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Help! Antibiotics are over tomorrow!
Posted by Annette
Last Reply October 10, 2009 at 21:46
Started October 9, 2009 at 07:02
I posted back on October 6th and I haven't gotten any reply, and I was hoping somebody could just give their opinion on a few questions I had after reading as many posts as time allows with working full time and raising two boys.
My first question is, I was a little confused about the Hibiclens useage. I bought some and am I to have my son (13 y/o)after showering apply it everywhere except eyes and mouth and ears, etc.? Or just on the affected area?
Also usage of Bleach that I saw for cleaning counters, etc., is that just full strength Clorox Bleach or do you water it down? Sorry, I am just not sure and want to do this right.
I've bought most of the cleaning products I've seen talked about here and also have my son since the 6th of Oct. taking Vit. C, Garlic, Probiotics, Activia and V-8Fusion with some other supplements.
Thanks so much for all the information on the site!

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Mom and Son with MRSA
Posted by Annette
Last Reply October 10, 2009 at 04:45
Started October 6, 2009 at 18:11
I just wanted to appauld you all here for the very informative help you are offering new patients. My story starts where I had a scraping and cauterizing of a skin cancer on my leg at a Melanoma center/clinic connected to a hospital. I've had many skin biopsies for basel cell, squamous cell and one for melanoma. I've never in these 17 years of biopsies had any infection or even anything but super fast healing.
After a year of going to the melanoma center on this last procedure, scrapping and cauterizing, I noticed on day three it was bright red, warm and looked infected. I went to my local dermatologist that didn't do the surgery and she prescribed me Keflex, no culture, etc. 6 days later I went to my gynecological oncologist and I told him my antibiotics were almost out and it still was painful. He said it looked like it could be MRSA and prescribed me Bactrim DS, 3 wks and told me to follow up with UCI dermatolgoist that did surgery. I did, UCI doc said, "oh, probabl... read more

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Question for Nancy R
Posted by Nancy
Last Reply October 9, 2009 at 04:26
Started October 7, 2009 at 20:22
Hi Nancy,

I was wondering how long you were on Cubicin and if you were taking Bactrim at the same time. I have completed almost 30 days and am still having recurrences. I am really stressed and dont know what to do. I see my ID Dr. again on Monday so wanted to know your regimen.

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Update: Saw Dr. Today
Posted by Marie
Last Reply October 7, 2009 at 23:59
Started September 30, 2009 at 14:37
I've just returned from the dermatologist. The abscess on my face has closed up and gone down to almost nothing and he said that the augmenten is working, that I'm lucky. I asked if he could take some kind of culture anyway but he said there was nothing to take a culture from. I also asked about a nasal culture but he repeated that there was nothing there. He seemed a bit annoyed about my anxiety which made me uncomfortable. I have good reason to be anxious particularly since my father's dr. called me yesterday to say that they found MRSA in my father's sputum.

Anyway, the dermatologist told me that what little was left of the lump in my face would continue to resolve as I have about three or four more days of the augmenten left. He also said I should call him if anything else crops up.

So...I'm glad, of course, but am afraid to totally relax about this and would feel better if there was some way to know for certain. Am I being overly anxious to feel this way? It seems... read more

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Posted by mongoose22p
Last Reply October 5, 2009 at 14:51
Started September 25, 2009 at 17:39
yes i went to the er 2 wks ago with a abcess on my side this is the 6th abcess in 18 mo i told er this and doc sais mrsa lanced it bactrim follow up with pcp i did and i told my pcp they said mrsa at er he said did they culture it i said no why did they not dr refered me to infectous dr but my dr also didnt culture it now i hav appt oct1 with infect dr but abcess is almost gone now will he be able to do anything this late i am still on bactrim the second 1 of theese i had i asked dr if it could be staff and he said no dont know what to do but wait thanks any adfvice would be welcome

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Swine flu vaccine and Mrsa
Posted by Tana
Last Reply October 3, 2009 at 01:14
Started September 22, 2009 at 15:22
I wanted to ask if it is a good idea to get the H1N1 shot when you have been dealing with MRSA? I have no outbreaks at the time but have been boosting my immune system which has been nearly whipped out from all the antibiotics.Last outbreak was 2 months ago and I'm just concerned that I might have a reaction because of my ongoing off and on Mrsa outbreaks.I feel alot better "knock on wood" and don't want to do anything that will comprimise me in anyway.What are your thoughts,anyone?

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Im back
Posted by workinprogress
Last Reply October 2, 2009 at 13:28
Started September 30, 2009 at 04:50
Hi just tell yah all im still alive and somewhat well had a small outbreak right before my cruise but was still able to go
the cruise was great so relaxing and alaska was so breathtaking somedays I just stood there with tears coming down my cheek I never knew something good be so beatiful
things at home are not great Mom has alzhemers Now so its a daily challenge But Im still moving forward one min at a time sometimes but any forward is better than now
Hope to hear from yah soon
Love yas

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Questions/Fears from a MRSA Newbie
Posted by Dave M
Last Reply October 2, 2009 at 04:40
Started June 14, 2006 at 19:22
As a newly infected MRSA patient, I have many questions. Hopefully some of the kind people in this forum can help alleviate some of my fears.

First the background:
I’m a 53 year old male that lives in New York. On April 23rd, I notice a small white pimple on my knee, within hours the knee went numb and by the end of the day my leg (above and below the knee) was red, hot, and inflamed. My doctor’s office thought it was a “spider bite” and gave me Augmentum. In less than a week, the skin over my kneecap turned black and I ended up in the ER – where they also initially diagnosed it as a “brown recluse spider bite” (although I live in the northeast).

Two surgeries and one culture later, I found out that I had MRSA. Most of the MD’s thought it was community acquired – others left open the possibility that it was hospital acquired since I work at the hospital (in a non-medical setting – but have contact with the medical staff).

I was put on IV vamcomycin (1250mg * 3 time... read more

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Not Sure What to Do
Posted by Marie
Last Reply October 2, 2009
Started September 27, 2009 at 20:14
I have a large abscess on my face. My dr. said it could be a bug bite and prescribed augmenten for 10 days. The whole right side of my face was swollen. I applied heat compresses and the wound opened up and started to drain somewhat but I have a large hard ball under my skin about the size of a golf ball. Went back to dr. and he said it could be MRSA and if the pain got too bad I should go to the ER but not to let them lance it. He said I'd be admitted and to have an ENT specialist lance the abscess. I don't understand. If I go the ER, they're certainly going to lance it and I know they would butcher me. Also, I don't see how an ENT specialist comes into it. This would be bad anywhere, but since it's on my face I'm especially worried. I spoke to my father's dr. and while he was reluctant to give me advice, he did say that I should have a plastic surgeon do the lancing. (BTW, my father had MRSA last year. He had a stroke and I am his caregiver.) Should I bypass my dr. an... read more

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is it possiable to have both
Posted by mongoose22p
Last Reply September 28, 2009 at 21:31
Started September 26, 2009 at 03:23
ca and ha i was wondering if that can be

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questions about cross contamination
Posted by Carrie
Last Reply September 25, 2009 at 11:53
Started September 19, 2009 at 05:50
I moved in with my roommate about a month before he had surgery. I knew at that time that I had staph. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this was MRSA, for over all these years of chronic infections, MRSA was never mentioned, nor did I tap into the right resources to find this out myself or at least the possibility. Anyway, moving on.

3 days after returning home his incision became infected and he was hospitalized for another week, on Vancomycin IVs, then sent home to continue this for another 3 weeks...

I visited him in the hospital a couple of times during both stays. The first time I visited him on the second hospitalization I stopped by the nurse's station and asked permission to enter his room, specifically I asked if it was appropriate for me to just go in. The nurse said sure, go ahead and thanks for asking. There were no gloves, gown, mask at that time. The next time I went, they had the door posted with instructions to use these precautions.

When the home health care... read more

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acne like sores
Posted by T
Last Reply September 24, 2009 at 04:17
Started September 23, 2009 at 02:16
Does any one else get acne like sores all over all the time? I had an abcess on my neck It was lanced and drained and I thought it had healed. Now there are a bunch of little red bumps around the area. I also have,face,back and shoulder "acne" I am 34 so I should be past that. It has definetly gotten worse in the last couple of years. Help I am so embarrassed.

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Wound question - abscess?
Posted by SouthFLGirl
Last Reply September 20, 2009 at 15:27
Started September 16, 2009 at 02:30
My doctor told me about a year ago that I have MRSA. I believe I became victim after an outpatient surgery but, of course, the hospital says that I can't prove that. I actually had my first bump about two to three weeks after my surgery. I didn't know what it was, it went away pretty quicky - so I didn't see the doctor for it. Second time, I went to my doctor, who gave me Bactrim and then Doxycycline, but told me that if it happened again, I should see an IDD. So I got a bump a little over a week ago under my belly button and, like the first one I had, I drained it at home. The wound healed but the skin is a little hard underneath. This morning, I thought the wound reopened because I saw blood - so naturally, I attempted to drain whatever is causing the hardness under my skin. The skin is dry around the wound, but the wound itself is closed. I have seen an increase in redness too.

I called the IDD - they can't see my until next month. I have an appointment with my prima... read more

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M.R.S.A and underlying causes
Posted by Taunia
Last Reply September 17, 2009 at 02:05
Started September 12, 2009 at 22:43

I am 33 years old and havent had good health in the last year. In reality for a couple of years I just haven't felt right! I am contstantly tired I get headaches in the same spot(left temple)
I have been extremely sick to my stomach with occasional vommiting.
And alot of other little symptoms.
In February I developed a large absess on the back of my leg. With in hours it was the size of an orange! I went to the e.r. the lanced it and drained it and sent it for a culture.They gave me two antibiotics and told me they would let me know if they need to change the antibiotics because of mrsa. I never heard anything and I was healing good so I thought I was fine. During all that and for the next 3-4 months I felt miserable all the time. So tired and always sick with occasional fevers and bladder infections, At the beginning of july, while on a trip to see my husband (he is stationed in California)I broke out with numerous absesses I didnt want it to ruin any time we spent togeth... read more

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2 yr old MRSA recurrence Deep Ear Canal
Posted by Allison Weiss
Last Reply September 13, 2009 at 22:11
Started August 22, 2009 at 05:17
My situation is that my 2 yr old son was diagnosed with MRSA deep in the ear canal in January 2009. We went through some of what you went through. Months and months of topical ear drops and systemic antibiotics with no results. Last resort was a short course of Vancomycin in the hospital and then a 2-week course of Zyvox. This is when the ear stopped draining. We were on the verge of potential inner ear surgery when this happened and we decided to "hold" for a time. We cannot "rule out" a cholesteatoma from a CAT SCAN.

This week we have learned the MRSA is back. We want to get VERY Aggressive as I do not want this bug in him or in our house or in our lives. Or possibly infecting other families.

We ended in April with it being cleared with 3 different opinions from 3 different specialists as to the best course of action.

From the postings here we are not alone and any thoughts from others in this position would be appreciated.

God Bless you and your... read more

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possible MRSA
Posted by MAR
Last Reply September 13, 2009 at 20:28
Started September 12, 2009 at 20:02
Hi,I have an infected insect bite on my face, and the doctor said it could be MRSA, but could not take a culture. She prescribed Bactrim, told me to continue placing hot compresses on it, and that if it wasn't going down in the next few days to return to see her as she might have to drain it (I assume if she did that she'd be able to culture it?)

How concerned should I be? My doctor gave me the impression it is something that needs to be promptly treated (I put off going to the doctor initially, hoping it would go away on it's own) but otherwise is not too concerning.

Is it normal to assume MRSA without doing a culture? What are the risks of spreading it to someone else? I'm particularly concerned about giving it to my boyfriend--although I feel it's likely that anything I have, he probably has as well. I've been swabbing it, and wiping my face/washing hands with rubbing alcohol frequently, and then cover with neosporin. At night I cover it with gauze and secure it with t... read more

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mrsa in the bloodstream
Posted by the reeds
Last Reply September 7, 2009 at 19:40
Started September 7, 2009 at 04:11
My husband had a bad lower backache and went to chriopractor for two days, skipped a day and then went to our medical dr. First, they thought it was the flu, then we went to ER on Saturday and they said, no flu, but a virus. On Sunday, the ER called and wanted him to come back and have an antibiotic thru and IV. Did that and home by noon, still in afternoon, he continued with fever, chills (rigors) and I called our medical dr. again and he put in the hospital. Diagnosed with MRSA on Tues and released from hospital on Thurs. He goes everyday for IV infusion of daptomycin for next four weeks. Also we were told while they were looking for the infection, there are some 'spots' on his lungs and kidneys but these cannot be biopsied until MRSA is gone. There is a chance that these spots are from the MRSA - he also had a TEE done to see if anything showed in the heart or valves and that appeared to be fine. The doctor has checked him from head to toe, every inch of skins and can find... read more

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Son with persistent MRSA
Posted by Lori T
Last Reply September 5, 2009 at 19:35
Started September 21, 2008 at 23:01
My 8 year old had been battling MRSA infections for a few years now. He had a culture that was found to be sphingomonas Paucimobilis, 2 years ago. Anyone know if it is related to the MRSA infections? He last had cellulitis on his ankle swollen so much he couldn't walk in August of this year (2008), given Bactrim 800mg 2x daily for 10 days. Then today I brought him to the Urgent Care with another swollen lump on his calf of his same leg.

Incidentally, anyone know if the skin will ever look the same again, it has discolored is noticible where the infection was?

I feel so crazy about this. I want to get rid of it but feel like I am helpless.

Should he see a Dermatologist or an Infectious Disease Specialist? I am not sure where to go, and any help would be appreciated!

Thanks so much for all your ideas/experience!

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Strep Culture
Posted by SallyO
Last Reply September 1, 2009 at 05:08
Started August 29, 2009 at 03:13
Last year my 6 year old son had fever and we took him in for a strep test. Strep test
came back negitive but about 6 days later the Urgent Care practice called to ask how
he was and to imform me his culture came back showing MRSA.
I was told that since my son's fever went away and he seemed fine, there was no need
for treatment if he was doing ok.
Again, last week, my son is now 7, spiked a fever of about 103. It was controlled with
Motrin but I took him in for Strep test. Rapid Strep and Strep culture came back
negitive for Strep however; once again the culture showed MRSA. Again, since my
son's fever did not come back and they said that there is no need for treatment. I
mentioned this to our peditritian and he just said that the throat was a strange place
for MRSA to show up....
Can anyone tell me if this is normal? Should I be doing something? Thanks in
advance for your time!

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can makeup reinfect
Posted by Tana
Last Reply August 28, 2009 at 03:50
Started August 14, 2009 at 14:46
Does anyone know if I should be throwing makeup out everytime I get Mrsa infection? Can your makeup reinfect you again? Toothbrush, Hairbrush?I am trying to disinfect everything in my home,Car, anything I can do to help myself from repeated infections.Please help with this?

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