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Posted by Afflicted
Last Reply September 30, 2006 at 04:38
Started September 5, 2005 at 18:20

Starting in March, I have treated five to six boils at various
locations on my skin. These recurrent infections are frustrating to say the least. I am current using the Mupiricin in the nose. I hope that Hibiclens usage will prevent future infections. Does anyone have any experience with the Hibiclens? Specifically, does every other day usage of this soap prevent the MRSA recurrence? Has anyone had a recurrence of a boil even when using this soap?

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MRSA victory with Kefir culture
Posted by Tatiana
Last Reply September 29, 2006 at 20:11
Started September 29, 2006 at 12:58
Hello all.
Want to share my story which is not over yet.
For 9 month i was suffering with undiagnosed infection in my maxillary. 12 rounds of empirical treatments w/most antibiotics helped to grow MRSA. Finally biopsy revealed MRSA and osteo. IV vancomycin plus rifampin - and could not tolerate it for more than 3 weeks, had to stop the protocol on the middle. Doctors offered nothing - but wait and see - will i get worse or my immune system will kick in. CT scan at this point showed bony errosion and soft tissure infection progression - vanco did nothing for me.
I got worse, went down w/fever,sinus and upper respiratory infection. Missed 3 weeks of work. My mother had to come from Moscow(Russia) to New York to help me thru.
She brought the old natural kefir culture and started making a kefir for me every day/which i later learned - is
a powerfull probiotic.
In one week fever went down from 100 - 101 to 98.6 stable,
second week - i fired the painkillers and motrin,third week ... read more

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First known Breakout
Posted by Tiki
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 14:21
Started September 27, 2006 at 06:08
Well...I've experianced another breakout. It started during the weekend. This is the first one though where we KNEW what we were dealing with. Called my Doctor. She called in an antibiotic (cipro), and pain med. Then the first thing monday morning I had to be in her office when the door opened. Oh my lord, I guess this is one of those cases where the treatment is just about as bad as the illness. Going into her office I had dizzy spells. She immediately told me she was changing my meds (she had the result from the wound culture), Sulfamethoxazole/tmp ds, Bactrim creme (in the nose), and an appt. with an infectious control Doctor. Today (Wed), I have been sick to my stomach all day. I thought it was from the pain meds and stopped taking them. I have been through the breakout before not knowing what it was and figured I could deal with the pain...but being naseous all day sucked. Its Wed. night now...feeling nausea. Getting the appropriate vitamin supplements.... read more

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Is there any Life after MRSA
Posted by cclasby
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 06:41
Started September 15, 2006 at 19:02
...Posted this on the UK side first

First off before MRSA I was a healthy 36 year old female with type 1 diabetes, needed max 4 hours of sleep, had oodles of energy, weight was ideal. Got MRSA as a bladder infection (not sure what strain), was treated with heavy antibiotics - two different ones, also had the whole battery of STD tests done because of the location of MRSA all came back negative. Follow up urine test said that I was clear of MRSA and haven't had any out breaks of MRSA since.

Since MRSA I have been diagnosed with: Perniscious Anemia (take B12 shots)(this is considered an autoimmune disease), Sleep Apnea (use a cpap machine and take Provigil-an upper to keep me awake), and have been tired every since even with the treatments - however atleast I can function using the treatments if I don't do anything I can barely get out of bed as I am just so tired, Multiple kidney infections during the first 6 months after MRSA so was on a maintenance antibiotic for 5 months an... read more

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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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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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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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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
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 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 poor girl can't 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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