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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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Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 22, 2009 at 18:00
Started December 22, 2009 at 18:00

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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

Human Microbiome Project


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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 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.
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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Cats & MRSA - our experience
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply December 8, 2009 at 21:09
Started December 8, 2009 at 19:39
I am sure many of you have seen the recent articles about pets and MRSA, and the fact that families w/cats have 8x greater incidence of MRSA. We have a cat. I think I have unravelled some of our family MRSA mysteries.

I have been stumped by the difference between where our son breaks out, and where my husband and I (yes, us too) have had occurrences.

Son's first infection was on the outside of his arm this summer. Now they are on his neck or face - suggesting they are self-caused by fingernails and picking at acne when he is stressed out.

I have had spots on the backs of my thighs, suggesting I sat on something and then a spot on the inside of my elbow (started as poison oak and then got infected). I thought the locations were odd.
Husband finally had something turn up this week, the beginning of a boil on the inside of his elbow. So odd that it is the same location as my outbreak. Then last night I started getting a spot on the other arm in the same spot. Too weird. ... read more

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply December 7, 2009 at 14:30
Started December 6, 2009 at 05:45
My internist is only 33 yrs. old. He doesn't have answers. He was instrumental in saving me. I have no ID following me anymore since April when I stopped the vanco. I can make an appt to see him if I like. I've never seen an orthopedic except a consult 1 time in the hospital, I have no memory of. I had a neurologist follow me in the hospital, but not afterwards which I thought was strange. Someone has to have some answers.

I am a youthful 61 year old woman, but I feel like I'm fighting a battle I'm not going to win as far as my legs. I have lots of HOPE, but there is this nagging feeling my legs are never going to be the same. I certainly will never dance again.....

I believe most people in my life are concerned about me but are tired of hearing about this. I don't want to be a complainer.

Support and advice from anyone would be helpful.


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Posted by Lois
Last Reply December 7, 2009 at 04:52
Started December 6, 2009 at 05:31
You sound like a physician or nurse. Whatever your background is, I appreciate how knowledgeable you are.

I am trying hard to improve my immune system with the many recommendations on this site. I realize it takes time. I'm impatient.

I get frustrated with my recovery. It's my one year anniversary time. Last year I was hospitalized from November through March. I try not to focus on it, but one has to process what has happened to them.

I sleep 11-12 hours a night. That doesn't leave much time during the day to do much. 12 weeks of vancomycin and later in August treatment for a vaginal strep/e coli infection, (I asked my GYN to retest for it, but she didn't. I worry that it's not gone.), probably took it's toll on my body. Like others on this site, I wonder about the after effects of MRSA. I hate that I got it.

Anemia is a problem for me. It got down to a 7 last year. Had 4 units of blood. Got up to 11 last May & fell to a 9 which it is around now. I take 32... read more

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Posted by Lois
Last Reply December 6, 2009 at 06:08
Started December 6, 2009 at 05:49
I had a sleep study last week, No results yet.

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Am I being overly cautious?
Posted by Wary
Last Reply December 5, 2009 at 20:49
Started November 30, 2009
Thank heavens I found a current MRSA forum.
I am concerned about MRSA at work.
I work in a non medical residential setting in the office. One of our residents is being treated for MRSA and has had it for a few years. They recently had a wound lanced and packed.

Iím concerned about cross contamination. There is a counter by the office where all resident business is conducted, including dispensing meds. So many, many people are touching it all day and various record keeping books are used there and then put elsewhere in the office.

We have residents and staff touching the same counter surface, doorknobs, railings, TV remote, microwave buttons, water cooler handles, sitting in the same dining room chairs at the same table. Then we are touching various things in the office.

Should I be concerned about the computer keypad (obviously), phones, the various manuals we all handle, the drawer handles, the desk surface, and the office chair I am sitting on? What about the car... read more

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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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