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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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Our Daily Bread
Posted by Tom
Last Reply February 22, 2007 at 02:26
Started February 22, 2007 at 02:26
Many of the people on this forum have mentioned that they had to give up bread and all foods made from wheat in order to survive.

There are almost certainly many more of you... that just cannot believe that "Our Daily Bread" could be hurting them.

Please read the following list of diseases from Celiac.com which could be making you weaker and more vulnerable to things like MRSA:


A List of Diseases/Disorders Definitely Associated With Celiac Disease
(from Celiac.com)

Abdominal Distention (children)
Abdominal Pain, Steatorrhea
Anemia - Folate-Deficiency / Iron Deficieny / Pernicious
Arthralgia or Arthropathy
Arthritis - Rheumatoid
Carcinoma of the Oropharynx, Esophagus, and Small Bowel
Collagenous Sprue
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Diabetes (Type 1) and Celiac Disease
Diarrhea
Down Syndrome
Enteropathy-Associated T-cell Lymphoma
Failure to Thrive (children)
Hypertransaminasemia
IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IgA Deficiency
IgA Nephropathy
Ki... read more

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Mrsa has taken my life
Posted by Trevor
Last Reply February 21, 2007 at 08:01
Started October 10, 2006 at 04:42
Hello everyone!! I pray and hope for the best for everyone suffering from this horrible disease. I Have been fighting MRSA for just over a year that I know of. But I believe it has been 6 to 7 years. I never worried because I was getting boils on my butt cheeks and understood boils. I always slouched and slid in my seat which will cause them very easily. I am now 22 and back at the end of september of 2005 I got a cyst on my neck. I managed to get rid of it but 2 weeks later it pretty much came back in the same place but split and was 2 enormous cysts. I had them lanced (which left nasty scars) and was put on antibiotics. All that did was keep it under control but I have had reoccurences every month and a half to 3 months. Multiple trips to the hospital which did no good. Mainly they did what the legally had to but no more because I had no insurance or money to pay. Basically causing my fight to be much tougher and prolonged. i have had multiple cysts on both left and right side o... read more

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please help - need info
Posted by Jessica Johnson
Last Reply February 19, 2007 at 06:43
Started September 29, 2005 at 05:15
I have been living with persistant and reoccuring boils/lesions on my skin for a couple of years now. I have no idea where I contracted them. I have been to two different doctors who just diagnosed them as simple boils caused by staph bacteria but could give me no more info. All of a sudden, I am hearing about MRSA and am becoming quite frightened. My boyfriend is type II diabetic and we sleep in the same bed every night and now he is scared. I also have other strange skin problems, bad stomach problems, and always have something wrong with my sinuses, including tons of sinus infections in the past few years. I was in the hospital in 2003 for 8 days and have continued to visit the hospital every 3 months for appointments and x rays. Could anyone help me to have more information? Could I have MRSA???? Please help!

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please answer Q-how long? current/past MRSA?
Posted by girl27
Last Reply February 19, 2007 at 03:32
Started February 18, 2007 at 18:20
Hello all, I check in and read topics on this website a few times a week, still off work so I have to find things to keep busy-I read a lot of books-anyway I am starting to wonder a few things

how many people are on this site?

how many of you went to a doctor for your mrsa(many of you seem to try to treat it yourself)

how long have you had mrsa from the first "outbreak" and how many outbreaks have you had in that time?

how long did it take to cure your first outbreak and how long were you clear before one came back again?

How many of you have an Infection Control Doctor that is working with you?

How many people have only had a mrsa outbreak once and then went on for years without one?

Has anyone else been on Tygacil (I'm starting to think I'm the only one...and it worked, I am "not infectious" anymore, surgery site healed, very very tired still.)

I know that is a lot and my mind can think of many more but I will see if anyone responds to this first. I am try... read more

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new-tygacil iv antibiotic
Posted by girl27
Last Reply February 15, 2007 at 01:17
Started February 8, 2007 at 06:01
I just found this website and am glad to see a place where i can ask some questions and read others experiences. Can anyone relate to my story? any thoughts? I had a "pimple" "spider bite" or something that turned into a solid, hot, hard mass in my abdomen in 3 days. I went to the er, was given pain medicine and a shot of antibiotics in the buttock and send home with instructions to see my family doctor if anything got worse. By the next morning i needed help to move out of bed and was in the worst pain of my life. The mass was larger. I went to my family doctor and within an hour was admitted to a different hospital. I was told i had MRSA. What? i was also told it was cellulitus and it had abcesses. I am a healthy, young woman and they were unable to say how this happened other than "it happens." I spend 10 days in the hospital on pain medication, had surgery at the "pimple site" which did reduce the pain. I was also on 4 IV antibiotics, reduced to 3, 2, then left with 1. Had a pi... read more

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