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Posted by fieryone76
Last Reply November 14, 2009 at 18:53
Started November 14, 2009 at 01:29
My mother has had over 7 MRSA infections.
The most recent one nearly cost her a finger.
We're fairly certain that I got MRSA from contact with my mother, and that my husband got it from me.
I had a lesion on my leg which ended up being huge, but the doctor couldn't culture it.
After 3 rounds of various antibiotics, it finally cleared up, but then my husband got his first lesion a few days before I finished my last round of antibiotics.

My husband has now been diagnosed with his third MRSA infection in less than a year. He currently has a huge lesion on his back. I plan on bleaching everything in site (including him, lol).

Anyway, the wound drained last night. It went through the bandage, boxers, and sheets to the mattress. We have sanitized the sheets, but I am wondering if there is a way to disinfect large, porous surfaces (such as mattresses, furniture, carpets, etc.) that cannot be laundered without damaging or discoloring them.
I would like to try to prevent my husban... read more

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don't know what to do
Posted by brenda
Last Reply November 14, 2009 at 18:47
Started November 14, 2009 at 15:13
I work in a center for developmentally disabled adults. on oct 28th i helped restrained a client who had pulled his feeding tube out (wearing gloves) another instructer assisted me but when she did, she was holding the feeding tube and was pushing into the tip of my finger, i kept yelling let go because it was very painful. after, i removed the gloves washed my hands and my finger was sore like it had been bruised. as the night went on my finger became more painful and began to swell, by morning it had a black mark and obvious infection.ishowed it to the center nurse the next morning and she said it did not look good and told me to go to the doctor. i was pretty much brushed off but put on bactrim. the pain became intense and the finger tip began to swell more and become darker, called the doctor back the next day and he said give it one more day and if not better will prescribe stronger antibiotics. it kept sweeling, became even more painful, could not sleep and ended up in urgent ... read more

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To the people of USA/Canada Forum
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 13, 2009 at 15:20
Started November 11, 2009 at 17:05

This is one of the hardest posts Iíve written in all the years Iíve been here on forum. But I felt it necessary to let you all know Iím leaving, rather than just walking away without saying thank you to you.

I have always believed we as MRSA survivors have dealt with Ďenoughí red tape, lack of answers, lack of understanding most often from the medical field, and all that encompasses serious illness which impact our lives. It is not about sides, (MRSA knows no boundaries), itís not about political maneuvering, hollow debate, nor advertisements. For me it has always been about the scared, sick and dying people desperate for help. I cannot tell you how many hours through the dead of many nights Iíve spent researching in hopes of helping those of you who have come to forum with so many unanswered questions. Accurate information has always been a striving factor and standard that I took pride in providing. Those who know me outside of forum know it is my nature to care for... read more

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Bactrim Inappropriate?
Posted by BHew
Last Reply November 7, 2009 at 15:39
Started October 30, 2009 at 19:44
I had or have a MSSA strain in a finger, probably acquired from dirt or a foreign body in a break in the skin that I did not notice. I fell down on rocky surface on a trail while running, landing partly on my hand but I did not notice blood or scraping. It was early evening. I spotted a little red bump a couple of days later which came open to reveal an infection. I had an abscess and perhaps blood clotting.

Unfortunately, the physician I first saw prescribed me Bactrim. I went to the hospital to get quick treatment and incision because the infection did not improve. Then I took clyndamicin for 4-5 days, and so far little sign of recurrence. Of course, the infection left its mark on my skin and my sprained finger still can't bend fully.

A suspectibility test revealed a few weeks later that the strain was resistant to Bactrim but to almost no other antiobiotic. Research that I did on my own taught me that Bactrim is not approved by the FDA for treatment of any Staph infection,... read more

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Posted by Christie
Last Reply November 5, 2009
Started September 5, 2007 at 22:29
Hi Everyone.

At the end of June, I went to the doctor because of a spot on my leg. They did a culture and my report said I had a very light growth of MRSA. The nurse in the ER told me to take my antibiotics and I'd be fine. This past Thursday, I got another spot on my back. I went back to the doctor and was informed that the MRSA is in my blood. The doctor cut open and packed the sore and put me on another 15 days of antibiotics.

My job has suspended me for the month of September and maybe longer if this round of antibiotics doesn't work. I inquired about any financial help the company could provide and I was told no. I asked about workman's compensation and my boss told me that it would be hard to prove, since MRSA is getting bad in America.

I am certain my job is where it all started. I take care of a teenage girl who is physically and mentally disabled and she has a peg tube in her stomach. My company pays me to go into her home and take care of her.

My company won... read more

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I'm So.......Glad I Found this Site
Posted by Lois
Last Reply November 3, 2009 at 03:22
Started October 31, 2009 at 02:42
I am still recovering from the effects of a Hospital Acquired MRSA Infection I got during outpatient surgery for an oophorectomy performed on November 24, 2008. It was THE MOST PAINFUL surgery I have ever had. My GYNO and nursing staff rebuked my cries for help. Just put your feet up and relax! Within a week I returned to the hospital with double pneumonia and heart damage. I had to have surgery to remove an abcess on an incision. I was in ICU for a few days with a high fever and fighting for my life. I was given 2 units of blood for anemia. They treated me with vancomycin and after 2-3 weeks sent me home on bactrim for two weeks. My husband treated/packed my wound on a daily basis. My back started hurting while I was in the hospital. It was thought to be caused by the bed? My back continued to bother me at home. My back only got worse. My Internist finally agreed to an MRI which was scheduled a week later. I couldn't get off the MRI table without the help of two peop... read more

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Doctors of today
Posted by Tana
Last Reply November 2, 2009 at 06:55
Started October 7, 2009 at 16:44
I normally do not lump everybody into one catagory but,I think the doctors of today don't give a crap about anyone and only want to make a buck.I have had MRSA for 2 1/2 years now and its only when I have stopped listening to their bull I have begun to feel better again with natural medicine which of course they roll their eyes at you when you mention it to them. Why do they react that way? Because it takes away from their pockets.I think the doctors that are at retirement age are the last of a dying breed of caring and compassionate doctors.I think this stems from a healthcare system that limits doctors "HMO's" and monitors every cent they cost the insurance company.Everytime I call my insurance to ask a question they ask me if I have any other coverage.They see that for once you need to use it and start trying to get out of paying for it.I am so fed up with the healthcare system and the lack of knowledge that doctors have about MRSA and cannot understand how this can be overlooked... read more

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Sinus problems
Posted by Robert AZ
Last Reply October 30, 2009 at 20:30
Started September 10, 2009 at 06:24
I had surgery on July 10 and got MRSA, had daptomycin then bactrim
until August 5th. I always had sinus problems but nothing like this!
My teeth and jaw is quite painful, seems to come on in the evening
when I get tired out. Then it will go away.
Question could this be a relaps of MRSA? I have been getting a stinging feeling in my surgry site (scrotum) for the last 3 days.
I will try to get a blood test tomorrow. Thanks

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Posted by Shelly B.
Last Reply October 30, 2009 at 19:57
Started October 18, 2009 at 17:21
The scenario... my husband bumped his elbow at work. Didn't break the skin and didn't even bump it that hard. Within an hour it was swelled up (like he had a golf ball stuck under his skin). We assumed it was soft tissue damage and iced it and he took Ibuprofen. About a week later, we decided it wasn't going to heal and perhaps he had fractured it... so off to the clinic we went. I should note that he was not in any pain and his elbow and lower arm were red and swolled, but we had no experience with internal infections... it never even crossed our minds that it could be a Staff infection. The Dr. drained it and ran 5 bags of antibiotics over 3 days along with 2 different oral ones. The infection cleared up in about one week... he did have some scar tissue issues for a couple months, but that resolved itself also. The culture came back as MRSA with a long list of antibiotics we couldn't use against it. Last week, he slipped and bumped his knee... again, not a hard bump and nothing a ... read more

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MRSA Reoccurance
Posted by JD
Last Reply October 30, 2009 at 01:40
Started October 26, 2009
Hello everyone I just finished a two week treatment of MRSA via Bactrim on Tuesday and by Friday I developed a skin rash on my underarm. When I first went to the dr two weeks ago I had an underarm rash and infected mrsa pimples. After taking the bactrim the first time everything cleareed up but now I have the new underarm rash on the OTHER arm and fear that maybe I wasn't on the antibiotics long enough to kill everything. There are no new pimples on my body however I still have the rash. I am planning to see my doctor again Monday or Tuesday. Any suggestions or thoughts? I am really concerned. Thanks

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Another question for Ladyk or anybody who know
Posted by Annette
Last Reply October 29, 2009 at 01:58
Started October 21, 2009 at 20:00
I am the lady that has a son who had a mrsa boil and just finished antibiotics back on Oct. 10, this year.
My husband and I and my two sons had our nasals cultured yesterday and the IDD discussed the results of the culture when I asked if he knew if it was HA-MRSA or CA-MRSA. He was leaning towards CA-MRSA because of the sensitivity to antibiotics is what he said.
My questions are:
1. Culture was Resistant to Amox/Clavulanate, Cefazolin, Oxacillin and penicillin.
It was sensitive to Clindamycin, Erythromycin, Gentamicin, Levofloxacin, Tetracycline, Trimethoprim/Sulfa and Vancomycin.
He said because it was sensitive to so many antibiotics, it looks more like CA-MRSA.
Is he correct that it leans more toward CA-MRSA?
After swabbing our noses, he said my son who had the boil seemed like he could come back as a carrier because of his nasal secretions, more mucusy, thicker. He also just got over a cold.
... read more

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Ladyk Please :)
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply October 23, 2009 at 18:17
Started October 21, 2009 at 23:44
Hi ladyk and thank you so much for your contributions out here. You are wonderful so thank you.

I'm 39/f that had what seemed to be a blackhead or ingrown hair on the top of my back for years. I always thought it was a blackhead and tried to get it but couldn't really reach it. At any rate - the boyfriend tried to get it and it just swelled up into a small cyst (m&m size) so when I went to the dermatologist he wanted to cut it out. Mind you now I'm not being a cynic, but this derma said, "No keep picking, we need the business" so I'm a little skeptical on whether it even needed to be cut out.........because

Here I am two months later and had a small pimple (or so I thought) on my lower right back and squeezed it a little (nothing much came out) and then wham - huge cyst develops. Long story short VERY painful and went to urgent care....she puts me on Levaquin 750mg/7days and I took one pill and had killer leg cramps/muscle spasms/nightmares/hallucinations and insomnia all... read more

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Working in Hospital
Posted by Eugene
Last Reply October 22, 2009 at 04:22
Started October 21, 2009 at 16:39
I have taken the time to read each and every one of these postings and my heart goes out to each and every one of you. My situation is just a little different; I actually worked in the hospital for a general contractor. I performed major renovations in various areas of the hospital. During the early stages of a project, we were required to remove almost every item in the area. The only remaining items were those connected directly to functioning systems of the hospital, everything else went! As you could imagine, everything was deconstructed by unprotected hands, staged, plied into a mobile container, covered with a bed sheet and then transported through the hospital to an outside curbside. Then, tons and tons of debris was removed from the container also by hand and then thrown in a trailer, right in the hospital parking lot. Not only were we exposed to everything in the area, we manually touched & removed everything. Sure we had precautions, but those precautions were safety conc... read more

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Prevention routine for 3 year old
Posted by CopperCanyon
Last Reply October 19, 2009 at 18:48
Started October 5, 2009 at 22:27
Please help me improve my 3 year oldís prevention routine

My 3 year old has had 4 small abscesses (aproximately size of a quarter, 3 on buttock and 1 on lower hip) in the last 16 months with the last 2 infections occuring within 2 weeks of one another. For each infection our pediatrician has prescribed bactrim and bactroban. Unfortunately weíve never had any of the infections cultured so I donít conclusively know if it is MRSA. After the last outbreak, along with the normal antibiotics(oral,topical) we were also told for everyone in the household to treat our nostrils with bactroban 2x per day for five days and bleach baths once a week. She is currently infection and antibiotic free for the last month and I want to keep it that way. Iím really looking to develop a solid prevention routine and would appreciate any advice anyone has in regards to what Iím currently doing.

Current routine:

Daily showering and religious handwashing / hand sanitizer
1x per week Ė bleach... read more

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Question for ladyk
Posted by Tana
Last Reply October 15, 2009 at 18:15
Started October 10, 2009 at 02:03
I brought the huge size hibiclense soap and got the pump and it does not foam. When I asked for a small pump for the smaller bottle they said there wasn't one.I purchased it at Target. Is there somewhere else I should ask?

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antibiotic cocktail
Posted by lorianne
Last Reply October 12, 2009 at 02:02
Started October 11, 2009 at 21:04
is is dangerous to use two antibiotics kind of ljke an antibiotic coctail..maybe if you were to space dosage times several hours apart from each other? this has not been suggested by my doctors, but after 2 years of reoccuring infections i get more of my own idea's on how to obliterate ym mrsa befpre it becomes resistant to countless more antibiotics. I was thinking that maybe a combo of 2 antibiotics would lessen the chance of it becoming more resistant... maybe use the last antibiotic it became resistant to along with one it hasn't so it would be too week to mitate for the additional antibiotic ... if this makes any sense. Anyone know anything reguarding this kind of treatment or if it's even safe to do ???

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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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