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Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Started by Ali
Posted: January 11, 2006 at 19:19
I am a 30 year old otherwise healthy female, mother of a 4-yr-old & 2-yr-old. In November I got hit out of the blue with a terrible ear infection, which was intensely painful. After a few weeks of multiple anitbiotics(both pills and drops) with no improvement, a culture was finally done on the discharge coming from my middle ear, and I was diagnosed as having the dreaded MRSA. Now, after having been on Zyvox 600mg BID for over a month, my ear pain is gone, and I've got some hearing back, but am totally zapped of energy. Also, I now have pain that comes and goes from my mastoid bone, as well as some lingering dizziness, which I'm not sure is because of my middle ear infection or because of the Zyvox. A recent CT scan showed that my mastoid is infected, so my ENT put a tube in my ear, and am on the Zyvox for another 2 weeks. If I'm not better clinically(he's not saying anything about a follow-up CT scan?!), then I'm probably going to have mastoid surgery. I've also seen an infectious disease doc at Hopkins, but I've got to say, all the Dr's I've seen seem way-too laid back on this stuff! And from all the chat boards it seems like this is the norm around the country?! I'm checking into all sorts of alternative/herbal medicine, I'm doing probiotics and oil of oregano(anybody know if I can drop it in my ear with the tube??), and I saw that one person talked about MetaBerry & Aloe Gold...anyone know of anything else? I am also really concerned for my family, but again, these Dr's seem so unconcerned...Please feel free to email me directly @ Thanks & good luck to all!
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #1 by Sandi
Posted: January 11, 2006 at 23:45
I felt just like you, doctor too laid back. I kept useing the two in this practice and they never listened to me about the zapping of strength or the nausea. I went to these two Infectious Disease doctors for a year. Finally I was at the end of my rope, three brek outs in one year. I found a new ID doc. wonderful listened to me and said we had to work togather to beat this. Told me I will be on low dose antibiotic for my whole life, but at least he was straight with me. He said togather we could definately keep this at bay. Dont give up look for a doctor that listens to you. Sandi
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #2 by Kate
Posted: January 12, 2006 at 06:26
Be sure to tell your infectious disease doctor if you take herbal sups with zyvox--there could be some interactions that could make it work less efficiently.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #3 by Franka60
Posted: January 13, 2006 at 13:10
Ali, thank you for sharing your info. I have been battleing HA MRSA for 21 months. I have had a open surgical wound for the 21 months and still no progress. I have had 10 two week doses of zyvox and 1 21 day vanco IV. I have been cultured again this week and will get results today 1/13. For the past 5 months I have had a blocked right ear. Each and every doc I have seen in the past 5 months have told me that it could not be related to the MRSA. Having read your posting helps convince me even more that my problem in my ear is related.
Your observation as to how Docs treat this are the same that I have been dealing with for the past 21 months. When I first was told I had an infection in my surgical site and they would have to open it and leave it open to heal, all of the Medical pro's told me "it's no big deal". As anyone who has had this knows it is a very big deal!!! If 21 months with open wound is not a big deal I am scared to know what they call a big deal.
If we continue to make noise about this someone is goig to hear us. Good luck! And thanks for your story, Info is power and your story is going to help me make my arguement stronger to get my ear tested. Frank
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #4 by maria
Posted: January 23, 2006 at 09:51
My son is 5 years old and had tubes put in his ear after three months after surgery he has been tested for mrsa and it came back positive. He will be seeing an infectious disease doctor. I am scared for him. Please send some info for me. I hope its curable. I am also worried should I take out the tubes now . He lost some hearing.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #5 by Mina
Posted: January 23, 2006 at 19:34
Hi Ali. I'm on probiotics, a super 8 blend, organic aloe vera juice and fruit smoothies made with plain yogurt, everyday, and also a vitamin E (mixed tocopherals) with selenium supplement, along with a multiple vitamin, and also I've added a Neem cream and tea tree oil to my natural arsenal, because my infection is in the skin. Giving it a try. I've been off of the antibiotics for over two weeks now, with no new infections. I'm still remaining hopeful.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #6 by Franka60
Posted: January 25, 2006 at 21:13
Follow up thank you! Ali, with the info you posted and other info I have found, today I was able to convince my PCP to look further into my ear problem. I have been battling HA Mrsa in a surgical wound for 22 months. I am scheduled to have the wound reopened for the third time in two weeks. As part of pre op testing the surgeon ordered an MRI of my abdomain(sight of open wound) but still would not except that every time the wound would close(only last 4 days then reopens) my right ear would get worse. When the wound re opens the ear improved but never clears. Again showing my PCP your info and others he has agreed to have an MRI of the inner ear. I will post again when we get results. But I need to thank you again for your help. You can never have to much info.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #7 by Beth
Posted: February 3, 2006 at 23:52
My 2 year old was just diagnosed with MRSA in her right ear and I am too running into a "its no big deal" attitude. I am a nurse and initially MRSA was an infection that patients usually developed during hospitalization, particularly during long stays and stays in intensive care. Since patients usually "caught" these infections in the hospital the mention of the infection was almost taboo, in fear that blame would be put on the health care provider. This may be part of the reason for the "no big deal" attitude in response to the past "finger pointing." Also, the resistent strains of bacteria are also blamed on over use of antibiodics. Again, pointing the finger at the physcian. In contrast, it is "a big deal" if it is you or a loved one suffering from it. Keep being presistent and try to keep open communication with your doctor about alternative treatments you are trying. If the communication is not there and your insurance allows you to change physicians then that might be the choice for you. Best of luck.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #8 by Helen
Posted: February 5, 2006 at 12:35
Have you taken aloe vera internally? I take it when I feel the signs of exhaustion coming on again. The pure gel applied to my wound was the only thing that healed it. Granted, mine was a small wound in the abdomen, the site of a supra pubic catheter, but the medics offered no antibiotics at all. I was left to try various things myself. I am going to go back to the doctor and ask for antibiotics for my current infection which is skin related. I think I have not been as pro-active as I should have been. Thanks to all for the encouragement to keep on trying! Only those who have this problem truly understand how debilitating it is.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #9 by Elise
Posted: June 1, 2010 at 22:11
Hi fellow sufferers,
I had terrible head pain and strepp throat in Nov. The zpak did nothing for me. After
7 days of tremendous pain, I experienced bels palsy on the right side of my face. The
docs finally took me seriously and put me in the hospital to put a tube in my right ear.
The culture was positive for staph. I have been on rounds of cipro, augmentin and
prednisone. My experience w/ the docs have been similar of getting the brush off. I
have hearing loss, tinitus and can feel the inflammation in my head. Some days it
wipes me out!
I have a consult today for surgery of the mastoid. Has anyone had this surgery? I too
have done all the alternatives, heat therapy, acupuncture, supplements and so forth.
How can we figure out how to deal with this? Will it ever heal on it's own? What is it
doing to the rest of my system.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #10 by Bob Anderson
Posted: June 3, 2010 at 14:35
Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic kills both strep and staph, including MRSA on contact and neither one can become immune to garlic like MRSA has become immune to so many pharmaceutical antibiotics.

Eating raw natural garlic wipes out strep throat because that's how garlic works when brought into direct contact with the bacteria causing the infection.

Eating it is seldom the answer when fighting an infection but in the case of strep throat, it brings the garlic into direct contact with the infected area and that is what allows it to work.

Perhaps there might be some way you could benefit from this information. You might try reading the articles on garlic in this website and see if there's anything there that might apply to your situation.

A long soak in a garlic water bath has been known to energize people as well as kill MRSA and other harmful bacteria. Check it out to see if you think it might help you. If it works, it's certainly an inexpensive option.

A well-informed patient makes better decisions.

Sure, garlic smells like garlic, but in my opinion, smelling garlicky is better than having MRSA.

Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #11 by ladyk
Posted: June 4, 2010 at 02:59
Elise -

I’m sorry you’re in such pain.

It would be important to know what strain of staph was cultured?

CIPRO class action, Black Box Warning.
If you’re interested you can read more about this by following link below.

[Resistance to ciprofloxacin and other fluoroquinolones may evolve rapidly, even during a course of treatment. Numerous pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, enterococci, and Streptococcus pyogenes now exhibit resistance worldwide.[135] ]

Ciprofloxacin interacts with other drugs, herbal and natural supplements, and thyroid medications.

In my opinion… I’d make sure to have a second opinion to confirm diagnosis and appropriate treatment. I also believe it would be in your best interest to have an Infectious Disease specialist work in concert with any surgeon, etc., as well as have a nare (nostril) culture prior to any invasive procedure to determine if you’re a carrier.

Just a thought that comes to mind… are you up to date with dental exams?

Have you been diagnosed with mastoiditis?

Have you had MRI / CT scan to determine/confirm diagnosis of mastoiditis?

I believe you will find this link of interest… particularly symptom of mastoiditis
[ Prognosis
*The infection may also spread to the facial nerve (cranial nerve VII), causing facial-nerve palsy which can produce weakness or paralysis of some facial muscles on that side of the face. ]

Infection, antibiotics, steroids… are sure to wipe out our immune system. You mentioned you’ve tried supplements, what have you tried?

Do you have any pre-existing health issues?

Any routine meds?

Hope this provides you with some helpful information Elise.

Best wishes,
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #12 by Connie
Posted: August 4, 2010 at 15:33
I have suffered since 2007 with MRSA in my ear and mastoid bone and still have not found a doctor that will do anything other than give me ear drops or put me on Bactrim for a few weeks..i guess will never get help
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #13 by ladyk
Posted: August 4, 2010 at 16:01
Connie -

Was the doctor an ENT? When MRSA was diagnosed was this done via culture, when?

Have you seen an Infectious Disease specialist?

Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #14 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 4, 2010 at 16:33
Crushed raw natural non-irradiated garlic kills all bacteria, including MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become immune to crushed raw garlic. The trick is to get the garlic to where it can come into contact with the MRSA.

People who are allergic to garlic should use it only under a doctor's care if at all.

Creative ways are needed to get the allicin created by crushing the garlic to the site of the infection. Here are a couple:

The fumes from cut raw garlic have been shown to kill staph out to 8" from the crushed clove over a period of four hours. cutting a clove into a long slender piece like a tiny obelisk that will fit into the ear canal and stick out enough to be grasped and removed easily by the fingers. All surfaces of the piece should be cut to assure getting maximum fumes into the ear canal where they can do some good.

Crushing natural garlic and letting it set for up to 90 minutes greatly increases its antibiotic properties by allowing the maximum amount of allicin to form. It is the allicin that kills MRSA. The garlic can then be mixed in with water and every part of that water has very powerful antibiotic properties and the more garlic per unit of water, the more potent it is. Screen out the remaining particulate matter.

It is good to use for a couple of days or maybe longer if refrigerated (Do not freeze, it kills the allicin.)but after a few days it begins to smell increasingly bad and should be disposed of by simply flushing it down sink or toilet. It's so cheap to make that saving it longer than a day or two doesn't make sense.

A few drops of garlic water in the ear can work wonders.

One can gargle and/or use it in a neti pot to gain additional access to the area.

One can soak a warm/hot washcloth in garlic water and hold it against the affected area and much of the allicin can enter transdermally and benefit the whole area - as can taking a long soak in the tum in garlic water and immersing the affected area and the whole head repeatedly. An hour is good, two is better if you can lay still that long.

Only natural non-irradiated garlic works. Most garlic in the grocery stores comes from China and some of it has been irradiated to keep it from sprouting and that process kills the enzyme that triggers the health benefits.

Fortunately there is a way to tell if garlic has been irradiated. Remove a clove from a bulb and cut it vertically down the middle and lay open the two halves. If there is a small growth sprout or some baby pale green leaves in the center of the clove, it is a good garlic that has health benefits. If; however, there is no little shoot or leaves but only an empty place where they once were that might even be tinged with brown, then the garlic has been irradiated and has no health benefits.

Also, irradiated garlic has no hotness when eaten raw whereas natural garlic has anywhere from mild hotness (pungency) to really hot.

Hope this helps.
Good luck to you.

Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #15 by PANIC_WORRIED
Posted: December 8, 2010 at 19:36
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #16 by sue
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 05:50
is it contagious, can others get this in the house
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #17 by ladyk
Posted: February 6, 2012 at 16:57
sue -

In answer to your question... yes. MRSA is a pathogenic (disease causing) contagion. It will help you protect your family best if you understand how cross contamination occurs, as well as proactive care measures you can utilize to control bacteria overpopulation.

Informative links…
Topical Care


Internal Care


Prebiotics - Probiotics


Forum’s associated website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond

Hope this helps keep you and yours safe.

Best wishes,

Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #18 by lanece
Posted: March 21, 2015 at 05:00
I was having severe pain in my face
and head. It hurt worse than any
migraine ever. I couldn't hardly walk
into the ER. They quickly ran an mri
on me to find out i had mastoiditis.
Both ears were draining. I was
miserable.i have been deaf now for a
month. I feel like giving up. Im
tired weak and get dizzy. And have
headaches. They gave me ciprofloxacin
but heard it is bad. But dont want to
be in that pain ever again. Need to
know if its ok to take it.
Re: Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Reply #19 by kthejoket20
Posted: March 18, 2018 at 01:59
The only thing that works is IV
vancomycininimum 4 weeks, Plus gentamicin
topically or intravenously.

After 4 weeks with no improvements, add IV
ROCEPHIN (ceftriaxone)

Nothing else works.
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