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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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recurrent infections/excema
Posted by eriks mom
Last Reply June 4, 2009 at 22:11
Started September 30, 2008 at 20:42
My 4yr old son has had continuning bouts with Mrsa. I was glad to find this site with people discussing persistent mrsa. We have tried everything, (with the exception of ladyks mention of the shower curtain that will be thrown away as soon as I get home).

My sons problem is excerbated by excema, which becomes more severe with every outbreak. Its a vicious circle for us. We keep him clean with a antibacterial soap, which kicks the excema into gear, he scratches and viola, another sore appears. Now even worse, he has it colonized in his ears, so everytime he gets a cold, we have mrsa pus literally dripping out his ear.

We started with his ped, went to a dermatologist,and now an immunologist. Somewhere in there, there was also the surgeon. I am thrilled with our new doc. We have a new regime that includes daily baths with gentle cleaners, hibiclens once a week, high dose cortisone cream for excema spots, bactraban for open cuts,hydroxyzine which helps the itching and h... read more

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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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Bactrim ds side effects
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 26, 2009 at 14:54
Started May 20, 2009 at 13:28
I was wondering if anyone has had side effects from Bactrim DS? I have had a bad headache,nausea,and lethargic.I wanted to go to this really great clinic and get Cubicin IV that I had once before. The problem is that my insurance is not paying enough.I had a 600.00 bill from what they did not cover and that not including lab fees.That was in Dec 2008 and I just paid them off in April.I am worried that bactrim will keep lesion from getting bigger and it will travel to another area of my body. This has happened before, and it traveled to 2 other areas and I had to have surgery.I told my hubby that if I ever get sick of getting these,maybe I should just let it do its thing and be done already.

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Tom / ZR1 / (Joseph)
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 26, 2009 at 14:38
Started May 21, 2009 at 19:33
Tom / ZR1 / (Joseph)

Please explain to us why you feel it necessary to post under different aliases?

[Re: Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa?
Reply #1 by Tom Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:30

Re: Bactrim ds side effects
Reply #1 by ZR1 Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:38

Re: Mrsa help
Reply #3 by Tom Posted: May 20, 2009 at 22:50
Tana ! First of all if you have Mrsa caused boils or rashes on your skin you have to go to se the Infectious Disease Specialist because Mrsa is his field and not the dermatologist. The IDS doctor is the specialist for the treatment of Mrsa.Second ,oral antibiotics are used for the treatment of MRSA caused wound on your skin and not to kill the bacteria and this is very important to understand when dealing with Mrsa.To get rid of Mrsa you need to use topical antibacterial liquid such as Hibiclens wich is proven to be effective against Mrsa.14703]

Tom Re: Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa? 20/05/2009 22:30:47 66.108.208.249

ZR1 Re: Bactrim ds side eff... read more

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Research & Politics
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 23, 2009 at 01:05
Started May 22, 2009 at 14:23
Has anyone ever considered getting a petition started to have the Government get involved with MRSA.I know there is a certain amount of signatures required to even get them to look at it.If there is one already please let me know? If not,I am one of those people who are willing to try and do something.I have a daughter who works for doctor and deals with MRSA herself.She also is the Editor of a small newsletter.I would at least give it a try and usually when I set my mind on something, there is no stopping me.I have had MRSA since June 2007 and will not go down without a fight.

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Mrsa help
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 21, 2009 at 19:21
Started May 20, 2009 at 16:02
LadyK,
I use PhisoHex wash and antibiotic ointment swabbed in nose first week of every month.One doc said to swab everyday and the other one week a month.I also use garlic capsules,Garden of life Primal defense probiotics,4life Transfer Factor,Maitake mushroom extract.I don't know if I'm doing the right thing.Everyone seems to have dvice and I am desperate to try anything.One of my doctors told me I should take low dose of antibiotics for the rest of my life.I have spent more money on treatments, and have depleated my funds.I wish someone could give me one way of preventing this from happening again.I am so afraid that this will do me in someday.I know thats not positive,I am just soooo tired and weak.

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Does Lysol spray kill Mrsa?
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 22:30
Started May 20, 2009 at 16:57
I live in a house with one bathroom. I have no energy to clean shower everytime I take one when I have lesions.Will lysol spray kill Mrsa if I spray down shower.Worried that my husband will get Mrsa.

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Can you get mrsa from injesting blood from cpr
Posted by Tana
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 14:30
Started May 19, 2009 at 14:19
I went to visit my mom out of state and she had had surgery and was home for less than 2 months. I was having coffee with her and her artery burst open near her heart and she was bleeding heavly fro her mouth and nose and I did CPR and injested her blood, despite cpr she died in my arms. I was told by my sister that in the hospital she had mrsa and CDif? Since then I have had Mrsa infections at least 5-6 times and some near fatal that kept healing and then traveling through my body.Could I have gotten MRSA from doing cpr and injesting my mother blood.I feel like I am losing all hope and have become afraid of dying from this.Had to have surgery to as I say Scramble egg my rear end to break up a traveling mrsa band.At this point I have to have a sense of humor,but its really taking its toll on me.IV's of Cubicin everyday for 30 min seems to be my last resort to fight this.God help us all.

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This is to correct MISINFORMATION
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 09:02
Started May 19, 2009 at 16:48
I must speak up and correct RUTH who responded to Ryan. She stated that Licorice was a deep penetrating antibiotic. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. Though Licorice can be helpful in combination with other herbs for infections, because it is an anti-inflammatory, it is not an antibiotic. Specifically, it is an Expectorant, Demulcent, anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-spasmodic, and a mild laxative. It is mainly used in bronchial problems such as bronchitis and coughs in general. It is also used to treat peptic ulcers, as well as gastritis and ulcers in general.

Echinacea does have anti-microbial properties, and is a useful herb when combined with the correct combination of herbs to treat your specific problem. So in order for it to be effective for MRSA, it would need to be combined with other anti-microbial, and antiseptic herbs. And it needs to be taken internally to recieve it's optimal qualities.

Chamomile is also the type of herb that is useful in any combination of herbs f... read more

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