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MRSA Prevention?
Posted by A worried mother
Last Reply July 11, 2007 at 18:53
Started July 10, 2007 at 02:27
Hello,

I am hoping that some of you would be able to give me some advice. I have been reading more and more articles about how MRSA is quickly developing into an epidemic in this country. As a victim of a minor "garden-variety" staph infection in my nose, I have been doing research on staph and of course have been encountering innumerable stories about people suffering with MRSA.

As a mother of two young children, I am very distressed. I realize that there is no way to eradicate the risk of them encountering MRSA, but are there any steps I can take to reduce their risk of contracting it? Would it be prudent for me to proactively start them on some sort of immune system booster? I would appreciate any advice.

If I am overreacting (as I have been known to do ;) ), please feel free to let me know. But I am hoping that, by getting the word out to people that I know and being able to spread information about how to minimize the risks of contracting MRSA, I can do my s... read more

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Psuedonoma. aeruginosa
Posted by kenny m
Last Reply July 9, 2007 at 16:04
Started June 28, 2007 at 20:30
i have just been told i have this disease.i am wondering if there is anyone that can help me find out about this disease.if so please reply to me at tarnishedknight65@yahoo.com
what i would like to know is:
a.is this thing curable.
b.is it contagiuos(sp?).
c.just how risky is it?
d.are there any support groups or anything of that nature?

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Sun & MRSA? Pool, etc.?
Posted by Rosemary
Last Reply July 8, 2007 at 19:56
Started April 24, 2007
how does the sun affect MRSA? Does it cause flareups? will i need 2 stay out of pool @ my best friends house if i have a breakout/spot?

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MRSA runs rampant in our hospitals
Posted by Sharon
Last Reply July 7, 2007 at 02:51
Started July 5, 2007 at 20:44
I am writing this the make people aware of the dangers of MRSA when electing to have sugery in a hospital. Most hospitals are not required to report MRSA unless there is an outbreak....meaning numerous cases in a small period...When you sign that form that says infection at the bottom don't fool yourself thinking you may get an infection that can be cured by normal antibiotics. These forms are never fully explained and never once will you hear a hospital or doctor tell you that you may contract a superbug that has a good chance of killing you or there actually there is no cure for. It can return even after it quits growing. Hospitals are for profit organizations that are looking at the bottom line. If a few patients die then so be it. The #1 cause of death in the ICU is staph infection. That is pretty sad. Hospital staff are not policed and usually don't take the time to wash their hands as they should. Majority of them are probably already colonized with MRSA in their nasa... read more

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Time Frame for Cure
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply July 5, 2007 at 16:01
Started July 3, 2007 at 15:31
I know someone who had MRSA boils, both a father and his 3 year old son who caught it from his dad.

They have been infection free for a year now. They used conventional antibiotic treatment.

Do you think they are out of the woods, or are they still at risk? How long do they have to be infection free to be considered truely cured? They have not done the nasal swab test x3, I think they should.

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update on chronic laryngitis/hoarseness proble
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply July 1, 2007 at 04:28
Started May 4, 2007 at 01:56
Hi Guys
After suffering for over 6 months with chronic laryngitis, I finally have a diagnosis to the problem. I saw an Ear Nose and throat specialist who ordered a ct scan of my sinuses, as well as covering my throat and nerves into the upper chest. Then he checked my vocal chords. What he found was a condition called larynpharyngeal reflux. It is basically acid reflux that only affects the back part of the vocal chords causing severe inflammation and swelling causing the laryngitis. This is treatable with prolosec and zantac and will take at least a month for my vocal chords to heal. What was interesting was what he said when I asked him if my battle with blood stream MRSA and all the Vanc I was given could have caused this(30 weeks of IV Vanc twice daily over a 52 week period) He said that personally, he thought it probably played a huge part in it as the Vanc is such a caustic drug and literally ruins your veins, that it would make sense that it can cause things like acid re... read more

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Yogurt drink fights off C. difficile
Posted by Luna
Last Reply July 1, 2007 at 04:13
Started July 1, 2007 at 01:29
Yogurt drink fights off C. difficile

June 29, 2007 at 1:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON A yogurt drink containing "good" bacteria helped patients avoid the diarrhea caused by antibiotics, British researchers reported on Friday.

People who drank Actimel, made by sponsoring French food group Danone, were able to leave the hospital sooner, the researchers said in the British Medical Journal.

None of the patients given Actimel developed diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, compared with 17 percent of people who drank a similar-looking milkshake, they found.

One in every 250 hospital deaths involves C. difficile as a contributory or main factor, the researchers said. This particular bacteria is often resistant to antibiotic treatment and can make patients seriously ill.

Between 5 per cent and 25 per cent of patients treated with antibiotics develop diarrhea, in part because the drugs kill some of the bacteria normally resident in the intestines.

Many doctors recommend ea... read more

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Update on 3 year old condition
Posted by Angelsmom
Last Reply June 28, 2007 at 04:59
Started June 28, 2007 at 03:47

We spent 48 plus hours in the hospital. The site was lanced and drained a second time. We were on intravenous antibiotics. We were sent home with a prescription, a reminder to follow up with the ped doctor and he could go back to daycare. Come to find out, he was not allowed back at daycare. None the less, what I really wanted them to tell me was how to sanitize the house and how to avoid this in the future. Please send suggestion. I am very intrested in any natural remedies as well.

Thanks


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MRSA 3 yr old
Posted by Angelsmom
Last Reply June 28, 2007 at 03:46
Started June 24, 2007 at 04:02
June 23, 2007
I was told my son had MRSA staff. However, the resutls of the test will not be in until Monday. You can still remove fluid and infection from the site. The site is no longer bright red, but the leg is somewhat pink. He has run only a low grade fever. The main concern is that he will not straighten out his knee (bite, abcess, bump, etc. is just below the bend of his knee). He walks and plays, but will not straighten it out. The knee swolen 2 inches, calf 1 inch and thigh half an inch. The only outward pain is at the site of infection.

Any thoughts?

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story
Posted by sandi
Last Reply June 27, 2007 at 08:24
Started June 26, 2007 at 03:03
Just want everyone to check out abcnews.com on health. They have printed my story about my battle with MRSA. Please post your story on the comment section. We need all the help we can get to fight this. Thanks Sandi

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MRSA Study 46 out of 1,000 patients have it!
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 14:46
Started June 25, 2007 at 14:46
The potentially fatal superbug Methacillin Resistent Staphylyococcus Aureus is found in 46 patients out of 1000 in a nationwide survey of hospitals and nursing homes done by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (as reported by my local newspaper today, June 25) This sample was obtained during a 40 day time period in 2006.

This study represented 1,237 hospitals and nursing homes or roughly 21 percent of all inpatient healthcare facitlities.

Most patients were identified within 48 hours of admit which suggests that the infection was brought into the facility from the outside. Researchers concluded that about 75 percent walk into the healthcare facilities already infected. They went on to say that these people acquired the infection either on previous hospital stays or from within the community, according to Dr Willian Jarvis, the consulting epidemiologist on the study as well as former CDC officials who lead the study.

34 of the 1,000 ha... read more

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Update on my case
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 01:24
Started June 9, 2007 at 21:20
Just wanted to update everyone. I'm feeling much better and will finish my IV Cubicin on Tuesday. If my blood test results are good (meaning my sed rate lower) then my doc wants to put me on Zyvox orals. He hasn't said for how long, and I'm frankly not too keen on the idea. I think I need to be cultured again for MRSA. I don't like using Zyvox because it made me so sick before and its very expensive. I think its something along the lines of $1,020 for 3 weeks orally. I would have to pay that out of pocket, for it exceeds the costs allowance for a single presciption. Frankly, when I had it before, it was covered 100% so long as it was administered through IV. However, I was starting to become intolerant of it.

I feel very well. I'm still using my probiotics, C vitamins, B12, multi-vitamins and Oil of Oregano (to keep the thrush away). I started juicing a few days ago and that seems to be going very well. I feel MUCH better since I've added the supplements.

I don't know if I'll... read more

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i was recently hospitalized for MRSA, imscared
Posted by Becca
Last Reply June 24, 2007 at 17:42
Started June 22, 2007 at 11:31
about a week ago i was discharged from children's in philly (supposedly the best in the country)after a 4 day stay on IV antibiotics to treat me for MRSA. it got okay for a little bit, when i was admitted to the hospital the entire lower half of my face was distended and swollen to at least 4x normal size. at home i continued with heavy antibiotics but today we discovered that MRSA has grown immune to it and new lesions have appeared and spread. im 16 years old and terrified, i would appreciate ANY advice.

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Pre-Surgical Protocol
Posted by nanny
Last Reply June 21, 2007 at 04:22
Started June 19, 2007 at 23:28
Does anyone know what pre-surgical protocol is followed for a MRSA patient? I finally got the okay from my PCP for my shoulder surgery. My ortho said he works with an ID spec who gives me something or will do something prior to surgery to reduce the chance of infection. My last two cultures have come back negative.


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Recurring MRSA Staph
Posted by Becky Jones
Last Reply June 17, 2007 at 05:37
Started June 2, 2007 at 15:54
Hello,
Our Father had a MRSA infection in his sternum bone six weeks ago after open heart surgery which lead to the removal of the entire bone. He was on Vancomycin for 6 weeks once a day and has been off for 2 weeks. He was recently readmitted for what they assume to be a recurrent staph infection in the Chest cavity tissue. We're looking for advice on alternative antibiotics as it seems the Vancomycin didn't work. How long should we give the Vanco an opportunity to work as the doctors are still giving him Vanco? Any advice is much appreciated!

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update: mrsa free now for 16 months
Posted by nyker
Last Reply June 16, 2007 at 03:57
Started June 12, 2007 at 04:36
I've contributed to this post before. I wanted you to know I've now been free from mrsa for 16 months.

I'm wishing everyone the best in fighting this disease, in whatever way you are trying to fight it.

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mrsa in africa
Posted by folashade ogungbemi
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 18:23
Started June 12, 2007 at 01:23
united kingdom is a country who has a high standard and level of health and safety still lives are lost due to poor hand hygiene. what can be said of africa a nation which his level of health and saftey in his hospital is nothing to write home about.i am from africa and unfortunately people in africa are not aware of mrsa. i went through the internet and i could not find anything relating to mrsa and africa. so many people in africa do not have access to hospital facilities so they tend to treat their own wounds or injury at home. this sort of home treatment will definetly expose people to mrsa




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need mrsa answers
Posted by kydee
Last Reply June 9, 2007 at 02:19
Started June 1, 2007
My mom has mrsa and has been in the hospital but we were never told by anyone they even suspected mrsa. We only found out today by her hospice nurse. We brought her home from th hospital yesterday and now we are all possibly going to get it. Her lungs are bad with copd and she has skin lesions on her arms.
Does anyone know if it is law they have to tell you about this? They don't know the type of mrsa yet just she tested positive and who know when we will know that.
I'm very upset!!!!

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IV therapy at home
Posted by Brenda
Last Reply June 7, 2007 at 19:01
Started November 25, 2006 at 17:29
I am looking for advice on running an IV therapy of vancomyacin (I think that is how you spell it) treatment for MRSA at home. (6-8 weeks) I was wondering if Medicare or BCBS will pay for IV therapy at home. I heard yes and no. Also, want to know all things good and bad about running such therapy at home.

Email: imthegrinch@earthlink.net

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best way to replace normal flora in intestines
Posted by rebecca
Last Reply June 7, 2007 at 15:49
Started June 6, 2007
Have been battling mrsa for 6 months and all the antibiotics have killed the normal flora in my intestines. thus, i am impacted and constipated all the time. this is so painful! does anyone have any suggestions to grow it back? ..............i hate laxatives :( thats almost as bad as being constipated.

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