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RN WITH MRSA
Posted by MARY
Last Reply February 5, 2008 at 19:19
Started January 31, 2008 at 22:55
i FEEL LIKE I AM GOING TO DIE- MORE MENTALLY THAN PHYSICALLY- i AM SO AFRAID MY KIDS WILL GET THIS FROM ME- i CAN'T LIVE WITH THAT. i HAD MY FIRST BOIL 9/07. i HAVE HAD 12 SINCE- i AM SCARED FOR MY LIFE AND THE HEALTH OF MY KIDS- ANY ADVISE?

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Testing for MRSA colonization
Posted by Paul
Last Reply February 3, 2008 at 15:57
Started February 2, 2008 at 10:29
I have read more than once that you should be tested 3 separate times to see if you are a carrier of MRSA. I am looking for opinions on whether this is the proper course of action.

If so, should you also have other family members tested 3 separate times?

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filthy house
Posted by debbie shaw
Last Reply February 3, 2008 at 15:56
Started February 2, 2008 at 15:17
My sister and her family have all had mrsa several times before. Her husband has a severe case in the hospital. I am not exaggerating when i say her house is filthy and should be condemmed. I just went over and picked up my 2 year old neice. She does not have an outbreak but has several times. Did I do the wrong thing? And also since it is all over her house. Should everything from curtain to toilets be thrown out or disinfected. Desperate for answers.


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vitamins
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply January 26, 2008 at 14:41
Started January 21, 2008 at 16:44
thank you Linda for your response...what kind of vitamin would anyone recommend to help build my immune system.

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Still Have MRSA
Posted by Helen
Last Reply January 26, 2008 at 04:17
Started January 14, 2008 at 03:49
First my one sister got MRSA keep in mind she is a stripper. Than my other sister got MRSA. Than it was my turn unfortunately. I got MRSA on Oct.6, 2005 and I still have MRSA. Both my sisters managed to get rid of their MRSA within months. Here I'm a much cleaner person yet I can't get rid of it. I keep my apartment so clean compared to my sisters. I've noticed since I got MRSA I've been having lots of infections and health problems. When I got my tubes tied in April 2006 my MRSA managed to climb inside my incision. Luckily with medication it cleared off the incision. I recently had my appendix taken out. I'm so thankful my MRSA never bothered my incision. I always have boils on me. I just can't seem to get a break. I mostly have MRSA in my groin area, armpits, bottom, stomach and back area. Makes me have to go without shaving for long periods of time. I'm tired of feeling ugly and diseased.


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Had MRSA Infection
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply January 23, 2008 at 01:00
Started January 21, 2008 at 15:50
Hi I was diagnosed with the MRSA infection back in Oct '07. I became very fatiuged and I had a boil...which was very painful...I'm back to work with my regular hours and until this day have not figured out how I got MRSA in the first place...I'm started to feel very run down again and fatigued...I do not have a boil or anything like it but I feel the same way I did when I first got the infection...has anyone had the infection a second time but it started without a boil showing up?

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screening before surgery
Posted by kathyb
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 21:30
Started January 20, 2008 at 21:30
I have posted on this site before as my son contracted mrsa in the hospital after his second spinal fusion for scoliosis. After months of treatment with Zyvox, the infection immediately returned which resulted in two debridement surgeries and removal of all the hardware. He was then treated with Vanco and Rifampin which seems to have cured him. He needed to return to surgery to have his now unstable spine refused but his surgeon has been very proactive and he was given IV Vanco in the hospital and then returned home with two weeks of Zyvox while they are following his crp values. He had this surgery Dec. 12th and just returned back to surgery last Tues. Jan 15th for further complications of the fusion. Again they are treating him as if he has mrsa. The antibiotics are tough on the body but the results if he were to get mrsa again prior to the fusion taking place would be catastrophic. I wanted to let you guys know that I was very pleased that the hospital cultured his nose pr... read more

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HA-MRSA Symptoms
Posted by Cheryl B
Last Reply January 19, 2008 at 10:24
Started January 8, 2008 at 06:26
Does anyone know if the hospital acquired MRSA produces the red raised boil like lesions, like the CA_MRSA?

Cheryl

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My Dad Has Mrsa
Posted by Chris
Last Reply January 17, 2008 at 18:06
Started January 16, 2008 at 02:02
My dad has haf-a-brain he had a stroke and they had to cut it out to save him he is already really sick with other things but he has Mrsa and there doing a operation on his nee because its the part that has Mrsa.. But my ??? is that does he have a high risk of dieing during the operation... Pleace comment thank you...

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Workers Comp
Posted by Pam
Last Reply January 16, 2008 at 08:11
Started March 29, 2006 at 21:45
I work in a nursing home where we believe I picked mrsa up. The nursing home is now fighting workers comp. Help! Also does this tired feeling ever go away?

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confused and scared for my kids
Posted by Tanya
Last Reply January 15, 2008 at 03:02
Started January 14, 2008 at 05:56
Hi there, I have a 3 yr old girl and a 16 month old boy. 11 days after John was brought home from the hospital he had a huge boil in his groin along with some carbuncles there too. I went in of course and they never cultured...I am so mad at myself for not thinking of it and telling my Dr to take one. Needless to say with proper cleaning with antibacterial soap and really going through habits to keep it clean it cleared up. 4 months later my daughter started to get styes and boils. Went to dr countless times and never did they suggest a culture. Shame on me for not pushing it harder. The doc finally treated her with bactrim and after that about 10 days later more would appear. He put her on it again....same thing happened, they cleared and more came.

Then John got another one this Oct. and we finally got a culture and it was MRSA. They both were put on clyndomyacin (spelling?) for 7 days. John is starting to get sm. pimples/boils again so they put him on it again. He i... read more

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mrsa scalp
Posted by tara banyard
Last Reply January 14, 2008 at 16:07
Started January 8, 2008
dear whoever... i am an auxilliary nurse in england kent and i was wondering if anyone had ever heard of mrsa of the scalp??? my mother, who has previously had mrsa in her hands, is experiencing hair loss, as are myself and my two sisters. any ideas anyone????????

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Bleeding
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply January 9, 2008 at 14:47
Started January 8, 2008
Hello. I had minor knee surgery on the 4th of January, 2008. It was simple arthrascopic surgery to clean up the miniscus and remove some junk from the joint. With me recent MRSA nightmare this past year, I opted for that as opposed to joint replacement for many reasons.

This, however, did upset me. The surgery took about an hour and I was home by midday. I slept most of the afternnoon taking Percocet as needed for pain. I awoke in the early evening to feel a lot of pain and noticed a lot of blood on my dressings. Since it was a Friday night, I opted to stay put and keep an eye on it.

By the following morning, the pillow under my leg was pretty well soaked with blood. I conservatively estimate the blood loss to be about a pint. Certainly that was a lot of blood for two such tiny incisions (about 3/8 inch at best).

I changed the dressings and put a pressure bandage on the incisions and iced the wound for the entire day. By Sunday, there was very little bleeding but a lot of ... read more

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Cures for MRSA
Posted by Christine
Last Reply January 5, 2008 at 19:12
Started January 5, 2006 at 03:43
In my 9 month journey with Community contracted Bactrim suceptible MRSA I will share with you what I have done to keep the MRSA at bay.

First a quick update. Been in and out of hospitals since 2003. On heavy antibiotics the year prior to MRSA infection. Presented with large "cysts" on labia which went miss diagnosed by my gynocologist as ingrown hair follicles. SHe lanced them in the office without taking a culture which no doubt exposed the next person who visited that same exam room. Treated with Levquin. ABsesses continued in labia, vaginal area and rectum as well as soft tissue under arms. Finally my primary did a culture and found MRSA. By this time 3 months later I was very sick. Recommendatin was bacitracin and hibicleanse and bactrim. Finally saw a Infectious disease dr who's rx advice was 1 round of zyvox followed by once a day bactrim. Infection reared its ugly head again. Went to bleach baths that worked great at keeping MRSA at bay. Unfortunately, I got irritation in ... read more

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resistant, or not ?
Posted by Lori
Last Reply January 5, 2008 at 05:26
Started November 7, 2007 at 01:38
If you have been treated twice with bactrim in the last month and the boils keep coming back does that mean it is resistant to bactrim??

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Flesh Eating Bacteria
Posted by Tom
Last Reply December 30, 2007 at 16:09
Started February 11, 2007 at 12:25
This is an excellent article by Dr. Gabe Mirkin (dr.mirkin.com):


FLESH EATING BACTERIA
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Over the last several years, you've heard stories about a flesh-eating bacteria that can dissolve muscles and skin, leading to amputations and even death. This supposedly new disease may be caused by taking non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofin, aspirin, Motrin and Tolectin when you are infected with a beta strep germ (1). A report in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows that five of seven cases of flesh-eating bacteria occurred in people who took these pain medicines.


When you get an infection, certain white blood cells called macrophages produce a chemical called tumor necrosis factor, which travels to your brain and causes your body to produce prostaglandins that cause fever and shut off tumor necrosis factor. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs block the production of prostaglandins, causing the white blood cells to keep on produ... read more

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What to put on the boils and Other Questions
Posted by Depressed
Last Reply December 29, 2007 at 20:56
Started July 26, 2006 at 07:05
What can I put on the boils that will help them to heal quicker? Everything I have been trying has only made it worse. Someone suggested this Allimax creme and spray or lotion. Does anyone know of anywhere this can be purchased in the San Francisco Bay Area? I have called 4 or 5 major health food stores and no one has even heard of it. I was able to order it online but by the time I get it, it could be too late. If anyone else know of something else I can put on them, please let me know. Also, will it help to put hot compresses on them or soak in a tub with epsom salts?

I just started taking Bactrim. Has anyone else used this? What are the side effects like? How long does it take to start working? I know that Vandomycin is the strongest antibiotic. Is Bactrim the next strongest or are there others in between?

I really feel alone in this, and I have a lot of anger. Other than problems with anxiety, depression, and stress, I have been totally healthy my whole life. ... read more

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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 28, 2007 at 21:53
Started December 20, 2007 at 22:33
Dear All, i would like to wish you's all my friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

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Worried about abcesses...I am going to the dr.
Posted by Kristen Williams
Last Reply December 21, 2007 at 13:09
Started December 19, 2007 at 17:18
This forum is hopefully going to help alleviate some of my worries... Here is my story... Approx. 4 mo. ago, I experienced my very first abcess on my knee. I was convinced it was a brown recluse spider bite... I went to the ER they drained it, and kicked me out ASAP... No info. was given as the usual ER treatments go... This was the most pain I have ever experienced in my life... I couldn't walk for 4 days... shooting pains were present, up and down my leg... It took 2 months for it to heal... Now there is a red scar, missing some tissue... Okay, since then I have had more abcesses...One on my elbow, very minor, Now I have one on my groin, very painful, I just squeezed stuff out... It hurts, and recently I have had 2 sty's in my eye... So do I have MRSA? My only option for health care at this point is a Free Clinic... I have an appt. tomorrow... This is one of numerous trips involving abcesses... I mentioned MRSA to them and the doctor replied, "Everyone thinks they have MRSA" And... read more

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Question
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply December 13, 2007 at 21:01
Started December 11, 2007 at 06:19
This might seem like a stupid question, but I have to ask it. My mom just developed her first MRSA boil. She's been given an antibiotic shot, bacitracin (sp?) cream, and Septra. While I am very concerned for her well-being, I am even more concerned with me contracting it. I live in the same house with her and am scheduled to have surgery on my ankle in two days. Is it advisable to go through with the surgery? What steps should I take to make sure I don't catch it AFTER the surgery if I do go through with it? Also, what are the chances of my mom's MRSA being cured with this first treatment?

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