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Infection Control
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply February 24, 2010 at 13:57
Started February 24, 2010

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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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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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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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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 23, 2010 at 16:05
Started January 23, 2010 at 16:05

postman -

You are banned from this forum.

It does not matter how many times you copy and paste your sensationalistic, doomsday, derogatory shock & awe posts, or posts directed at others in your derogatory fashion… they will be disregarded and subsequently deleted.

You have been given ample opportunity to follow this forum rules. Additionally your conduct yesterday demonstrates your continued reluctance to conduct yourself appropriately on this forum.

Forum Administration

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What is the big deal?
Posted by William Baird III
Last Reply January 21, 2010 at 16:23
Started January 16, 2010 at 20:24
I am confused about the number of posts on CA-MRSA. I understand that this is a mild skin condition that needs to be monitored and nothing else.

See link.

Perhaps the gist of this site is to teach us about the harmful impact of antibiotics and natural cures?

Am I missing something?

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how long can mrsa live on surface
Posted by Hoover
Last Reply January 20, 2010 at 22:07
Started January 16, 2010 at 16:14
What is the life span of mrsa on surface items. Someone told me 24 hours and mrsa would die...

In other words- should I clean the house and ever inch with bleach spray to kill mrsa on the door handles and towels or just take a weekend vacation?

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Posted by amanda
Last Reply January 19, 2010 at 15:01
Started January 16, 2010 at 02:07
I delivered my baby girl on december 28 2009 i had a few complications and had to be given blood and taken to icu. Anyways i remember them swabbing my nose but they never said why they had done it. The other day i went and got my hospital records and they tested for MRSA by swabbing my nose it came back posotive. NO ONE told me that i had tested posotive for this. I am breastfeeding my baby girl and i am trying to find info on the internet but cant seem to. So i was wondering if i am a carrier is it still ok to breastfeed her? I am so confused about what to do? Can someone please have an answer? thnaks

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Please help- 6 year old girl
Posted by Jack Coffee
Last Reply January 16, 2010 at 17:22
Started January 15, 2010 at 22:16
About three months ago I noticed a spider bite with my little girl...I thought it would go away. I feel like an idiot now because I never connected MRSA with a spider bite...

Anyways- two weeks ago I took her into the doctor office and they said it was a staph infection. We got a ten day doze of Cleocin Pediatric...The infection got better- but we still see puss on the top of the pimple- so I took her into the doctor today- and the drained it for a culture...The doctor told me she thinks she got it all...

That leaves me with two questions...

1) Why did Cleocin not work for this MRSA? This was supposed to be the antibiotic (one of three) that still works against MRSA? Our doctor had no answers...

2) The doctor said that MRSA can just colonize....That it never goes away...So do we just treat the skin infection and there is no way to knock this bug out? This bug will keep coming back and back?

I feel like a dumb dad- but we are seeing an infectious disease specialis... read more

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