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Posted by renee
Last Reply December 2, 2008 at 20:34
Started December 1, 2008 at 08:27
My son was recently diagnosed with MRSA. We were in the store and he had his hads in his back pocket and he slipped, and smashed his pointer finger in between a metal bar, and his bottom. Well a day later it stared to hurt. So I looked at it and it was swollen pretty bad. When he woke up the next morning he had a pus pocket on it. I took him to the doctors, and they cut it open. Took a culture of the pus. They didn't send us with any medication or anything. Well two days later it got worse. It looked like his meat was comming out of the cut the doctor had made. So I took him to another doc, they took their own culture and gave us a percription for Cephlexin. The swelling started to go down. Then two days later the first doc called and said he had MRSA. He perscribed Sulfamethoxazole. It's starting to get better. I'm just wondering how the MRSA could have gotten into his cut, if there was no cut to began with. When he fell he just smashed his finger, there was no cut, nothing poked h... read more

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Shower Curtain Questio
Posted by newenglandguy
Last Reply December 2, 2008 at 11:46
Started December 1, 2008 at 12:02
Ladyk - I was serious about the shower curtain. What other alternatives does one have from a plastic? Is that what you're doing - switching over from plastic? I have a lot of trouble trying to do searches - and for some reason I could Reply to that post you replied to. The "Reply to this thread" (or what ever it says) is not active. The only thing I seem to be able to do is "Start a new topic"

I there is any way I could communicate with you via email?


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Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 28, 2008 at 19:48
Started November 27, 2008 at 18:17
In the spirit of the holiday Id like to express Thanks to Rob for providing us with these forums, and hope you truly know Rob how many lives have been touched by your generosity.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thanks to all who give so freely of your time on forum. Be well, and safe.

Best Wishes,

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mrsa confusion
Posted by julie
Last Reply November 26, 2008 at 16:53
Started October 5, 2008 at 21:27
Hi, My son who is 25 yrs old developed a pimple in his armpit. Went to doc who cut,drained and packed the pit. Gave bactrim for 5 days. Then within 2 weeks new pimple. Went back and they were unable to cut this one so they increased antibotic. He then went to an ID doc whi gave him bactroban for nose more bactrim and cream for armpits and groin area. He also gave hibiclense. Now my gdad has been nasal swabbed and is positive also my husband as well. They were given nasal cream and bactrim. I am so darn confused where is this coming from and should all family be tested. Can anyone explain to me and help me know what to do to disenfect our home. If this lives in our noses why treat it if the nasal swab is positive? Please help....


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Staph aureus will thrive more readily in the a
Posted by ruth
Last Reply November 24, 2008 at 14:56
Started November 21, 2008 at 23:02
Other infectious conditions having staph aureus as the pathogen are also associated with
magnesium deficiency as seen from TMA studies (hair Tissue Mineral Analysis). These
conditions include endocarditis, impetigo, osteomyelitis, septicemia, sinusitis, prostatitis,
pneumonia, and otis media.

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Last Reply November 22, 2008 at 18:03
Started November 22, 2008 at 04:48

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garlic vitamins have worked
Posted by Rebecca K
Last Reply November 16, 2008 at 19:03
Started June 6, 2007
Well, it seems that my vitamin regimin (right word?) has worked. I have been MRSA free since January 20th, 07. I use certain brands, which I think matters. I take garlic, vit c, zinc, b-12, and (others occasionally) every day. It's better than any drugs out there. The drugs don't work long term. I'm so happy to say I don't worry so much about it anymore!! I do plan on taking at least garlic and vit c the rest of my life, tho. Good Luck everybody, although its not luck in my opinion, its you taking control of your immune system, instead of giving up your body to the doctors...

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I beat MRSA
Posted by Vickie
Last Reply November 12, 2008 at 21:39
Started November 12, 2008 at 21:39
My first outbreak was October 2007. Two different doctors basically told me I was screwed because they did not have a cure. I was getting 3 to 5 new sores a week and each sore would take three weeks to heal. I could barely walk.
I had to research this disease myself. This is an immunity disease. So I found out the best ways to build my immunity up.
1. Way more vegies in my diet. Blech! That did not last long.
2. Exercise. I started with two hours a day and it felt like I would take two steps forward and one step back because I couldn't exercise properly when the sores were real bad. It took six weeks before I noticed the sores were coming less often and healing in half the time. Finally at the three month mark I was sore free. In the next two months I got a couple more minor sores, but they healed within a day.

I have been sore free for a little over a year now and I have dropped my exercising down to a half hour per day, five days a week. Just find something... read more

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just found out i have MRSA
Posted by China
Last Reply November 10, 2008 at 04:27
Started October 6, 2008 at 17:47
I thought i had a spider bite(on my butt! ugh!) so it was about the size of a golf ball under my skin very firm.. so i finally went to the hospital and they told me it was an absess not a spider bite.. but they really didnt get into what caused it, etc. they cut and drained it, and it is now healing, but when i last visited the docs they explained to me about the staff and the mrsa. Now i have to go see a ID doctor and im really scared.. i have been on this bactrum for a week now.. and i still dont know what to expect. is this going to kill me? am i going to keep getting these absesses? why is it happening?? should i get an HIV test mayb thats why my immune system isnt working? idk. im 19.. and very confused =[

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Cut on finger
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply November 7, 2008 at 21:51
Started November 4, 2008 at 03:24
Over the past 3 months, if I cut my finger, an infection begins. Both of these had a
small disc shaped center which was clear yellow; there was no drainage. I believe that
cellulitis developed as the 1/2 diameter around the wound was red and warm. I did
not run a fever. I have been soaking it in Epson salts, trying antibiotic ointments, and
still, no sign of it clearing up. Now, the first one, finally healed in about 3 weeks.
Now the second one, located on the knuckle of the same finger is progressing as the
other. I am also noticing, that the previous wound is becoming red; no open lesion-
just that the skin is slightly red. Please tell me if I should seek medical advice.

Thank you!

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After effects
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply November 6, 2008 at 05:59
Started November 2, 2008 at 15:10
Howdy, Peeps:

It's been a while since I've checked in, so I thought you might want an update. My last bout with MRSA is now 14 months ago. I had 2 more major surgeries after my last round, and am doing very well.

That is not to say all is perfect. I have come to the realization that no one gets out of this 100%. I still have chronic fatigue and so many joint aches and pains that it can really be problematic.

My shoulders are always very sore. I cannot lift my arms above my shoulder height without significant pain. I am not on any pain killers at this point because they always come with negative side effects. I have found that letting my body tell me when enough is enough is a better way of managing what I do and how I do it.

I am able to walk without any aids, but cannot walk for long periods. I get exhausted easily. I am reluctant to turn in my wheel chair, for I still rely on it from time to time.

I don't feel sick, but I'm certainly nowhere as active as I was prio... read more

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mrsa pneumonia
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply October 30, 2008 at 12:14
Started October 29, 2008 at 23:56
My son recovered from mrsa pneumonia a year ago and would like to start out-patient swimming. The facility states that anyone who has had MRSA is not allowed in the pool. Has anyone else heard of such a regulation?

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Is it possible to transfer mrsa to cats?
Posted by RAA
Last Reply October 29, 2008 at 19:38
Started October 19, 2008
I had surgery a little over 2 months ago and about 4 weeks after coming home from the hospital, the Dr. took a culture to check what he thought was an infection. He called me a few days later and said it was an anaerobic bacterial infection and the only thing that would work on it was Clindamycin, so he was calling a prescription into my pharmacy and I was to start taking it immediately. I did and have continued to do so until about a week ago when he told me he felt the infection was gone and I could stop taking it. At my latest post-op appt a few days ago, he told me that I should count my blessing, because I was extremely lucky that the infection was caught when it was, because had it gone undetected, my implant would have had to come out, I'd have to heal and wait 6 or 7 months to have another implant put in.

OK, so meanwhile, I've complained about bad diarrhea and vomiting and he didn't seem concerned. I've been off the antibiotic now for about a week and a half and th... read more

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Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 27, 2008 at 23:32
Started October 18, 2008 at 04:17
Hi, i am new and quite confused about exactly what MRSA is. Here's my situation:

My daughter is 15 mos old and rarely gets sick. Her babysitter is in her fifties, and has recently told me she has MRSA (she had surgery a while back). She also told me that a few days ago she had surgery to remove the infection. I asked her if she was contagious, and she said no, only if my daughter Alexis comes in contact with the open sore (on her thigh) that Alexis could catch it. But i have been searching the net for info, and from what i am reading, it is highly contagious...should i continue to allow her to babysit my daughter?

Another question, can MRSA be cured? My babysitter said that she has been on treatment since Monday...But will there always be a risk my daughter could get MRSA? I read about people getting cured, but always being a carrier, does this put my daughter at risk?

Also, are both MRSA and CA-MRSA contagious in the same ways?

Thanks for any replies, I am SO... read more

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Posted by Joseph
Last Reply October 25, 2008 at 16:10
Started August 31, 2008 at 23:23
My name is Joseph and I want share my experience and give some useful advice to people who suffers from MRSA or the so called superbug. After more than eight month of fighting the bacteria,having seen my doctor a surgeon , and two infectious disease specialists and searched the web everything about MRSA this is what I found out. If your doctor gave you antibiotics to take for your sore or boil it is vrey important to have a culture test done in the lab. The culture test is when your doctor take a small sample from your wound and send it to the lab for testing. The purpose of the culture test is not just find out what kind of bacteria causing your sore or boil but also to test the sample from your wound against different antibiotics to find out to wich antibiotics the bacteria is resistent to and to wich antibiotics the bacteria is sensiteive to. Without the cultule test there is no way for the doctor who treat you to find out the right medicine and more likely he or she give you th... read more

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My son (kind of long)
Posted by JulieL67
Last Reply October 19, 2008 at 16:47
Started September 4, 2008 at 03:25
My son 14 was diagnosed with mrsa today. He had what we thought was a spider bite on the top of his foot on Thursday. (It was a large red bump) A day later it had a black head on it and it grew painful and more swollen. On Sunday, it had pus draining out of the top of it. I called his pedi and took him to the hospital because we were on vacation. They put a wick in and tested it. Gave us a prescription for percs for the pain and Kefflex. The told me they would call me only if it was mrsa. They haven't called yet.
Yesterday, I took him to his pedi and they marked it with a magic marker to see if it would spread. His pedi also tested it and put him on Bactrum and told us to keep with the Kefflex.
Today his doctor told me that his lab guy says it looks like mrsa even though it hasn't been 48 hrs. I guess the staph was growing larger or something. Today the pain was gone and the swelling was down. He had some colleagues take a look at it.
I have noticed that he had two "holes" ... read more

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MRSA blood infection and C-section
Posted by icudoucme
Last Reply October 15, 2008 at 22:10
Started May 13, 2008 at 20:15
Hi ya'll,
Here is my story about MRSA. I was pregnant with Twins(girls)and had a procedure done in the hospital that required an IV. I started to get what looked like a pimple on that same site. I asked my doctor if it could be staph, the doc said no. I ended up having to have a C-section because one of my babies had stopped growing. They were born 2 months early, and were doing pretty good. I was feeling well also. I had my tubes tied during my C-section, and the doctor nicked my uterus, but seemed to have fixed it. This doc left on spring break vacation right after this surgery. I sat on the postpartem ward for 5 days wondering why they still hadn't released me, then I started to run a fever. They had said they noticed blisters around my incision. I was like I can't see, so I don't know(I have a belly roll from the pregnancy). I have never been in the hospital for more than three day(force to stay because of hospital protocol) for pregnancy before. Well on the 5th d... read more

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Child in Preschool with MRSA
Posted by g
Last Reply October 15, 2008 at 02:46
Started October 7, 2008 at 19:11
My son was being treated for a staph infection on his bum and I just got a message last night from family dr that it is mrsa. I've been doing a lot or reading here and I'm waiting for dr to call back so I can set up an app with ID. My question is should I advise his preschool of his condition and besides hand washing should they clean the the toilet seat anytime he sits on it and if so how should they clean it? I'm concerned about spreading this but I also don't want everyone to know and treat him differently. In reading here I realize that anyone could have given it to him so I don't want to single him out and be blamed if anyone else gets it.

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Osteomylitis(mrsa bone/blood infection)
Posted by Marie
Last Reply October 12, 2008 at 18:01
Started October 12, 2008 at 14:43
In 2002 I had been sick with bronchitis(a lot of coughing and pain in back) was treated by my primary care doc with 2 rounds of Zpaks, 2 rounds of rosefin? (shots in the butt)and was still suffering form symptoms when I fell in June 2002 and had to be backboarded to the ER.After many tests and doctors wAS found to have MRSA in blood, spine and spinal fluid. My prognosis was not good but thanks to a very good ID doctor was put on pic IV Vanco for 3 months followed by oral drugs which I could not tolerate, back in the hoapital for another pic line 3 more months of vanco. This was followed by 1 year of 2 antibiotics and so far so good with the help of the Good Lord and pain killers for the pain in the Back due to the MRSA erupting and causing 4 compression fractures. If I had nit fallen in 2002 I doubt I would be here now. I was 60 years at the time I contracted MRSA an I must have contracted MRSA when I had surgery on my breasts in 1999, no one can tell me where else it could have bee... read more

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oral and nasal mrsa
Posted by edp
Last Reply October 10, 2008 at 15:48
Started October 1, 2008 at 17:21
I am reposting my story from where I also get a lot of information about MRSA just like this very informative website.

I had a surgery to correct my deviated septum many years ago, but a few months after the operation, there is still a spot of blood everytime I blow my nose.I went back to my otorhinolaryngologist and he ordered a CT scan of my paranasal sinuses.Seems like the wound from the surgery would not heal and part of my ethmoid and maxillary sinus are infected.He then cultured my nose and it grew MRSA.He prescribed ciprofloxacin for 10 days.Bad decision for that choice of antibiotic.My nose was recultured and I am still colonized in my nose of MRSA, this time the only antibiotics that are susceptible are sulfa and vanco.He referred me to an ID doc.This ID doc told me upfront that I do not need to do anything with this MRSA nasal colonization.He told me to come back to his office if I am getting sick due to this MRSA.I insisted and pleaded to him to give ... read more

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