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hard time breathing
Posted by workinprogress
Last Reply January 28, 2009 at 16:44
Started January 21, 2009 at 11:37
I was told last year I have MRSA been checked a few times sence still have it but anyway thats not the question Ive been having a hard time catching my breath is this normal/part off the MRSA virus just woundering if its just something else (i do smoke but not much anymore)
Thanks

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MRSA and children
Posted by MJ
Last Reply January 27, 2009 at 03:16
Started January 21, 2009 at 21:30
My 2 yr son develop abcess in his buttock area and it was deep and large enough that I had to take him to the emergency room so that they can cut and drain the pus. He was put on antiobiotic but it kept on recurring. It was MSRA. He develop abcess 4 more time. I got so fed up with the doctors who could not do anything for him, that I now develop my own routine so that he does suffer anymore or spread to my other children. Besides putting the Mupirocin in his nose everytime after he takes a bath, I also add 1/4 cup bleach in his bath waterrid any bacteria on his skin once a week, use antibacterial soap in his normal bath routine, and I spray and clean with bleach water on the knobs, counter, toys, etc. So far so good, he has not had an episode in the past 10 months since I have implement my cleaning routine. Hopefully, once he is potty train, I won't have to be so deligent.

Saw an episode of Dr. G, Medical Examiner the other night and she autopsy an man died of MRSA and she stated... read more

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Am I taking the right steps?
Posted by K.
Last Reply January 23, 2009 at 20:33
Started January 21, 2009 at 22:58
Both my boyfriend and I were recently diagnosed with MRSA. His case occured first, and was more severe than mine, resulting in three days of twice daily IV antibiotics (Vancomycin). I had two smaller infections which cleared up on their own, and recently developed a third, more severe one which was drained at the hospital and after a swab was done, I was given a ten day prescription of twice daily Apo-Sulfatrim. We're worried about catching it again, so we've taken the following measures to prevent re-infection:

Washed ALL bedding, clothing, towels etc that may have come in contact with the wound.
Bought antibacterial soap and body wash for the shower
HAND SANITIZER EVERYWHERE!!!
Keep wound covered completely
No shaving for a month (ew, I know, but doc recommended it in order to prevent any skin lesions while we're healing)

Is there anything else you'd recommend? This MRSA thing is brand new to me, and VERY scary. Thanks for all help and suggestions.


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NYC Coumbia Presb Hosp NYC
Posted by MRSA x 9 years
Last Reply January 19, 2009 at 04:10
Started January 9, 2009 at 04:27
I believe I posted on the wrong part of the forum initially. I am from the US. I am copying and pasting what I put on another part of this forum with a cpl of additions.

I have had MRSA in an abdominal wound for NINE+ years (since Oct/99.) I don't think anyone but the patient can explain how they feel during and after. Mine is still within the abdomen after the original 30 cm x 10.9 wound finally closed 6 months post op. (Packed by RN's in the home twice daily after two hospitalizations, original surgery and back in 10 days after they finally realized something was wrong, my entire abdominal surgical wound never closed.) I went in for a hysterectomy, came out with all my repro organs (guess the doc with three board certifications could not get them out?) and MRSA, Pseudomonous (sp) and Klepsiella along with a few other bacterias.

I've been to the Mayo Clinc, they can't help me. If they go back in surgically I will probably wind up with a colostomy I was told by the head s... read more

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Vitamin C, probiotics and antibiotics
Posted by edp
Last Reply January 11, 2009 at 23:14
Started January 11, 2009 at 17:44
I have read some articles from doctors themselves not to take Vitamin C and even probiotics while taking antibiotics.They are saying that an antibiotic suppresses the immune system.Taking a supplement to boost the immune system will confuse the immune system and could lead to an auto-immune response.Others doctors say otherwise.Vitamin C and even probiotics work together with antibiotics.I am confused....

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MRSA
Posted by Keith
Last Reply January 10, 2009 at 04:58
Started January 5, 2009 at 16:06
Well, first off I am very grateful to have found this board, back in September I noticed a small bump form on my forehead, the next morning the entire area was swelled up like water under the skin and within hours it turned to a painful boil. Two days passed and next my tonsils became huge and completely infected to the brim, went to see my doc and went on Amox, no change after two weeks of treatment. Went to ENT for diagnosis, went on clindamycin, then Bactrim, then Avelox and prednisone (which helped with the boil inflammation) None of these helped the boils which at this point were five in total on forehead, very large and painful. Now it's January and with all other options gone I went to the ER. Lots of blood work, xrays, catscans, the works, IV antibiotics. My throat is a bit better but the lesions keep appearing, I have been using Ziana ointment on them and keep them bandaged to help keep them clean and this helps some what. I have a follow up with Physician today and hopeful... read more

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Webcast, Patient Power
Posted by Moya
Last Reply January 9, 2009 at 21:20
Started January 9, 2009 at 21:20


Webcast, Patient Power, to discuss

“MRSA: How safe are you?”

Wednesday, January 14th 2009



WHAT: Webcast – “Patient Power” with Andrew Schorr at www.patientpower.info.

MRSA, also known as staph infection or ‘Superbug,’ has been a constant topic of discussion in the news. How common are staph and MRSA infections? Are staph and MRSA infections treatable? Should we be alarmed? What should I do if someone I know has a staph or MRSA infection? Join Victoria Nahum, who lost her son to a hospital infection, and two knowledgeable experts as they outline the main issues surrounding MRSA and discuss steps towards reducing these infections in the healthcare setting and beyond. Call in live with your questions about this very important topic.

WHO (FEATURED GUESTS):

Jeremias Murillo: Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director, Infection Control and Epidemiology, Newark Beth Israel

Victoria Nahum – Mother who lost her son to an HAI

Andrew Schorr: Host and leuk... read more

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Aspirin May Aid Against Staph
Posted by ruth Duryea
Last Reply January 9, 2009 at 15:17
Started January 9, 2009 at 15:17
Researchers have found that salicylic acid, the major byproduct of aspirin, disrupts two
key genes of staph bacteria that let the germ adhere to host cells, offering a possible
new therapy for a deadly infection.

"It may be that an aspirin a day is better for you than we thought," said Ambrose
Cheung, a microbiologist at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. He led the team
that published its research Tuesday in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Staphylococcus aureus can cause sepsis - inflammation of the blood vessels and
abscesses on important arteries, including those of the heart. Strains of the bacteria
are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, including one that resists even the
top- line drug vancomycin and is especially dangerous to patients who are
hospitalized or in nursing homes. As a result, researchers have been looking for
anything that might give doctors an edge in battling the germs.

Other scientists noticed several years... read more

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Tired
Posted by Lorraine
Last Reply January 3, 2009 at 19:14
Started February 27, 2005 at 16:22
I contracted MRSA (Abdominal) in hospital due to filthy conditions. The toilets were dirty. When I complained to nursing staff they more or less shrugged it off. Toilet samples were taken and left on the work tops sometimes for hours before retrieval. Showers had blood stains and old bits of wound dressings etc. After 2 op's for a hernia and a hyitus hernia I had 2 surgical drains and 67 staples. When one of the staples came loose and some pus came out I showed this to an auxillary nurse who told me not to worry as this was nothing!! After being told I contracted MRSA I was in and out of hospital 3 times for more op's to cut out infections ( antibiotics did'nt work) I had 5 months of district nursing care where the nurses packed and unpacked my wounds. I now have 2 more hernias and need more surgery. Nearly 2 years down the line I am very very tired all the time. I have no energy or enthusiasm. I get very hot and sweaty and have put on a great deal of weight.
I wonder if ... read more

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what probiotics do you take?
Posted by edp
Last Reply December 28, 2008 at 04:08
Started October 31, 2008 at 22:39
I was taking Lactobacilli acidophilus tablets that I bought from the pharmacy before to rebuild my immune system due to MRSA, but now I'd rather eat yogurt instead.Do you think this is the better way to replenish your body of good bacteria?

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Merry Christmas Everyone!
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply December 25, 2008
Started December 24, 2008 at 15:07
Hello all. Many of you probably know who I am, and that I dropped out of the forum back in august as I just couldn't handle the stress along with everything else I was combating. I has been a very difficult year for me as I lost my Dad and a very close Aunt/surrogate Mom within 6 months of each other. The good news is that, even with all the stress I was under, I remained MRSA Free. It has been 2 years and 4 months since I was declared MRSA free from my ID Doc. I just wanted everyone to know that it is possible to stay healthy after a 16 month battle with MRSA in the blood. It does require diligence and work to stay that way though and you can't take your health for granted. You pretty much have to remain on a lifelong immune support regimen in order to keep yourself healthy. But it can be done. And you can choose to either spend your money on preventative medicine now, or give it to your Dr. later. The choice is ours to make. Merry Christmas to all, and please don't give up. Kee... read more

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Daily exposure to UV light?
Posted by rustynail
Last Reply December 23, 2008 at 05:00
Started December 22, 2008
what effect if any do you believe exposure daily to UV light would have... as far pimples and mrsa of the skin ? ?

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clindimiacin result?
Posted by matt
Last Reply December 20, 2008 at 04:54
Started December 16, 2008 at 01:30
Hey I've found this site very helpful and thought i could use it to my advantage. I've been diagnosed with MRSA since the fall of '07, and have had many reoccurrneces, many of which I handled on my own before I knew what it was. Anyway, I was just wondering as to the effects of clindimiacin (besides the unpleasant aftertaste and the chest inferno). After the drug is taken periodically and is in the system, must the liquid that accumulates underneath the skin be removed, or will it dissipate over time? Because whenever I go to the doctor with what I think is a MRSA spot, they send me packing if nothing can be obtained from the wound to be cultured. So, I find it better to take my remaining antibiotic until the infection disappears, which has worked well in the past.

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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 18, 2008 at 23:16
Started December 17, 2008
Id like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year .

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infecting each other? Don't know what to do
Posted by Regina
Last Reply December 13, 2008 at 15:54
Started December 12, 2008 at 08:51
Well, to begin, my fiance had what he thought was an ingrown hair in his, er, nether regions this past summer. It went away, we thought nothing of it. We are sexually active, and a week after this bump (ingrown hair) went away I began to notice red dots on my butt. They grew into the MRSA boils (didn't know I had MRSA at the time) and I thought it was poison ivy from a hiking trip, so I just suffered through it. Then two things hapened: One, my fiance's brother who lives with him, got MRSA in his bone and went on antibiotics. Then, at college, I got a "spider bite" and possible Staph Infection on my wrist - very painful. I went on Cephalexin treatments for the infection, and it cleared up nicely. However, just this past week I noticed again one bump, again on my butt. It cleared up really fast. Then yesterday I noticed that my fiance had a really bad MRSA boil on the inside of his leg. He is going to see his doctor to get treated (he never took antibiotics before as I have had more... read more

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Sinofresh
Posted by Ally
Last Reply December 12, 2008 at 16:28
Started December 10, 2008 at 07:24
Has anyone heard about or tried Sinofresh? Is this too good to be true? They supposedly have a study showing that it kills MRSA in the nose (similar to mupirocin). My poor little girl (she's only 5) has just dealt with her fifth MRSA outbreak within the past 14 months. She has taken Bactrin without a problem during the first 3 outbreaks. Then the fourth time she broke out in hives the last day of taking her medicine. Since she completed the course and the MRSA went away we just gave her Benadryl and she was fine. This last outbreak she started the Bactrim again and on day 5 the welts came back. I'm terrified that she is running out of antibiotic options. We have tried the Allicin. We have done the decolonization. I feed her organic fruits, veggies, vitamins, no junk food, very little refined sugar, probiotics, etc! I'm at my wits end! We have three other children and no one else in the house has had it so far, thank goodness! I'm hoping this Sinofresh product is not a s... read more

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Possible MRSA?
Posted by nikki
Last Reply December 12, 2008 at 03:25
Started March 3, 2008 at 19:07
Heres a little background info:
I had gastric bypass three years ago (no, not the source of possible infection..atleast I really don't think so), and I admit, I didn't follow up as I should have or take the recommended amount of daily vitamins that I was supposed to. Since then, I have been in poor health..I'm sure my immune system is low. I've had problems w/ hair falling out, easy bruising, dizziness, etc.

Three months ago I found what looked to be a spider bite (I know better now) near my vaginal area. I went to the health department and had a pap smear but by that time the sore cleared up, and I was told I had a bacterial infection.

About a month and a half ago, I got a painful boil on my vaginal mound. It came to a head after putting hot compresses on it, and drained for a while (I didn't squeeze it too much, I heard it could make it worse) and I used neosporin on it every day as well as cleaned the area with antibacterial soap, and where it was draining, it healed and c... read more

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Impetigo vs MRSA boil
Posted by John
Last Reply December 9, 2008 at 17:34
Started December 9, 2008 at 01:53
How do you differentiate the 2 just by visual inspection?

Thanks

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MRSA positive but want tattoo
Posted by greg
Last Reply December 8, 2008
Started December 7, 2008 at 19:07
I found out I was MRSA positive about a year ago, but haven't had an outbreak in about
3.5 months. Would it be safe to get a tattoo in the near future?

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MRSA Sinusitis
Posted by kay1973
Last Reply December 5, 2008 at 16:48
Started September 18, 2008 at 23:54
I have had many staph infections in my sinuses over the past 5 years. I don't know for sure how many of them were MRSA. Twice I have had to have IV Vancomycin. Currently, a culture came back a few days ago that showed MRSA again. The only 2 drugs that it was sensitive to are Bactrim and Vanco. I am feeling worse since I have started the bactrim ds. I have been on it for 5 days. My congestion has receded somewhat. I am having worse headaches, pain in the bones in my face (pain not really pressure), joint pain, blurred vision, dizziness and general malaise. I am seeing my ENT tomorrow. I was not supposed to see him for another week and a half after I was done with antibiotics for a week. I can't wait that long. I hope that he will not screw around tomorrow and just put me on the vanco. I want him to send me to an infectious disease specialist.

My concern is what lasting effects does MRSA Sinusitis leave? Can repeated infections cause it to get in the bones in my face?... read more

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