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Exudate?
Posted by Stephanie U.
Last Reply August 3, 2009 at 14:29
Started August 1, 2009 at 18:22
Has anyone seen or heard of exudate on an MRSA wound? Today, when trying to pack and dress my wound (packing for the first time-) I noticed green stuff that looked like mold in the corner of my wound! Today is the first time I've looked at it, unpacked and open, because I was just too chicken before. I called my surgeon's office, and another surgeon was on call, and said this was exudate, and was normal. Here is my question:
My surgeon, on Friday, told me to put saline on the gauze that I am to pack with, before putting it directly on the wound, then cover as usual. Today's surgeon said he wouldn't put saline on it; he'd pack it dry, because he says it will heal faster that way. Any suggestions?

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Antibacteial Hand Wipes
Posted by Kim Kitty
Last Reply July 28, 2009 at 17:02
Started July 28, 2009 at 11:17
I would like to know if hand/face wipes that advertize Kills 99.9% of germs on their label kill MRSA? In particular Germ-X makes one
"For Home Health Care" the label says. Ingredients of all the antibacterial wipes are mainly the same--(benzalkonium chloride)

Note to ladyk-Thanks for all your forthcoming knowledge on this board.

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Is it cureable?
Posted by Chris
Last Reply July 26, 2009
Started July 25, 2009 at 05:33
I got MRSA last football season. I was told by a friend who got a while ago that once you get it, it never leaves your blood stream, or at least the whole thing doesnt. I doctor also said that to me and a bunch of other people told me that.
Is this true, cause if so, the next I get an infection, it might get real ugly. Im only 16 by the way.
Give me your thoughts.

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FUTURE ATTACKS ????
Posted by Amy
Last Reply July 23, 2009 at 17:47
Started July 21, 2009 at 22:10
Hi,,I was recently diagnosed with MRSA 3-4 weeks after spinal surgery..Needless to say, I was shocked and scared to death..The MRSA was found on a surface surgical incision site and now that I am on DS Bactrim 2x/day, the infection seems to be healing..I have many questions about the future, probably they can't be answered but I'll give it a try..I've learned more than I ever want to know about MRSA and unfortunately know that it cannot be "cured" or completely eliminated.. For example, say I come down with pneumonia, will this now be a MRSA pneumonia??? Also since I had surgery I also wonder if the MRSA migrated to my surgical hardware??? I intend on taking all precautions with cleaning, etc and being vigilant about everything..I am seeing an Inf. Disease specialist next Friday..This is a great site..Thanks for any help you can provide...Amy

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needed a break well still on it
Posted by workinprogress
Last Reply July 21, 2009 at 17:42
Started June 19, 2009 at 22:43
sorry havent been around In a while I just havent been in good health just feel like crap and just really dont want to deal with the whole someone gave me a death sentence thing anymore lately even though I know It is a reality its just sometimes that I just need to I dont know not deal with right now I cant sleep I feel like crap have a hard time breathing and just dont give a dam at the moment sorry
workinprogress
Ill be back when I quit feeling sorry for myself

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My Brother is Exposing Us
Posted by Suz
Last Reply July 18, 2009 at 04:33
Started January 16, 2009 at 14:53
Recently my brother came in to my mom's home, where I also reside and told us that he had a staph infection. When asked if it was MRSA he denied it. Even lied about it. When asked to produce the hospital paperwork for treatment to prove it, his wife gave it to us. MRSA.

I advised him it was not a good idea to expose our elderly mother to this deadly contagious infection to no avail. He simply does not care who he exposes, including his grandchild by marriage who is constantly in his presence. My mom won't turn him away while he is in any need either. So, I am stuck with constant and repeated exposure.

Normally, I would just leave, but in this economy I am unemployed as well. I fear all open sores, cuts, bruises, etc... and last night I felt a near panic when a zit showed up on my face...

Is there a simple, non-expensive test to see if my exposure has left me with this dreaded infection?

Is his terrible cough possibly infected too? Is it airborne?

Is his using the f... read more

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Causes of CA-MRSA??
Posted by Humility
Last Reply July 17, 2009 at 15:50
Started July 17, 2009 at 04:36
Hi I have to research CA-MRSA for my work at a TV station.

First of all I want to express my deepest sympathy and send my prayers to all of you living with this horrible disease -- either directly or in your loved ones. Reading through these forums has been eye opening and I'm so shocked and saddened to see the effects both HA and CA have been having on your lives.

I have some questions:
How did you acquire CA-MRSA?
What is the difference between the different types of CA-MRSA?
What is the general belief on the route cause of CA-MRSA?
What kind of linkage have your heard of relative to to a) livestock (which are fed 70% of antibiotics in the US) and b) meat and c) driving along livestock transportation routes.

Is it possible to get over it?
What are likely affects of MRSA?
How do you get over it? how long does it take? How much does it cost?

Thank you very much for your time and attention!

You are in my prayers!



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HOW LONG DOES MRSA SORE LAST
Posted by MARGIE
Last Reply July 17, 2009 at 01:01
Started July 16, 2009 at 20:18
MY HUSBAND WAS INFECTED 9 DAYS AGO AND PUT ON A GENERAL ANTIBIOTIC UNTIL THE CULTURE CAME BACK FOR MRSA. WE GOT THE NEWS TODAY THAT IT IS POSITIVE SO NOW HAS BEEN PUT ON A BACTRIM GENERIC CALLED SULFAMETH/TRIMETHOPRIM. ANY OPINIONS ON THIS MEDICATION?
ALSO, SINCE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE, HOW LONG WILL IT BE FOR HIS FINGER TO BE HEALED AND READY FOR USE AGAIN?
THANKS,
MARGIE

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New to MRSA
Posted by Robert
Last Reply July 14, 2009 at 22:09
Started July 14, 2009 at 02:23
Hi, I am a male age 62 from Arizona. I had surgery last month for ahousadn penial implant as I had prostate cancer in 2001. After surgery about 3 weeks I noticed liquid draining from my scrotum! So back to the Dr
A culture showed that it was MRSA. I had a stay in the hospital for 7 days then sent home to do my own treatment with Daptomycin.
My question is MRSA cureable? Also what precautions should I take at home with my wife? I use a seperate bath room. Wash my hands a least
a thousand time aday.
I will pray for all. Thanks Robert

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Updates from all
Posted by Tana
Last Reply July 14, 2009 at 03:00
Started July 5, 2009 at 15:45
I wanted to let people on this forum know how important it is to update more often about how they are doing.I came to this forum when I was at my lowest point and one of the things that kept me wanting to live another day and fight harder was the positive updates.I also really appreciated the help from the wonderful ladyk.She made me realize that the only way to get better is to get of my --- and research,ask questions and be consistant with taking meds,supplements and eating right.Don't slack on these key things or you will put yourself at risk for another lesion.I am lesion free right now and I take more pills on a daily basis than ever in my whole life.No, I don't feel great,I still get tired and it was hard letting go of keeping up with housework and things that I thought were important.Just simply put, If you use this forum please update and let everyone know how you are.Don't think what you have to say is not important or that nobody cares.I pray for each and every person to g... read more

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Staph produces hyaluronidase
Posted by ruth
Last Reply July 12, 2009 at 22:34
Started July 1, 2009 at 15:43
Staphylococcus aureus, produces hyaluronidase as a means for greater mobility
through the body's tissues and as an antigenic disguise that prevents their being
recognized by phagocytes of the immune system. The enzyme hyaluronidase destroys
the cementing substances between cells and allows pathogens infiltrate the body. The
hyaluronidases are a family of enzymes that degrade hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it is involved in tissue repair.
When skin becomes inflamed the cells in the dermis stop producing as much
hyaluronan, and this increases the rate of its degradation.

One of the main actions of the herb echinacea is to inhibit the activity of the enzyme
hyaluronidase. This enzyme is normally used by pathogens to destroy hyaluronic acid
(the cementing tissue between cells, the glue that holds animal cells together
(hyaluronic acid) allowing passage into sensitive tissues. The constituent that appears
to be responsible f... read more

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mrsa vs. mssa; decolonization and dating
Posted by wcanyon
Last Reply July 11, 2009 at 15:21
Started July 9, 2009 at 19:03
MRSA = methycillin resistant
MSSA = methycillin susceptible

The superbugwiki is down or I can't access it from work. Many of my questions might be answered there I suppose.

Hi, I'm new here. I've had 2 staph boils in the past 3 months. The first I wrote off as a fluke, did my Bactrim and it went away (but man was it a whopper of an infection!). My question is this: is MRSA more likely to infect your skin than MSSA? MSSA is very common I understand, but MRSA is becoming more common (I seem to have picked up CA-MRSA). So does MSSA not cause boils in healthy people? I'm 38 and in good health, the MRSA is the only health issue that I have.

Also, I'm headed to the dermatologist next week to take a shot at decolonization. Assuming that I sanitize my house and work areas, use bleach on all my clothes (color safe for colors) and am otherwise careful, will I be able to get rid of this bacteria? The thing that I don't understand about decolonization is that it seems like it will kil... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply July 7, 2009 at 20:49
Started July 5, 2009 at 18:54
My husband (25) was first diagnosed with MRSA in January 2009-about 3 weeks after returning home from basic training. He was treated without inpatient hospitalization and it cleared up after about 2 weeks. He had two sites, one on his lower abdomen and one on his knee that turned into severe cellulitis. The specialist we saw explained that he would become colonized, and there was higher risk for reinfection. Two days ago, it came back, again on his lower abdomen but not the same spot. Last time, a combination of Bactrum, Lortab and Motrin was prescribed, which is what they are using again at least until he can see the specialist tomorrow. What I am concerned about is that MRSA becomes resistant to antibiotics, so will his MRSA become resistant to Bactrum? Then what, they look for another antibiotic that his MRSA becomes resistant to until they run out? Will this eventually kill him? How long will he be colonized? Is there a way to stop the colonization?

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C/A MRSA
Posted by Glenn
Last Reply June 29, 2009 at 15:33
Started April 22, 2009 at 22:33
Hello everyone, i just found out march 3rd that i have community mrsa. i went to the er with what i thought was a spider bite, the er doctor lanced the pimple and took a culture, it came back community mrsa i started taking bactrim but had a major rash break out after about 7 days i was taking 3200ml oral a day of the batrim.I had to go back to the er and he said he would check my lab work to see what other antibody would work because i started to have outbreak in private areas.Then i was giving Doxycycl hyc 100mg caps to take twice daily. I cleared up for two weeks and then got a sore inside my nose and now a pimple just came up on my finger today. Im 38 years old from S.C and was in top condition until this CA mrsa has took my life from me. I have a wonderful wife and daughter, we all love people and love the Lord. i want to protect them as much as i can. i have shed some serious tears over the last month b/c my family is so good and i dont want to give this to them.. The Doctors ... read more

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Happy Father's Day
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 21, 2009 at 17:12
Started June 21, 2009 at 17:12
To all the dads that took such good care of the families, worked so hard to provide the best life ever for everyone, sacrificed and bit their tongue, I salute you!

My daddy is such a great role model. His picture should be in the dictionary under father.

I think the word gentleman must have been developed to describe what a dad must be: a gentle man.

From changing dirty diapers to fixing bikes, rescuing ladies in distress, changing tires, killing creepy crawlers, lifting the heavy stuff, getting their nails polished by little girls in feather boas and teaching their sons how to be men, its a tough job. It's also the best job on the planet.

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What a difference a year makes
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 21, 2009 at 14:16
Started June 13, 2009 at 01:44
Last year, I was just beginning recovery from my knee surgery in June. I was so afraid I'd have a recurrence of HA MRSA that plagued me the prior year after a hip replacement. I had only been walking for 2 months after finally getting my hip infection under control when my knee totally gave out.

It wasn't easy. I had a lot of problems recovering from the knee surgery because I'd lost so much muscle from being in a wheel chair and bedridden for so long. I can still remember when I decided to try to go into our pool for a swim. I didn't even know if I'd be able to walk in and out.

Here it is a year later and I'm happily rocking on my front porch, computer in my lap, enjoying an absolutely beautiful evening with my family. I'll suit up and swim tomorrow. Life is so very good these days. Frankly, at the darkest period, it was a pipe dream even expecting to live long enough for one last Christmas.

I'm posting this to remind those of you who are currently battling MRSA that some... read more

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Anyone going through tests for auto-immune dis
Posted by MeMe
Last Reply June 17, 2009 at 23:44
Started June 17, 2009 at 15:00
I had MRSA Staph n my spine in September of 2007, after having a "epidural injection" for a disc problem. I was very ill, lost blood pressure and pulse twice. I was in hosptal for 4 wees, treated in veins with vancomyasin, then sent home for 4 weeks of treatment with home health care coming by and havung same drug treatment.The after effect of the drug itself was awful, like having chemo. Since that time I have had fatigue, great pain, especially leg, head aches, just a general feeling of being sick all the time. I have now been going through tests for a lot of auto-immune diseases because I present the symptoms of just about all of them. So far MS, Lupus, MENI & MENII and a lot of other..Of course they all seem to come back inconclusive. I beleive all of the symptoms I have go back to the staph infection, but how do you proove this and what do you do to treat it? Also I have a low immune system and seem not to have the ability to fight of most infections. Before the staph I... read more

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C section wounds
Posted by Mrs Fazil
Last Reply June 6, 2009 at 18:33
Started June 5, 2009 at 17:05
hello doctor
i had an c section about 2 years and 1 month ago the issue is now i am having a bleed in the wound i counselted with doctor (the same doctor who did c section) he comments is might be any theraed will be inside need to re-open it again could you please advise me whats wrong with me .from Sri Lanka
if dont mind please email me
fazil03@yahoo.com

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Update on my Mrsa
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 31, 2009 at 13:05
Started May 28, 2009
LadyK
Thanks for your advice on the Tumeric it really helped and I got the foaming cleanser too.I had that bad bad reaction to bactrim ds, I guess because its a sulfa drug?I went back to IDC and they put me on IV 500mg cubicin.I asked if I had to do it for long because I feel so weak and the said everyday for 7 days.My lesion was healed up and closed but they said it was best for me to do the full dose.I don't know sometimes if the are really doing whats best for us or not.I question everything now.Anyway this site has a lot of info that is helpful.I feel like I finally have a place to go when I need help.I am sorry for the crazy venting the other day,I was in bad shape.I feel angry that Doctors have no idea how to deal with this.And for the most part they just guess and leave us taking things we should not be putting in our systems.Now they have left me so weak I have contemplated quitting my job.If this keeps happening I'll get fired anyway.

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huge abscess draining in abdomen
Posted by Tina Johnston-Wilson
Last Reply May 31, 2009 at 12:44
Started August 20, 2007 at 20:15
Hi everyone, I'm back again, six months into none stop abscesses,I still can't get help, I now have a cantalope size abscess on my stomack and abdoman, thats draining into my abdomen, the pain is unbeaible, I still have many on my hips and an my ankel, and the infection in my lungs is really bad now, I look like I'm six months pragnet, because of the swelling, and I can't find any info on what will happen if this thing keeps draining into my abdomen. Dose anyone know how much sicker this will make? and for some strange reason it feel like all the fluids I drink end up in my lungs, but the rest of me feels like I'm really dehydraded.has anyone been through this? or have ny idea's, it's making me so sick, I really don't know how much more of this my body can take, I'm so tired,

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