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Colonization? Test for MRSA?
Posted by Mom of five boys
Last Reply April 25, 2007 at 14:11
Started April 24, 2007 at 13:16
I have the two-year-old boy who has had 9 outbreaks of MRSA in the last 9 months. I also have 4 other boys, all living at home. We have completely stopped going to church because I am afraid my son may contaminate the nursery. My questions are: What does colonization mean? and Is there a test for all of us to see if we test positive for MRSA? My son's Infectious Disease Doctor insists that this is curable, but, this has not yet been the case for us. I do not want to risk taking my son into a nursery situation until he is MRSA free for one year. Does this sound reasonable?
Mom of five boys

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Posted by Mike E
Last Reply April 23, 2007 at 11:27
Started April 22, 2007 at 13:49
I am not medially qualified but i think MRSA is becoming a force to be reconed with, Governments and Hospitals concerned at cost of fighting these super bugs... When there is complacency we ought to be declaring all out war on this Superbug - MRSA and similar Deseases and Infections, It's not like the technology doesn't exist is it. If we were in the medieval ages well maybe, but we are ow in the 21st Century where bio research and chemistry and genetic science is all being dealt with. Is this Super Bug a new Aids. It will be if nothings dealt with and matter not given the real urgency and far less complacency it's present being given. Seems there is more ephasis on money when it ought to be on Life. Or why do we bother having hospitals and all this scientific research having millions spent on it, if it never will get to the point in saving life. MRSA - Super Bugs, surely are set to become a new 21st Century Desease or Infection. It's bad enough now, how serious does it re... read more

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14 months mrsa free today
Posted by nyker
Last Reply April 22, 2007 at 15:41
Started April 15, 2007 at 05:08
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to give you an update that I'm now 14 months mrsa free. I've written extensively on this site about my ordeal (see my infectious disease specialist says).

This is a significant milestone for me. I have matched my prior record of 14 months in being mrsa free. From this day forward, I will be breaking that record, and I really hope to make it to two years without mrsa, always aware that this killer is waiting for an opportunity to attack.

Being convinced, whether true or not, that I am still a carrier of mrsa has helped my avoid another outbreak for this long period of time. The last outbreak on my face, as I've stated before, was devastating, and I thought it was the beginning of the end for me---that I would thereafter suffer continuous clycles of this disease every few weeks as so many do--and that the bacteria would grow stronger.

Being free from anti-biotics for the past year and two months is a huge victory, in addition to rebuilding my... read more

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Vegetarianism helps me
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply April 21, 2007 at 20:33
Started January 15, 2007 at 23:45
Hello: After my first huge attack of MRSA swellings on my face, I became a vegetarian. This is a healthier diet for a sick body in my opinion. I am a lacto-vegetarian. I drink milk. Homemade vegetable soups with lots of finely chopped fresh garlic, some turmeric, onion, chili powder, sea salt and I add a bit of ground nutmeg. I am not a diabetic. Diabetics need to consult a doctor about their diet. But vegetarianism has helped my body to defend itself better against the inevitable attacks of MRSA. I seem to have two strains of MRSA. One is easily vanquished by iodine. The other laughs at everything...But I dont think the bacteria love my alkaline body full of veggies... I think they love a body full of junk food and sweets. What is your experience?

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Posted by Elaine P
Last Reply April 20, 2007 at 14:23
Started April 19, 2007 at 04:00

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Posted by Meredith
Last Reply April 17, 2007 at 22:23
Started April 13, 2007 at 22:25
I know this sounds weird to be asking about these MRSA treatments but I would really like to know if any of the readers have tried them. I know have 10 weeks on Vanco and 3 weeks on Zyvox done and have no clue if I am clear or not. That will come in time; probably a few weeks to a month my Dr. has said. TIA

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Posted by Meghan
Last Reply April 17, 2007 at 20:31
Started April 17, 2007 at 20:28

I had no idea a board like this existed! I'm sure every question I have is somewhere on here but my time online is limited. So I apologize for asking questions that have surely been answered before.

I got MRSA end of March. I popped a pimple under my lip and within hours my lip was huge/black and filled with pus. Was in the hospital for 5 days, initially I was told it would be a month. Was given the option to have out patient infusions of antibiotics. Was on, excuse the spelling, Daptamycin, but had an allergic reaction. Put on Bactrim instead. I just switched from IV meds to oral antibiotics. My Dr. explained about being colonized.

My main concern right now is my children. How contagious am I really? We are doing the bleach thing, washing with Chlorahexidine during baths, I'm using the nose ointment. How careful do I have to be around my kids? No hugging, no kissing? What other precautions do people recommend?

Also, sexual relations... what's the scoop ... read more

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tygacil antibiotic, anyone?
Posted by girl27
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 21:53
Started April 15, 2007 at 23:36
I first wrote about my mrsa experience on feb 15, 2007 and found that i was the 1st one on here to be treated with IV-tygacil. I haven't found anyone at all that has been on it for mrsa. I am wondering..............has anyone else taking this antibiotic?

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describe lesions
Posted by girl27
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 01:52
Started April 15, 2007 at 23:17
as i read many the topics I read that we refer to lesions, boils, sores, etc. are these painful? how would you describe them? my mrsa saga began in jan07 and I have been clear/free since mid march07, about a month now. However, two weeks ago I recieved a cut that wouldn't heal and became red and irritated, so I thought I should show my doctor. he gave be bactraban cream for the 1st time. the cut is healing and almost gone. he said that if it didn't work in 3-5 days he would re-evaluate and possible have me use a steroid cream on it. but, thank god it is working. my question is what has been your experiences using the bac cream? also, do lesions seem to come from no where or are they cuts that become worse? am I never going to be rid of this mrsa concern even though I am "healed."

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Herbal Cleansing?
Posted by Crystal Brooks
Last Reply April 16, 2007 at 01:44
Started April 15, 2007 at 20:26
My fiance passed away June 2006 from MRSA that got into his blood stream shutting down his organs one by one too quickly before doctors could do anything about it- he was only 40 years old..about four months ago, I suffered horrible boils on my back which were MRSA after being tested I found that out..I ran a fever of 103 for a few days and the doctor gave me a drug called "Bactrim" which helped alot. I have been taking "Noni" juice and alot of other herbs that help give me energy and build my immune system- aloe vera juice, cinnamon, dandelion root and I feel like I have more energy than I did before I got sick. I wish you all the best..I never heard of MRSA before my personal experience with it. God bless.

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sexual intercourse w/ mrsa husband of 17 yrs.
Posted by maria v.
Last Reply April 12, 2007 at 19:04
Started April 12, 2007 at 02:08
My husband was diagnosed about 3 months ago and we have been combating this terrible battle ever since! Since we used to be a "normal" couple and very happy, now things are bad he is beginning to have kidney disfunction. Now were seeking Nephrologist!

Please answer this someone!

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MRSA questions
Posted by Meredith
Last Reply April 9, 2007 at 22:17
Started March 25, 2007 at 19:26
I was diagnosed with MRSA on Dec 11 06 and went on 2 weeks of Vancomycin in the acute hospital. Suffice to say I was very ill. Upon discharge from the hospital I went on Zyvoxx for 30 days. Everything was fine, everything was wonderful until about 15 days later we discovered an abscess
in the disc at T11. Was put (kicking and screaming)in a skilled nursing facility for a month on Vancomycin and left AMA. Couldn't stand it anymore. I got another Dr. who put me on home IV Vanco for an additional 4 weeks. I have just finished the first week. He says he cured his father and I should be CURED after 4 weeks on Vanco. Am I looking through rose colored glasses thinking there is a cure ahead?
I would love any opinions. I am 54, fem and in pretty darn good health except for the obvious. I have never had any peripheral problems with MRSA other than feeling very sick for 2 months before the first diagnosis but never any other infections, etc. I am 5'7, 150 lbs, have a pacer, need my gallbladd... read more

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grandson and mrsa
Posted by Vicky
Last Reply April 9, 2007 at 01:17
Started April 5, 2007 at 05:29
On Jan. 19, 2007 my 12 year old grandson Carlos came home from 6th gr. camp with a 104 fever. My daughter took him to urgent care and they told her he had the flu, the next day they told her he contacted pnemonia. On Sunday Jan. 21, 2007 he was hallucinating and she took him back to urgent care. They took one look at him and called 911, then was transported to Pomerado Hospital. Our daughter called and told us he was on his way to the hospital. My husband, me, my other 2 daughters and other grandson were on our way.When the dr. there examined him his breathing was labored and his heart rate was 177. We were told that Childrens hospital transport was on their way. It turned out to be the Emergency Transposrt team. When we all left I hugged and gave him a kiss goodbye and told him I loved him and he told me he loved me too. Those were the last words I heard my grandson say. All of us and the rest of the families spent the next 2 weeks at Childrens Hospital. On February 4, 2007, 15... read more

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chronic hoarseness/partial larangitis
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 8, 2007 at 02:52
Started February 23, 2007 at 20:52
I'm worried that this lingering persistant hoarseness might be something more than a sinus infection. This is the second time in 5 months that I've gotten what appears to be a sinus infection. It's congestion is only in the nose and drainage in back of the throat cause persistant coughing. Some of the mucus is discolored so I know that the sinuses are infected, and have headaches. My voice comes and goes, and often have to force to be able to talk and be able to be heard. This last bout has lasted going on 4 weeks and throat is still sore, coughing and drainage from back of the throat. Am using a nasal saline wash and of course garlic, Vit C, Oregano oil, and over the counter sinus med. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, how long did it take to get it cleared up. My mother had thyroid cancer last summer and had a hoarse voice and cough and symptoms that appeared to be a cold, but it lasted forever. She had the surgery and had to have the radioactive iodine treatments... read more

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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


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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