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AlliBiotic CF
Posted by mattb
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 23:33
Started January 25, 2007 at 18:25
At Linda's suggestion, I'm re-posting information about a new allicin product I found for folks that are interested in using allicin at a maintenance dose strength for a reasonable price. (During an active infection, I think it's better to use higher-strength allicin products like AlliTru, AlliMax, AlliUltra or AlliMed).

It's called AlliBiotic CF, made by NOW Foods and it's widely available. I bought mine at Whole Foods for full retail at $19.95 for a bottle of 60 but it's also available over the internet from multiple sources (try Google's Froogle feature) for as little as $9.95.

Each capsule contains the following:

Allisure allicin 40 mg
Elderberry 50 mg
Olive leaf extract 50 mg
Oregano oil 40 mg
Arabinogalactan 10 mg
Rosemary oil 5 mg

At Whole Foods, it was shelved with the immune-building products, not the garlic products.

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Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by CJ
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 20:56
Started January 29, 2007 at 18:26
I have heard great things about GSE and fighting off any bad bacteria.

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children with CA -MRSA
Posted by Chad
Last Reply January 29, 2007 at 18:17
Started January 22, 2007 at 18:27
How many parents on this website have children under the age of four affected with this and if so, how many of them were premature.

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MRSA Trouble
Posted by Randy
Last Reply January 26, 2007
Started January 22, 2007 at 20:16
I developed what I thought was an ingrown hair on the back of my left hand on Dec. 26, 2006. The next day it was a larger red spot and my hand started swelling. I called the Dr. and on 12-28, was put on Bactrim antibiotic and ointment. On 12-29, the swelling got worse. On 12-30 it was even worse so a 2nd Dr. put me on K-Flex in addition to the Bactrim, then cut into and drained the swollen area (it had developed a pus filled pocket). On 12-30 the knuckles on my hand had dissapeared due to the swelling and I developed another spot on my right wrist bone. I went to the emergency room where they admitted me and started me on Vancomycin (sp?). I was given pain medication and antibiotic twice a day from 12-30 until 1-3-07 when I was released to go home and recoup. On 1-2, the Dr. squeezed the pus filled area and a very large amount of pus came out. Boy did that hurt. I'm on Doxicyclene for 30 days hoping to further aid the healing. The swelling has gone down significantly, but the rednes... read more

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MRSA contracted during orthopedic surgery
Posted by mouse
Last Reply January 25, 2007 at 22:11
Started January 21, 2007 at 01:26
I was infected during fixation for a broken kneecap. 10 days post-op I was admitted to emergency with major swelling and drainage from the surgical site. MRSA was cultured along with a fever and a white cell count of 19,000. So far, I've spent 3 weeks hospitalized (with 4 cleanout surgeries under full anesthetic) and 5 weeks(and counting) at a rehab facility. Treatment is Vancomicin in a PICC line every 24 hours. The patella isn't healing, major joint damage, and there are 3 open areas along the incision line that are being dressed daily.

Any other surgical cases out there?

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Need Help with MRSA blood tests
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply January 25, 2007 at 03:34
Started January 2, 2007 at 17:06
Any who have had blood tests which reveled MRSA could you please check to see and let me know what the specific test was called which showed MRSA in your blood.

Has anyone had serious, ongoing, MRSA outbreaks when no MRSA was found on their blood tests?


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Our influence on government and research
Posted by Rebecca K
Last Reply January 22, 2007 at 22:25
Started January 15, 2007 at 16:42
Why are we not teaming up and going to the government, news, research labs, and making a stink about this?!?! It seems that cancer, flu vaccinations, AIDS, the bird flu virus, and the killer bee, and the mosquito scare (in california) are all headline news for several days/weeks at one time or another, and MRSA has been reviewed very few times. We are at much higher risk of receiving MRSA than any of those! Why are we doing this to ourselves? It seems that everyone has a story, that we are all trying to figure it out on our own, when I can't understand why, after 40 yrs of this disease, that researchers haven't come up w/ a better remedy for it or at least the general public is aware of it! Does anyone know who we can go to in the government and fill their office up w/ letters of horror stories, so that we can be informed and have more money spent on research?

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CA-MRSA
Posted by CJ
Last Reply January 20, 2007 at 20:28
Started January 18, 2007 at 23:41
My son just had his second surgery/lancing in 6 months of an abcess that could not killed with the bactrim. He is not even 2. This abcess would not drain on its own so once again they had to cut into and drain it. He is almost done with his packing and it is healing nicely. The bactrim now has a chance to fight off the bacteria.The concern that my kid is extremly healthyand bben to the dr like twice for ear infections. He does have eczema and my wife and I are wondering if that has something to do with why he is getting these boils so easily. We are going to see an immunolgy specialist in the next few weeks and get some blood work done next week.Is Anyone experiencing this with their child ? Has anything worked ? Any suggestions ? My boy is in pain when he get sthese and it is taking its toll.

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MRSA in Sinus
Posted by Mary
Last Reply January 19, 2007
Started January 17, 2007 at 02:29
I was just diagnosed with MRSA in my sinus in December 2006. I did not have surgery so I was told that I have Community Acquired MRSA. The day I was diagnosed I was sent to the hospital for insertion of a PIC line and started Vancomycin treatments the next day to continue daily for six weeks. I was told by my doctor that he hopes this works because it could get into my brain. I had been to my regular doctor twice last year for physicals and to the eye doctor. I was was having blurred vision and thought I might be getting diabetic. I was also having sever fatigue and every joint in my body hurt. I did not have rumatoid arthritis and I did not have diabetes and my eyes were good. I still have the blurred vision. I was also told that the MRSA was colonized and I would always have it. I am four weeks into my treatment and have been having stomach pain and headaches. I am afraid to tell my doctor because I want to get better. I should also mention that I had my colon removed in... read more

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MRSA/post nasal drip-caused pneumonia
Posted by mona
Last Reply January 16, 2007 at 03:27
Started January 13, 2007 at 01:15
I have a MRSA infection and started Vanco one week ago, but the post nasal drip continued, and three days ago I felt it in my lungs and now its worse. I think I have pneumonia, and I think I might have another bacteria besides MRSA that Vancomycin doesnt kill. Vanco doesnt kill gram negative bacteria such as pseudomonas. I dont know if my ENT will do another culture so soon, but I KNOW that its another bacteria on top of the MRSA because, otherwise, I wouldnt have gotten the pneumonia while on the vanco,if MRSA was what was in the post nasal mucus. ALso I have been telling the docs that I have a sickly sweet odor in my nostril, and I know that pseudomonas is known for that exact odor, but it didnt grow out in the culture. Is there anyone with similar thing happen?

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Location?
Posted by Ftc
Last Reply January 15, 2007 at 23:22
Started July 9, 2006 at 02:00
I am reading this forum and it's interesting to see that a few people that post on here seem to be from a particular area of the US. It would be interesting to see if this infection is worse in certain parts of the country.

Please list your location, if you like. Thank you.

Central Valley California here.

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mrsa...need answers
Posted by holly
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 17:46
Started December 12, 2006 at 18:29
is this transmitted sexually?....my niece just got diagnosed with this and found out her boyfriend had it over the summer....will they pass it back and forth thru unprotected sex?...and how worried should i be about everyoneelse living in the house...that luv to share everything????

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dad has MRSA and I'm his caregiver
Posted by Tina
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 03:02
Started May 1, 2006 at 16:29
I am scared to death, I take care of my dad 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I get away from him one hour a month. (Literally) I have been taking care of him for 4 years. He has been through throat cancer, radiation and chemotherapy, he has had his thoracic duct accidentally cut, an allergic reaction for 11 hours without a nurse checking on him, a huge hole in his neck, his carotid artery ruptured, and now he has been in the hospital twice in one month plus three times in the ER. This last hospital stay we were told he had MSRA and he also has an air passage the size of a straw, he has had a feeding tube and a trach. I've been taking care of all this for 4 years. Suctioning the mucus out of his lungs, baths, meds., ordering supplies, ordering prescription refills, taking care of his bills, his house. And I'm scared to death that I have this MRSA and I can't go to a hospital. He won't let me leave him alone. I was told he was not going to make it through this because of his ... read more

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What is usual length of Vanco IV treatment?
Posted by Abby
Last Reply January 13, 2007 at 16:15
Started January 12, 2007 at 18:28
I had a boil removed which cultured positive for MRSA. My doctor said 5-7 days of IV therapy but the IV nurse says that is too short. I believe if I go off the Vanco and have the PICC removed too soon, MRSA will reoccur. Any advice on questions I should ask my doctor?
Thank you. Abby

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merry christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 11, 2007 at 12:39
Started December 24, 2006 at 20:34
i would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year

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Tried Turmeric?
Posted by Minnesota family
Last Reply January 4, 2007 at 18:49
Started January 2, 2007 at 23:24
Have read a few articles on possible usefulness of the spice turmeric in helping boils to heal. Wondering if anyone has tried this method and if it works or not. Found one site that stated 1 tsp in large warm glass of water, 3 times a day could help.

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MRSA or "just" boils?
Posted by Maddy
Last Reply December 30, 2006 at 16:55
Started December 27, 2006 at 19:53
My family has a history of boils and I generally will get them once or twice a year. However, I have now had recurrent boils continually since Sept and am beginning to think it might be MRSA. They began on my backside, one got severely infected and the doctor treated it. I ended up with a total of about 5 on my butt. Then I got two bad ones under my arm that continually bled and had a nasty odor. Now I'm on my third one on my neck. I also have the tiny little "pimples" that come and go. I feel like a Whack-a-Mole game. One goes down and the next pops up. I have no fever, no other symptoms except being tired, but that's normal for me, particularly if I don't use my CPAP at night. I have a prescription from October for Cleocin that I think I'm going to get filled. After that I plan to go back to the doctor if the Cleocin doesn't work. Not sure if he's ever heard of MRSA so I guess that's one reason I hesitate to go. Why, at the age of 58, no surgeries, no open wounds (to ... read more

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Mother-in-law diagnosed with MRSA
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 27, 2006 at 20:06
Started December 27, 2006 at 02:45
My 71 MIL was diagnosed with MRSA around Thanksgiving. She had to have surgery on her leg and still has an open draining wound. I have a 6 month old son. I have not let her see him since she was diagnosed. I have several members of my family that are nurses. They have said that my son shouldnt be around her as long as she has an "open" wound. Though my MIL's Dr said it was ok for her to be around him. The Dr acts like MRSA isnt a big deal. From what I've read MRSA is highly contagious. I told her she needed to get cultured again but her Dr has not mentioned it. I'm terrified of my son contracting this if he is around her. Any advice?

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Tongue and Teeth
Posted by Mary
Last Reply December 20, 2006 at 18:26
Started December 19, 2006 at 13:54
I noticed last night that my tongue was a dark color and my teeth seemed dark and discolored. I am thinking this maybe some type of reaction to have taking the strong antibiotics. I feel fine, it just creeps me out. I brushed a lot of the dark off and was wondering if anyone has experienced this before from taking medication? Thanks for your input. I also called my doctor yesterday and my culture results are not back it has been 4 days. Is it normal for the results to take this long? Thanks for all your support.

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Success killing staph boils
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply December 20, 2006 at 13:37
Started December 20, 2006 at 13:37
I have suffered with staph twice. The first time it took 8 months using triple antibiotic cream to get rid of it, but it finally disappeared. Last week, I suddenly got a quarter size boil on my cheek and it quickly formed three smaller boils. I doused them with iodine and began to take turmeric putting about 1 teaspoon into warm coffee to hide the taste and sipping it all day and night. The original boils dried up within one day of doing these things. I went two days with no sign of a lump. Today, I see a very tiny lump the size of a pimple near the original infection area. I immediately doused it with iodine and also the original infected area. And continuing the turmeric. I also put clean water and a few drops of iodine in a plastic bucket and use that to bathe with, wash hands and arms. Also soaking my clothing in this type of solution before wearing it. Bathing before going outdoors and when returning inside from shopping, etc. Hope this helps someone.

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