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hospital-acquired infections
Posted by Lisa Priest
Last Reply October 19, 2007 at 03:19
Started August 3, 2007 at 22:53
I am a journalist with The Globe and Mail who would like to interview Canadian patients who have had or now have a hospital-acquired infection, such as MRSA, c. difficile or VRE.
Please call me at 416-585-5179.

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Posted by Christie
Last Reply October 18, 2007
Started October 17, 2007 at 08:02
I wrote on this board on September 6th about me having MRSA. I knew how serious it could be, but I had no clue it was going to be this hard to get rid of.

It started in June with a spot on my leg. Labor Day weekend, I got a spot on my back. Then a week ago Sunday, I got a spot on my stomach. I had another appointment today and the doctor is now saying it's in my blood and that I will have to remain on antibiotics for an indefinite amount of time.

So far I've been on:
10 days of bactrim (June)
15 days of bactrim (starting Labor Day weekend)
1 bag of vancomycin (Oct. 8th)
7 days of clindamycin--1200 mg a day (Oct. 9th - Oct. 16th)
10 days of clindamycin--900 mg a day (started Oct. 16th)

They lowered the dosage to 900 mg because I've lost 7 1/2 pounds in less than a week. I can't seem to keep anything in me.

Today the doctor said she wants me back when I finish this round so they can immediately start me on another round of Clindamycin. I donít know if thatís such a go... read more

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Posted by it works too
Last Reply October 16, 2007 at 18:13
Started October 15, 2007 at 17:10
try this also if you allergic to sulpha drugs

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Vancomycin resistant MRSA
Posted by Ellen
Last Reply October 5, 2007 at 22:04
Started September 26, 2007 at 01:19
My father has vancomycin-resistant MRSA and cannot take Zyvox due to side effects. The docs are now wondering what to try next. He has things that look like tiny strawberry seeds in his staph wound (he has a permanently draining wound). The docs will not take the time to figure out what they are, but they keep appearing. In addition, whenever my father is hospitalized, I notice that some of the nurses do not bother to wear gloves while changing the bandages. All they do is put Purell on their hands when they are done. I'm concerned or the welfare of the other patients regarding this.
Does anyone have any thoughts on all this?

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New here - have questions
Posted by Angie R
Last Reply September 22, 2007 at 12:12
Started September 16, 2007 at 13:03
Hi everyone,

My husband probably has MRSA. He had a boil in April that was drained, etc, but the lab tests came back inconclusive for MRSA. It looks like he has another boil forming, which we are watching closely.

He went to the doctor last week because he'd been sick for almost a month. They didn't want to give him antibiotics because of the possible MRSA, which I can understand, but aren't there some things that have to be treated with antibiotics? If he is getting another boil, does that pretty much mean it is MRSA?

He hasn't been in the hospital, so if it is MRSA it's community-acquired, if that makes any difference.

Thanks for your help.


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my 3 1/2 year old has ca-mrsa
Posted by Sacha
Last Reply September 21, 2007
Started September 19, 2007 at 21:20
Has anyone out there ever been totally free of this for a long time or does it usually stay with you for the rest of you're life????? I am so worried about this. I pray this is temporary but am in fear she will have it forever.

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Son's Mrsa Infection
Posted by Donna Orsino
Last Reply September 15, 2007 at 03:40
Started March 10, 2007 at 13:12
My son when to the hospital with what we thought was a Brown Recluse Spider Bite. He arrived at the hospital on a Friday and sat there until Wednesday of the following week before a hand specialist could come to see him. During this time he was given IV antiobiotics and pain medication. His hand was already starting to turn black and there was definately a whole in the skin, and the hand was blown up to the size of a racketball. When the Dr. finally looked at him, they scheduled surgery at another hospital in Ocala, FL for the following morning. The following morning came, and they had to wait for a bed. The surgery was completed that evening and he was told that he had a staph infection. I want to know if anyone could help me with deciding whether or not the infection got worse due to the fact that they let him sit in the hospital for five days before surgery. I have already contacted a malpractice attorney and we have the paperwork to fill out. His hand is now disfigured ... read more

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Working on MRSA story
Posted by Tom Murphy
Last Reply September 10, 2007 at 23:49
Started September 7, 2007 at 18:00
I'm a reporter for the Columbia Missourian and am working on a story about MRSA infections. I'm looking for someone from the mid-Missouri area who has or has had an MRSA infection and is willing to talk about it. An athlete would be preferred, although not required. I think this story can raise awareness of the dangers of MRSA in this area and prevent more infections from happening. If anyone is interested, please reply to this topic or call the Missourian newsroom phone number (573)882-5720.

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MRSA and infants
Posted by Concerned
Last Reply September 10, 2007 at 20:31
Started September 10, 2007 at 03:38
My son is 8 mos. old. He was exposed to MRSA before we knew what the person with MRSA had. Since then, he has had an ear infection, and still has been acting funny. I don't know if I am just a paranoid first time mom or if I should have my child checked. Also, all his aunts, uncles, and cousins have been exposed to the MRSA and he often spends time with them. Could he still pick up the MRSA even though he's not directly around the person who has the MRSA?

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Posted by LindaA
Last Reply September 7, 2007 at 16:14
Started September 4, 2007
This is for everyone on this forum. We would like to poll the forum to find out how many of you are currently taking(or have taken) Vitamin C, Garlic, Phytonutrients, and Probiotics to rebuild and maintain their immune system. And whether anyone's had any adverse affects from taking these suppliments. Everyone please respond to this question so that we might shut someone up once and for all instead of listening to his claims that these suppliments have no merit and will do nothing but make you sicker. EVERYONE PLEASE RESPOND

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Ozone Facts
Posted by This is safe????
Last Reply September 3, 2007 at 14:11
Started September 2, 2007 at 21:37
Synonyms: trioxygen
Comment: Ozone is found in the atmosphere in varying proportions as it is produced continuously in the outer layers of the atmosphere by the action of solar UV radiation on oxygen in the air. It is also formed locally in the air from lightning and from electrical sparks. In the upper atmosphere it inhibits penetration of UV radiation and so is beneficial to life. At ground level it is a harmful pollutant because of the damage it can cause to lungs and to a wide range of materials.

Unstable - may decompose spontaneously and violently to oxygen. Mixtures containing a moderate partial pressure of ozone, and pure ozone at even low pressures are both potentially explosive. May react very violently with combustible materials and reducing agents, such as organics. Even small quantities of organic material, such as traces of grease inside a vacuum line, may be sufficient to trigger explosive reaction. This material represents a serious explosion hazard. ... read more

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grandma has mrsa,do I have it Now
Posted by Tara
Last Reply September 3, 2007
Started September 2, 2007 at 13:15
I am a little worried. Not long ago my grandmother had mrsa. Not knowing anything about it (Mrsa), when she started having problems again I didn't think anything about it. So last week I went there to see her and i fixed her some breakfast, of courseshe didn't eat it all. When I was cleaning the table off I decided to try a bite of her oatmeal. Just acouple of days ago I started to feel sick, I have a low grade fever a couple of times and no appetite, and really tired. I called to tell my aunt who lives with my grandma and shes worried ecause grandma is back in the hospital with the mrsa. Should i be worried?

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follow up,gram pos.coci
Posted by john
Last Reply September 1, 2007 at 15:22
Started August 31, 2007 at 22:27
thanks for the far as the gram positive result,i've looked at the paper work and thats what it also said some form of numbers as well,like 2+ something and 3+,not sure what it means.i will look at it again as well ask your heart out quacks,i'm eating as well as using as a pultice manuka honey,what a waste,it tastes good.i am also doing the following:300mg turmeric 2-3 per day
6248mcg allicin 4-6 per day
gr8 dophilus 4-6 per day[enteric coated 8 strains &4 billion potency with FOS]
colloidal silver 2tsp or > per day.[20ppm]plus i use as spray. i have some vit c but is not great quality but will get.5000mg per day?thats alot.

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How long has your infection lasted?
Posted by Jack
Last Reply September 1, 2007 at 03:47
Started August 20, 2007 at 13:46
Just curious how long is it taking to completly shake this bug. Not just one outbreak but untill you are outbreak free. I seem to get one every two to three months and have for about 1 1/2 years despite Bactrim, the wash, the ointment, ect.

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The Big vitamin scare: AMA claims vitamins may
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply August 30, 2007 at 22:13
Started August 30, 2007 at 22:13
This report was taken from the HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
The lastest round in conventional medicines ongoing attempts to descredit(and untimately outlaw) nutritional supplements is found in a highly questionable study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which claims that vitamins actually increase the risk of death.

The study claims to have analyzed a collection of previous studies on Vit A, beta carotene, Vit C, Vit E, and selenium, concluding that most of the nutrients are actually dangerous to human health. Of course, this is research from CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE- an industry that promotes patented chemicals as perfectly safe, even though FDA-approved PHARMACEUTICALS are killing 100,000 Americans each year. (imagine the uproar if VITAMINS killed even a fraction of that number...)

To avoid getting hoodwinked by questionable research on "VITAMINS" you have to strongly consider the FINANCIAL INTERESTS of the source of this research. ... read more

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Posted by L:indaA
Last Reply August 30, 2007 at 20:46
Started August 30, 2007 at 20:46
the 2003 annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance system states that there have been only 2 deaths allegedly caused by vitamins. Almost half of all Americans take nutritional supplements every day, some 145,000,000 individual doses daily, for a total of over 53 billion doses annually. And from that, 2 deaths? That is a product safety record without equal.

Conversely, pharmaceutical drugs, properly prescribed and taken as directed kill 106,000 americans each year. That is over 2,000 each week, dead from their prescriptions. Some physicians estimate the true number of drug-induced deaths to be far higher.

Fatalities are by no means limited to drug products. In the USA in the year 2003, there was a death from "Cream/lotion/makeup" a death from granular laundry detergent, and one death from plain soap, one death from baking soda, and one death from table salt.

Other deaths reported by the American Association of Poison... read more

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Recently Diagnosed With MRSA
Posted by Priscilla
Last Reply August 30, 2007
Started August 27, 2007 at 20:35
Hi I'm 34 years old and it's been about a week since I was in the hospital for MRSA. It started off with my getting a tattoo. It started to heal then I noticed that my ankle got swollen and then what looked like a pimple/bug bite came about.

Now a month ago I had a similar looking bite on my left leg and yes it looked bad but not as bad as this one was. I figured it would eventually heal and scar up like all my other bug bites. So over the weekend I got scared because the redness area was bigger than the day before. I called the tattoo artist and told him I had a welt underneath my tattoo and he told me to take Benadry so I did. It did get rid of a lot of the redness but I still went to the doctor on Monday.

By this time black spots started forming underneath and by the area of that bite. Another pus ball formed about 1/2 inch away from that "bite." So the doctor says I have cellulitis and prescribes Bactrim and Muporicin ointment. She also performed a little I & ... read more

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Positive Manuka Honey Testing
Posted by Carla
Last Reply August 29, 2007 at 14:17
Started July 4, 2006
Honey may take the sting out of the NHS superbugs
by BEEZY MARSH, Daily Mail

07:35am 21st November 2002

Honey has the power to defeat the hospital superbugs which claim up to 5,000 lives a year, scientists have discovered.

Renowned for thousands of years for its medicinal properties, it is able to kill off mutant bacteria, including MRSA which has defeated all but the strongest antibiotics.

The latest discovery by researchers at the University of Wales in Cardiff comes at a time of growing scientific interest in the substance's healing properties.

Honey contains natural antibacterial agents which experts have discovered can prevent the growth of a number of hospital-acquired wound infections, even at very low concentrations.

Outbreaks of the infections cost the Health Service £1billion a year in extra treatment.

They kill 5,000 British hospital patients a year and are a factor in a further 15,000 deaths.

Honey was revered by the ancient Greeks and Egy... read more

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MRSA Spreading
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply August 27, 2007 at 23:07
Started July 3, 2007 at 15:46
New 'superbug' strain spreading in meat, warns study

By Ahmed ElAmin

25/06/2007- Retail meat from pigs, chickens and other livestock could be
infected with a "superbug" strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA), according to a UK study released today.

The prospect of MRSA in the food chain could spark off another consumer
reaction against meat products, already suffering from a bad perception due
to past outbreaks of bird flu, food-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE).

In the Netherlands, the MRSA strain has been found in 20 per cent of pork,
21 per cent of chicken and 3 per cent of beef on sale to the public, the
UK's Soil Association stated in the study.

'This new type of MRSA is spreading like wildfire across Europe, and we knowit is transferring from farm animals to humans - with serious health
impacts," said Richard Young, a policy adviser to the Soil Association.

The association warned that MRSA found in farm... read more

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MRSA pre heart surgery
Posted by Kate in Ireland
Last Reply August 25, 2007 at 17:55
Started August 23, 2007 at 23:19
Mum has spent 7 weeks in hospital. Picked up the MRSA bug during her stay. They released her from hospital 2 weeks ago, "to clear up the bug", before she is re-admitted for a tripple bypass. Just got the results of her first swab, positive in her nose, groin and underarm. Is she re-infecting herself? Are we re-infecting her. Very dispondent!
Please can anyone help

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