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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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regarding allicin dosage
Posted by mattb
Last Reply August 24, 2006 at 14:47
Started August 23, 2006 at 21:35
Linda has stated that she takes 6000 mcg of allicin four times daily.

Cathy has stated that she has taken 1350 mg of allicin daily.

There are 1000 micrograms (mcg) in 1 milligram (mg).

Therefore 6000 mcg four times daily = 24,000 mcg which is equal to 24 mg.

So...there's a big difference between taking 24 mg and 1350 mg, isn't there? Is 24 mg a high enough dose to be useful? While purchasing a bottle of Vitamin Shoppe Allicin 6000 is cheap (100 for $12), it actually makes more economic sense to purchase a more expensive product - more bang for your buck, dosage-wise. An entire bottle of 100 only yields 600 mg!

I did find another allicin product called Allitru which, like Allimax, is 180 mg of allicin per capsule but only $39 for a bottle of $100. Seems like a good compromise between price and strength.



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NC
Posted by Pam
Last Reply August 23, 2006
Started July 22, 2006 at 01:32
Anyone in the NC area

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Too Many Surgeries
Posted by Mary
Last Reply August 22, 2006 at 04:31
Started August 19, 2006 at 22:23
After having an elective, minimally invasive back surgery in August of 2005 I contracted MRSA while in the hospital. I have been on 6 courses of IV antibiotics (both Vancomycin and Daptomycin)and have had 5 additional surgeries to try and get rid of it. It is in the bone of my spine and after the last major back surgery in Feb 06 I spent 3 months in the hospital. The infection has resurfaced in the last 6 weeks and I am facing a seventh surgery. Has anyone else had MRSA that required so much surgery and if so, how do you cope? This has ruined my life. A year ago I was a working contributing member of society and now I am considered disabled. I am only 49 years old and I must say that I certainly didn't intend to hang up my life at this stage of the game. I'd like to know if anyone else has had to deal with this in a similar way. Thanks

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MRSA and QUORUMSENSING
Posted by VENTURA
Last Reply August 19, 2006 at 14:12
Started August 19, 2006 at 14:12
Check out video about microbial resistance a man made human pathogen and why microbes unite in a biofilm like with MRSA:

www.silentsuperbug.com


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Progress report?
Posted by mattb
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 16:37
Started August 15, 2006 at 20:09
I find myself in a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the large MRSA abscess that appeared below my right shoulder on June 18 is 100% healed. The skin looks a little funky, but that will clear up.

My doctor felt after 34 days on Bactrim and Clindamycin that I could stop the Bactrim. She kept me on a 1/2 dose of Clindamycin as a precaution.

One week after stopping the Bactrim, however, I made the mistake of lightly scratching an "itchy pimple" located about 3 inches below the healed abscess on my mid-back and within 2 days, I had a new outbreak. DAMN!

Taking consolation where I can, the new outbreak is much smaller than the one I recovered from and didn't require lancing and draining. My doctor barely managed to squeeze a couple of drops out of it for a new lab culture. She put me back on yet another 10-day course of Bactrim and is referring me to an ID doctor. My appointment is next Tuesday.

The moment I noticed the new outbreak, I put myself back... read more

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MRSA LAWSUITS - REFERENCES
Posted by Bill
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 16:32
Started August 9, 2006 at 01:44
As indicated at string US MRSA LAWSUITS, I am starting this string as a point where members should post only information on references to lawsuits or law related to MRSA and/or nosocomial infections (such references from any country are of interest).

I thought that I had read such a paper some years ago and I finally remembered:

In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Nosocomial Infections, Center for Disease Control, August 3-6, 1970, page 322 there is a talk given at the banquet by Crawford Morris, Nosocomial Infections and the Law. While I realize that this is an old reference it is clearly relevant - this reference also has a presentation entitled: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci by M.T. Parker. A review of this book gives one the sickening feeling that little has changed since then........

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These are my symptoms
Posted by Brenda
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 14:04
Started August 17, 2006 at 20:31
I am afraid I have this. I got what I thought was a bite on my thigh. It itched like crazy. Red all around the bump. Then I got another place on my chest. Again I thought I had been bit. It has itched terribly and has now spread to more bumps. When I itch it drains and Cortizone cream and Bendryl has done nothing to help. I have also had severe sinus problems for the past week and my nose is sore and scabbed over inside...I am waiting for my dr. to call me back now.

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