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Started by Stephanie
Posted: July 5, 2009 at 18:54
My husband (25) was first diagnosed with MRSA in January 2009-about 3 weeks after returning home from basic training. He was treated without inpatient hospitalization and it cleared up after about 2 weeks. He had two sites, one on his lower abdomen and one on his knee that turned into severe cellulitis. The specialist we saw explained that he would become colonized, and there was higher risk for reinfection. Two days ago, it came back, again on his lower abdomen but not the same spot. Last time, a combination of Bactrum, Lortab and Motrin was prescribed, which is what they are using again at least until he can see the specialist tomorrow. What I am concerned about is that MRSA becomes resistant to antibiotics, so will his MRSA become resistant to Bactrum? Then what, they look for another antibiotic that his MRSA becomes resistant to until they run out? Will this eventually kill him? How long will he be colonized? Is there a way to stop the colonization?
Reply #1 by ruth
Posted: July 5, 2009 at 21:35
The sooner you catch it and start taking antibiotics the easier it is to clear up. Some
people have to take antibiotics for years. And some antibiotics work better than others
for different people. But to keep it at bay you have to work on your immune system.

Magnesium and selenium help reduce the staph. No trans fat it doesn't allow nutrients
into cell. No soda. Green tea, xylitol instead of sugar, staph loves arginine so avoid it
and take lysine which destroys staph. Aspirin is good for pain and inflammation and
also fights staph. Nettle and echinacea help fight the inflammation that staph thrives
on. Take salmon oil to restore the essential fatty acids that trans fat replaces, fish oil
will also help you to absorb nutrients better. Yogurt for your gut. CoQ10 for energy.

Avoid stress, coffee, alcohol they all deplete magnesium which inhibits staph.

There are many other healthy things you can do these are just some of the things I do.
Oh I forgot lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

To me it seems that those who get well seem to also work on their diet and lifestyles
Reply #2 by ladyk
Posted: July 7, 2009 at 20:44
Stephanie -

Your questions

[“What I am concerned about is that MRSA becomes resistant to antibiotics, so will his MRSA become resistant to Bactrum?”]

Yes, there is antibiotic resistance in cases of MRSA concerning therapies used. If one class of antibiotics is not resistant yet, it is plausible in time these can/will become resistant. Bacterial evolution for survival sake. Medicine needs to catch up for our survival sake. It is a fact MRSA contraction offers no immunity, meaning one can become infected over and over. Bactrim DS (Trimethoprim and Sulfamethoxazole) has had favorable results in controlling some MRSA strains. A grand factor in the mix becomes host health, often complicated with compromising issues which impact the immune system detrimentally.

Biologically speaking as humans our defense against system invaders is our immune system. If our immune system is not working optimally it can not do it’s biological preprogrammed job of ridding our bodies of system invaders. Becoming MRSA infected is a bacterial blow to our system, compound this with the blow our system takes from ingesting antibiotics (washing away our normal balanced flora) and you can see how this only depletes our immune system/us further, leaving an open door to all sorts of complications. We as humans live with good and bad bacteria on and in us. When infected this becomes a situation which interrupts our systems (topical & internal) balance. When “good” bacteria are removed during topical care or internal antibiotic ingestion there is little defense to hold the “bad” bacteria from its destructive nature. Bacteria such as MRSA which are aggressive by nature will take the slightest opportunity to infect. *It is our job to find regimens which balance us both topically and internally.

[“Then what, they look for another antibiotic that his MRSA becomes resistant to until they run out?”]

Conventional medicine will do this, yes, depending on severity/progression of infection, and time afforded… attempting to control bacteria.

[“Will this eventually kill him?”]

Some strains and system infection can/will without doubt kill in rapid fashion. If one does not take a proactive stance in maintaining immune support it is possible for infection progression which can kill an individual of any age. Long term… we just don’t know, there are not enough study data. In saying the above, some of us on forum have beaten the odds to the puzzlement of the medical field, where we have fought back from serious mortality probability. Many of us who are MRSA positive have also been left with various complications years after initial infection presented. But we are alive with a degree of normalcy regained – if we stay on our immune support.

Reply #3 by ladyk
Posted: July 7, 2009 at 20:49
[“How long will he be colonized?”]

Colonization is a fluid situation. Staph aureus is everywhere in our environment. MRSA is a mutation of Staph aureus. You can pick up this bacteria anywhere in the public arena. For the sake of conversation lets say I grab a grocery cart and go about shopping. Unbeknownst to me the previous person handling the cart had just scratched his/her what they believed to be a bug bite which was actively MRSA infected. When I’m finished shopping I wipe across my nose with fingers used to hold shopping cart, and wa la – you have cross contamination. Now… I’m MRSA colonized in my nares/nostrils. Following this scenario above, I would be a carrier of the MRSA bacteria.

“Colonized” and “Carrier” mean the same thing.
Being colonized with MRSA makes you a carrier.
Carriers are contagious and can easily spread MRSA.
Some carriers may never develop illness, or infection status, or have lesion outbreaks... themselves, but can spread and contaminate others who could develop illness, infection status, and outbreaks.
Some carriers may have had skin infections which heal, and they do not experience illness any longer, but can still be colonized, and can still spread and contaminate others.

[“Is there a way to stop the colonization?”]

Yes. However temporary. Some of us who are/have been MRSA positive have attempted decolonization. Bactroban (prescription) oint swirled into each nostril 2x daily x5 days using a Q-tip. Bacitracin (OTC) antibiotic oint has also had favorable results in temporary decolonization. After 5 days - stop. Overuse of antibiotic oint risks resistance. These oints also will heal MRSA lesions before serious outbreak if caught at early stage.

Remember how easy it is to contract MRSA… this is why some physicians do not agree with decolonizing a carrier. How I see it… if one is a carrier they have a reservoir of pathogenic contagion from which to cross contaminate not only themselves but many others as well.

Hibiclens antimicrobial wash will control topical bacteria. AVOID EYES AND EARS. During outbreak use daily. Hibiclens affords a topical barrier which further protects skin surface after rinsing and drying. As lesions resolve, limit use to 3x weekly maintenance.

Follow cross contamination protocol.

Hope this helps.


Reply #4 by Brandon
Posted: April 12, 2018 at 04:43
I've been using a garlic water mist spray
also with about 5 percent alcohol and add
a few drops of essential oils to give it a
nice scent and refresh the skin

Tea trea, lemon, lavender, cinnamon, and
eucalyptus oils are the ones ive been

Got the idea from the garlic baths post as
I do not have a bath tub, I use the spray
right out of the shower and on any lesions
that show up on my skin, periodically
spray my face and arms and sometimes legs
and chest/back throughout the day

Seems to really be working to keep the
staph at Bay. Remember most people are
only infected on the very surface if the
skin so if you can absorb antibiotics and
oils into the entire skin the staph has
nowhere to go. That's my theory anyway

It's funny too bc it always attacks an
area where I haven't thought to spray, I
think if i keep it up I can finally kick
this thing, this has worked better than
anything else I've tried, very cheap too

And certainly better than more
antibiotics, have had 4 courses doxy so
far... Blah

Also u have to make sure to use non
irradiated garlic and crush it before you
add it to the water, I don't mince or
anything just crack open to he cloves with
a knife, I use about ten cloves of garlic
for 20oz spray bottle, also made smaller
bottles to travel with and for the car

Been thinking about making some colloidal
silver and using that as the water in the
solution for the ultimate MRSA killer
Reply #5 by Annonymos
Posted: September 21, 2018 at 18:17
I’ve hear colloidal silver on the infected area 4 or more times per day will kill
MRSA. Trying it out this time.
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