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MRSA/Amputation/Anemia
Posted by Maureen
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 02:35
Started September 28, 2006 at 02:35
I found this site by accidnet and it is like a godsend!! My fiance had a below the knee (BKA) amputation (diabetes) on July 7. He went to a rehabilitation hospital and was diagnosed with MRSA on his stump August 8. They sent to the ER and the doctors decided that since he had no fever, no redness and no high white count that it must have been a superficial swabbing of the stump and sent us back to the rehab. He was sent home on Aug. 15 to finish healing as he had reached all of his PT goals. Days after being sent home, he developed absesses under his arms and his stump began to smell and have discharge. On Aug 31 he was admitted back to the hospital and after days of tests was diagnosed with MRSA under his arms but inconclusive findings in his stump. He was started on IV Vancmycin and Unasyn 2x and 4x daily. He has been back in the rehab since Sep.11 and will be on the meds until Oct.18. He has NO energy and his hemoglobin level is 10. The stump is healing very slowly, with a woun... read more

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"DR. ESE CALLUM" IS A FRAUD
Posted by A concerned real Doctor who had MRSA
Last Reply September 27, 2006 at 20:31
Started November 1, 2005 at 07:08
Ozone therapy is very dangerous and does not work. "Dr. Callum" is not a doctor and is part-owner of a company that manufactures these contraptions. I am a doctor who had MRSA three years ago and I am now MRSA free. Believe it or not, 75% of health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes (Doctors, Registered Nurses, LPNs, CNAs, Technicians, etc.) are colonized with MRSA. It comes with the territory of working in an environment where MRSA is rampant, as well as constantly being exposed to ill people. The best course of action in dealing with MRSA is to seek the help of an infectious disease specialist. He or she will reccommend a course of treatment, depending on the severity of your MRSA. For less severe cases of MRSA, a regimen of Bactroban cream up the nose and on the abcesses, along with an oral anti-biotic, in conjunction with anti-bacterial soap will likely do the trick. For more severe cases of MRSA, a pic-line IV with daily Vancomycin (an IV antibiotic) treatments, rangin... read more

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Is Treatment w/meds given only during breakout
Posted by Tiki
Last Reply September 27, 2006 at 06:05
Started September 18, 2006 at 02:20
It is unclear to me as to the path of treatment. Does your doctor put you on meds when you have a breakout...Or do you go on meds after testing positive for mrsa even if you have no breakouts at the time? I had a break out which my doctor did a wound culture on and discovered the mrsa. By the time I received the information the breakout had already healed. My doctor simply gave me alist basically of precautions to take and she reviewed my diet with me...I am also a gastric by pass patient. There was never any mention of currently going on a treatment of meds...and I was simply overwhelmed enough to forget to even ask questions.

Could someone please clarify this for me?

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MRSA
Posted by Ms. B
Last Reply September 26, 2006 at 18:11
Started August 30, 2006 at 05:49
Why Doctor tells you not to allow the wound to scab over?

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how do i protect others?
Posted by cindy
Last Reply September 26, 2006
Started September 3, 2006 at 01:14
should i be disinfecting everything? i have me and 3 other kids whom so far do not have it. only my daughter. what do i need to do to make my home safer? no one else should ever have to suffer this, it's sad enough to witness a 7 year old. please help me cindy

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Could it be MRSA again?
Posted by Shari-Lee, Ontario-Canada
Last Reply September 21, 2006 at 18:20
Started September 18, 2006 at 22:43
Abby, my 18 month old, one month after supposedly healing from her CA-MRSA infection has now come down with a fever and seems to have some chest congestion. How do I know if its a chest cold or that darn CA-MRSA again? When she was let out of the hospital, were they suppose to do tests to make sure she was 100% clear?

Any help or info would be appreciated.


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Fatigued
Posted by Amanda
Last Reply September 19, 2006 at 21:09
Started September 19, 2006 at 15:33
Hi, I am a 25 year old with MRSA, the best of my knowlege I have had mrsa for 2 years. I thought I was having ingrown hairs in my bikini area in which my obgyn never caught on as to why I kept having them and the would not heal up. Luckily I moved to my new home and there just happens to be a nurse who saw a spot on th eback of my leg and gave me insight and a referral. I have been on Vancomycin IV treatments for 8 days now, bactorban, and hibiclens. I was on sulfamate for a month but that was not working too well so that is how I have got to here. I am so tired that I often wonder where in the world my energy has gone. I have 2 children , my daughter has it but she is fine now, and I am getting more scared everyday about how I can ever get this stuff to go away. I feel like a walking disease and I don't even know how I got it. Unlike the hospital routine where it is contracted, I have never been in the hospital except for having my 2 babies 3 and 7 years ago. So my quick question ... read more

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exposed to mrsa
Posted by red
Last Reply September 18, 2006 at 19:04
Started September 18, 2006 at 15:20
I am a caregiver to a senior who was admitted in the hospital for 21 days. 3 weeks after discharge, we had an appointment with a nurse (teaching session)that's when we found out that she was tested positive for MRSA. We were not informed by the hospital. I usually have a few breakouts in my skin. Should I get myself tested? I live with her.

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Wearing scrubs outside
Posted by Mina
Last Reply September 15, 2006 at 19:54
Started September 14, 2006
I want to first say that it bothers me to see hospital staff wearing their scrubs from work all the time. I see one lady all the time, she picks up her kids at school. I think it has the potential to spread some serious germs including MRSA out into the general public. I would like to see hospitals practice better infection control protocol, like the removal of work scrubs and showering before leaving the hospital or medical center. I believe France has adopted this procedure.
Still though I don't see this happening in the US, but it may something that could help control these bugs.

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Batting around a few stats
Posted by mattb
Last Reply September 14, 2006 at 20:51
Started September 11, 2006 at 21:15
From my reading of the available literature out there, there seems to be a consensus that between 25-30% of the general population carry "regular" (non-MRSA) staph in their noses, with minor local geographic variations.

Also, there seems to be consensus that about 1% (but unfortunately a growing number) of the general population are MRSA carriers.

Translating that into some round numbers:

Out of a United States population of 300 million, that means between 75 and 90 million people are non-MRSA staph carriers and 3 million are MRSA carriers.

Put in a more "local" context, out of a Los Angeles metropolitan population of 10 million, that means between 2.5 million to 3 million are non-MRSA staph carriers and 100,000 are MRSA carriers.

There seems to be a general consensus on this forum and among many ID docs that undergoing decolonization procedures is not that effective in that one can "achieve" decolonization only to be reinfected in short order just because there are ... read more

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a way to combat MRSA???
Posted by Ben kennedy
Last Reply September 13, 2006 at 16:21
Started September 13, 2006 at 11:23
From what i understand MRSA is ressitant to such antibiotics as penicilin and methicillin because the bacteria produces a specific enzyme that disables the antibacterial qualities of the molecule. Surely taking the antibiotic with a enzyme inhibitor would counteract the immunity of MRSA, for exampole, KA-107 (A molecule that inhibits the the peniciliase enzyme) would disable the enzyme while penicilin does its job. I am assuming that MRSA produces this enzyme, but wouldn't a enzyme inhibitor such as this given introvenusly increase the effectiveness of the antibiotics that are needed to combat MRSA.

Does what im saying have any merit, if not against MRSA but against another antibiotic resistant bacteria. I wouldn't mind a scientist opinion on this little thought of mine.

ben k

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pregnant w/ mrsa
Posted by jennifer
Last Reply September 12, 2006 at 01:36
Started July 21, 2006
i am 7 months pregnant and just found out that i have mrsa.
about over a year and a half ago i thought that i had a spider bite. i went to the er because i had had it for about 4 days and the pain and the size had gotten worse. the doctor took a swab of it, and did not hear anything back from them and thought everything was ok. that was on march 5, 2005. so on july 16, 2006 i went to the hospital because i thought i was going into labor early. i'm lying on the bed in lbd and the nurse comes in and tells the other nurse that i have mrsa. what is that i was thinking.
well i have an appoinment on friday and talk to the prenatal doctor and see whats going on.
has anybody givin birth we'll having mrsa?
please help!

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Newbie to MRSA, not to worrying.
Posted by Beth
Last Reply September 11, 2006 at 20:36
Started September 10, 2006 at 09:43
I recently, about a month and a half ago was diagnosed with MRSA, they say it started with a bug bite, but honestly I think it was one of the MRSA boils, once I have done my research. A bit of a back ground story, two months ago, I got my first and only tattoo....the guy did it at my house, which I know is not a good thing at all, but I had seen so many other people that this guy had done at the same place and everyone else had turned out fine. Shortly after getting the tattoo, I ended up getting all these red bumps up and down my right side (also the side at which my tattoo is on). One on my side started to get really swollen after a couple of days and I went to the doctor, they lanced it and drained, took a culture and put me on antibotics for two weeks. That is when they told me it was MRSA...After the antibotics everything was fine, until a couple of days ago, to me it seemed like just enough time for the antibotics to get out of my system and it was back again, this time on ... read more

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Just diagnosed and afraid
Posted by Candee
Last Reply September 11, 2006 at 17:08
Started May 28, 2006 at 22:06
Hello,
I am at home while my family attends my 12 year olds birthday. I was diagnosed w/ mrsa last wednesday and given A 150M 10 day RX of Clindamycin HLC and Mupirocin ointment. I am being especially clean, not sharing anything, and disinfecting everything. My two sores are much better and I return to the doctor next week. I believe I caught this while working (non-hospital), but can't be positive as no one was cultured but myself. I have been reading and researching everything I can find on this, but became concerned after reading so many peoples stories on line. My doctor did not really tell me too much about mrsa. I decided to call my doctors office this morning and spoke to another doctor. He told me not to attend my son's birthday party and pretty much had to make a life long decision on attending any pubic events, as I would always be contagious, even when the sores healed and I tested negative. I am so confused. Am I suppose to be a hermit and never leave my house again? I ... read more

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One too many bladder infections
Posted by Gillian
Last Reply September 3, 2006 at 22:20
Started September 3, 2006 at 04:13
For the past two years I have had one bladder infection after another . Most recently my doctor told me that my bacteria level in urine was +3 so my doctor explained to me that I have the MRSA in urine?

Is this anything to worry about and if so, what are the appropriate steps to clear this MRSA?

I can be reached at my goldine36c@yahoo.com for genuine adivce please. Many thanks, Gill

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need help
Posted by cindy
Last Reply September 3, 2006 at 22:10
Started September 2, 2006 at 19:56
it all started 7 weeks ago when my daughters friend came to play.he had huge wounds on knees,his mom took him to doctors an was told "bug bites" WELL having never seen a boil i had no idea. week later daughters other friend ended up with what i now know is boils(the 3 kids play together) then my daughter broke out with 2 on her torso.after 2 rounds of antibiotics all seemed to clear(poor little boy was in the hospital 4 days on iv's)had test done and it is mrsa.all has been good for a month except this morning my daughter has HUGE new boil on her butt.came without warning.took her to emergency room.of course treated like whats the big deal from doctor.where is this coming from? now given same medicine as before.my poor girl can't sit.doctor today tried to say that it can't be spread, then how in the heck are 3 kids who play together all got infected?he even tried to say it is spider bite....any advice would be greatly appreciated

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airborn MRSA
Posted by garryc
Last Reply August 31, 2006 at 16:12
Started August 30, 2006 at 06:56
I am a correctional officer at an Ohio prison. We have a mental health unit. Currently we are experiancing an outbreak of MRSA in the inmate population.
On 8-25 one of the mental health inmates decided he didn't like being isolated do to the MRSA boil on his lower leg by his ankle. He decided to use a spork to cut into it and 5 inched down his leg and foot. In that he was injuring himself by cutting, and then banging his head on the wall, we had to place him in 4-way restraints. He fought us and in his trashing he projected his blood and boil discharge across my right thigh and onto my left arm, which was away from the ankle region up near his knee. The droplets that landed on my latex glove were very fine, like a mist. That would mean they were in the air also and could contact anyplace without notice. Including being inhaled. His actions and our need to prevent him from hurting himself prevented us from being able to wear face masks, which are not kept in the unit.
Today,8... read more

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MRSA Confusion
Posted by Ronda
Last Reply August 31, 2006 at 13:22
Started August 16, 2006 at 16:17
My husband is currently in the hospital with MRSA. We are pretty sure he was finned by a fish the last week of July he had emergency surgery on his thumb on 8/11 and is in the hospital receiving IV antibiotics through a PIC line. I'm so confused because none of the hospital staff told us this was contagious - I only found out by asking a friend that is a nurse in another state. My big concern is I am reading alot about people having reoccurences. They are planning to switch him to oral antibiotics tommorow which will be 6 days after his surgery and sending him home if all goes well the following day with the oral antibiotics. They are puttin an ointment in his nose every day. His infection does look alot better, but is still yellow in the center and red on the edges. I asked the doctor this morning if she would be doing any cultures and x-rays before he was discharged to be sure it was gone and she said no. I am very concerned about the rest of my family getting this and abo... read more

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What is going on? What do I do?
Posted by Carla
Last Reply August 31, 2006 at 02:01
Started June 28, 2006 at 18:08
Hi everyone
I'm sorry that we all have to be here, on this forum. It means that either ourselves or someone we love is suffering through something related to MRSA.
This is my story... I'll make it as brief as I can
2/19/06 Went to hospital after what looked like a spider bite on my knee keot growing, getting red, swollen and hot to the touch. At hospital there was no culture done, nothing drained. I was given a shot of some antibiotic, given a prescription for Bactrim and told that I needed to see my doctor for follow up.
2/20/06 was a holiday so 2/21/06 I called and went to see my doctor because the infection hadn't gotten better. He gave me another shot and another prescription. Told me to stop taking the Bactrim. To call him first thing in the morning if there was no change.
2/22/06 Called him and went to see him again because there was no change overnight. Got another shot and yet another prescription - this time for Septra.
We're up to 6 antibiotics in a matter of days.... read more

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mrsa
Posted by Porter
Last Reply August 28, 2006 at 23:56
Started August 24, 2006 at 06:59
I am a 43 year old male. My youngest child has been in and out of many hospital since birth. The family has also been in and out of the hospitals with him to take care of him. My son is six and now needs blood infusions more trips to the hospital.

Amonth ago I had two lymph nodes in the back of my head turn into golf balls. Went to an urgent care and the doctor saw all the wounds all over my body. I had had these sores for 14 months, after going to all sorts of specialists to get this under control. The guy cultured me for MRSA and indeed I have it.

I am a little worried. The infectious control doctor gave me bactrim and refandim (old TB drug). In the past two weeks the lesions on my body have gotten better. But one of the bumps on the back of my head has persisted. Two weekends ago, headaches, pressure and wierd nerve stuff going on. He gave me some pain medication when the head ache gets to bad. This past weekend things worsened with fevers ranging from 102.5-99.... read more

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