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mrsa contagiousness
Posted by sheryl
Last Reply March 28, 2008 at 20:56
Started July 2, 2007 at 17:54
I have a good friend in the hospital with mrsa in her breast. My question is:
Is it safe for my kids to play with her kids right now? Is there a chance her kids could come down with it in the next coupke of days?


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3 yr old has MRSA Please Help
Posted by Jay
Last Reply March 28, 2008 at 18:25
Started March 24, 2008 at 09:22
My three year old son has MRSA. It took four doctor visits (four boils resulting in staph on his legs) before the doctors would culture it and diagnose it as MRSA. I am very frusterated and angry as I demanded a culture to be done from the very first visit, more than certain my son had in fact MRSA. The doctors just kept shrugging me off like I was a overreacting parent and told me to watch it and if it got bigger to bring him back in, and basically It would be worth the time of a appointment then. Every single time it turned into staph infection before they would treat him with antibiotics and I was outraged. I even let them know I was outraged verbally - I think this helped move the ball a little. I felt this should of been halted in its tracks as soon as it started before it became stronger and more resistant. He was prescribed Septra, the first, third, and fourth outbreak. The third outbreak he was prescribed Cleocin.
He is on his forth outbreak know and is still taking the Sep... read more

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Mrsa in Blood
Posted by Floyd
Last Reply March 25, 2008 at 03:42
Started November 30, 2006 at 03:44
10/10/2006
Found out I had MRSA in the blood. No open wounds. It was localized in the Clavicle .Half of the collar bone was swelled. So they did Surgery to drain it. I had almost no strength In the upper body.
11/25/2006 Finished vancomyacin 1 gr. 2 x day for 6 weeks Iv.and Rythantion 1 a day for 6 weeks.
I am in constant pain in shoulders, chest, back and legs .My Question is does this get any better or is this a death sentence ! I have asked if this can be cured and what I get is it is treatable.. Would like to know if anyone out there with Mrsa in the Blood got better and does the pain end?



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Begging for insights, tips....
Posted by Kate
Last Reply March 25, 2008 at 03:39
Started March 22, 2008 at 21:45
I am so worn out. I had my first infection probably two years ago. It was fairly easily treated (I think Bactrim). Last July, I had another outbreak with skin lesions - on my neck and horrible ones on my buttocks. I was hospitalized for 2 days and did well in recovery. But now... I am going to pull my hair out. In mid February 2008, I got the same boils on my rear end - agonizingly painful (am I the only one with doctors who don't understand the DEGREE of pain this mess causes?!?!?). When I developed a large area of cellulitis on my chin, I went to the ER. Had IV vancomycine and discharged on oral antibiotics. By the next day, the chin was worse so I went back to the ER. I was admitted and spent 6 days on IV vanc. They said cultures revealed some sensitivities to other antibiotics so I was discharged on oral meds. I REALLY knew in my heart that they should have gone with their first plan for a PICC line/continuation of Vanc but hey - it's not like my opinion seemed to ma... read more

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Make the Hosp. tell you what you're dealing wi
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply March 24, 2008 at 16:31
Started January 4, 2008 at 14:47
Hello All,
Many of you know who I am as I membered up with this forum in july of 2005, 2 months after my fight with MRSA began. I had never heard of MRSA until earlier that year when 2 residents at the Nursing Home I had been working for the past 2 years got it. I had a 16month battle with MRSA in the blood and celulitus. I've gained more knowledge about MRSA these past 2 years than most GP's know all together. I'm convinced it's a waste of time to even see a doctor other than an Infectious Desease Dr. to treat MRSA, whether it's in the blood or the skin type with boils.
Back in sept. my Father was placed in a cardiac ICU in Florida. He'd been sick for a few weeks with stomach problems and trouble swallowing so he wouldn't eat or drink much. He'd just seen his stomach Dr. the month prior and supposidly there was nothing amiss, but when he was admitted, he had multiple abcesses in his abdomen, was severely dehydrated, in the beginnings of renal failure, and his body was basical... read more

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Pregnant and scared!
Posted by Danielle
Last Reply March 24, 2008 at 15:50
Started January 18, 2007 at 06:26
I wrote on here before about my reoccuring MRSA infections and since then, I have continued to get the infections, although all but one since my 1st hospitalization have cleared up after constant draining at home.
I just found out that i am pregnant and I'm terrified of what will happen to the baby if I get more infections while pregnant! Does anyone know anything about MRSA and pregnancy?
Thanks!

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mrsa side effects
Posted by richard
Last Reply March 23, 2008 at 14:41
Started March 23, 2008 at 10:56
what to look out for early signs

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The Blame Game / MRSA In Our Oceans?
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply March 18, 2008 at 15:36
Started March 18, 2008 at 15:36
MRSA/ STREP/ PFIESTERIA PISCICIDA

MRSA Ulcers on fish were first reported in Gasparilla Sound about two years ago. The same report found them in the St. Johns River, and identifyied the ulcers like those found on fish in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 45-year-old Jacksonville woman has died from flesh-eating bacteria that she contracted while riding a personal watercraft on the St. Johns River, officials said.

Candace Scott died Aug. 3, Duval County health officials said.

Two or three cases of flesh-eating bacteria are typically reported in the county each year, but deaths are rare, said Tim Lawther, director of chronic disease and prevention for the county's health department.

The bacteria that caused Scott's fatal infection typically enters the body through an open wound and absorbs into the bloodstream, Lawther said.

Scott's brother, Bill, said she had cut her leg the day she was at the river.

NECROTIZING FASCIITIS (flesh ... read more

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my 58 year old father got it
Posted by callie
Last Reply March 16, 2008 at 01:17
Started March 15, 2008 at 03:54
I have only just begun to research MRSA and now I am terrified, after my father was hospitalized my two children went to visit him in the hospital, soon after my 6 year old had a severely infected finger, and my 8 year old had a pimple like lesion on his elbow, luckily they both turned out not to be MRSA, but now I am unsure about letting any of us have physical contact with my father, he was released from the hospital in January and just recently came down with another infection doctors have just tested once again, they believe it to be MRSA as well, I love my father and I hate that this has happened to him, but I genuinely fear for my children, am I just being totally neurotic or could this fear be a future reality for my two kids due to my dad's infection?

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boyfriend has mrsa
Posted by queenie
Last Reply March 14, 2008 at 13:37
Started March 13, 2008 at 20:13
this may sound like a stupid question but my new boyfriend has got mrsa, does this mean i will get it aswell? i have just had breast implant surgery a few weeks ago and am worried about getting infected. Can i catch it from kissing him? can it be caught through sexual contact? he doesnt have any sores or anything at the moment but does have outbreaks from time to time

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MRSA and high fever
Posted by ashley schane
Last Reply March 9, 2008 at 05:33
Started January 11, 2008 at 18:12
My daughter has had MRSA in her ears in the past. We thought it was cleared up but looks like it is back we are waiting for the test results. On tuesday afternoon her ear start draing a white cloudy discharge by that night it was bloody and now is like pus.

My big concern is last night she had a fever of 104.5. Is this normal to have that high of a fever with MRSA? I called the hospital and they said only bring her in if it is 105 and does not respond to medicine.

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Meds not working?!Help?!
Posted by Kelly In MD
Last Reply March 1, 2008 at 17:58
Started March 19, 2007 at 04:14
I have been battling MRSA since July 2005. They weren't able to strictly pinpoint where I got it from. I was never infected in a wound nor had any surgery. I was contaminated through my skin.

At first in July of 2005 I had one lump on my bottom, but didn't seek treatment as it went away in about 2 weeks. It came back about 2 months later, with 7 bumps on my stomach. But again they disappeared. I remembered having a similar rash some 3 years previous, and thought it was an allergic reaction to a food I ate. However I decided to make a doctor appointment. The doctor couldn't see me for a month, so but the time I had gotten there, MRSA boils covered my legs, bottom, torso, and arms. It was extremely painful. I spent several days in bed with ice packs. I was diagnosed with MRSA and give bactim antibiotic and bactroban cream to rub on my skin.

This always suppressed the MRSA, but it would recur about 7-10 days after I finished the treatment.

In March of 2006 I consulted an infec... read more

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MRSA in the blood
Posted by Christie
Last Reply February 24, 2008 at 09:15
Started February 19, 2008 at 17:49
Hey all. I've posted on this board a couple of times in the past. The doctors have told me I have MRSA in my blood and that I will continue to have breakouts, in the form of boils, for the rest of my life.

Since September 1st, I've had around 20 boils and I currently have 3. The problem I'm running into is that the doctors here don't seem to know what to do about it. I've been to several and both hospitals. I hear the same thing each time. They tell me there's nothing they can do about it and to come back in when I breakout. They then lance the spots and pack them.

As of today, I've been on 90 days of Clindamycin . I went to Urgent Care on Sunday and the doctor prescribed 10 days of Amoxicillin, which honestly made me laugh. I guess that was more to treat the ear infections than the staph.

Usually the spots stay on my legs. I've had one on my back, but this time I have one on my forehead. The pain I'm having is insane. I'm going back to the doctor in a couple of hours, but ... read more

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my angel has mrsa
Posted by amber bunce
Last Reply February 19, 2008 at 18:02
Started November 12, 2007 at 17:49
I have a twenty two month old daughter that has had recurring bouts of mrsa. She has had three boils, cellulitus and a nasty rash on her rear. I have been doing a lot of research and been to several doctors, naturapath, acupunturist and homeopath. My theory is that this thing is not killed with the conventional methods as it has grown too agressive and resistant to all. I am very angry with doctor responses. They just shake their head and say "it's just a lousy skin infection." The last infectious disease specialist told me to take bleach baths. I was not at all impressed and was curious how that can be safe to do when i am seven weeks pregnant? Doesn't seem right to me. Every doctor tells me something different and nothing thus far had worked. So I have decided to do my own regimine with young living oils, thieves and purification, hibiclense, washing bedding everyday with bleach, cleaning all surface with bleach cleaner and taking a naturapathic remedy and well as a childrens prob... read more

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MRSA in my family :(
Posted by Clare
Last Reply February 16, 2008 at 19:50
Started June 20, 2006 at 04:35
My husband had a MRSA abcess on his tushy in February and he was treated by an ID doc while in the hospital who was great. He said he has seen so much MRSA not respond to the Vanco and my husbands symptoms went from a tiby butt pimple on a Monday to needing surgery under general anesthesia and the debridement left 3 half dollar sized holes, each about 1 inch deep, on his "cheek"...so since it moved so fast he wanted to hit it hard.

He used Cubicin (dapotomycin) which is IV only, my husband had a 14 day course of it, coming home with a PICC line on day 5. He has had no recurrence since and apparently his blood showed no systemic MRSA after the 2 weeks on Cubicin.

Unfortunately my son has had it as well, his was sensitive and responded to Bactrim and a hand surgeon doing a complete opening and debridement (it was on the knuckle of the thumb he sucked...crappy location but he did quit sucking his thumb while he had the bandages on!). Cubicin isn't approved for kids, which may... read more

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mrsa in 14 yr old
Posted by kathyb
Last Reply February 12, 2008 at 14:40
Started March 29, 2007
I have come on this webiste many times reading about everyones horrible battle with this infection. My 14 yr old son had a spinal fusion for scoliosis and had to have a second surgery two months later. After this second surgery in Oct. he contracted a hospital aquired mrsa deep wound infection. This abcess was drained and he spent 9 days in the hospital. He was placed on Zyvox as he was having so many reactions to the antibiotics. He was on this for ten weeks only to regain his symptoms two days after getting off. It took two months to confirm that he still had an infection. He underwent debridement surgery on Mar.-6,07 where the infection was so great that they had to remove the hardware from his spine and the spinal fusion failed. He tested positive for mrsa in all cultures including his blood. he required a 2nd debridement 3 days later. He spent 12 days in the hospital, 8 of them in PICU. He also tested positive for regular staph. He was on three antibiotics in the ho... read more

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NEW!
Posted by Heather
Last Reply February 9, 2008 at 04:58
Started February 9, 2008 at 01:15
Today is the day after my 4th lashing of a doctors knife to remove an abscess in my vaginal area. I'm still very sore from the deep packing in the still open wound. What's even more sore is my mind... MRSA? What's that i asked the nice physicians assistant in the emergency room. She politely said write it down and google it when you get home, then be sure to follow up with your doctor when you see her for your follow up on Monday. You see my OB/GYN has told me that these lumps are caused my either over active glands or in grown hair and has even gone as far as to tell me to NEVER shave again. This means at 24 I can never wear a bathing suit again! EVER!?!? CRAP!

I'm blown away at what I'm seeing... all this time.. all of these symptoms..NO DOCTOR HAS BEEN ABLE TO DIAGNOSE THIS?

PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT MY NEXT STEP IS?


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MSSA
Posted by pat
Last Reply February 8, 2008 at 17:38
Started February 7, 2008 at 19:58
Hi, can anyone tell me the differance between MSSA and MRSA?

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Strenghtening Immune System
Posted by Paul
Last Reply February 7, 2008 at 03:51
Started February 7, 2008
Vitamin C- 8000mg/day
Liquid Green- 1oz/day (agree?)
Imperial Garlic 6500- 1/day (agree?)
Acidophilus Probiotic- 2/day (agree?)

I am wondering if the 4 above should be sufficient to help build my immune system and if the serving sizes listed above are sufficient. Any opinions are appreciated.

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How much Vit C is too much?
Posted by Paul
Last Reply February 7, 2008
Started February 1, 2008 at 19:59
After reading tons of message board threads re MRSA, I have been taking 5000 to 8000mgs of Vit C per day since i got over my first bout with MRSA. I have felt way better and the only thing i am doing different now than before is taking these large quantities of Vit C.
My ID doctor said not to take large qtys. So who is right? I hate to quit taking them but i dont want to take so much i harm myself. Can anybody shed any light on this?

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