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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?


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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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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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