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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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MRSA experience and 5month old's rash?
Posted by icesk8r
Last Reply November 24, 2007 at 17:49
Started September 17, 2007 at 11:55
I started getting MRSA infections after the birth of my son in April. Of course, all doctors are quick to say it wasn't because of the hospital. Possible I became colonized from my daughter (was going to daycare). I had her 2 yrs ago and never had issues with MRSA after her birth. She and my son are both colonized with MRSA.

Anyway, started as a bacterial vaginal infection and UTI not long after being in the hospital (had stitches in the area). Husband got an infection on his leg at the same time. (possibly from doing the laundry or just being in the same bed). We both take antibiotics then a few weeks later I get it again under my arm from a shaving cut. Go to Infectious Disease doc and get antibiotics. Husband gets it on his neck a few weeks later where he had a nick from shaving. I then get it again about the same time. We both just used bactrum cream on our boils because we're sick of antibiotics.

Now, I have it again as a vaginal bacterial infection and I'm o... read more

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father with MRSA
Posted by rebecca
Last Reply November 24, 2007 at 16:24
Started November 22, 2007 at 03:26
My father recently passed away from heart failure, but he was diagnosed with colonized MRSA first and then that infected his blood stream prior to his passing. My sister and I have been incredibly worried about having contracted MRSA from him and all the doctors have told us that we must continue to wear protective clothing, gloves, etc. when we clean out his house. Because of the time that I had spent with my father prior to his passing, there is concern that I am now colonizing MRSA and spreading it to my family and others....should I be concerned about this and is there any way at all to prevent the spread? it doesn't sound like it, this totally sounds like an epidemic that isn't getting the attention it deserves.

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MRSA Staph, with no help or knowledge
Posted by Chelsea
Last Reply November 24, 2007 at 03:43
Started October 14, 2007 at 08:49
I am a cheerleader at my school and we have been practicing on wrestling mats all summer. I never had any open wounds on my knee at all so, im actually lost as to how i have gotten MRSA. I was diagnosed in early September after i had my knee [finally] cultured. By then i had already had one spot (which wasnt as bad) that had gone down, then the huge hole in my knee which was my second one and then i also had to other beginning ones. My town health clinic actually took pictures of it because they had never seen it before. I have been trying to find some information on this. The doctors put me on Keflex (SP*) before i got the culture... then once i did they put me on Bactrim which is supposively suppose to work on it. The only thing is that they never told me what it can do, what the long-term affects are, or any information what so ever. So after about 2 cycles they said that i should go on one more cycle just to be sure (they didnt sound really sure of themselves so i thought they w... read more

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Speaking with the Press
Posted by Winnie
Last Reply November 22, 2007 at 17:41
Started November 10, 2007 at 12:33
I will be speaking with a reporter next week regarding my MRSA experience.
If anyone has any concerns about MRSA they'd like me to voice while I'm being interviewed, run them by me and I'll see if I can run them by her.

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2 1/2 daughter has MRSA please help
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply November 21, 2007
Started October 29, 2007 at 19:45
My daughter gat MRSA in her ears about 6 months ago. Her ped. gave her an antibotic but she was allergic to the sulfar in the medicine, so she referred us to her ENT. The ENT said her adnoids was causing her to get the infection. She now has MRSA again! The ENT now said her tonsils is the cause of the MRSA. Does this sound right has any one else had this problem?

She just finish taking some ointment in her nose. Should I have her retested? The doctors dont act like it is serious.

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MRSA ANd the Holidays
Posted by @WittsEnd
Last Reply November 20, 2007 at 01:13
Started November 19, 2007 at 02:06
OK, I'm not sure but I would have to assume some of you here have either posed the same questionI am about to ask, or you hvae a good answer for me.

Here is the background of my question.

My wifes brother had what he thought was a spider bite after spending the night in the clink a few years back. Come to find out it was MRSA. He since has had many outbreaks. From small to quite large. He has made several trips to the hospital with the end result being the same. There is nothing that is working on his strain. Since this time he has met a girl and had a bay . Now there are 3 infected people confirmed under one roof. They all get out breaks including the baby. The 3 of them now live with my mother in law. They have been there several months now. The holidays are fast approaching and I am concerned.

I have a 7 year old boy. Eho loves his uncle and Loves the baby. I can not get it out of my head that they are contagious,a nd that the my wifes brother is not very responsible ... read more

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orsa and what it did to me
Posted by JoAnn RN
Last Reply November 19, 2007 at 15:28
Started November 19, 2007 at 08:15
I woke up about March 3rd 2007 with an sore left elbow and right stiff neck. I did not pay much attention to it think that I just slept on it wrong, but when the elbow stayed sore I had it xrayed they found nothing so I called my orthopedic doctor and they gave me an appointment on the 5th to see the PA. He put a cast on it and the pain went right away. I went to leave the office but I could not walk down the hall. I remember thinking that you think they would say something since I walked in and had to use a wheelchair to leave. Anyway that evening I was making funeral arrangement for my Aunt with my brother and funeral director and when it was over she was leaving and said that I did not look good to her and that I should take care of myself. Well after they left I got up to go to the bathroom and I could not stand, even with my husband's help. I told him we are not going to play with this and I call 911 and to this day I do not remember what happened after I told the EMT'S to take... read more

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Any tips on handling CLOTHING?
Posted by New Guy
Last Reply November 18, 2007 at 21:18
Started November 15, 2007 at 17:30
I have to say, MRSA has completely changed my hygeine habits and laundry. I don't know whether it's overkill or not, but I'm doing laundry daily, with everything in hot water and the dryer. Oh, how I miss just hanging clothes to dry!

I've read that bleach is useful for laundry. If I'm doing everything on HOT, with a full dry cycle (or more), should I still use bleach? I'd be doing that already, but lots of my clothes are dark colors.

What can I do to treat garments that can't go in the wash, like leather, coats, etc?

I'm even picking what to wear based on how often it can be washed. So it's almost all cotton nowadays. I used to be able to wear pants two or three times before washing, but now, just once.

I'm pretty confident my drawers will be safe to keep fresh laundry in, but would I be better off to spray them with something? Lysol, perhaps?

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Good News?
Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 18, 2007 at 21:16
Started November 15, 2007 at 19:01
I was able to find an idd doctor who is going to see me tomorrow.Also finally got my nasal swab results and I'm not a carrier in the nose is that good news?

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