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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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i infected my teenage children
Posted by eddie
Last Reply December 19, 2006 at 19:37
Started December 12, 2006 at 18:41
i infected my two teenage children with mrsa and just like any other mrsa sufferers, how would you deal with this kind of situation where they are of dating age? Will you tell your kids to tell their mates that they have mrsa and they might infect them too? What if they got infected and sue you afterwards even if you told them beforehand?

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Update Cultures
Posted by Mary
Last Reply December 17, 2006 at 20:22
Started December 15, 2006 at 14:03
Hi Friends,
I wanted to give you a quick update it may be helpful to someone out there like me. After not feeling that my ID doctor gave a flying fig about my situation. I called up a local MD (General Family Practice doctor). He saw me Weds. and was concerned about my leg. He culture my leg (he then drained it of infection) and sent it off for growth to see if there were any meds that would kill my infection. I told him I was out of Bactrim and he said he wouldn't give me any more antibiotics before my cultures came back. I was glad to here he wasn't going to give me more useless meds. Although my sore was getting better slowly. I am worried to be off medication for 4 days. I am tempted to take some left over Cipro to prevent my leg from returning to what it was before the Bactrim. My leg actually feels a lot better and looks better since it has been cultured. Thanks again for all your good advice. I was really feeling depressed last week, but I know I need to remain positive. It'... read more

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time
Posted by joe
Last Reply December 14, 2006 at 16:32
Started December 11, 2006
How long does it take for you to find out you have MRSA in your flesh? QUICK REPLIES PLEASE

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Cultures
Posted by Mary
Last Reply December 12, 2006 at 17:30
Started December 12, 2006 at 16:19
Can a regular MD do a culture for a staph lesion? I was thinking about going back to my regular MD and asking if he would do it since my ID doctor has yet to do it. She just keeps giving me antibiotics with no testing. Thanks for your help.

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is there a natioal Mrsa Org.
Posted by Floyd
Last Reply December 11, 2006 at 21:57
Started December 3, 2006 at 14:09
Is there any group so we can get Mrsa in the national spot light. Iím appalled that 23% of the people that goes into the hospital(in the US)well come out with some kind of staph. That one in 5 people . I compare hospital to firing squads you never know who got the bullet. I never knew how deadly it could be . Mrsa in the blood has and 80% death rate.
What so bad is you donít know if your hospital has a 1% rate or a 99% rate.
USA one of the great nation of the world has know Victim compensation .A lot of the smaller nation have this. We have no legal recourse (does anyone know of anyone winning a case against staph ) We need to have this issue in there face so they can not forget about us. We need to write to congressmen ,President and newscaster .
We need to get this message out.This could be our sister, brother, wife, husband , mothers , daddies ,children and grandchildren.


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MRSA and my Baby
Posted by Simone Walker
Last Reply December 11, 2006 at 17:53
Started December 5, 2006 at 16:59
My sone recently spent two and a half weeks in Intensive Care due to a virus he caught and he had very bad diarrhea. On our last week in the hospital he was given the wrong breast milk by the nurse. They sent the other mothers milk to be cultured and last week it came back positive for MRSA. I don't even know what to do. His doctor told me to look out for boils on his body. In the last couple of days he has broken out in a rash on his back and stomach. Does anyone out there who has seen MRSA know what it initially looks like? I need any help I can get. THANKS

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Spider Bite or MRSA
Posted by Linda
Last Reply December 7, 2006 at 16:24
Started September 14, 2006 at 03:36
Many people are being told by their physicians that they have a spider bite, a boil, celluliltis, fascititis, etc... when they actually have community acquired mrsa infections (or worse, it could be vancomicin resistant). Greed by doctors and hospitals (because they have tried to cover up this problem for so long) are the reason this plague is upon us. It seems that natural treatment in the form of garlic, unpasturised honey, etc. may be the only effective treatment. Something needs to be done immediately are this is going to get much worse. God help us all.

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Preliminarily diagnosed today
Posted by Rob S.
Last Reply December 5, 2006 at 19:23
Started October 19, 2006 at 19:42
I am a 24 year old healthy male who exercises on a daily basis and eats healthy. I have not been in a hospital for over 10 years. I was diagnosed with MRSA today. Hereís my story.

On Thursday 10/12/06 I noticed little pimple like bumps on my legs and in my pubic region, not a big deal.

On Saturday 10/14/06 the little pimples graduated to larger pimples with a swollen red ring around them about 1/3 of an inch across.

On Sunday 10/15/06 the large pimples turned into small boils with a red swollen ring about 1 inch across accompanied by pain.

On Monday 10/16/06 the small boils turned into large painful boils, the swollen ring about 1 1/2 inches across. When I pressed on my skin near the infections it felt firm. Including the firm skin and the visible red swollen area they measured about 2 1/2 inches across.

On Tuesday 10/17/06 after working and sweating all day I decided to go to the ER. At this point I had 4 boils that were about the size of a golf ball if you cut... read more

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Infant MRSA-Help!
Posted by Kathy Griffan
Last Reply December 3, 2006
Started December 1, 2006 at 02:06
I found you with Google- this is the best site so far without all the confusing technical jargon- I want to speak to REAL PEOPLE with REAL SOLUTIONS & SUGGESTION! Infant just turned 8 months old-was running high fever even when staggering Tylenol/Ibruprophen every 4 hours-took to Emergency room- knew something was wrong-ER physician finally came in & promptly gave a 'speech' on why he does not believe in antibiotics for a fever & he does not even own a thermometer in his home with 5 kids- I never even had a chance to say anything- I never even mentioned antibiotics-I just knew something was terribly wrong- he said to just let the fever do its thing & stagger meds every 2 hours if the fever made ME uncomfortable-but they baby should handle it. The nurse then came in & said it was just teething. When we were leaving I noticed something like a scratched bump on her neck. I asked if they gave her a shot or something. They said no- I said it looked like a bite? Was there anything in the ... read more

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Supplement Types
Posted by SJ
Last Reply December 2, 2006 at 01:34
Started December 1, 2006 at 22:00
I am on my third round of this nasty mrsa outbreak and am sitting here with my butt boil packed and bandaged (gross). Thankfully I have found this board and am becoming educated. I am starting to take the supplements recommended here and have a general question. I plan to take vitamin c, zinc, garlic, and grape seed extract. Is there a certain type or brand I should shop for? Is there any real difference between the store "generic" brand versus the big name suppliers? I've never been a real supplement person so any shove in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

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