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Recurrent MRSA sinus infections
Posted by Cindy M
Last Reply May 8, 2007 at 14:31
Started May 7, 2007 at 22:48
Hi! I posted awhile back about my son having recurrent pnuemonia/sinus infections with MRSA (in his sinuses). Thanks so much for all the great advice. My 8 year old son was on Zyvox for 21 days and improved greatly. He has been doing great...even starting swim team and returning to baseball. However the past few days some of his sinus congestion has returned. We had a follow up appt. with his pediatrian today and she said he has another sinus infection and fears he is headed in the same direction. We've got the infection early before it has spread to his lungs this time. We made a call to the Infectious Disease dr. and he wanted to just call in another 21 days of Zyvox and then see him. I am concerned because no antibotic has kept the infection away. The infection and pneumonia gets better and then after being off meds it returns. The Dr. said he isn't sure if the MRSA continues to cause the infection. I'm thinking it does. I have an appt with the ID dr. on Wednesday. A... read more

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MRSA in children
Posted by Heather
Last Reply May 7, 2007 at 17:58
Started May 2, 2007 at 15:38
My two year old daughter was diagnosed with having MRSA last month after spending several days in the hospital. Then yesterday I found out that my four year old daughter's ear infection was due to MRSA. They were supposed to go to my mother's house for a few days, however, I'm afraid that they might pass it on to my father. My father is 73 and not in great health. Do you think it would be alright for them to go if my mother limits contact with him?

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Can Someone Help?
Posted by Scared
Last Reply May 4, 2007 at 16:32
Started April 26, 2007 at 15:39
I WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH A MRSA INFECTION. I WENT TO THE DR. AFTER HAVING A "INGROWN HAIR" UNDER MY ARM. HE QUICKLY LANCED IT, DRAINED IT, PACKED IT (SO ALL COULD DRAIN OUT) AND CULTURED IT. HE ORIGINALLY PUT ME ON KEFLEX UNTIL THEY GOT THE CULTURE BACK AND WHEN HE REALIZED IT WAS MRSA HE SWITCHED ME TO A 7 DAY SUPPLY OF BACTRIM DS. I HAVEN'T BEEN SICK AT ALL WITH THE CYCST EVEN THOUGH IT WAS VERY PAINFUL AND HE SAID THAT A LOT OF TIMES HE SEES THIS AS A ONE-TIME OCCURANCE HOWEVER HE INFORMED ME I'D LIVE WITH THIS FOREVER AND COULD HAVE MORE SKIN INFECTIONS. I HAVE A 9 WEEK OLD BABY AND HAVE BEEN SO SCARED THAT I'M GOING TO PASS IT TO HIM. I USE DIAL SOAP AND WASH MY HANDS ALL THE TIME NOW. DO YOU THINK THERE'S A CHANCE THE DR. WAS RIGHT AND I MAY NOT EXPERIENCE ANY MORE SIDE EFFECTS (INFECTIONS) OR WAS HE JUST TELLING ME THAT TO CALM MY NERVES?

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to bring you up-to-date.......
Posted by Meredith
Last Reply May 3, 2007 at 20:24
Started May 2, 2007 at 20:50
Just got home from hospital...hve been fighting MRSA for 8 months; 2 weeks Vanco, 3 weeks Zyvox, 12 days off all antbx, 4 weeks vanco, 2 weeks off, 4 weeks more vanco, 10 days off, 103 temp. with terrible pain...into hospital and started 5 more weeks vanco. This MRSA flare was by far the worst and by far the scariest. ID docs not happy; and I have NEVER been so sick. My PCP said had I not gotten into the hosp. as quickly as I did I would have been closer to death than either of us wish to think about.

Now the docs think I have endocarditis (heart infection)and this also is not what I would wish for. They can remove the pacemaker but to get the leads it is open heart surgery. I am scheduled for a trans-esophageal echo which will rule in or out the heart involvement. I remain very positive and grateful for the insurance we have. I may not write much but I read everything and pray for all of you.
Meredith

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Do I Need To Do Something Else?
Posted by Scared
Last Reply May 1, 2007 at 20:36
Started April 27, 2007 at 19:47
I recently posted about a cycst I had under my arm that was cultured and showed it to be a MRSA infection. The wound was drained, packed (for further draining) and unpacked this a couple days ago. It is no longer draining but I'm keeping it bandaged until it heals and it is healing quickly. I was put on a 7 day supply of Bactrim DS and will complete taking it this weekend. I got to thinking of any other "occurances" that could have happend and I noticed that right below my c-section incission there's a spot where they lanced when they did my c-section. They said it was a ingrown hair but I remember it looking like a blister but not red and inflammed like this cycst. More of a brown color. It's still visable but it's obvious it was lanced. Since it's been lanced and it's NOT draining anything and doesn't look red/inflamed is there anything else I should do about this?? It's sore in the area but it's only been 10 weeks since my c-section so I still have some sore areas that aren... read more

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newbie - i think skincare line helps clear it
Posted by Rosemary
Last Reply April 27, 2007 at 04:08
Started April 23, 2007 at 16:18
Community acquired - my sister has had it twice in last 6 months (diabetic - social worker, picked it up most likely dealing with a family) & the doctor told me Friday when i went in it must have colonized our family. My sister confirmed to me after my doctor appt that yes, hers is MRSA (all i knew until then was staph infection on her skin).

Bug bite Thursday nite on top of my ear in the truck on way home from work, ear started itching like hell is how i noticed it, but it stopped itching. Woke up Friday am & my ear hurt like an ear infection - all the way down to my face. Figured it was a spider bite reaction. SO, I went to Pri-Med. He took one look at it & confirmed yes, some type of bug bite opened it (the skin), & it was a staph infection that had gotten down into my glands/nodes around the ear. Asked if i had any other spots - i showed him a spot on my jaw that started as a mosquito bite (i was in yard when it bit me - they LOVE me more than babies). He confirmed i... read more

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Colonization? Test for MRSA?
Posted by Mom of five boys
Last Reply April 25, 2007 at 14:11
Started April 24, 2007 at 13:16
I have the two-year-old boy who has had 9 outbreaks of MRSA in the last 9 months. I also have 4 other boys, all living at home. We have completely stopped going to church because I am afraid my son may contaminate the nursery. My questions are: What does colonization mean? and Is there a test for all of us to see if we test positive for MRSA? My son's Infectious Disease Doctor insists that this is curable, but, this has not yet been the case for us. I do not want to risk taking my son into a nursery situation until he is MRSA free for one year. Does this sound reasonable?
Mom of five boys

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Is MRSA - A NEW AIDS
Posted by Mike E
Last Reply April 23, 2007 at 11:27
Started April 22, 2007 at 13:49
I am not medially qualified but i think MRSA is becoming a force to be reconed with, Governments and Hospitals concerned at cost of fighting these super bugs... When there is complacency we ought to be declaring all out war on this Superbug - MRSA and similar Deseases and Infections, It's not like the technology doesn't exist is it. If we were in the medieval ages well maybe, but we are ow in the 21st Century where bio research and chemistry and genetic science is all being dealt with. Is this Super Bug a new Aids. It will be if nothings dealt with and matter not given the real urgency and far less complacency it's present being given. Seems there is more ephasis on money when it ought to be on Life. Or why do we bother having hospitals and all this scientific research having millions spent on it, if it never will get to the point in saving life. MRSA - Super Bugs, surely are set to become a new 21st Century Desease or Infection. It's bad enough now, how serious does it re... read more

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14 months mrsa free today
Posted by nyker
Last Reply April 22, 2007 at 15:41
Started April 15, 2007 at 05:08
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to give you an update that I'm now 14 months mrsa free. I've written extensively on this site about my ordeal (see my infectious disease specialist says).

This is a significant milestone for me. I have matched my prior record of 14 months in being mrsa free. From this day forward, I will be breaking that record, and I really hope to make it to two years without mrsa, always aware that this killer is waiting for an opportunity to attack.

Being convinced, whether true or not, that I am still a carrier of mrsa has helped my avoid another outbreak for this long period of time. The last outbreak on my face, as I've stated before, was devastating, and I thought it was the beginning of the end for me---that I would thereafter suffer continuous clycles of this disease every few weeks as so many do--and that the bacteria would grow stronger.

Being free from anti-biotics for the past year and two months is a huge victory, in addition to rebuilding my... read more

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Vegetarianism helps me
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply April 21, 2007 at 20:33
Started January 15, 2007 at 23:45
Hello: After my first huge attack of MRSA swellings on my face, I became a vegetarian. This is a healthier diet for a sick body in my opinion. I am a lacto-vegetarian. I drink milk. Homemade vegetable soups with lots of finely chopped fresh garlic, some turmeric, onion, chili powder, sea salt and I add a bit of ground nutmeg. I am not a diabetic. Diabetics need to consult a doctor about their diet. But vegetarianism has helped my body to defend itself better against the inevitable attacks of MRSA. I seem to have two strains of MRSA. One is easily vanquished by iodine. The other laughs at everything...But I dont think the bacteria love my alkaline body full of veggies... I think they love a body full of junk food and sweets. What is your experience?

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JUST GOT DIAGNOSED
Posted by Elaine P
Last Reply April 20, 2007 at 14:23
Started April 19, 2007 at 04:00
I BROKE OUT ON MY SCALP. DOCTOR THOUGHT IT WAS JUST SHINGLES. MY FAMILY IS SCARED TO DEATH OF CATCHING IT FROM ME. I HAVE ALOT TO LEARN. IS THIS ONE OF THOSE DISEASES YOU DON'T TELL PEOPLE YOU HAVE FROME FEAR OF BEING ISOLATED.

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Bacteriophages/Maggots
Posted by Meredith
Last Reply April 17, 2007 at 22:23
Started April 13, 2007 at 22:25
I know this sounds weird to be asking about these MRSA treatments but I would really like to know if any of the readers have tried them. I know have 10 weeks on Vanco and 3 weeks on Zyvox done and have no clue if I am clear or not. That will come in time; probably a few weeks to a month my Dr. has said. TIA
Meredith

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MRSA Mama
Posted by Meghan
Last Reply April 17, 2007 at 20:31
Started April 17, 2007 at 20:28

I had no idea a board like this existed! I'm sure every question I have is somewhere on here but my time online is limited. So I apologize for asking questions that have surely been answered before.

I got MRSA end of March. I popped a pimple under my lip and within hours my lip was huge/black and filled with pus. Was in the hospital for 5 days, initially I was told it would be a month. Was given the option to have out patient infusions of antibiotics. Was on, excuse the spelling, Daptamycin, but had an allergic reaction. Put on Bactrim instead. I just switched from IV meds to oral antibiotics. My Dr. explained about being colonized.

My main concern right now is my children. How contagious am I really? We are doing the bleach thing, washing with Chlorahexidine during baths, I'm using the nose ointment. How careful do I have to be around my kids? No hugging, no kissing? What other precautions do people recommend?

Also, sexual relations... what's the scoop ... read more

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tygacil antibiotic, anyone?
Posted by girl27
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 21:53
Started April 15, 2007 at 23:36
I first wrote about my mrsa experience on feb 15, 2007 and found that i was the 1st one on here to be treated with IV-tygacil. I haven't found anyone at all that has been on it for mrsa. I am wondering..............has anyone else taking this antibiotic?

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describe lesions
Posted by girl27
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 01:52
Started April 15, 2007 at 23:17
as i read many the topics I read that we refer to lesions, boils, sores, etc. are these painful? how would you describe them? my mrsa saga began in jan07 and I have been clear/free since mid march07, about a month now. However, two weeks ago I recieved a cut that wouldn't heal and became red and irritated, so I thought I should show my doctor. he gave be bactraban cream for the 1st time. the cut is healing and almost gone. he said that if it didn't work in 3-5 days he would re-evaluate and possible have me use a steroid cream on it. but, thank god it is working. my question is what has been your experiences using the bac cream? also, do lesions seem to come from no where or are they cuts that become worse? am I never going to be rid of this mrsa concern even though I am "healed."

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Herbal Cleansing?
Posted by Crystal Brooks
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 01:44
Started April 15, 2007 at 20:26
My fiance passed away June 2006 from MRSA that got into his blood stream shutting down his organs one by one too quickly before doctors could do anything about it- he was only 40 years old..about four months ago, I suffered horrible boils on my back which were MRSA after being tested I found that out..I ran a fever of 103 for a few days and the doctor gave me a drug called "Bactrim" which helped alot. I have been taking "Noni" juice and alot of other herbs that help give me energy and build my immune system- aloe vera juice, cinnamon, dandelion root and I feel like I have more energy than I did before I got sick. I wish you all the best..I never heard of MRSA before my personal experience with it. God bless.

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sexual intercourse w/ mrsa husband of 17 yrs.
Posted by maria v.
Last Reply April 12, 2007 at 19:04
Started April 12, 2007 at 02:08
My husband was diagnosed about 3 months ago and we have been combating this terrible battle ever since! Since we used to be a "normal" couple and very happy, now things are bad he is beginning to have kidney disfunction. Now were seeking Nephrologist!

Please answer this someone!

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MRSA questions
Posted by Meredith
Last Reply April 9, 2007 at 22:17
Started March 25, 2007 at 19:26
I was diagnosed with MRSA on Dec 11 06 and went on 2 weeks of Vancomycin in the acute hospital. Suffice to say I was very ill. Upon discharge from the hospital I went on Zyvoxx for 30 days. Everything was fine, everything was wonderful until about 15 days later we discovered an abscess
in the disc at T11. Was put (kicking and screaming)in a skilled nursing facility for a month on Vancomycin and left AMA. Couldn't stand it anymore. I got another Dr. who put me on home IV Vanco for an additional 4 weeks. I have just finished the first week. He says he cured his father and I should be CURED after 4 weeks on Vanco. Am I looking through rose colored glasses thinking there is a cure ahead?
I would love any opinions. I am 54, fem and in pretty darn good health except for the obvious. I have never had any peripheral problems with MRSA other than feeling very sick for 2 months before the first diagnosis but never any other infections, etc. I am 5'7, 150 lbs, have a pacer, need my gallbladd... read more

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grandson and mrsa
Posted by Vicky
Last Reply April 9, 2007 at 01:17
Started April 5, 2007 at 05:29
On Jan. 19, 2007 my 12 year old grandson Carlos came home from 6th gr. camp with a 104 fever. My daughter took him to urgent care and they told her he had the flu, the next day they told her he contacted pnemonia. On Sunday Jan. 21, 2007 he was hallucinating and she took him back to urgent care. They took one look at him and called 911, then was transported to Pomerado Hospital. Our daughter called and told us he was on his way to the hospital. My husband, me, my other 2 daughters and other grandson were on our way.When the dr. there examined him his breathing was labored and his heart rate was 177. We were told that Childrens hospital transport was on their way. It turned out to be the Emergency Transposrt team. When we all left I hugged and gave him a kiss goodbye and told him I loved him and he told me he loved me too. Those were the last words I heard my grandson say. All of us and the rest of the families spent the next 2 weeks at Childrens Hospital. On February 4, 2007, 15... read more

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chronic hoarseness/partial larangitis
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 8, 2007 at 02:52
Started February 23, 2007 at 20:52
I'm worried that this lingering persistant hoarseness might be something more than a sinus infection. This is the second time in 5 months that I've gotten what appears to be a sinus infection. It's congestion is only in the nose and drainage in back of the throat cause persistant coughing. Some of the mucus is discolored so I know that the sinuses are infected, and have headaches. My voice comes and goes, and often have to force to be able to talk and be able to be heard. This last bout has lasted going on 4 weeks and throat is still sore, coughing and drainage from back of the throat. Am using a nasal saline wash and of course garlic, Vit C, Oregano oil, and over the counter sinus med. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, how long did it take to get it cleared up. My mother had thyroid cancer last summer and had a hoarse voice and cough and symptoms that appeared to be a cold, but it lasted forever. She had the surgery and had to have the radioactive iodine treatments... read more

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