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FAQ about MRSA
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply November 17, 2007 at 19:00
Started April 18, 2007 at 18:16
A while back some of the forum members requested that i set up a page summary about MRSA and then one for re-building your immune system, So here's the first one on MRSA.

WHAT IS MRSA: Is a strain of bacteria that has developed an antibiotic resistance to penicillins including methicillin, oxacillin, amoxicillin and possibly other types of antibiotics. MRSA can cause serious infections such as surgical wound infections, pneumonia and blood steam infections. Once MRSA is in the bloodstream, it can attack vital organs and become fatal in 20-25% of the patients. MRSA was first discovered in the UK in 1961 and was then typically found in hospital settings, therefore MRSA has been nick-named "Hospital superbug" or HA-MRSA=hospital aquired MRSA. However, MRSA is no longer exclusively found in hospital environments. MRSA can now also be contracted in community settings and is called CA-MRSA, meaning community Associated MRSA. You may not only contract MRSA, but un-knowingly, also "... read more

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Stinging pain under the arm
Posted by Winnie
Last Reply November 17, 2007 at 18:43
Started November 14, 2007 at 18:47
When I spoke with the infectious disease doc on the phone today, I mentioned that my left underarm (an area heavily affected with the MRSA) stings like crazy at times. He said he'd never heard of that before. I remember someone here mentioning stinging pain. Does anyone know what it's from? Is it the body healing the wounds maybe?



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Recommended cleaning products?
Posted by New Guy
Last Reply November 17, 2007 at 03:25
Started November 15, 2007 at 17:41
I've kept Lysol Disinfecting Wipes around since my first outbreak months ago, but now I've read on here that the company doesn't believe they're effective in wiping out MRSA spores.

What can I use to clean around the house with instead? Does bleach solution do the trick? I've wiped rubbing alcohol on faucets, door knobs, and other fixtures from time to time.

What about treating carpets?

I'm looking to hear about "everyday" household products first and foremost; stuff I could buy at the grocery store instead of ordering online, but I'm open to any suggestions just the same.

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PUBLIX Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Posted by Winnie
Last Reply November 14, 2007 at 18:45
Started November 14, 2007 at 18:45
I am getting ready to write Publix a thank you letter. When I went to get all the meds the infectious disease dr prescribed, the total at CVS pharmacy was $300. I couldn't pay that kind of money (my rx benefits don't kick in until January 08), so I asked them not to fill them quite yet.
I went home in a panic, crying, and did a ton of research. Publix states they offer several FREE prescriptions in 14 day supplies. Since I had a 28 day prescription, they GAVE me two 14 day bottles of my Bactrim DS. Between that savings and the savings I got online with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, my total went all the way down to $198. That's a HUGE savings!!!!
Please tell anyone you know to check out Publix pharmacies and also to google the partnership for prescription assistance. It's free. It's online. It's easy, and you can print out your free ID cards right off the web site. The only personal information they wanted was my income and my name.


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Posted by LindaA
Last Reply November 14, 2007 at 06:36
Started August 30, 2007 at 21:19
Recent medical research has confirmed Dr. Pauling's original idea.(Dr. Pauling is a 2 time Nobel Prize winner, and was the first to realize vitamin C's crucial importance in the maintenance of a healthy immune system.) He'd proposed that regular intake of vitamin C in amounts far higher than the officially sanctioned RDA could help revent and shorten the duration of the common cold. Although the medical establishment immediately voiced their strong opposition to this idea, many ordinary people believed Dr. Pauling and began taking large amounts of Vitamin-C. Most immediately noticed a great decrease in the frequency and severity of their colds.
Now, the lastest research has confirmed his original idea. Not only does a high vitamin C intake markedly reduce the severity of a cold, it also effectively prevents secondary viral or bacterial complications. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune system and protecting against damage by the free radicals released by the body in its fi... read more

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Fish Oil for abating MRSA Itching
Posted by BH
Last Reply November 12, 2007 at 18:41
Started November 12, 2007 at 12:52
Fish Oil is an excellent immune system booster, and can have positive results in abating MRSA related itching issues.

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mrsa explodes are immune fighting cells
Posted by mary
Last Reply November 12, 2007
Started November 12, 2007
okay ive just watched this on my local news and world news. researchers have found out that mrsa explodes our immune fighting cells. they say maybe this will help them come up with something knowing this information. seems like its kind of like aids ttcking our immune fighting cells. Im sure this is why those immune boosting supplements work for a lot of us.

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MRSA in schools
Posted by Joanne
Last Reply November 12, 2007
Started October 21, 2007 at 03:30
Ok, my daughter has had the third MRSA boil in 2 months. She hasen't been hospitalized for it, we've been able to heal it with Bactroban cream and Sulfatrim and now we're trying the garlic, and I'm taking her to the ID dr. for more safisticated blood tests to see why she has gotten them again. I know of two other children in the school who have also had these boils and I know that the parents did not have them seen by a doctor. Even sent them to school with a small boil by the eye on one of their kids. The school to this day still hasen't sent any notice out. Even though I have sent them information on MRSA and how contagious it is. Should I make an issue of this, I mean, Its all over the news here in Illinois. I don't get it! why is the school not more concerned? Any advise on what I should do, or should I just leave it be? All of my daughters teachers are concerned and are aware of MRSA, yet nothing has been adressed. This school has a pool too! and the students start swi... read more

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Job being threaten
Posted by Worried Sister
Last Reply November 11, 2007 at 18:00
Started November 10, 2007 at 16:13
My sister has had MRSA for over 20 years. It's taken years for it to be properly diagnosed. She's finally on the correct meds and several months ago had some clumps surgically removed. Her job didn't have a problem with it then. Now with all the news coverage, her supervisor at work told her 2 days ago that she could be fired if she spread it to other people. Then the next day she was questioned by her managers about it. She's under enough stress, she sure does'nt need any more. Are there legal rights for someone with MRSA? If so, what can be done. Thanks for any help!

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MRSA Improving After 5 Months
Posted by Vern
Last Reply November 11, 2007 at 16:55
Started November 10, 2007 at 03:59
Have used bactroban Cream and Bactrim DS, but while they seem to work for a while the infected area flares up every few days and I wonder if the antibiotics will ever cure it. Last evening I covered it with raw honey and left it on over night. Looked red this morning, but otherwise OK. Might have helped. This afternoon I decided to try Colloidal Silver on the infected area. I have used it about 5 or 6 times in the last 5 hours and the area is improving steadily. Redness is going away and the stinging is subdued. I have read on the Internet that both honey and Colloidal Silver both have anti-bacterial properties. Have others had experiences with either honey or Colloidal Silver? After fighting this for 5 months and being told by my Derm that he "can control it, but not cure it" I am wondering if this improvement is somehow temporary. I previously tried hydrogen peroxide - big mistake. It got worse and spread. Then I read that S aureus is facultative, meaning it can grow by... read more

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Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 10, 2007 at 16:23
Started November 9, 2007 at 03:26
what can i take to boost my immune system.

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Update (no culture yet)
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 10, 2007 at 16:03
Started November 6, 2007 at 23:58
My son has finished his second round of Bactrim 7 days ago. Friday I noticed he has 4 small ones 2 have gotten bigger since then. a couple of the smaller ones come to a head but the 2 bigger ones have not. I called the Dr to see what I should do. They told me to bring him in. His Dr wasnt in so we had to see another Dr he said he couldnt put him on antibiotics again because his body would grow immune to it. He couldnt culture it because there was no pus. he said to clean it with hibeclens that it would take it away. I told him he uses hibeclens already. He said that should do it then. I asked if he should be in school? Again I was told oh yeah hes not contagious as long as he is covered. I was so confused I didnt even argue w/him. tomarrow I am going to make him an appointment with another Dr I dont even know if he read my sons history he kept telling me that he just has foliculitus. I tried to explain to him that he has been here twice with 9 big abcesses in the past month with the... read more

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I'm Am Very Scared And Alone
Posted by Holly
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 21:25
Started November 3, 2007 at 22:30
Hello to all, my name is Holly. I am 19 years old and I live in Grand Haven, MI and I was recently diagnosed with MRSA. I am very scared about having this because I live with my fiancee, but he has been in Florida working. I am alone and scared. My mom has brought me to the doctor and he took a culture and that is how I found out it was MRSA. All of my boils have pretty much "crusted" over but the one he took the sample from has a hole! I do not know if this was created when he took the sample on Halloween (it is on my shoulder so I could not see how he took the sample). It just itches, the pain is not as bad. He put me on Tetracycline 250 mg three times a day because I am allergic to Septra. I am worried about the hole for the most part, and I do not know how long it should take before I start to see an improvement. Should I be concerned? Should I go to the hospital? I can't stop crying because I fear the worst. Many people say that I could die. I am so scared. Any words of hope wo... read more

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no culture yet
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 08:04
Started October 25, 2007
My son was not diagnosed w/mrsa but the Dr are treating him as if he has mrsa. He was in the E.R first the Dr said yep looks like a mrsa boil give him 10 days of bactrim sent us on our way on the release paper it said it was an abscess. Went to our Dr 5 days later for a follow up boils started to clear up by then.finished the 10 days of bactrim 3 days later he got 5 more boils.Went back to DR 30 days of bactrim . 7 days later the media was was talking about the deadly superbug. Im so worried now he has about 5 days left on these anti biotics. I called the Dr and said I wanted him cultured she said there is no reason to culture him because she is treating him as if he has mrsa.I think he should have been cultured when I took him to the ER any advice. why are they acting like this is no big deal I dont get it Lori

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Thanks LadyK /Tina
Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 7, 2007 at 16:58
Started November 6, 2007 at 22:47
I know I have to tell my KIds at least my 6y/o,but he already knows something is wrong he wants to stay home with me now all the time out of blue.He's scared that I'm going to die and he will never see me again.My other children are only one and two.Thanks for replying I don't feel so alone now.

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Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 7, 2007 at 01:36
Started November 6, 2007 at 23:37
I have some questions I cant seem to get answered When I question the Drs they seem to get offended. If anyone can help me with these it would be highly appreciated.

1.My son is being treated as if he has MRSA (no culture yet)
If they culture him and find out its MRSA will they treat it differently than what they are now (Bactrim, Bactroban)10 days w/1st outbreak 3 weeks w?20nd outbreak?

2.Will they eventually stop the antibiotics if it keeps coming back and let the MRSA take its course?

3.Will this eventually get into his blood stream if it keeps going?

4.Is he contagious if he's on antibiotics?

5.Is he contagious if he is not on antibiotics?

6.Will this ever go away?

7.will I have to worry if he runs a fever or gets sick for the rest of his life?

8.Can they tell if this is MRSA by doing blood work on him?

I think that is all for now.

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I don't get it...
Posted by Alysia
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 23:22
Started October 29, 2007 at 20:03
I posted a few topics down (Toddler with MRSA)...although I should have written "Preschooler." Anyway, thanks for all of your responses.
There are still a few things that I just don't understand.

First of all, why is it that some people get seriously ill and others seem to recover with no problem?

Are there people out there who get a boil ***once*** (diagnosed CA-MRSA) and never have a problem again?

Is CA-MRSA something that *ONLY* effects the skin? Is there a possibility that it can enter the blood stream and damage organs (or cause phnemonia) or can *only* HA-MRSA do that?

Is CA-MRSA airborne (though sneezing and coughing?)


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are these symptoms of mrsa
Posted by Lori
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 22:59
Started October 31, 2007 at 02:56
has anybody heard of this causing weight loss or pain in the legs? My son has lost 32 pounds since this has started he said he just has no appetite.And his legs have been acheing.

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Long-term MRSA
Posted by Judy
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 21:10
Started November 6, 2007 at 13:20
My daughter is 30. She has been sick since she had hand surgery (trigger thumbs) at the age of 3. Bladder infections, severe neuropathy, cold painful extrimities, joint pain, blister sores (oozy, painful, burning) on legs, GI problems, headaches, low-grade fever, exhaustion, skin so sensitive that even the sheets hurt her. She has had every diagnonis possible, but no help from the doctors. Could she have contracted MRSA when she had that surgery? Could it have gone on this long?

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Posted by Hope
Last Reply November 6, 2007 at 19:16
Started November 6, 2007
I guess I'm just not totally understanding all of this.When I had the area on my stomache drained I asked the RN if cellulitis was totally treatable and he said "yes".What's the difference between cellulitis and mrsa?If any.I'm very scared because I'm the mother of three small children,and I'm not ready to leave them anytime soon.How long can you live with this stuff.So sorry if I'm babbling ,but I can't get very straight answers anywhere.It's better to hear for people who been through this themselfs.Thanks for any input.

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