 day hosp stay due to new diagnosis with Diabetes (Blood glucose 596!) and then ALLERGIC iNFLAMATORY nEPHRITIS WITH CREATINE UP TO 8.9-VERY SCARRY. Long term steroids and Antibiotics resulted in improvement and healing of the site that started under and spread to back and most of breast finally being able to be drained. Then 40ish days later an outbreak in abdomen requiring incision & darinage & more antibiotics..Then when healed..another under arm-going down arm and now another under arm going around to the back..Each time antibiotics were taken and as soon as done AGAIN MRSA. She has no insurance and her first hosp bill was greater than 90,000 dollars,,hopefully charity care will be approved..Never seen by ID..might that be helpful? One last problem-her veins are a 8-10 stick each time and she can't swallow pills.
HELP
Thanks
Betsys MOM

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nasal swabbing
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply December 8, 2009 at 23:31
Started December 3, 2009 at 01:10
Hi, everyone,
My doctor said I needed to have three nasal swabs. So far, two have come back negative. One took several days to come back (over the Thanksgiving holiday), no problem. The other one, though, they called me the next morning. Not that I'm upset being negative, but doesn't it take longer than that to get accurate results? Or should I just trust the lab? I'm new at this, and am pretty paranoid. I thought I remembered reading that results took several days.
Thank you again for answering!

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