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Face Lesion
Posted by Maddy
Last Reply April 5, 2007 at 18:12
Started March 28, 2007 at 02:26
I was doing so well! All my boils had cleared up. I was feeling so smug. Hadn't had any outbreaks in 4 months. Now of all a sudden I have a small one on my buttocks again and I have this small pimple that formed above my lip and is now quite swollen in just one day. I thought it was from irritation from my new CPAP mask but now I'm beginning to think it's my first face lesion. I did the unthinkable and squeezed it, of course. It had the "seed" in it that I had read about somewhere else on the board. I keep washing it and putting antibiotic on it and hoping it doesn't get any larger since I have to come to work every day with it. Any suggestions? And I promise I will never feel smug about this terrible thing again!!!

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3rd pneumonia/MRSA in son
Posted by Cindy M
Last Reply April 1, 2007 at 21:02
Started April 1, 2007 at 15:40
Hello. I'm new to the board. My 8 year old son had pneumonia in Jan. The pneumonia returned again 2 weeks later and he was diagnosed with MRSA in his sinuses at that time. He was treated on several antibotics and finally a month long course of Bactrim, as well as the ointment in the nose. Things seemed to clear up and his dr.said he was developing signs of asthma. She put him on asthma meds and he seemed to be doing fine.

This week we were back in the dr. office and the MRSA has caused pneumonia again! He will be very ill for about a day or two and then he will seem fine. His energy is returning and the fever has gone down. He doesn't have much of an appetite but he is doing so much better! I worry because just when we think things are getting back to normal, it all returns....each time worse than the last.

The dr. has put him on Zyvox an we will be going to any ID dr. tomorrow. After reading all the posts, I'm so worried that this MRSA is here to stay. I'm worrie... read more

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How LONG can MRSA live outside the body?
Posted by Carole
Last Reply April 1, 2007
Started March 28, 2007 at 02:14
I was diagonosed with MRSA in Aug., 2006. Since then, I have been dealing with the same problems and repeated attempts to control the MRSA, as most of you have. I have become more aware (and somewhat paranoid)of just about any place or thing that might have live bacteria. While in a restrauant, I happened to notice a waitress look in a mirror as she passed by. After serving her customer, she went back to the mirror, scratched at a sore on her face and proceeded to serve customers. Needless to say, I lost my appetite! At the same time, it made me wonder just how long MRSA could live if it were on a glass or plate that had been placed on the table? Could this be one of the many ways Community MRSA is being spread so quickly?

On another note, I was wondering if anyone knows if blood transfusions are currently being screened for MRSA? I use to donate blood regularly, but now that I have MRSA, I wouldn't consider it ever again. However, there may be some people who are not eve... read more

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Trojan horse strategy defeats drug-resistant b
Posted by TomA
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 07:06
Started March 19, 2007 at 07:06


A new antimicrobial approach can kill bacteria in laboratory experiments and eliminate life-threatening infections in mice by interfering with a key bacterial nutrient, according to research led by a University of Washington scientist. The joint project, conducted at the UW, the University of Iowa, and the University of Cincinnati, will be featured in the April 2 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics, and existing drugs work poorly against chronic infections like those that occur in wounds, on medical devices and in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis. For these reasons, a great deal of research is focused on finding new antibiotic compounds.

In this study, researchers took a different approach. Rather than trying to find agents that best killed bacteria in test tubes, they sought to intensify the stress imposed on microbes by one of the body's own defense mechanisms.

"The competition for iron is critical... read more

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The Mess We Are In
Posted by TomA
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 01:39
Started March 19, 2007 at 01:39
To get a better idea of how this world got so screwed up... you may be interested in reading the following article:

The origins of agriculture a biological perspective and a new hypothesis 


Greg Wadleya and Angus Martinb

Introduction

What might head a list of the defining characteristics of the human species? While our view of ourselves could hardly avoid highlighting our accomplishments in engineering, art, medicine, space travel and the like, in a more dispassionate assessment agriculture would probably displace all other contenders for top billing.

Most of the other achievements of humankind have followed from this one. Almost without exception, all people on earth today are sustained by agriculture. With a minute number of exceptions, no other species is a farmer. Essentially all of the arable land in the world is under cultivation. Yet agriculture began just a few thousand years ago, long after the appearance of anatomically modern humans.

Given ... read more

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One Year Anniversary Being MRSA Free!!!
Posted by nyker
Last Reply March 17, 2007 at 18:34
Started February 19, 2007 at 08:32
I've contributed often to this site (please see posts: My Infectious Disease Specialist Says").

I wanted to update you all that I've been MRSA free for a year now, on the 12th of Feb.

I am so happy to have made it to a year without any breakouts. I do believe I am still colonized. My last breakout, as described in my prior posts, was horrific. It was on my face. I was told I may need surgery to get it removed. Then I started getting cysts trying to break out everywhere (but they went away).

I was so depressed, I was in such tormenting pain. I feared I'd get a huge hole in my face, that it would appear elsewhere, that I'd lose an arm, that I'd become disabled.

I feared passing it on to friends, co-workers, loved ones. I did not touch anyone for 6 weeks. I was in hell.

One morning, in the midst of my suffering (and that, indeed, what is was) I said to myself "I'm going to fight this". I made a decision to fight. I had had my last break out 14 mon... read more

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MRSA carrier from sex?
Posted by Tom
Last Reply March 17, 2007 at 15:01
Started December 19, 2006 at 16:59
I had a relationship with a woman who had 1 episode of mrsa...I had unpretected sex not worrying because she hadnt been with anyone else for a long time. Now, she is sick again, apparently with it in her uterine area. The doctors treating her know little about it. As you can imagine, Iam very concerned....Ive never had symptoms of it, hell I never heard of it until now. My question is: Can I be a carrier?....The first time she had it was before I knew her, but she has it again now. Secondly, can I be infected now too? Im not sick but I hear I could be a carrier....What should I do?....Im very confused on how to handle this.

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dry skin-hibaclens
Posted by girl27
Last Reply March 17, 2007 at 14:25
Started February 15, 2007 at 01:33
I thought I would toss this question out to all of you who have been through this mrsa rollercoaster before, as this is my first time....I have really dry bumpy skin on my legs, buttock, back, legs, feet...I assume this dry skin all over the body is possibly due to washing with the hibaclens(which I do daily as a prevention.) My hands are dry from washing all the time. How long do I need to keep washing with hibaclens? What have others found in their own experiences? best lotion to use?

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MRSA
Posted by Jodi
Last Reply March 15, 2007 at 02:03
Started March 14, 2007 at 18:56
My father is paralized from chest down. He has had a MRSA pressure spot for over 5 years that hasnt healed. Dose anyone know where he can go for help to get this to heal?

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mrsa in blood
Posted by loretta
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 14:58
Started October 9, 2006 at 21:22
my son is 12 yr and was always a healthy boy.he played football and one saturday he got injured on his hip and shoulder he suddenly started to get worse w/fever,dehydration,swelling,and could not walk.took him to e.r. and he was having acute renal failure.he was life flighted to a hospital.all this over a hip bruise..he has been in the hospital now for 2 wks.the drs say he has mrsa in his bloodstream,and that when he got the bruise on his hip it infected the injury..i have never heard of anything like this before...he has never been sick,never hospitalized i cant understand how he got this infection...please help me learn more about this disease

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mrsa is such a mystery and can strike anyone
Posted by nyker
Last Reply March 9, 2007 at 10:55
Started January 25, 2007 at 07:10
Family Of Sick Boy Pleads For Help
Family Says Boy Could Lose Legs

POSTED: 4:41 pm PST January 24, 2007
UPDATED: 5:48 pm PST January 24, 2007

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SAN DIEGO -- The sick child's family tells NBC 7/39 in an exclusive interview on NBC 7/39 that the boy may lose his legs to the potentially deadly infection.


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The family of a Carlos Don, a sixth-grader who returned from Camp Cuyamaca with a potentially deadly infection, is asking for the public's help. The 12-year-old boy is still fighting for his life, which is threatened by a bacterial infection in his lungs.


The Don family said Carlos is a healthy, athletic, popular sixth-grader and that they don't know where he may have gotten the illness. The child's family said C... read more

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MRSA Kills even the Healthy
Posted by TomA
Last Reply March 5, 2007 at 21:11
Started March 5, 2007 at 21:11
Immunocompetent Vulnerability to MRSA

Community-Onset Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection of the Vagina Causing Lethal Necrotizing Pneumonia in a Young, Immunocompetent Host

Alde Carlo P. Gavino, MD, and Willard Aronson, MD. Department of Pathology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

Most community-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CO-MRSA) infections are localized to the skin and soft tissues, with lethal pneumonia being a rare complication.

Recently, however, there has been an increase in the incidence of CO-MRSA infections involving extracutaneous sites and those that evolve into severe life-threatening infections such as necrotizing pneumonia.

We report a case of CO-MRSA infection of the vagina leading to lethal necrotizing pneumonia in a young, immunocompetent host. A 21-year-old white woman presented with a 1-week history of midthoracic back pain associated with high-grade fevers and altered menta... read more

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Vancomycin Caution
Posted by TomA
Last Reply March 3, 2007 at 06:16
Started March 3, 2007 at 06:16
Anyone taking Vancomycin may want to read this article:

Vancomycin May Trigger Dangerously Low Platelet Count

MILWAUKEE, WI -- February 28, 2007 -- Researchers have linked vancomycin to an abnormal decrease in blood platelet count, a condition called thrombocytopenia.

If accompanied by uncontrollable bleeding, thrombocytopenia can be fatal. The study led by Annette Von Drygalski, MD, third year internal medicine resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Richard H. Aster MD, professor of medicine at the Medical College, and senior investigator at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin's Blood Research Institute, will appear in the March 1, 2007, edition of New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients suspected of having thrombocytopenia, or low blood platelet count often associated with bleeding, can be tested for a special type of antibody to see if it is related to medications. For this study, the researchers obtained clinical information on 29 patients who tested positive f... read more

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PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS
Posted by Tom
Last Reply March 1, 2007 at 22:39
Started March 1, 2007 at 22:39
For those of you who have had their intestinal "flora" disrupted by antibiotics:

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

There are two absorption systems in your body. Food that is easily broken down is absorbed into your upper intestinal tract. If you cannot absorb a particular food, it goes to the lower intestinal tract (colon), where bacteria (in your colon) ferment it to smaller products that can be absorbed.

Your colon is loaded with good and bad bacteria. Examples of bad bacteria are clostridia that are kept in check by good bacteria. If you take an antibiotic that knocks off the good bacteria, the clostridia can overgrow and cause horrible bloody diarrhea and you can die if you are not given special antibiotics, specific to kill clostridia, such as metronidazole and vancomycin.

The good bacteria break down soluble fiber to form chemicals such as short chain fatty acids that are absorbed into your bloodstream and travel to your liver where they block the liver from making cholesterol an... read more

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doctors have no answers - arg!
Posted by Gigi
Last Reply March 1, 2007 at 12:51
Started February 27, 2007 at 19:53
I've been dealing with this off and on for about 3 years -- the staph has popped up in my husband, me, and 3 of our 4 kids. It has been in the nose, finger, hand, leg, elbow, rear end, labia, chin and eyelid. I've been to a pediatrician, dermatologist, emergency room, and finally an infectious disease specialist. No one seems to know anything about this. We've been told to finish antibiotics, and then someone else says to stop taking the antibiotic once the pus is out. One says to use antibacterial spray, another says to avoid using antibacterial spray. I've had emergency room nurses who knew exactly what they were dealing with, only to have the doctor come in and say it's bursitis. I've been to doctors who have never heard of MRSA. I live in an educated, metropolitan area. It's pathetic.

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Life's Dangers Start Early
Posted by Tom
Last Reply February 28, 2007 at 07:35
Started February 28, 2007 at 07:35
This article is just the tip of the "Toxic iceberg"...An example of why so many people get sick:

Study: Popular baby bottles may be dangerous

Bottles from Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Gerber, Playtex contain chemicals known to harm lab animals; industry group defends safety.

February 27 2007: 8:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Independent experts convened by the National Institutes of Health will meet next week to review whether exposure to a chemical commonly found in plastic products like food containers and baby bottles causes health problems.

Separately, an environmental group said new laboratory tests at the University of Missouri found that the chemical, bisphenol A, leached into liquids at potentially dangerous levels from baby bottles sold by five leading brands.

Bisphenol A, also called BPA, is used in making polycarbonate plastic food and drink packaging.

There has been controversy over its safety. Industry views it as harmless.

Environmentalists link it... read more

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Hospital Truth
Posted by Tom
Last Reply February 28, 2007 at 05:40
Started February 28, 2007 at 05:40
In the following report it gives a good idea of which direction hospitals have been going in the last 50 years:


Study: Hospitals Should Open Windows to Curb Disease

By Charles Q. Choi
Special to LiveScience
posted: 26 February 2007
08:06 pm ET

Simply opening windows and doors could help prevent the airborne spread of germs inside hospitals, medical researchers now report.

Airborne contagions can prove deadly, with tuberculosis alone killing 1.8 million people worldwide annually. The greatest risk for outbreaks of airborne contagions perhaps lies in hospitals, which concentrate infected patients and potential victims in close indoor quarters.

Modern care for tuberculosis patients entails isolating them from others and employing mechanical ventilation systems that replace all the air in these isolation wards roughly every five minutes to prevent a buildup of germs.

The ventilation systems for such wards should also generate "negative pressure," meaning that air... read more

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mrsa
Posted by toadilytia
Last Reply February 25, 2007 at 15:58
Started March 3, 2006 at 01:56
my mother has recently been diagnosed with mrsa i have read the topics that are here. Does anyone out there know anything about the mrsa that is internal? i have a lot of questions regarding it. and to see if there is something out there that may work .medicine wise and herbal wise. if is please respond...we are a very big family and we have been in contact with her adults and children she is now in icu and they have said she is not responding to any of the antibiotics.. any suggestions out there?


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Screen doctors and all healthcare personnel
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply February 24, 2007 at 20:32
Started February 10, 2007 at 18:20
ALL doctors and all healthcare workers need to be screened for MRSA, NOT JUST incoming hospital patients. How can they not be infected if they work in hospitals? Come on now... AND in a lot of cases, they probably are precisely the ones infecting the patients, not vice versa. People who contract MRSA in a hospital such as after an operation, need to seek legal representation to sue the hospitals and doctors involved. Doctors and other healthcare workers should be tested once a week to determine whether they have MRSA or not. I suspect we have a lot of doctors and other healthcare workers who HIDE THEIR CONDITION in order to continue working (killing unsuspecting people)...
I did not get my MRSA strains from being in a hospital as a patient. Maybe the first strain ("spider bites" in appearance) was due to a hospital visit, and my second strain (the monster) I know I got it directly from a long term hospital patient who has an open large wound on his back. Don't you all her... read more

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has any one tried Manuka Honey
Posted by glen
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 21:13
Started February 23, 2007 at 07:17
Hi there from the UK,
I know this probably sounds crazy but has anyone used manuka honey??? I first heard about this product on BBC radio 4 and then did a little internet research for my partners grandma who had an ulcer that would not heal and they were suggesting an operation - not such a great idea at 85. The consultants had never heard of it as a treatment but the district nurses had used it for burns. A ulcer that had got steadily worse over 2 1/2 years healed in 3 weeks. Manuka honey impregnated dressings are an approved NHS product. I am not sure how available they are in the USA. These honey impregnated dressings are proved to

1). KILL MRSA
2). PREVENT CROSS INFECTION

If you require surgery demand these dressings to be used post operatively

These are no wild claims
Please refer to www.bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/. Dr Peter Molan, the university and his team have dedicated 19 years to discovering all of the healing properties of this specific honey especially for infe... read more

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