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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?


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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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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 (

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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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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Question about boils
Posted by thartma
Last Reply December 13, 2007 at 08:49
Started December 17, 2006 at 12:58
My two year old was daiagnosed with MRSA eight days ago. She has been treated with cleocin for seven days. The skin on the boil has healed over but there is a hard sensitive knot underneath. Does anyone know if this is typical?

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Posted by Mr. S A.
Last Reply December 6, 2007 at 19:29
Started May 3, 2005 at 10:40





MR. S.A.

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Dangerously Unclean Hospitals
Posted by arrow
Last Reply November 29, 2007 at 18:58
Started November 29, 2007 at 18:58
The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 29, 2007

By: Betsy McCaughey

Last month, health inspectors in New York City shut down Serendipity, an upscale ice cream parlor. Though the closing made headlines, it is a common occurrence for less famous eateries charged with violations like unclean cutting boards and floors, workers who fail to clean their hands, and improper food handling that could lead to bacterial contamination.

In New York, restaurants are inspected, without prior notice, once a year. In Los Angeles, inspections are done three times a year and restaurants must display their grade near the front door. After Los Angeles instituted this inspection system, the number of people sickened by food-borne illnesses fell 13%, according to the Journal of Environmental Health. Columbus, Ohio, and other cities are now following L.A.'s lead.

But why aren't hospitals and doctors' offices held to the same standard and inspected regularly?

Going to a restaurant is vol... read more

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MRSA in Bloodstream?? Symptoms??
Posted by Worried in VA
Last Reply November 29, 2007 at 15:15
Started October 17, 2007 at 23:19
I am due for surgery tomorrow and due to the recent death of a VA teenager (I myself live in VA), have become increasingly worried, or maybe paranopid and was looking to the advice of some of you veterans I have read about (thanks for the motivating support).

About a year ago, I noticed what appeared to be a spider bite on my leg. I went to three doctors, all telling me it would be about a year to see a dermatologist and until then they had no clue. I decided to pray and let nature take its course.
The "sore" has healed, leaving a nice scar, however on occassion I get bumps which I blame on poison ivy (which it may not be apparently).
Because I am having surgery tomorrow(orthopeadic, and my 3rd), I am preoccupied with my health. Could I have had MRSA and it has now traveled into my bloodstream? If so, what are the symptoms of this? On occasion, I get severe cramps, start sweating, get chills, all that good stuff which I have continuously blamed on colitis (intestinal so... read more

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Questions about etiquette
Posted by DaveT
Last Reply November 26, 2007 at 16:04
Started November 22, 2007 at 22:01
I've been fighting relatively mild bout of MRSA for a few months now. Aside from the obvious health issues, I'm finding it straining on my friendships. I socialize less, and when I do go out I have a lot of friends that I'm used to hugging. I've only told my closest friends about my situation, and they seem very understanding, but even casual friends are now commenting about how I'm "always sick now", since I've been telling people not to come too close unless they want to catch "what I've got" (implying a cold or flu).

Then there's the office. I know some staff have noticed how I clean my desk daily, keyboard, phone, etc, and wipe stuff down with bleach solutions and alcohol wipes. We're encouraged to keep our spaces clean, but I'm starting to come off as a bit compulsive. OK, maybe I am now! ;)

What's a good way to friends and co-workers about MRSA?

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Gram positive cocci..any ideas ?
Posted by K
Last Reply November 25, 2007 at 03:59
Started November 22, 2007 at 22:07
My 18month old daghter went to hospital as a a result of a fit - that came on suddenly as she was not unwell before. She was only poorly for 4 hours and then temp came down and has since been fine? We stayed in hospital overnight and she had some blood tests. they released us following day, but then rang us at home advising we had to come back in asap as somthing had grown in her blood cultures. They said it was a bug and that she would need to be treated with a very strong antibiotic via an injections everyday for 5 days... they said they were treating her for "gram positive cocci" - She has to get another blood test after her antibiotics have finished. The boy in the next bed at hospital had scarlet fever and I have Laringitus and impetigo ? I have no idea what she has... or what she is being treated for... the doctors wont give me a straight answer and said its a potentially nasty bug - so is it just a bug or could it be MRSA... What questions do I need to ask to get a answer in ... read more

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