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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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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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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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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:

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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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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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MRSA treatment in infant
Posted by Helen
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 02:46
Started August 11, 2006 at 07:38

Hi, I'm a medical intern. I' wondering if anyone has found or has any information on the new drug Daptomycin (Cubicin) usage for infants with MRSA. I want to find out everything I can about it, has it been tried on infant with MRSA skin and soft tissue infection or other type of infections, its effectiveness, toxicity and safety in child. If anyone has information, please let me know. I want to help my patient as much as I can.

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My MRSA cured!!!!!!!
Posted by Alexander Steele
Last Reply August 16, 2006 at 23:15
Started August 15, 2005 at 18:41
Hello All

My name is Alexander Steele and I posted the following on the uk forum, thought u might find it of interest as well:

I just had to tell you all about how my MRSA was cured from a wound in my foot, my throat and in my nose. Just by applying a gel that cost less than 20.

I am way past retirement age and have been poorly for some time with these MRSA infections. I have been given loads of different antibiotics and they only succeeded in making me ill and sick. In desperation I used my computer to try and find an answer. I found many people offering so called cures that just didnt seem right, but I stumbled across one company that sounded plausible.

To cut a long story short, I rang the company and they were most helpful and gave me lots of advice, I suggested that maybe I should travel to their treatment centre near Tamworth. As I am located in Scotland they suggested that I should try their Anti-Infection gel first to see if it helped at all.

I used the gel... read more

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Posted by Vickie
Last Reply August 10, 2006 at 21:33
Started March 21, 2006 at 15:17
I've just been diagnosed with MRSA. My son and his wife have a newborn baby and they are very worried about having me around her. I haven't seen her for at least 3 weeks. Am I a danger to her? How do others cope with carrying MRSA and being around other people. Does anyone deal with depression? I have been so depressed I just want to cry all the time.

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Posted by Warwick
Last Reply August 8, 2006 at 11:04
Started August 5, 2006 at 13:34
I believe that Active UMF manuka honey from New Zealnd or similar will cure MRSA better than any other treatment. Another advantage with using it is that the dressings will not stick to the wound which also aids in healing. I have heard of some remarkable successes on other infections too. What have you got to lose as you can use it in conjunction with "normal" treatments anyway.! Good worked for me as it has with sinus infections also.

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Posted by trish
Last Reply August 4, 2006 at 18:23
Started August 4, 2006 at 03:16
thank you all for your amazing replies, i am beside my self right now.
I came to this forum not really for myself but rather because I own a group care facility that is for developmentally delayed children. I have a kiddo that came to stay for a week and while he was there he became sick.
I noticed what looked like a bug bite on his legg, i called his doc adn made an appoinment. I then called his caseworker and whenI told her that he was going in she good take him oh and tell the doc he used to have MRSA.
I said MRSA okay( not knowing what it was).
The next dayI took him in and the doc walked over the the kiddo I was taking care of and the then said " yep thats MRSA" I asked what it was MRSA and ten he said " oh its a contagous staph" "don't worry just have him wear jeans he'll be fine."
Although we use universal precautions, i was not prepared for what I read for what I have heard. I am agnry that not only was I not told about this before he come but that his other provider wh... read more

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progress report #2
Posted by mattb
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 22:55
Started August 3, 2006 at 17:50
I just finished up a 34-day regime on Bactrim and Clindamycin. I went for a follow-up visit to my doctor yesterday, expecting her to stop the anti-biotics at this point since I'm healing up pretty well. The outer layer of my former abscess is closing up more and more but there is still a small opening showing the new pink tissue underneath. Until it closes up completely, I suppose I can't call this episode "resolved".

At any rate, my doctor surprised me by saying she would like me to do 2 more weeks on a half-dose of Clindamycin (2 per day instead of 4 per day). I'm done with the Bactrim. When I asked her why, she told me that "sometimes when you stop the anti-biotics, symptoms can re-appear about 2 weeks later" so she's prescribing 2 more weeks of half-dose Clindamycin "just to be sure". She's also prescribed Phisohex to wash with every other day.

I've been tempted all along (but have refrained) in asking her how much experience she's had dealing with MRSA patients, b... read more

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Contracting VRE MRSA Question
Posted by Suzy
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 22:49
Started August 2, 2006 at 19:25
I recently was in an elevator with an VRE MRSA patient who was lying on his bed, being transported from one floor to another. Because of the closed quarters of the elevator, whe I had to get out on my floor,my clothes brushed against his urine bag, is there any chance I could contract the bacteria this way?

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longlasting effects?
Posted by Native
Last Reply August 3, 2006 at 14:08
Started July 19, 2006 at 15:20
I keep reading about this going dormant, and coming back? and the immune system forever weak becuz of MRSA? I just got over it and white blood count is back to normal. This can all come back on me later? I do know Im anemic right now becuz of the multiple surgeries in a row. Is there more to come and what should I expect? I had Coagulase Negative Staph abdominally after a surgery. Im not even sure whaT ANTIBIOTIC THEY HAD ME ON IN THE HOPITOL i KNOW THEY SENT ME HOME W/ bACTRIM.

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Posted by Frustrated
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 21:10
Started August 2, 2006 at 21:10
OKAY! CALL ME NUTS.... an irresponsible error, a faulty part, suggestive harassment, a mistreated pet, coffee too hot, on and on and on... if a used car dealer conducted themselves like the medical community has with MRSA, theyd be held accountable for substandard work practices assuredly with legalities to follow.
Im sick and tired of being a sheep in the MRSA flock!

IF, my car is misdiagnosed and/or mistreated I have recourse. If my pet is misdiagnosed and/or mistreated I have recourse. If my neighbor makes a faulty step causing even the slightest damage I have recourse and they are held accountable. If an irresponsible worker leaves a hindrance in my way and I succumb and am victimized by it, damn sure someone will be held accountable. If someone falls on my property due to a fault I have not foreseen, damn sure I will be accountable. The minutia of our laws~~~ hmmm... laws are created by standards set in place to protect us from blatantly unjust practices in our s... read more

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