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2nd post - Am I being overly cautious?
Posted by wary
Last Reply December 5, 2009 at 17:32
Started December 5, 2009 at 16:35
To continue on with the saga of trying to be preventative at my situation...So, if a person that says they are a carrier and has it in their nose
is sniffling and wiping their nose with their their hand
and then touching things, is THAT contagious??

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Comprehensive review of antibiotic therapies
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply December 4, 2009 at 22:42
Started December 4, 2009 at 20:59
This article provides one of the most thorough summaries of current MRSA treatments I have seen so far, including success rates to expect from various types of treatments. Doesn't include the newest antibiotics from 2009, but I still think it is worth a read...

From Consultant Live, an online journal for primary care physicians, article titled "Prevention of Recurrent MRSA Skin Infections: What You Need to Know" (12/1/08):

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Are nail salons really safe?
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 2, 2009 at 19:34
Started December 2, 2009
I remember reading 2 years ago about a salon in Texas that was traced to the root of several particularly nasty CA MRSA infections. I can't find that article to save my soul, but there are plenty of others since then.

Much of the problems arise with the soaking footbaths at the pedicure stations. In addition to becoming "bacterial soup" rather quickly, the curtains that often separate the stations can also become contaminated when the manicurists open and close them.

So, having almost lost a leg and my life to HA MRSA several years ago, I just refuse to put my life in jeopardy for something so silly and vain as a professional manicure or pedicure. It only takes a nick and the MRSA can quickly invade.

I was stunned to learn how infrequently these places are even inspected and that some technicians actually reuse emery boards. That HAS to be bad idea for you cannot sterilize such porous things. Frankly, nothing is truly sanitized by just immersing in chemicals. The only way t... read more

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Posted by f harry
Last Reply December 2, 2009 at 03:55
Started December 1, 2009 at 22:03
Septra and Clindamycin,taken together,cleared up my MRSA infection.

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Emotional toll in the family
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply December 1, 2009 at 21:55
Started December 1, 2009 at 17:58
Just a quick thought. I am so appreciative of the internet right now, for the chance to 'converse' with people about this affliction.

I am struggling with the stigma I imagine this carries. I would love to find other families in town that might want to talk about their struggle with this, but so far I have not found a venue. I don't think the other teens at my son's school particularly care what's going on with him, it just looks like pimples, but I worry about the parents. I know secondhand that someone else at his school just had a bout with MRSA this fall, but I don't know who it was.

Now that we've been living with this problem for a while (month+ since diagnosis, three months since actual appearance of infections), I am trying not to overdo the talk outside the immediate family. I think it scares and depresses my elderly parents, who have their own health issues to consider. My mom has been very encouraged by how much better our son is looking, and she is hopeful that a... read more

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mrsa itching
Posted by Vicky L.
Last Reply December 1, 2009
Started November 4, 2009 at 23:59
Since I was diagnosed with mrsa back in August of this year (09) I have been having some itching issues. Usually my armpits, but other areas as well. I am using hibiclens, is this really drying? I try to moisturize, but was not sure about putting skin lotion in my armpits, I don't want to clog the pores. That is where my boils were. Thanks for any input.

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Hibiclens advice from Hibiclens
Posted by abcdeb
Last Reply November 30, 2009 at 19:47
Started November 30, 2009 at 19:47
Hi, everyone,
Before I found you, I emailed customer service at Hibiclens with some questions, particularly about resistance. I have no idea about the job of the person responding and whether he's a doctor or what, but thought others may be interested in what they said. They were very responsive!

Here's a copy of the email:

You use Hibiclens just like you would a normal soap. If you are using a shampoo or regular soap along with Hibi, make sure Hibiclens is the last wash you do. The surfactant in other soaps (Sodium Laurel Sulfate - SLS) has a neutralizing effect on the CHG in Hibiclens. CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) is that active ingredient in Hibiclens that bonds to the skin and provides residual killing action for up to 6 hours after use. So, for the best results, use Hibiclens last. As an added bonus, Hibi is effective against the H1N1 virus as well, so washing your hands with Hibiclens will reduce the risk of picking up this virus along with the normal seasonal f... read more

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Taking prebiotics - dosage etc.?
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply November 30, 2009 at 17:56
Started November 28, 2009 at 20:19
Our son is in much better shape now, thank you all for your good advice. He's taking extra Vitamin C, turmeric, garlic and probiotics for maintenance.

We have just bought an allicin & prebiotic combination, which also contains some antiviral / antibacterial ingredients. I am thinking this would be a good replacement for the regular garlic he is taking, but I am concerned that the antibiotic component would negate the probiotics. Should he take them at separate times of the day to help with that issue? And since he is seeming pretty healthy, does he need to take the prebiotic twice a day as the label suggests, or can he just take one as maintenance? What do others do?

Thank you for your time! :)

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Welcome back, LadyK
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply November 29, 2009 at 02:13
Started November 29, 2009
I was very happy to see you busily handling questions and bringing up pertinent information about hygiene and prebiotics/probiotics. It's wonderful seeing you back on the job.

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Good MRSA site
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply November 29, 2009
Started November 29, 2009
For many of you just now getting a positive diagnosis for MRSA, you are probably pretty much in the dark. Here is a great site to get some important answers about MRSA and its cousins. Read the entire article and it will enlighten you about many things, including the history of this disease.

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Ladyk re: immune system building
Posted by Lois
Last Reply November 28, 2009 at 18:41
Started November 9, 2009 at 04:35
I'm for doing anything to rebuild my immune system. I have always taken 1000 mg Vitamin C(Ester C). This week I increased it to 5000. I was looking for the Natural Garlic. I got frustrated looking for the desired product. Is there a certain brand or generic name you could lead me to. It would be very helpful. As far as phytonutrients, prebiotics & probiotics........are there supplements for these or do I just carefully choose my food OR both? Thanks for all your help. You sure have gone through a lot. I am so sorry. My heart goes out to everyone on this site and those who haven't found it yet.

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Posted by ruth
Last Reply November 28, 2009 at 06:54
Started November 28, 2009 at 06:54
A believer in the immune-boosting qualities of selenium, Dr. Rubman has used it to fight
skin lesions in a teenage boy caused by the resistant bacterium MRSA. Suspecting a
selenium deficiency, in part because of his tendency toward dry skin and dandruff
(possible indications of low levels), Dr. Rubman prescribed a liquid form (selenious acid)
to be taken orally, along with other supplements to maximize his immune functions,
along with a topical form of selenium. Symptoms improved in days and within a few
months the lesions were gone.

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Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by Nancy R.
Last Reply November 27, 2009 at 02:41
Started November 26, 2009 at 15:41
If you are reading this, you are alive! That is wonderful. Make the most of this special day and get out of bed, eat something wonderful and remember how much your family and friends mean to you.

I can remember just 2 years ago when I was so sick on Thanksgiving day, that I couldn't be with my loved ones. So, now I really relish the opportunity.

MRSA is a fact of your life, however, it doesn't define your life. Have a lovely holiday.

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MRSA Lawsuits Part 2
Posted by Legman
Last Reply November 26, 2009 at 05:44
Started November 23, 2009 at 01:39
I have spent a long time reading through "US MRSA Lawsuits". Apart from the asinine comments about people doing it for money and some other oddball discussions, in general the question is, How can you have the hospital for liability? Judging by the replies, it is extremely difficult if not impossible. As most of you know, MRSA exists outside hospitals in the community; this then removes the opportunity of proving BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT that you caught it in the hospital EVEN though you know you did. The hospital pay fat-cat barristers & lawyers to highlight that element of doubt; if you have had a visitor visit or come near you, you have lost. The same goes for any hospital worker, they may have brought it in with them. In essence it is a fight that with present conditions we do not seem able to overcome. I had an email from a USA microbiologist Professor a short time ago and he believe that MRSA will lose its HAI classification and become CAI, (Community Acquired). That would ... read more

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Vitamin C therapy
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply November 25, 2009 at 19:26
Started November 25, 2009 at 07:04
When I was very, very sick and not responding to antibiotic therapy, I consulted a homeopath who told me I would be wise to do a web search on Frederick R. Klenner, MD. I did so and was so impressed by his writings that I decided should my antibiotic therapy ultimately not work, I would opt for vitamin C therapy. Finding a doctor to administer these huge doses of vitamin C via IV was a challenge since few doctors rely on things other than antibiotics for bacterial infections.

It is ironic that the writings and findings of Dr. Klenner back in the 1940's were so easily scoffed at and ignored when his patients did so well. Remember, antibiotics were really new back then. He predicted that even with penicillin being declared the be all end all antibiotic, that sooner or later it would become ineffective as bacteria continued to mutate. In fact, I believe it was this same doctor who predicted the Age of Antibiotics would only truly be effective for about 60 years. I think we are seein... read more

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Removal of Posts
Posted by Lois
Last Reply November 25, 2009 at 08:38
Started November 18, 2009 at 05:01
I don't understand.....I notice some responses to my topics have been removed! What's up? Can we delete our posts? I, also, noticed there are pages missing from this site? What goes?

Is it just me OR have other people had bizarre experiences while hospitalized? I feel so....alone. No one has responded to my last post about abuses while hospitalized.

I did get some probiotics today along with garlic and vitamin C. I'm hoping it helps over time.

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Awareness of USA600
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply November 24, 2009 at 16:05
Started November 24, 2009 at 16:02

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MRSA Anniversary Date!
Posted by Lois
Last Reply November 24, 2009 at 06:33
Started November 24, 2009
It will be one (1) year ago tomorrow, November 24, 2009, Tuesday, when I got HA-MRSA. I am It was the beginning of my nightmare....."Nightmare on HA-MRSA Street"....have to have a little humor there!

Still recovering, but getting better everyday!

My youngest son who is now 19 was a Senior in High School then. It's just now coming out how emotionally affected he was. Better late than never. At least we can give him the attention he needs now. My heart breaks for him.

I still get angry........

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Daughter rushed to hospital
Posted by Tana
Last Reply November 21, 2009 at 14:33
Started November 21, 2009 at 02:03
My daughter was rushed to the hospital with a kidney stone,bladder infection and had to have surgery.I as a mother wanted to be by her side. I have had Mrsa for almost 3 years now and finally have had a break from outbreaks because of what I have learned from this forum and through research.Its been 4 months with no lesions and the fear that I went through from just thinking about entering a hospital caused much stress.But I did it because I wanted to make sure every precaution that I could take for her could be done.I am soooooooo afraid of getting a lesion and for her safety too.I hope and pray that someday we all can breath I sigh of relief with a cure for this MRSA bug.Living in constant fear is no way to live at all.I want to play in the dirt and visit the elderly in nursing homes among other things and now I feel trapped in this fearful mind.I miss living.I miss my life.I fear for my grandchildren which have yet to be conceived.I went with my daughter a week ago and brought h... read more

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Business Owner with employee carrier
Posted by Mike
Last Reply November 19, 2009 at 19:06
Started November 15, 2009 at 23:03
I own a small business and hired an employee a little over a year ago that has had several boil outbreaks. Recently her boyfreind has had a similar outbreak, and she has mentioned that her daughter has these boils also. This made me wonder if what she has is contagious and if it could be mrsa that her boyfriend got in the correctional facility he was in. I asked her to check for mrsa when she went to the er for the last boil. She told me that the test came up negative. Is it possible that a non MR form of staph A could cause these types of symptoms. She said that she was colonized with Staph A, but not MRSA.

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