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Recurring MRSA Infections
Started by Henry
Posted: October 1, 2005 at 17:44
Since early 2004, my wife has had recurring MRSA outbreaks (probably about 4/5 times during that period) - mid2004, our son was born and he has had a positive MRSA id on a couple of absesses. My wife and I did the Bactrim and Rifampin treatment, and my son did a 10 day treatment of Bactrim. When it recently came back again in my wife and she saw the Infectious Disease specialist, she said that she only sees these recurring outbreaks in people with HIV, which in our case is virtually impossible. Do you think she is correct? Any advice is greatly appreciated as I am becoming very afraid. BTW, this website is a terrific resource and I really appreciate it.
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Reply #1 by Denise
Posted: October 3, 2005 at 16:35
Henry - I received and responded to your e-mail before I read your posting. The IDS you spoke with is absolutely incorrect. People with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of serious complications from MRSA, but healthy people all over our country are being affected by this infection.
I think we need to start a resource of information for people to bring to their doctors. What do you say, Christina?
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Reply #2 by Sue
Posted: October 3, 2005 at 18:38
I'm sorry to say it, but your doctor is incorrect. I too have had numerous out breaks of MRSA infections. I've taken Tertracyclene, Bactrim, and Rifampin and something else (can't remember...something that starts with a V)together. I've done the Phisohex and Hibiclens treatments and have put so much Bactroban up my noise I can't even recall. I think after the last treatment, I may finally be clean.

I'm a healthy 41 year old. I've never had any health problems at all. My family doctor ran tests for diabetes when these started and found nothing. I took myself to a clinic for an HIV test, even though I knew the chances were slim, and came back negative. Taking the test made me feel allot better even though I knew the chances were slim to none that I was HIV positive. If it makes your wife feel better, she should find a local clinic and go. Most county clinics do HIV testing free. I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time worrying about it though, becasue you DEFINITELY can have re-occuring infections and be otherwise completely healthy.

Good luck to you and your wife.
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Reply #3 by Larry
Posted: November 8, 2005 at 20:32
Henry, do'nt give HIV another thought. Plenty of healthy people of all ages are getting this. I live in Atlanta and we are having a huge outbreak of this here. On my second stay in the hospital in 3 mos, a doctor from the CDC (Center for Desease Control) came to interview me. They admit they know less about this than they know about it. My infectuous desease doctor is treating over 100 cases of this currently and is using Vancomycin I.V. followed by Zyvox oral antibiotic with good results. BTW, there is a good chance this is systemic to a great degree and it may take several treatments to fully erraticate it from her system. They do'nt know exactly how it is transmitted but several high school atheletes have it, etc.But to reassure you and your wife, a 44 y.o. married/monogamous guy like me got it and I'm HIV neg. too. Hang in there.
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Reply #4 by Linda
Posted: April 4, 2006 at 15:06
HIV is not the culprit, it's a suppressed immune system. it could be as simple as your wife being around someone that had MRSA unknowingly and she picked it up from a small cut or hangnail. And a suppressed Immune system can become that way from anemia, maybe just getting over a virus or bacterial infection of some kind that she was taking antibiotics or over the counter drugs for. Thats why this stuff is becoming so rampant because people can be colonized with it and not know, and then catch a cold or something that puts your immune system to work against it, and before you know it you're sicker than a dog. My suggestion to you would be for both of you to concentrate on re-building your immune system and keeping it that way. And then you might want to look for a more compassionate Dr. We go thru enough crap with this stuff, we don't need to feel like our Drs. are against us too. If they aren't knowledgeable about MRSA, and how to treat it including knowing what works successfully against it, then find another Dr. who is. Trust me, this is neccessary for her own health and the safety of it.
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Reply #5 by Lynn Johnson
Posted: May 9, 2006 at 15:59
I am getting ready to go through my 3rd surgery since February 23 to "cut out" the infected skin from MRSA. I got this from the gym on my lower leg and haven't been able to shake it. It looked as if after this last surgery in March that they had gotten it all. I had been on Bactrium for 35 days. Now when the "wound" was finally closing up I got a lump that is tender but my "wound" looks so much better. The doctor sent me for an MRI yesterday. I am 41 and healthy and very active. My husband and I are very worried because I don't want to go on antibotics again. I won't have anything to fight with anymore if they wear out the bactrium. Has anyone else thought they were "over the worst of it" only to find out "it's back"?
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Reply #6 by Lisa
Posted: May 31, 2006 at 21:01

I am dealing with the "Its Back" issue as well. This is my 4th bout with this lovely virus. My virus lives on my face. I have been cut and drained twice and looks like I need to head in soon to have it done again. I can barely talk right now as the lump under my chin is getting bigger and bigger. It keeps appearing in different places, so the doctors are baffled. How long can people live with this?

Good luck with your operation,
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Reply #7 by Mina
Posted: June 1, 2006 at 19:26
Lisa, it's not a virus, it's a bacteria. How long have you been dealing with it? I just would like to know how long I can go without a recurrance. I've been boil free for about five months.
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Reply #8 by mrsa virus
Posted: February 24, 2011 at 23:47
contracted last summer.2010 Went camping and tubing for the weekend. when i came back home I notice a ringworm in the middle of my back. it started to itch.I thought it could have been from the tubes we used. Went to the doctor, prescription cream used and within a week it was faded.then I had a rash around my private area of the testicles.another week went by.Took epson salt baths for about a week started to clear but developed a lump in the crook part of my crouch. Went to the doctors and it was identified as a staff infection, mrsa type.I also noticed chapped lips and sliva in the corners of my mouth.It took about two weeks of antibiotics , shrunk it till it went away.Now 7 months later a small white blemish appeared on my leg above the right knee.I thought it was a ingrown hair I noticed that my dry lips came back with a little cotton saliva in the corners.Now I'm getting that dealt with.I'm 60. in excellent shape. Blood and urine tests have been done, but negative on results. Very puzzling ? If this story can help the medical profession, it would bee a plus
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Reply #9 by ruth
Posted: February 25, 2011 at 01:09
Very interesting about the dry lips. I get them too.
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Reply #10 by ladyk
Posted: February 25, 2011 at 15:42
mrsa virus -

MRSA is actually a bacteria rather than a virus which would make treatment quite different between the two, but I have a question... was the body of water fresh or ocean water, and general location?

You wrote: ["Went to the doctors and it was identified as a staff infection, mrsa type."]

Was a culture done? What topical care regimen are you maintaining for reduction of over populating bacteria?


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Reply #11 by Debbie Chandler
Posted: August 15, 2013
I had a tib/fib fracture In October of 2010. Have had reoccurring mrsa infections at
the surgical pin sites. My doctor keeps putting me on bactrim for the infection.
Just wondering why they keep coming back.
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Reply #12 by Why me
Posted: February 9, 2014 at 10:32
I've had mrsa for 5months now and nothing seems to work for me. I've even
soaked myself in a bleach bath! Its been on my face, ams, hands, legs, feet and
back. Im a single mother with a 10mo which makes dealing with it even harder :/
I've been cut open atleast 10times to help them drain, the one on the bottom of
my foot had to be the worst of all, almost as bad as giving birth when they cut it
open! It has healed now but there is a bump under the skin almost like a cyst
because it gets bigger/smaller. It is painful to walk on or even pushing on it with
just my finger. When I put pressure on it, it feels like something sharp is trying to
cut through the skin? I know I have to see the doc again to get it cut open but I'm
more then terrified!! It hurt soo bad the last time :\ I also got one on my bottome
lip 2days ago & have really bad chapped lips that are cracking like no other. I feel
like I'm cursed. I've been crying about it a lot because I can barely even hold my
kid :( makes me not want to get up in the morning...thanks for listening to my rant
n good luck
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Reply #13 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 9, 2014 at 15:28
Why me -

Welcome to the forum.

I'm sorry to hear of your problem; however, the situation may not be as bleak as you fear. You don't have to feel alone or lost as there are lots of people in the same boat. Learning about it and the options for dealing with it are the key to success.

Real hope actually exists for most MRSA sufferers, at least those not allergic to or otherwise sensitive to garlic.

You might consider garlic water baths instead of bleach baths - read the many posts about then throughout the forum as many people have reported cures using them. MRSA is curable with a simple old fashioned treatment people can do at home that doctors simply don't even know about because it is not taught in med school. In med school they are only taught about pharmaceutical antibiotics which are increasingly ineffective against MRSA. It's time to look to Mother Nature because man's sophisticated creations have failed.

The allicin created when raw non-irradiated garlic is crushed has been shown to kill the MRSA microbe on contact and also that MRSA cannot become resistant to allicin. Commercial antibiotics must be able to chemically bond with a receptor on the surface of the bacterium or it cannot kill it and as mutations change the receptors the strains become resistant.

Allicin; however, does not need to bond with a receptor, it simply penetrates the bacterium and gets inside it and causes it to swell up and burst, killing it. Staph cannot become resistant to that anymore than you or I could become immune to being stabbed or blown up.

I'm not a doctor and garlic is not an approved protocol so I cannot give anyone any advice, all I can do is discuss the properties of garlic that is processed and used in different ways and let people and their doctors make of it what they will.

Read as many of the posts in the forum as you can and you will educate yourself in learning how to take care of yourself and your health just might improve during the course of it.

It's not only a matter of effective therapy but also involves a change in lifestyle and getting away from sugars and gluten and other unhealthy foods and exercising regularly and taking some time to meditate or pray or whatever gives one peace of mind at least occasionally.

MRSA does not have to be a death sentence just because mainstream medicine's antibiotics are continuously becoming less effective due to increased resistance because at least one old fashioned herbal therapy still works for most people (Those who are not allergic to garlic).

Good luck to you

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Reply #14 by Shirley Meyer
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 22:57
I started the first of the year with dry chapped lips and thought
it was just the weather. My lips got worse and were red and stung.
I then went to a dermatologist and he took a culture and it came
back MRSA. I was given Bactrum. I made it better for a while and
than I got another flare up of a UTI and was given Cipro. That
cleared and now my lips are like they were in the beginning. I'm
now on Minocycline for the MRSA for 2 weeks. I'm so sick of these
antiobotics. I don't have any distinct sores or anything on my
lips. It just my whole lips that are affected. This seems rather
strange to me.
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Reply #15 by dave
Posted: April 26, 2018 at 22:25
I don't know what I have but I've had a dry cracked lip for 2 months. Went to
skin doctor thinking it might be cancer. They took a biopsy and confirmed it
wasn't cancer, but weren't able to tell me anything. I will be checking for the
mrsa with another doctor. Thanks for this thread. Important info that I didn't
know and same it seems for my doctor. Trying the garlic described earlier in
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Reply #16 by Man_Nuka15
Posted: April 27, 2018 at 03:25
Have you researched other possibilities?..such as shown in this link:

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