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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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Thank You
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply August 27, 2009
Started August 26, 2009 at 19:02
A big “Thank-you” and wrap around hug to those who covered for me during my break away holiday. You’re worth your weight in gold to me! It helped me so much in the relaxation department to know forum was covered, and you were looking in for me.

Thanks so much for all you do~


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Question about MRSA
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply August 26, 2009 at 20:02
Started August 26, 2009 at 17:59
We have a 3yo daughter who we took to the doctor last Tues 8/18 for what we thought was a spider bite. The Dr put her on Septrum and gave us mupirocin to put on the area. I noticed on Fri 8/21 that she has similiar looking pumps on her bottom so I took her back. They called it a yeast infection and gave us bacitrcin and nystatin to put on it. Well we noticed Sun that she has a new area on her other thigh and also 2 on the back of her leg right below her bottom. I took her back Mon and they finally did a culture and sent her home with a rx of cleocin. She is not able to take the cleocin. We have given it to her 3 times and everytime she vomited it right up. I called the pharmacy and dr and they had told me I couldn't mix it with anything and the dr said to take her back to the septra until they get results back from the culture. I have also been cleaning the areas 3x a day with hibiclens and cut out her baths and just put her in the shower like they said. I'm so frustrated ... read more

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Son diagnosed with Mrsa on 8/19/09
Posted by Aphreditie
Last Reply August 25, 2009
Started August 23, 2009 at 04:44
my 10 yr old son got a gash wound when he fell on his bike on 8/8/09. its on his right leg behind his ankle. about an inch long. at first it was healing ok. we even went to a public pool. (which is where i think he got it.) i took him to ER sunday 8/16/09 cuz it looked infected, red, swollen with puss and his ankle was even swollen. it was so they cleaned, dressed the wound and took a wound culture, and prescribed flexal and he was on crutches for 2 days. tues we went for a recheck. all seemed good. i cleaned, change the dressing twice a day. he was taking his meds. it started to look better. Wed nite i get a call with culture results. the DR says he has MRSA staph infection. explains it alittle swtiches his prescription to bactrium and says she will send a pamphlet.

been looking online for all the info i can. reading what others experiences are so i know what we may go thru. how soon have you had a reoccurance? we are cleaning our hands all the time with hand santize... read more

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Update on my MRSA in mouth
Posted by Kim
Last Reply August 23, 2009 at 02:44
Started May 16, 2009 at 06:36
HI ladyk

I just found out today the MRSA has infected my jaw bone. I feel as if I have been given the run around. I had a CAT scan and it showed osteomyelitis.

Should I be terrified? I am on doxycyline and bactrim. The doctor is also sending me for another type scan on tuesday. I have already had all the teeth in the upper right side removed and they were all loose anyway, which they attribute to the MRSA.

Please keep me in you prayers.

Thanks you for everything

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Bactrim is not working ! Is there something ?
Posted by Sally
Last Reply August 19, 2009 at 22:48
Started August 15, 2009 at 06:49
I have been dealing with an infection since July 2 , 2009 started off as a pimple. Turned bigger like a spider bite nice and round. Then would on my chin started oozing clear fluid, giving me cellulitis. Went to hospital nobody cultured it. Sent me home from hospital giving me medication that never would have worked because I was resistant to it. I found out two weeks later that I had MRSA by following up with a dermatologist. Now after four weeks later no medication has helped not Batrim 800 mg twice a day. The doctor says I need surgery to cut it out. One plastic surgeon does not want to cut open my face in fear it will spread to other tissue and he said it was not angry enough. NOW WHAT NO MEDICATION AND NO SURGERY ! Still in pain could it spread to blood. Have some sort of nose and throat drainage. Cannot urinate right is this all MRSA as well ! UGHHH

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Bactrim side effects
Posted by Robert AZ
Last Reply August 18, 2009 at 21:52
Started August 18, 2009 at 16:48
I have have been off Bactrim for 4 weeks and I know about feeling tired, but after doing very little walking I am out of breath?
Is this normal? If so how much longer will this condition last?.
Any info on this would be appreciated. Thanks. Robert

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Daughters best friend has MRSA
Posted by Concern Mom
Last Reply August 16, 2009 at 12:57
Started March 5, 2009 at 15:55
Hi, just yesterday my daughter told me that her friend has MRSA. The found out yesterday. Her face is swollen to the point she is almost not recoginizable(started with a large bump on forehead) and also has bumps on her buttock. I am not sure how long this has been going on but an concerned for my daughter as well as other kids in the school. I love her friend like a child and would talk to her parents but unfortunately this would not help. :(
I have told her not to share any thing with her and to wash her hands often as the her friend is returning to school today. What else do I need to do to protect her? Is it safe for her to return to school? I know that she is on antibotics that she take 9 times a day (do not know what though)
Thank you for any help as I want to educate myself on this subject.

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Sharp pain from Zyvox
Posted by Tana
Last Reply August 15, 2009 at 16:52
Started August 11, 2009 at 03:34
Went to Urgent Care at Hospital on Sunday because one day after starting my Zyvox I started getting slight sharp pain in abdomen and did not think much about it. As the week continued it got worse until the 5th day on med I was doubling over with really sharp pain that kept me up almost all night. When I did finally fall asleep the pain woke me up again. It felt like something tearing and or stabbing pains.Well after Xray bloodwork and urine test Doc said it was a side effect from the drug.I guess I have to live with it because its the only oral antibiotic I can take.

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Going on 2 yrs with STAPH..need remedy
Posted by Ryan
Last Reply August 10, 2009 at 13:38
Started March 31, 2009 at 06:54
Hello everyone,
I've had staph for 2 yrs. I went to the doctor and got it cultured. The results came back negative for MRSA, however, I've been on multiple cyles of antibiotics and nothing the boils keep coming back. My last doctor was so sure that his antibiotics would work, he even gauranteed the recovery. What a joke! They came back within 2 weeks. I've read and read on this site for a cure and I seem to only come across advertisements for products. Can someone give me some straight advice on how to erradicate this pest? I don't have insurance and it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and patience, Ryan

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Posted by Robert AZ
Last Reply August 3, 2009 at 14:29
Started August 3, 2009 at 01:12
Hi had surgery June 16 and by July 4th I got real sick, so at the emergency Hospital I was tested and found out that I had a staf infection. Then a stay at this Hospital for 7 days I was told that it
was mrsa.
I had Daptomycin for week then Bactrim for another week.
My question. My toe hurts like a burn, same toe on the other foot!
I check my feet after each shower and all I see is some flaky skin
on one toe and nothing on the other toe?
I have a bad feeling that it could be MRSA.
Question, is there anything I can put on my toes?

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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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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
Ill be back when I quit feeling sorry for myself

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