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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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MRSA and me
Posted by Tasfira
Last Reply November 19, 2009 at 02:42
Started November 14, 2009 at 12:24
I was diagnosed with MRSA in Oct 2009. Took almost a week for the culture to come back. Since then, the "boil" has been open and draining. It wont heal. It is still red, hot, and painful to the touch. In that time I have gotten 3 more MRSA infection for a total of 4 at one time. I realize now that I have been afflicted with this disease since I was 15, I am now 31. I never had a medical complaint till my first MRSA popped up. Since then I have been in and out of doctors offices and hospitals. Been on different medications and antibiotics and nothing seemed to "get rid" of it. I have been doing alot of reading since my diagnosis and have come to realize that if left untreated this can become a life-threatening illness. This scares me since I have small children at home. Right now I am taking Bactrim DS and Cipro 2x's a day and if not better in 14 days to call my doctor again and he "promised" to call in an infectious disease specialist. Im not sure I want to wait. My main MRSA infect... read more

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Usual course of treatment
Posted by Susie
Last Reply November 16, 2009 at 23:12
Started November 15, 2009 at 06:17
I have had MRSA in my sinuses and treated w/ almost a month of Bactrim and a Gentamicin nasal lavage. The never did follow-up cultures. Now I'm having shoulder surgery. The hospital informed me I need to come in for a culture. If it is positive, I will be given nasal Bactroban. They still plan to do the surgery Friday.

If this treatment doesn't work. What would be the next course of treatment? I'm getting freaked out.

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Supplements and Vitamins
Posted by Tasfira
Last Reply November 15, 2009 at 22:46
Started November 15, 2009 at 11:11
Could someone please post the most effective supplement vitamin supplement regimen they are on so I can keep this under control and get a semblence of a normal life back please and thank you. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time, having no energy, being achy. So any suggestions will be appreciated.

On another note. I spent all day yesturday reading thru this forum and had NO idea how widespead and deadly this was. I am very sorry for everyones loss that lost someone and remember they are in a much better place without pain or suffering. Keep then alive in your hearts and memories and they will live forever. To those of you that have battled this and overcome, WOOT, you have such strength and perserverance.Keep fighting. To those of us are that newly diagnosed, we have a long fight ahead of us, granted we might not win, we most certainly can control it. And with the help of this forum board, family support and a DAMN good GP and ID one day we win. I want to sen... read more

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My child and MRSA?
Posted by hunter6009
Last Reply November 14, 2009 at 23:32
Started November 13, 2009 at 03:56
My 5 year old had a small "spider bite" on his leg about 2 weeks ago that did not get
better. We took him to see the doctor and he said "could be MRSA" and put him on a
Sulfa antibiotic. No culture done. 9 days into the sulfa antibiotic he broke out in
hives. Took him to the doc again and was told he was allergic to sulfa and the sore
was not getting better. So he said it was MRSA (still no culture done) and gave him
Clindomyacin. He also lanced it (w/out numbing it I might add), and sent us home
with decolonization measures. So now I'm freaking out! I called the office to request
a culture and they said that b/c he was on the antibiotic, MRSA wouldn't show up. I
also asked if they would refer us to an infectious disease specialist and they act like
I'm an obsessive/compulsive weirdo and this isn't a big deal. They see "3-5 cases a
week". From what I read online this is a HUGE deal with life-altering consequences.
My child could routinely suffer fro... read more

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