Understanding MRSA

December 30, 2008

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What is MRSA?
A friend has MRSA – Should I be worried?
MRSA precautions you can take
Can I get MRSA from skin contact?
MRSA Treatment  – what do you need?
Find the MRSA facts How do you get MRSA?
Is there an MRSA incubation period?
Can you die from MRSA?

Why do I keep getting reinfected with MRSA

MRSA Treatment – A Simple Guide 
Will sex mean my partner gets MRSA?
Staph infections – Not just MRSA? 
MRSA colonization – what you need to know?
MRSA carriers – does it always make you ill?
Is MRSA different from MERSA?
Is MRSA just a hospital infection?

Health Worker? Find the latest MRSA News

How do people catch MRSA?
There are several ways it is believed to spread. Discover the best mrsa precautions

How is it treated?
There are 3 key treatment regimes that are commonly used. What MRSA treatment do you need?

How can it be prevented
The media often focus on clean hospitals and clean hands as a key to combating MRSA. What can you do about mrsa infection control?

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Kathleen R May 12, 2006 at 2:00 am

My husband (54 years of age)was admitted to a southern california hospital for cardiac surgery, a 6 day stay turned into 6 weeks and ultimately he died from MRSA contracted during his stay. His death has been devasting to my family. I also work in the medical profession and I trusted the hospital I sent my husband to, to take care of him, keep him well and send him home. I have contacted an attorney and the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff to prove he contracted the disease during his hospitalization and then prove if the superbug had been identified earlier if his death could have been avoided!

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Sobacki June 4, 2006 at 1:34 am

I am a white male 67 years of age. Since June , 2004 I have had open heart surgery, colen restructure, ostomy take down, surgery to repair 5 hernias, and shoulder surgery to repair the rotory cuff and remove bone spure cluster. The shoulder surgery was performed in Aug. 2005. I have had three more wash out surgeries on the shoulder because of a MRSA infection. I also have noticed the the staff of the hospitals are very careless about washing thier hands before they work on me and after they completed to work. After the third wash out of the shoulder I had another infection of the site 6 days after the wash out. I am presently taking 600 mg clindamycin HLC three times a day. The doctor removed two of the stiches at the site of the infection and forced drainage. I was told to go home (this was Friday) and run my shower water on the site and squeeze the site while in the shower. After the shower I continue to squeeze the site until no more fluid is present. This seems to be working for now. I was set up with appointment with the doctor for the following Monday to see if this was working. I do not wait long if I see any sign of the infection. This is one bad bug and I hope it does not turn to the bad for me.

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Ian August 3, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Following the investigation of a sputum sample I decided to take to my g.p., and a straightforward chest x-ray, I have been told I have mrsa in my lung. Within two days my g.p. had written to the hospital. I am now waiting for a ct scan + consultant.
Anyone out there had this ?
I have a dental appointment early September – two teeth have to come out and be replaced with crowns. I am somewhat concerned at have ‘wounds’ in my mouth and I will check things with the g.p. In the meantime, anyone out there been through this ?

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Deborah September 9, 2006 at 5:33 pm

I am a 35 yr old healthy woman who has community acquired MRSA. I thought at first it was a brown recluse bite. I am a single mother of two children so am frequently exposed to schools, shopping, the general public, etc. My Father is an electronmicroscopist and I have always been keenly aware of the unseen forces of life. So I wash my hands frequently. I can not help but wonder what the use of all of these antibiotic hand soaps is doing to our environment.
I have several flesh eating lesions on my leg and am quite baffled. My children have nothing. And no one around me has this. It’s true I work too hard and don’t sleep as much as i should. Either way, we can’t control what other people do, wash their hands or not. We can educate people by spreading the word of this bacteria. My situation pales in comparison to the hospital acquired MRSA but I am living proof that ANYONE can get it.

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Wayne September 11, 2006 at 9:00 pm

I got CA-MRSA 8/19/06. Mine was misdiagnosed as spider bite, common cellulitis and others as well. It’s 9/11 today and first received Zyvox. I’m hoping for a great outcome and few side effects.

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Nancy September 14, 2006 at 3:09 am

My mom passed away on September 6, 2006. She had emergency surgery on her gut and was doing good and all of a sudden she contracted MRSA and MRSE. She was put on a ventilator because she developed pnuemonia. She lasted 6 days…I am so hurt and angry because this did not need to happen. I want someone to pay for this and will seek some form of legal advise.

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Natalie January 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

My name is Natalie and let me first say I am so sorry about your Mother. I know this is an old post, but I felt compelled to reply. I am researching all about this subject. My hope is to present a bill to congress that will insist that all patients prior to any surgical procedure be tested for any staph infections and that all medical staph be routinely tested as well. It is unfair that they fail to protect all human life when they have the means to do so! If you would like to be a part please contact me ASAP. Something as small as posting and gathering a petition for this bill would be a major part of getting this ball rolling. In memory of all who have lost a loved one due to lack of human compassion and been plagued by this infection. You are my first contact to my idea to present a bill. I’m just a karate teacher, was a full time mom. They are grown now and I have the time. Thank you for your attention,
Best regards,
Natalie Dennis
Respond2natalie@gmail.com

Respond2natalie@gmail.com

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Infection Watch January 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Contact the MRSA Survivors Network. They will be interested in what you’re doing

Dave
InfectionMRSA

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Amanda September 14, 2006 at 5:40 pm

There is a baby 3 monthes old in a chattanooga childrens hospital, he is dieing he has MRSA. None of the antibotics are helping him he has died once already. If there is anyone reading this thats knows of something that might help cure this baby please send an e-mail, of how to get in touch w/ you. The baby has fought hard and been through a couple of surgrys to get fluid off of him he is fighting so please if you can suggest anything that we can suggest the docotor try let us know.

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Michelle September 15, 2006 at 6:11 am

My mom has copd. She acquired a cold and her lungs collasped. She was healthy before the cold basically. She has been in ICU for 4 weeks and now acquired MRSA in her trache/ventilator tract. She is on Vancomyocin. She is having a difficult time keeping her O2 sats above 90 and her Blood Gases are not good. I am scared for her. She is only 58. Her wbc is 22,000. She does not have a fever. ANy suggestions to help her?

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Shari September 19, 2006 at 9:32 pm

I have a friend that is 25 and a single mom. She contracted MRSA and was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago. She had surgery to remove the infected area of the boil and has a tube that is suppose to be draining for 3 months. She is suppose to be going to the doctor every few days for it to be cleaned and such.. she is not! Today she told me that it is in her leg too! I am at a lost as to what to do. I have told her straight out if she does not get back to the doctor and do as she is supposed too she will leave her son without a mother!
I do not know too much about MRSA… am reading what I can on the net, that is how I found this site. ANy advice or facts you can share would greatly be appreciated!

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Dave Roberts September 20, 2006 at 8:15 am

It is vital that she goes for the sake of her health but also the health of her friends and family. If this infection is not dealt with she will be more likely to infect others.
MRSA rarely kills which is why some can be complacent. But if the old, the young or the already ill get it it can be very serious.
The key issue is that she has a responsibility to others. It may only feel like a boil to her but it could be fatal to someone else
Hope this is helpful
Dave Roberts
MRSA Watch

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julie dudley October 1, 2006 at 11:30 pm

my 85yr old aunt went into hospital 6months ago with a broken hip,she contracted MRSA & consequntly lost her hip and some of the adjoining bone.She is left with a leg 4inches shorter and totally incapacitated and now living in a nursing home.How angry this has made me as she was a totally independant lady who took care of herself completely. At one point my cousin, who like myself was taking washing home,took a bag of what she thought was washing and tipped the contents into her washer, the contents being soiled incontinent pads which i might add had been put into my aunts locker and we think the nightdresses disposed of. Totally disgusting!

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Tina Gruden October 2, 2006 at 2:24 pm

My dad went to the hospital for pneumonia and was diagnosed with MRSA. He has had throat cancer, his carotid artery has ruptured, he has had a trach, and he had an allergic reaction to some medicine in the hospital and went 11 hours with this reaction without a nurse noticing. And now this. Plus he can’t eat anything he drinks nutritional drinks and thats it for almost 5 years. So his health is terrible. The doctors say the MRSA is gone but he keeps getting thrush and his memory is now going. I don’t know if his memory loss has anything to do with MRSA but I’m scared. I’m his caregiver and I’m literally with him from the time he wakes up 4:30-5:00 every morning until the second he goes to bed 11:00-12:00. I’m so overwhelmed and scared that he has not gotten rid of the MRSA and his memory loss and he’s getting emotional and anger outbursts. So I need some help what do I do? How do I know it’s gone. If anyone can get it from him I can. I bathe him and do everything for him. He sits in a chair his whole life. He’s on oxygen and has COPD also. I need some emotional support and help. How do I know it’s gone and does it have anything to do with memory loss? If anyone has any answers or just wants to be my friend please let me know. I know this comment is all over the place but I’m so overtired and overworked I don’t think straight anymore. HELP PLEASE!

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Pamela Bauer October 3, 2006 at 9:00 pm

I am a young, fit 35 yr. old mother of six boys and I have MRSA. I have no idea where I contracted it. I woke up on a Wednesday morning with a very high fever and severe pain. I had a spot on my upper right chest wall. With in 24 hours I was admitted to our local hospital and taken immediately to surgery to cut out the infected area. My condition seriously worsened in a short amount of time (all the while being on i.v. vanco and morphin for pain) and I was transferred to Ohio State University Hospital. I had mrsa on my lung, fluid around my lungs, mrsa in my joint by my collar bone, in my thoracic artery and collarbone. This was two months ago. I was hospitalized for over two weeks. I am currently being treated at home with vanco. through an I.V. central line twice a day and have visiting nurses once a week. I continue to be under a doctor’s care and will be for awhile. If I can get this, anyone can. I am a very “have it together” woman. I have a very clean home and a healthy lifestyle. This continues to be an amazing journey for me and my family. For those of you with MRSA just stay positive and it is extemely important to keep in contact with your doctor. It can kill you or god forbid you give it to someone else (maybe a child) and it kills them. I believe that mrsa can affect you in so many ways that I am not sure doctor’s really even know. I even lost muscle control in my right upper arm and neck area and had physical therapy in the hospital. For those of you lucky enough to just have your site drained and be given oral antibiotics – count your blessings. I think awareness is vitally important. Before I contracted MRSA I had never heard of it…..

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Becky October 20, 2006 at 12:14 pm

My grandmother has just been diagnosed with MRSA, she is in a nursing home, they tell me she got it from having pink eye. I took my Rat Terrier, who my grandmother loves, to see her two days ago, then yesterday, they quarantined my grandmother and told us she has MRSA. Is there any link between pink eye and MRSA? How fast does it manifest? Is there any link between dogs and MRSA and should I be concerned if my son, myself or the little dog now have it from visiting her two days ago? I will be visiting by myself today, will be very precautious. Any information would be helpful.

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Mindy November 2, 2006 at 3:53 am

My mother was in and out of ER’s this summer, so I was too. She turned out to have a rare lung infection called Nocardia, which is treated with Bactrim for up to a year. Some time during her illness I picked up CA-MRSA. I got a boil on the back of my neck, then later one on my bum, then later one on my head. The third time we did a culture and found out it was CA-MRSA. I had been treated with Keflex and Oxycycline. After a nasal swab came up positive I was given Bactrim, which I turned out to be allergic to, broke out in splotches, got a sore throat, ran a fever.
I now have pink eye. I’m wondering too if it is related to the MRSA.This all started in May of this year.

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Lonnie November 10, 2006 at 3:41 am

I’m an active 37 year old healthy male. On a Wednesday in early August I stepped in a hole in the ground at my son’s football practice resulting in a pain in my lower back that I figured must be a muscle pull. The next day (Thursday) I was in so much pain that my wife ended up taking me to the emergency room that evening. They did some x-rays and told me that it was likely a muscle spasm pinching my sciatic nerve. The ER doctor told to make an appointment with my PCP on that coming Monday. He said I needed an MRI which I had later Monday evening. Tuesday evening I was in so much pain that I couldn’t move my arms or legs without severe pain shooting through my lower back and my left leg. I was admitted to the hospital that night. After being in the hospital for 4 or 5 days I was finally told that a staph infection was behind my pain. There was a larger than grapefruit sized mass of infection in my SI joint. It was also in my right shoulder. After 10 weeks of IV antibiotics (2 weeks in the hospital and 8 at home) the infection appears to have vacated my body. My lower back is feeling much better but after 2 months of therapy I feel like my should is not getting any better. I was told that the infection in my shoulder was small and not that serious yet 3 and a half months later I can barely raise my arm above my shoulder and it hurts constantly. My orthopedic doctor says the pain is due to scar tissue left in the muscles and joint of my shoulder or adhesive capsulitis. Is this a common thing to happen to a body joint after a staph infection? I feel like more is going but it maybe that I’m just so frustrated that after 2 months of therapy my arm only feels like a fraction of what I feel it should be.

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Billie Thomas January 12, 2007 at 4:55 am

My daughter and her husband have been fighting staph infections. Antibiotics weren’t working. As soon as the antibiotics stopped, the boils came back. After some research, I decided to try garlic. We put minced garlic (the kind you buy at the grocery store in a jar) on a bandaid and put it on the boil. Within 24 hours, there was marked improvement. You might give this a try. I certainly won’t hurt anything and could very well help.

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Jane January 14, 2007 at 11:35 am

I just found two boils on my arm. I went to the doctor and it is MRSA. He has me on Bactrim and it did not work. He added Levotrim*may be misspelled, and my arm still looks swollen and burned. The sores are still there. I now have a leg that feels so sore when I walk. Are they conected? Can I die from this? I am strating to panick. Any thing you all recommend?

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Sheila January 15, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Jane, the the 2nd antibiotic you mentioned was Levaquin. It is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible, since you are still experiencing symptoms and are having problems with your leg. The two could be connected. Did your doctor drain the sores/abcesses on your arm? For an abcess to heal, it usually has to be drained and possibly packed with gauze. Wound care is very important, as well as taking ALL of the antibiotic. My doctor uses Dakins’ solution, which is a bleach solution made for wound care. Many doctors will refer someone that has had MRSA to an infectious disease specialist. It’s also important to note that someone can die from MRSA infection, so prompt medical treatment is key.

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Jane January 17, 2007 at 2:01 am

Thank you so much for responding. A week later, the two sores are still there. However, they have popped and are smaller, but still red and irritated. I am still taking medication Bactrim and Bactrim cream ointment. I was told to spray alcohol too. I do plan to schedule an appt with a specialist. Hopefully they can see me soon. By the way, the soreness in my leg has subsided.

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Peggy January 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Help. I need advice. I had basil cell skin cancer out- patient surgery on a leg in November. Bottom of lower leg, front of shin, close to ankle. I’ve always healed wonderfully. This wound became infected and was diagnosed as MRSA.
I asked my primary doc if it was infected in the beginning. He said, yes looks like it and put another bandaid on it. Then when I went back to the surgeon she ordered cultures and it was MRSA. Since then, I’ve been on two different anti-biotics. During the last one it did decrease in size and got better. But it is still infected, still a hole in my leg, still bloody and sore and still painful.
I am at my wit’s end. I can’t take it anymore. I emailed my surgeon last night and told her I want to see a specialist, try light therapy, maggots, I don’t care. I can’t live like this. I am an exercise instructor and athlete and this is affecting my work and MY LIFE. I also have a mechanical aortic valve and am very worried about this infection getting in my bloodstream and affecting my heart. People like me with artificial valves are at risk for endocarditis. That’s why we take anti-biotics prior to dental work. The surgeon has said several times I don’t have to worry about this. I don’t believe her.
Unfortunately for me, I have Kaiser, where you are just a number, not a human. I don’t know what to do next. I cannot afford to see a specialist on my own. I am so depressed, tired and scared.

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Chris Walker January 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Hello,
I read an interesting article in the Journal of Environmental Health by “Gabriel Bitton” which shows that 99% of Germs on a dish or floor cloth can be killed by putting them in a microwave for 3 or 4 minutes. This might be a way of helping in the fight against MRSA if all the hospital cleaners regularly put their cloths into microwaves….

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Cindy January 26, 2007 at 3:51 am

Dear Peggy:
Ask your doctor about Zyvox, it can be given through an IV or in pill form. It is very expensive, but worth every penny!!! My husband suffered from MRSA and he took this antibiotic and it worked. I also put him on a large dose of acidophlus and 5000mg of garlic, which helps replace your good bacteria. When you are on an antibiotic, as my husband was for almost a year before the MRSA, an infection can take hold because the antibiotic has not only killed the bad bacteria, but the good as well.
Another idea: 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in half a glass of warm water 3x a day. Continue for several days or more if you have recurring MRSA boils. Turmeric, a traditional Ayurvedic spice of India, is anti-inflammatory and a blood purifier. This can be found in any Indian grocery store.
Good luck and I hope this helps.

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Shari January 27, 2007 at 6:10 pm

My 18-month old was treated for CA-MRSA about 4 months ago- Her treatment seems to have worked sucessfully.
Does anyone know if this means she is ok for life now?
WHAT IS THE RECCURENCE rates OF CA-MRSA?
I still panic at every cut, cold etc she gets now & I would feel so much better if I know for sure she is “cured”.
Thanks to all who answer.

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jane February 24, 2007 at 10:44 pm

my dad has got mrsa on his chest . he has been in hospital for nearly 5 months now, he was only in there for 2 wks at the most. you see he has parkinsons disease and his brain is shrinking at the front of his head. there has been a lot of people in the hospital who have got mrsa, it does make you wonder what is going on. my family all have to wear aprons and gloves,i hate it he doesnt realise why we wear them,i dont want him to think that we dont want to be near him.may be everyone that visits hospitals should be made to wear aprons and gloves.does anyone no what happens to people with mrsa that is on someones chest??????? would really like to hear more about this please. thankyou

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Tammy April 9, 2007 at 5:16 pm

I need some advice!! My 7 year old son had staph infection most of last summer, my 8 year old daughter had it and my husband actually had a flesh eating staph. It was a horrible summer. They were all given Bactrim and Keflex and it took care of it. Now my son yesterday has shown me a spot on his leg and I think it’s staph again. He always complains of leg pain. I’ve always chalked it up as maybe “growing pains” but I’m not sure anymore. Could there be any link here with the staph infection? especially with him getting it again. Hmmmm? Any advice is welcome.
Thanks
Tammy

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J Smith April 21, 2007 at 8:46 pm

My daughter broke her leg in 2 places 2 weeks ago. Surgery was preformed on Wed afternoon and she was sent home the very same day with no antibiotics. She was in so much she had to have her pain medication refilled 3 times. She called the doctors office several times out of concern about the pain and was told this was normal. She was never told that she might need to come in to let them look at the incisions. Well on Tuesday of this week she went to get the staples out and they put her back in the hospital for more surgery. They went in and cleaned out the incision and a vaccum pump was put on the area to draw out the infection. The morning of the 2nd. surgery her nose was swabbed. She was told she had MRSA. She has no insurance is being treated very badly by the Dr. He has been in her room twice and told her she needs to be thinking about how she is going to pay for the expensive medicine. I am going out of my mind with worry. I am afraid she might lose her leg.

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sharon April 21, 2007 at 9:25 pm

My husband, age 59, got MRSA from back surgery. He had an herneated disc had surgery, One week later another surgery, doral tear, 4 days later another surgery, dorel tear. He is in a rehab hosp. can’t walk or sit. He is in alot of pain and taking lots and lots of pain meds. Rehab is slow and they want to kick him out. He is on anti-biotics daily. It has been 3 weeks. How do I know that Ft Myers hosp is doing the correct procedures for the back and staph pain? Is there a specialty hosp for this?

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sharon April 21, 2007 at 9:31 pm

My husband has been in the hosp for 3 weeks. He is 59. He had 3 back surgeries in a week and a half. Contacted staph infection. Is now in rehab for a week. He is alot of pain, taking lots of pain meds, and can’t walk or sit for more than 5 minutes. He is in a rehab hosp. They want to kick him out because rehab is so slow. I don’t want to put him in a nursing home and he con’t come home because of the daily dosage of antibiotics. Insurance won’t pay for them unless thay are administered in a medical facility. He can’s walk or get in or our of a car. Is there a special hosp. that deals with staph disease and/or rehab after staph disease? Help

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Nelda April 27, 2007 at 5:59 pm

well, here is another story to tell. My 48 year old sister, had a stroke in April 06, my mother and I went to see her in the hospital, where she was in a room with an older lady, who had a hip replacement, the lady was to go home on or about the next day (sat), but instead the Dr. takes her back to the OR, where he culture’s her and this culture comes back with MRSA.
In, June 06, I get an abcess under my left arm, and go to the ER, where my Dr. cuts it open, but NO culture was taken. So, we don’t know at that time what caused this. The next week, my sister, goes to have a pedport placed, and the nurse took a sputum culture, and guess what this test came back that she has MRSA, in her lungs.
So, we go on living till I start getting this scores on my leg, after I, could shave my legs. I, ask some people about this, I have no medical insc. So, someone told me that I needed to get an elect. razer, instead of using reg. razer. okay? In, Oct. 06, I get 2 large abcess’s one on my back and one on my right thigh. Had, to go to the hospital, where the Dr. tells my mother to get on the phone, and call the church people to pray, I was that bad….So, at least he was a good Dr. and took cultures and guess what? It came back MRSA….
After, thinking things where getting better for me. I was back in the hospital, again in Dec. 06, this crap, had returned in the thigh again. Try to get back to some kind of life, that is now a JOKE.
In, March 07, was back in the hospital, again bacause my right leg started swelling and those scores bust open. Here, we go again. Now, it’s April 07, I, go to the DR. because of the pain in my right leg, is so, bad it fell’s like i have needles just trying to get out of my body.by the way, leg is still swelling, when I try to set up in the chair.Now, he tells me that the nerve’s are beening affected by this. They, (who-ever ) they are says life so on,
Well, it has been 6 months, I have not worked, because my job is driving a pilot car for oversize loads, with semi’s. we drive 500-600 miles a day. can’t do that because the leg swells, to bad.Well now you say go get help… from WHO? our nice goverment says that I need prof that I will not be able to drive for a year or longer. Help, to pay the almost $30,000.00 worth of medical bills and 6 Dr’s I have seen. No, that will not work either.
Talk about going crazy? yes, I am almost to the point that I will be better of dead, going to end up there someday I guess.
Try, to find a lawyer to see if my sister and I have a case against this hospital? can’t find in the state we live, (KY). if, you can call just try getting up out of the bed, every day and going to the reclainer living.
thanks, for giving me the time to air out my thoughts and sadness.Only
people that has this knows that heart ache and pain that you can go though. again thanks..

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Skatha May 2, 2007 at 10:49 pm

Can MRSA potentially be spread via oral sex?
A few days after receiving oral sex from my partner, I notice a small pimple that grow enormous very quickly. Following InD, the culture came back as MRSA.
Although I work in a hospital, this seems a strange place to manifest considering how meticulous I am about hand washing/sanitizing.
I am wondering if he should be cultured nasally and potentially treated?

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chris valdez May 22, 2007 at 6:52 am

I need some freken help. I believe i got the staph infections from my roomate last year and they keep comming back every 2 to 3 months. keep on going to the doctors and they gave me bactrim and keflex which they say it will work. I was hoping it would go away which the doctors said but it was a bunch of bullshit. iam sick of this because now i got 4 infections in my leg as of now and i dont want to spread this crap. what the hell should i do because iam in desperate need of help

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John May 23, 2007 at 4:04 pm

I have had 6 boils in the last year, after this last Dr. visit my Dr. tells me I have MRSA, I had most of my boils on my butt, So i went and had this last one lanced and to the Dr. the next day, well the head of my penis started turning red and before long a blister popped up, Thats when she in formed me of mrsa. She gave me bactrim, bactriban and something that starts with a c.
How long does it take for the infection to go away once you’re on antibiotics. And are they going to keep coming back??

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Emma May 24, 2007 at 7:54 pm

For those of you that are just finding boil or stys, I have a few tips: have a bath with saltwater every day to treat the boils you have and prevent new ones, don’t ever touch your nose or armpits without washing your hands after, drink lots of fluid, reduce your stress (I do yoga).

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Emma May 24, 2007 at 7:54 pm

For those of you that are just finding boil or stys, I have a few tips: have a bath with saltwater every day to treat the boils you have and prevent new ones, don’t ever touch your nose or armpits without washing your hands after, drink lots of fluid, reduce your stress (I do yoga).

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Samantha May 27, 2007 at 6:30 am

I have been battling MRSA since December 2006. They appear as a large boil. They get bery red, swollen and hot. I have had 18-20 from my legs to my head (and everywhere in between). I have done BACTRUM antibiotics 3x’s. I’ve done the nasal cremes, I’ve done the creme under the nails, I’ve done the stuff you shower with.. I’ve popped and drained them myself.. I am soooo tired of having them. I have all these tiny scars from then and now I have an infant in my home to worry about. I want all of this to just stop. I have on under my arm pit. I can’t raise my arm or move it. I just returned from the ER, it’s not ready to be drained, so I was given an antibiotic and vicodin… ENOUGH all ready! Please send any advice you can my way!

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ROSIE ROSE June 6, 2007 at 5:22 pm

MY TWO YEAR OLD SON HAD A PLACE LOOKING LIKE A BOIL CAME UP ON HIS GROIN AREA… THE DR. DONE A NASAL SWAB & SAID IT WAS + FOR MRSA… HE IS ON ALLERGY SHOTS AND HAS CHRONIC ASTHMA… HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THIS OUT OF HIS BLOOD STEAM….

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JUlian Lieb,M.D June 26, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Lieb,J.”The immunostimulating and antimicrobial properties of lithium and antidepressants.” J Infection (2004) 49(2) 88-93.
Lieb,J.”Lithium and antidepressants: stimulating immune function and preventing and reversing infection.” Medical Hypotheses 2007;69(1):8-11. Epub 2007 Feb 6. Over the past twenty five years I have published ten articles on the resisted paradigm shift. It is highly unlikely that the benefits can be duplicated.
Sincerely,
Julian Lieb,M.D

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PHP July 8, 2007 at 9:31 pm

I am a 34-year-old female who has been diagnosed with MRSA. I have had it for about 2 years. It is in my legs and feet. I have already lost my big toe because of the MRSA. I am probably going to lose another one. I have taken all of the antibiotics for MRSA but nothing seems to help. I have hospital bills piling up. I can’t take it anymore. Please help!

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michael July 12, 2007 at 3:20 pm

my mam has just had a swap taken and told she is mrsa positive. What does this mean will she die from this can we catch it from her, my dad lives at home wit her can they still sleep in the same bed? My sister does her personal care is she had a big risk of catching this? Is it safe to take my two year old daughter around ?

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John July 17, 2007 at 2:49 am

I was shocked to see so many cases of this infection! I had a “bump” form on my arm not far from my elbow, some time back.
Well, I noticed over time this bump hurt, I tried popping it, nothing seemed to come of it. The next day my arm was red and swollen, some thought a spider bite.
I saw a PA at my PCP and they did the test to confirm MERSA.
We spoke a little on the seriousness of this bacterial infection.
I obviously wasted no time in getting medical attention I recommend this to ALL who suspect any problem of this sort, PLEASE< do not wait to seek help.
At this time, the PA applied local anesthesia, made a few incisions as I watched and out oozed the infection.
It was quite a painful ordeal, she used those wirey thin swabs w\ peroxide to help fizz out the infection. I was put on antibiotics and EVERY DAY I had to peel off the bandages, RE-open the wound by poking swabs into it w\ peroxide and gently moving the swab all around inside to help clean and drain it off. I did this atleast twice everyday, applied clean bandages etc.
It was time consuming and not very comfortable but it was well worth it to me to have my health and my arm back.
After repeat doc visits to confirm there was no more infection, the wound simply healed itself up and Thanks be to God I’ve had no more occurences. Unfortunately a co-worker had contracted this infection in a worse way, he has also put off seeing a physician for some time unfortunately, he has had it appear in several places over his body, multiple times and when he finishes his course, it seems to return. He said they told him he’s built a tolerance, the antibiotics are not working, I’ve not see him in several days. I am hoping he is well. I pray for anyone suffering from this terrible infection, just be sure to get help if you find something on your body that you know doesnt belong, dont wait.

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Me in Washington July 26, 2007 at 11:55 pm

I am a healthy 22 year old female, who has never been hospitalized for anything. I don’t do drugs, I’m not dirty and my house is clean. One day I woke up with what I thought was a spider bite, after 2 days I realized it was something more so I went to the Emergency Room. They told me I was positive for MRSA. I dont know how I got it, where I got it, it’s quite confusing. They told me that I caught it really early. But I have so many questions; Will I always have it? Will very cut or scrape I have turn into another infection? Can you get it from all bodily fluids including blood? Anyone with some answers plese respond!

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Debbie July 30, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Does this sound familiar? I was diagnosed last year and since my Dermatologist put me on Minocycline (Low doses) for 12 months…so far – so good.
Good Luck!

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Debbie July 30, 2007 at 9:29 pm
Michelle August 12, 2007 at 5:18 am

My 21 month old son was diagnosed with MRSA. He is currently on Bactrim DS. The boils were subsiding, but now they seem to be coming back. Does anyone know the length of time it takes to be cured? Can you tell me any other remedies that will kill this infection? Please help!!!!!

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Me in Washington August 13, 2007 at 12:14 am

Hey Michelle,
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but MRSA never goes away. Once you have it you have it forever. That doesn’t mean you will see it all the time, in fact my Dr. told me that some people have it once and never see it again, some people see it a few times a year…. it just depends. My best advice santize, wash hands and constantly wash your son’s bedding! It will be ok, I was on Bactrim DS for 15 days, I ended up having to get my boil removed, packed for two weeks and then stitched all in all my first and so far only (knock on wood) outbreak of MRSA lasted from first symtom to stitches being out a total of 20 days! I really hope your little boy feels better if you have any more questions feel free to ask, I have become sort of a pro at this infection.

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Debbie Ward August 25, 2007 at 5:48 am

my 20 year old son is in the hospital with a very bad leg wound he now has Mersa and RVE im afraid he will loose his leg maybe his life it has been a living hell to say the least and now to find out he most likely contracted it from the hospital ..I WANT TO SECREM…..DEBBIE WARD LDS HOSPITAL SLC UTAH foruawink@yahoo.com

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Angie August 25, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I clean house for someone who has MRSA staff infection. He is resistant to the antbiotics he’s been taking. I’m wondering if I’m at any risk of getting this Mrsa from being around him and in his home. I change his sheets, clean his bathroom, wash his towels. Please, I need to know if I am at risk???

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Angie August 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm

I clean house for someone who has MRSA staff infection. He is resistant to the antbiotics he’s been taking. I’m wondering if I’m at any risk of getting this Mrsa from being around him and in his home. I change his sheets, clean his bathroom, wash his towels. Please, I need to know if I am at risk???

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angry mom August 28, 2007 at 6:12 pm

hello my husband was in the burn unit at a great hospital, they treated him for his burns and he had to have surgery and they covered his burns with a fake skin like material. well everthing was looking great and he was released 3 days after is surg. when we got home we took all precautions, i kept his bedding clean and sheets and towels. his follow-up appt. was 2 weeks later and he had started getting these big places on his leg and even on the arm that wasnt burnt. people thought he had been bite by a spider, well when he went to the doc. he said some of the places looked normal and was healing. they done blood work and we was told they would contact us asap. over the weekend his places got worse. i was so concerned i called them, they said his blood work was fine, they stated he had a small infection and his white blood cells were low! they gave him a prescription for ciphrp, while he was taking it and after he finished he was still getting big hard boils on his body. so i contacted his doc. they called him in k-flex and he is still taking that and it’s not helping. well a 2 weeks ago my duaghter got a place on her arm that was identical to the places on my husband. I took her to her doc. and he said she had a staff infection and put her on bactrim since she has had several more place pop up. i am so mad because if they would have told us what kind of infection my husband had, we could have been more safe. i havent got any places and our 3 yr old hasnt. but we need to know what kind of test can determine the type of infections they have and how do we know we dont. please help us figure this out

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Nicolle August 28, 2007 at 10:28 pm

I had hosptial acquired MRSA in 3/06 and it was in a prosthetic which was taking out of my chest after having a mastecomy.
I developed a staff epi under the skin 6/07
Then last week had a mrsa in my nose, ID doc says everyone has it. Took rifapin antibotic. Then devloiped a bladder infection-ecoli-took another antobtic.
All the doctors say its nothing dont worry.
My question is, does MRSA once it is in your body, does it colonize and stat one way or another?

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Marcie August 29, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Should people that are diagnosed with this be working around others before the antibotics prescribed take affect?
My cowoker was seen by her doctor today. She wasn’t told anything about this condition and I am very concerned. My other coworker had similiar symptoms 2 months ago.

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Amanda September 3, 2007 at 12:15 am

My grandmother has been dealing with mrsa for over 2 years now.. I don’t know a whole lot about it but she has to go to the hospital once a day for treatments and now they have done surgery so that instead of her being stuck in the arm they put something in her heart and the Dr thinks that it may be in her heart now.. She is very scared and doesnt think shes going to make it.. How likley is it that she will make it if its in her heart?

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Heather September 9, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I am looking for all the information that I can about treatment for MRSA. I have a 2 1/2 year old son who is getting boils from MRSA. Last year (summer of 06-he was 1 1/2) he got this for the 1st time. He contiued to get sores from August through Oct. From then on we did not have a problem until this June 07. He is now suffering from the sores/boils until this day. He also seems to be getting worse and worse. At the beginning he would get one sore, and it would drain, get better and go away. 5 days after being off of antibiatics he would get another sore. Now he is getting any ware from 5 to over 10 sores at one time in one spot. I am a VERY concerned mother, and am reading all these horror stories about MRSA. I keep on top of this constantly. I have taken my son to 2 different ID doctors, he is always at his Ped’s office as soon as I spot a sore, and is put on meds right away. However, my son also has bad Eczma, which the doctors have said is why he keeps getting reoccurances. It is due to the microscoptic tears in the skin. I understand this completely, but my concern is this….
The washes that we are being told to use makes the Eczma worse, therefore providing this “superbug” more access to cause an infection. (my thought process) In this situation should I continue to use this wash? I ask because when I use the wash my son’s Eczma flares up really bad. I feel as though we are stuck in a really bad spot with this. From my understanding the washes are suppose to dry the sores out to get better, however they are also drying my son’s skin out which provides more microscoptic tears for the MRSA to enter all over again.
I have also been instructed by his doctor to drain these sores myself. Is this a good thing? Should I really be doing this?
I am just very concerned because my son is going through this for months at a time. Is this normal? My main question through this has been “where is this coming from?” and have been told that it is every where and that there is no way to get rid of this. I am finding this answer a hard one to swollow and feel that there maybe a better answer.
If anyone could shed some more light on this situation, someone who has gone though this same situation, or a doctor who may be reading this. I would like to get my son better and not have this back once and for all.
Thank you

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lori bova September 10, 2007 at 1:08 am

HI MY NAME IS LORI, I HAVE A 19 YEAR OLD SON WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE IN SPORTS, HE PLAYED BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, AND FOOTBALL. LAST AUG HE HIT HIS KNEE PLAYING FOOTBALL DOCTOR SAID HE HAD A BRUISED KNEECAP. 13 MONTHS LATER AFTER 6 SURGRIES FOR SWELLING IN KNEE WE WERE TOLD HE HAD MERSA, HE HAD A WOUND VAC ON WHICH IS NOW OFF. WOUND STILL NOT HEALING. CALLING DR. AGAIN TOMORROW. DO YOU THINK IT WILL EVER HEAL. IT IS HARD WATCHING HIM SIT IN CHAIR AND SAY HOW SICK HE FEELS AND I’M A NURSE CAN ANYONE HELP.

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MCWOODSON September 11, 2007 at 1:56 am

I JUST GOT diagnosed WITH MRSA I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO? CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME?
mcwoodson@att.net

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Tim September 12, 2007 at 3:08 am

I was diagnosed in May 2007, the best thing that has worked so far is Bactroban Cream mupirocin calicium by GlaxoSmithKline directly on the boils. Make sure to cover, so it doesn’t spread. It was prescribed by Dermatologist(w/5 refills).I’ve also tried the Turmeric powder the last couple days, you can get this in any grocery store in spice isle for 4.00. It’s pretty nasty tasting with warm water 3x per day but you can drink something to cover it. It’s also helpful for diarrehha so eat plenty of fruit. Watch for the little bitty pimple looking things and catch them as soon as you can. If nothing else is handy use neosporin, I have a topical salve Batroban for the nose that I also use off and on.
Here’s a natural website
http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/boils.html

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Diane Bray September 12, 2007 at 3:09 am

I am frustrated. My husband contracted MRSA in the hospital in May/07. We was just admitted to hospital again (Sept./07) We were never told that he was positive until he went in on Sept. lst/07. He was a hole in his big toe, very infected and getting b igger. He also has cellultis on the same foot and up his leg. His fev er soared very high. He was on Ancef for six days on IV and sent home on celefexin. It has been five days since he has been home and he starting to get sick again. The hole is being dressed every day by VON nurses. I am at my wits end. He has had a stroke, has parkinsons, has a tumor on the brain, COPd and congestive heart failure. What do I do next? HELP ME

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Barbara Lewis September 16, 2007 at 4:39 am

My 50 year old cousin has been battling MRSA, PSEUDOMAS, AND another bacteria in the lungs since March 2007. It began with him not being able to breathe and was coughing terribly. So weak he could hardly walk more than 10 feet without resting. We live in a small town and he went to the local doc, who first diagnosed as allergies, then bronchitis, then regular pneumonia. When about 1-2 months had elapsed they did a blood, spitum, and xray and discovered MRSA in his lungs. They treated with the only drug that was suppose to cure the MRSA. He could not take orally, it made him sick. They put him in hospital and gave intravenously. This did not cure the infection. I encouraged and finally got him to let me contact Pulmonary Specialists in a much larger city. They did a broncoscope and sent to the lab. It was MRSA, Pseudomonas, and ECOLI. They also discovered that his immune system was nearly zero (caused from taking Embreyol shots for 3 years for scorisis). Thye said if he had taken 7 more shots he be dead now. Also that it remains in the system for 9 months. The doctor did not reguire him to come back for regular blood checks prior to issuing new prescripts and was prescribing 50 mg per week (normally 25-50 mg are prescribed). Notice the adverisement on TV about the effects on the immune system. They treated intravenously with two different type drugs. For 14 days. He got better for a week and started coughing terribly again. I told him that it must be coming back. He went back and the ECOLI had cleared at that time but the other 2 remained. He is now in the hospital in Augusta and has been there for 2 weeks. He had a scan and has abscesses on both lungs. We were told it was not cancer, which we were afraid it was. I presume dealing with the bacterias from March till today caused the problem. Vancomycin and another IV, plus some oral medications are the treatment. He is on oxygen and is severly ill. He was so weak that he could not even chew to eat. He was told today that he needed to start thinking about whether he wants to be put on a respirator because he is not getting any better/treatment is not working. When oxygen mask is removed his oxygen drops way down in the 60′s and below. He basically is on max oxygen. We are at ends row as to what next could possibly be done to help him. He is 50 years old and the immune doc said it would take 3-6 mos for his immune system to build back to normal from the EMbreyol shots. He doesn’t appear to have nearly that much time. He has nothing to fight bacterias until the immune systemm increases to fight it off…He is only 50 years old. Has anyone ever had lung bacterias from low immune systems caused by taking Embreol, if so, how was it treated and was it successful. Also, does anyone have a quick fix for the immune system? I would appreciate your input.
Thank you..bol7283

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April September 21, 2007 at 3:22 am

I worked for a school district…They had active CMV and MRSA… Then I got some boils/bumps on my back and then touched my face. They were huge..I just thought it was a huge pimple…now i am told that the dr should have ran a culture for MRSA but did not…they gave me the same treatment as a person with MRSA…However, I still have scars and a boil under the skin that they are now calling a bone infection and have ordered a CT Scan…Problem most offices do not want to do a scan with the MRSA on my referrel…so now I have to wait until the hospital can get me in…Is there anything else I can do?

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Lynn September 22, 2007 at 4:49 am

My 25 year old son got hurt at work on March 12, 2007 and had to have 48 stitches in his finger next to his thumb on right hand and 12 stitches in the second finger (same hand). The hospital sewed him up after only pouring betadine on them. He was a mechanic and his fingers were full of grease and oil from work. He developed a staph infection and was back and forth to the emergency room many many times. Finally on April 12, 2007 a doctor in Tampa, Florida went in and scraped his bones in his fingers because the infection had spread to the bones. They sent him home with a port in his arm and for the next two days a home health nurse came to our home to administer these antibiotics to him. On the third day, the doctor called and told my son he had MRSA and he was changing his medication to Vancomycin. During the first treatment of this medication, my son had a reaction and we lost him in our back yard. He had a intracerabral hemorrhage and was bleeding in his brain. They kept him alive until the next day so that I could donate his organs. He saved eight other people the day Jesus called him home. The doctors told me that they found a “trace” of cocaine in his urine, not in his blood, so of course the medical examiner ruled his death by “cocaine intoxication”. The medical examiner also told me that there was no trace of any MRSA and that my boy was not sick, nor was his body run down. He was very ill at the time. The medical examiner also told me that if he had been using cocaine and it had been in his blood that they would not have been able to use his organ. Explain this one to me. I work in the legal field and believe me, they all cover up for each other.

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Jennifer September 23, 2007 at 10:34 pm

You need to get Cipro this was used to kill my MRSA on my tummy last year, also my son on his knee, and my daughter from the back of thigh, and my husband had it on his elbow.
Everyone thought that it was a spider bite come to find out it was from an unclean hospital bed and it is mostly from dirty hospitals my son just went to get a physical to play baseball and 1 day later had mrsa then he passed unto us.
Have you doctor prescribe Cipro and it will not return. Then use warm compress on the area and you will have to squesse the blood and pus out or it will harden and take longer to heal.

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Candiss Brown September 25, 2007 at 12:24 am

Hi I noticed this red bump on my uper thigh I thought it mat have come from when I was out side doing some yard work I thought something may have bittem me but a month later another one came up so I went to the doctor and she told me this was what it was. She really didn’t give me much info on this she gave me some drugs and told me to call her if another one came up. Becaue I reaolly didn’t get that much info I went on the web to get info so I found this.

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Whiskey October 1, 2007 at 10:19 pm

HI, I am a mother of two boys, 3 & 11 , my husband ownes & operates a local garage. one of our employee’s (very close to family,kids are around him & shop all the time) has just gotten home from hospital he has MRSA in his blood & his lungs the pnumonia from it was very bad he spent 2 weeks in hospital, the cut open his chest & removed a piece of his lung, now I work in the health field so I know handwashing & standard precautions, BUT this is not at my work this is our second home & my children, can someone please tell me IS it safe for my children to be around him Or to have him working in our shop? He wants to come back to work next week?…

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cAROLYN rUSCHE October 16, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I lost my baby brother and sister from MRSA , it kills

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denise October 18, 2007 at 2:08 am

Almost a year ago I was told that I had acquired a fungal infection on my hands, most likely from the acrylic nails I had at the time, and from my job as a bartender, always having wet hands, lemons, limes, and other irritants.
I went to the Doc, and he prescribed an anti-fungal creme, but to no avail.
Now, over the last 6 months or so I have recurring boils on my butt.
I am concerned that the two are connected, and may possibly be a type of staph.
Does anyone know of a possible correlation between the two symptoms?

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Lisa October 18, 2007 at 4:20 am

I recently developed a large abscess under my armpit. I had it lanced in the ER and was sent home with a high fever,nausea,and extreme arm pain. I was admitted to the hospital later that evening when the chills started again. I was pretty much septic, my body was getting overcome by infection. The next day Ihad pain in my chest,back and arm. MD was afraid it was necrotizing. I had an I&D done and turned up to be MRSA. I am still with daily packing wounds to my arm, it has been 4 weeks. I completed the Bactrim. My son is a type I diabetic and I am very afraid for him. Does anyone have any advice. No one has done a nasal swab on him or any of the other children Should I have this done? Someone help.

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Francesco October 19, 2007 at 5:19 am

I had pink eye 4 weeks ago and I developed a soar throat that does not go away; the sore spot in my throat seems to travel from the left to the right side and viceversa. Is this MRSA? a 4 week old soar throat and itchy watery eyes is not a cold or the flu. I hear about getting MRSA trhu your nose but not sore throat. Has anyone out there experience a long term sore throat and been diagnosed with MRSA? Please reply,

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Dave Roberts October 20, 2007 at 1:42 am

Only a test can confirm MRSA – but it usually manifests as a skin or wound infection

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Amanda October 27, 2007 at 9:55 pm

My daughter has been infected several times. She was 1 day away from being put in the hospital the antibiotic kicked in just in time. The 4th time she had it we were sent to a dermatologist. He told us that she needed to be on leviquin for 3 weeks in order for it to be gone from the body. She also needed to wash from head to toe with a hospital grade antibacterial wash for a week. Insurance did not want to pay for the med it is over $400 for the 3 weeks. we could not afford it. Insurance paid for 2 weeks. She was fine for a while. It came back again this time we convinced the insurance company to pay for the full 3 weeks. She has not had a problem for months now. we also discovered that there is an ointment that kills the bacteria. we also discovered that Bacteen has the same main ingredient so now she also puts this on any cut or scratch that she gets cant hurt

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Meredith November 1, 2007 at 4:47 pm

I just wanted to say my heart goes out to all of you, especially the little baby fighting for life. I have had no problems and have been an otherwise healthy and on the go mother of two. Exactly 6 weeks after the birth of my daughter I noticed something that resembled a spider bite.I passed it off as one of those post baby wierd things your body does while getting back on track. I did, however, continue to get these absesses and only when I noticed one on my daughter did I realize, and become educated, about MRSA. I took her in immediatly and she has not had a problem since. I, however, seem to get them, after treatment, every 2 months. I see my sister in law and brother and nephew all the time and they have a problem too, is there anything out there that I can do to permanently get rid of these superbugs? I heard tumeric works, but is there any truth to that? I need to get this under control before it spreads to my kids. I know I got it at the hospital, but there is no way to prove that besides common sense? Anyone have any suggestions on combat? =)

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Laura November 2, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Is this MERSA ?
May 2oo6 after trip to mexico my boyfriend and I began developing extreme exhaustion,blurred vision,dark eye circles,and unhealing skin lesions.1st ER Dr.assumed hookworm advised over counter med.and skin quell.We worstened,2nd Dr.assumed impetigo script of Clindomyacin did nothing.3rd Er Dr. at Uconn (story to long to tell here,not to mention unbelievable)accused-selfmutilation,sharedparapsycosis,”sometimes relating to crystal meth use” was his guess -WHAT?said he wouldnt help me-He told me to take my own biopsy-threw a cup onto the mayo stand,I left sick and crying.My Dr. back from seminar had no clue sent me to Dermatology,that Dr. too busy sent in a RUDE Phys.asst.- wouldnt look at my sores until I let them heal.Thats why Im here THEY DON’t HEAL!-went home in tears gave up!Still have sores 1.5 yrs later! Now MERSA appears,do I have this,whatsort of specialist will take time to skin scrape,look microscopically at samples and bloodwork.I’m in Ct.
Thanks for any help,Laura

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steph November 2, 2007 at 10:44 pm

I found this website and need some help. MRSA has been found childrens school. Could you please comment me to educate me on how you contract this. I would really appreciate it. thanks

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steph November 2, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Im really concerned about MRSA its now in schools. 3 cases have been reported at my childrens School. I dont know much about it could some email me to help educate me on how you get this, treatment, how to keep from getting it, etc. thanks

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Lynn November 7, 2007 at 4:14 am

My son who was 25 at the time of his death developed mrsa and was given vancomycin. During the first dosage of this medication, he had an allergic reaction and he is now our Angel in Heaven. Has anyone else had trouble with this drug??

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lisa November 7, 2007 at 10:27 pm

I am a 42 year old women. I had staph infection at age 25 after surgery. I am now having pain in my elbow that will not go away. I thought it was artritis, but none of the cures for that has worked. This pain is wierd and I believe I am starting to have night fever with it. Could this be a return of the staph from years ago? Or is it possibly septic staph. Please send your comments. next step is drs. who can’t see me until next week. Thanks.

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james dudley November 13, 2007 at 10:23 pm

I have mrsa I ended up with it because I have poems syndrome and that has caused me to have a weak imune system do to my illness and there is not a lot i can do about it. anything going around I have a very good chance of getting ill and there is not alot I can do about it accept get sick poems syndrome is fatal I have anywhere from 4 to 12 years to live so wish me luck and i will do the same for you thanks jim dudley

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Tim and Kimberly Costello November 14, 2007 at 11:10 am

Hi,
I know there are a lot of very serious issues posted here, Thankfully our issue is not so serious…yet, and we are trying to keep it so. I have 3 children 8,5,3. I have a very close friend who is HIV positive and has had repeated outbreaks of MRSA. His strain is a hospital acquired strain. My issue is that this man is basically an uncle to my children-sometimes bear-hugging, wrestling, etc. He has become very adept at recognizing the imminence of an outbreak and stays away from us, immediately seeks treatment and we do not see him until he is at least a week past his antibiotics. I am trying to determine how much risk my children are being exposed to, particularly because of the bear-hugging, ie: skin to skin contact.
Do I need to tell my friend he must refrain from these types of activities with my children completely in order to be safe with them?(even when it’s been months since any outbreak?) I feel we take great care-my friend and I-to assure that he is not a danger to my kids, and the thought of saying this to him breaks my heart. It is so hard to find definitive answers out there–any guidance or help would be appreciated greatly.
Thanks–this is one of the best sites i have found–thank you so much.
The costellos

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Linda November 28, 2007 at 3:32 am

Hi I went to a new Dr.’s office.I have many things wrong with me from type 1 dieabets to triple by pass and all the things that go with that. It is easier to say what parts I still have than not. anyway just two days after going to this new clinic this lump starts on my shoulder blade I thought maybe an in grown pimple the next day double in size, I call the Dr, and can get in next day. that morning it has tripled in size. I have no open wound cut or anything to explain this. Dr. says dieabets infection. Gives me prescription antibatics. 5 days worth end of 5 days not better. call Dr. office they say can’t give any more antibiatics come in next week. Pain so bad can’t sleep for days feels like shoulder blade bone is eating away. Dr. finally takes culture swab and cuts open to drain,it stopped draining the next day waiting for culture to come back. Dr. not to helpful doesn’t know how I got it or if it goes away will it ever come back.couyld I have gotten it when they listtened to heart beats with that thing. It was put all over my back. I can’t think of any way else. Meds takijng now I have to take for ten{10] days. any info anyone can help me with I will be greatful. thanks

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Susan Downing November 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm

My son has just been diagnosed with MERSA under his arm pit. It has be lanced and he has been given an antibiotic. He has a ticket to the Phillipines and says he is going. Should I try to get him to stay here and not go to the Phillipines?

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bennysmom December 11, 2007 at 6:13 am

hi guys i am 46 and have had a mersa spot on my breast sicne halowwen been on many anitbitcs seems like it is getting smaller
which is good and also using altabax on spot and keeping it covered up with a bandage and constant bra weraing ,and thank god it is not in my blood stream .i feel for all you guys that have had it really bad i will say prayers for all of you.m y question is have any of you folks used tea tree oil on the area and has it helped i g back to dr on thursday.hoping i dont need more antibiotics ahhhh .but if i do i guess i do.i am on tetracyclene beacuse i am allergic to the sulfa drugs and the zyvon i cant take because of other meds i take and it has strong possibility of bad interaction.i feelfor all yu folks but glad there are others that i can relate too about this icky bug. and i am washing my hands like crazy more than i ever have.thanks for letting me vent
tammy

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kris December 16, 2007 at 3:30 am

I am wondering if I have this. My mother was “freaking out” about this on the phone with me so I agreed to research it.
Yesterday morning my nose started swelling near my left nostril. It was not noticeable at first, and there was no discoloration. I had what appeared to be clear blisters that were getting larger. Around lunch time I dabbed at them with a tissue and the fluid drained. I was putting tea tree oil and acyclovir cream on the spot, which was concentrated and has not spread. As the day progressed, it started to look pretty icky, like Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars movies, but I believe that’s just because the nose has so many blood vessels. I had a very full day and did not try to see a doctor, mainly because the area didn’t look bad until last night.
Any sort of ointment (I’m now using an antibacterial as well) seemed to cause more fluid to literally pool on top of the skin. Last night some of the fluid was pinkish. I just kept dabbing and cleaning.
This morning the fluid seems to be gone and I’m left with a nasty scab. I have been washing with antibacterial soap and actually feel the blisters are healing. There is no pain, but I do seem to be running a mild fever (99.8ish).
I teach in a middle school and have had mysterious blisters similar to this before. This is different in that it doesn’t itch or hurt at all. I am very tired, but then, it’s a busy time of year for teachers.
Any thoughts?
k

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Pat O'Brien December 21, 2007 at 6:55 pm

HAND WASHING ALONE is NOT the answer to MRSA!
Please don’t take your local health department as the last word on MRSA…even the CDC is putting out some misleading information because they are trying to prevent a panic.
My company is working with many of the schools that have been affected by MRSA. To my knowledge we have the only national firm that is successfully cleaning up CA-MRSA. Most health experts are grossly in the dark when it comes to advising school system administrators how to deal with MRSA.
When health officials say it is not a problem… they are usually speaking of hospital acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) however, what we are seeing in our schools is
CA-MRSA…Community Acquired. (CA) it is a more virulent strain and it can be… and is …a killer.
Sanitization alone will not protect your children. Sanitization must be followed with a second step by applying a microbial inhibitor with a durable protective coating to the surfaces of the building. If this step is eliminated the surface will quickly become infected again. Another way is to purify the air with a NASA certified UV light system. We recommend both under certain situations because MRSA is also airborne despite many health officials’ opinions.
We have a permanent solution to CA-MRSA clean-up. It is a 3-step process that can be done 72-hours from the time you call in any U.S. city. We sanitize, protect, and purify the air your students breathe. We also offer a 3-year service warrantee program
Pat O’Brien
CEO
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Betty December 22, 2007 at 1:20 am

Can you someone tell me all the syptoms of MRSA ?

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Jennifer December 29, 2007 at 12:53 am

I am sitting with my husband at the hospital. He has been here for 4 weeks. We almost lost him. My husband started with right shoulder pain for 3 days. We thought it was an ortho problem, he is very active and had played 2 hours of bball before it happened. After 3 days went to ortho doc and got a cortizone shot. Within 24 hours, shoulder swelled, fever, shortness of breath, and pain in back & chest. Took him to ER next thing I knew he was being put on a ventilator. He is 37, healthy, extremely active (bikes 50 miles can play bball non-stop for over 2 hours every week). He tested positive in the shoulder, lungs, blood, and sinuses. I think the shot progressed it. Anyway, the infectious disease docs seem to treat like they are seeing this all the time. I don’t get it. I am scared to take him home. I will be watching over him like our kids. He is now off the vent, but will have 3 weeks of physical therapy and about a year before his chest xray will be normal. They tell us if was not young, good health, and active he would have died. We are blessed. It is sarey how quickly it can come this disease can progress.

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karen January 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm

we just found out this past weekend that my husbands 32 yr old daughter has MRSA. It has gone into her bloodstream. She fell and hurt her back originally and went to the ER via ambulance. She was released then returned to her regular dr at a different hospital with severe stomach cramps. Saturday she was having trouble breathing and they put her on a ventilator. Her breathing rate was 150 and her temp was 104 at times. She developed pnuemonia, along with the fluid in her lungs, she has fluid building up in her pelvic region. Sunday her breathing got worse, so they paralyzed her and now is on the ventilator 100%. As of today, Monday, Jan 7th, they are giving her a 50/50 chance of survival.
The antibiotics have not begun to do their jobs yet. The MRSA is so much stronger than the meds, that it is fighting harder than she is. We fear the worst and are making plans to take the trip out of state.
We still don’t know what direction this is going to take. She is still in critical, but stable condition after the last report from her brother.

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Jody Colquitt January 9, 2008 at 5:18 am

I contracted MRSA in October 2007 in Iraq. I got back to the states in December and have gotten worse every since. I have been coughing up blood since Jan 4 2007 and they have no idea why? Anyone else had anything similiar?

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Glenda January 11, 2008 at 7:25 am

My husband came down with MRSA about a year ago. He has had several bouts with it. Now I have come down with it, this is my second time. We have both taken Bactrum and it goes away, only to return in a few months. The one I have now is on my leg. It is a red bump with a ring of red hard skin around it. I am on antiobotic Amoxicillin 500mg for a root canal. Can I take the Bactrum with being on the other? Will this ever go away? Thanks for any help!

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Grace January 13, 2008 at 1:22 am

My brother has MRSA its on his leg and he has holes in his skin because of this disease.This disease is scary and i dont like it!!! Its killing people and its contagious thats the scariest part!!! I dont want my brother to die his only nine!!!! :(

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Peter January 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Well………..here we go AGAIN, perhaps with yet another “nothing can touch me gay generation of young foolish men and their “sexual desires”. In San Francisco, where so many runaways and throwaways (as in “You’re GAY ??!! GET OUT !) run to find “freedom” and “acceptance”, younger gay men are contracting this horrible new “bug”. It just seems like things never end…….AIDS killed so many, here in the USA and abroad, then other frightening diseases appear, and now this one ! All that cheap promiscuity (i.e. “sleeping around with ‘whoever’) just isn’t worth the price you might end up paying……including death !!
Sigh.

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Hailey January 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

A friend’s 22yo son who had colon surgery due to colitis , now was diagnosed with MRSA. His pic line supposedly the site of the infection. Is it possible that the removal of his colon had anything to do with it? His surgery was just over a month ago. He also had a severe case of Listeria about 8 months ago. Could any of this be related?

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adam January 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm

i have been diagnosed with mrsa.the boils on my forhead seem to be drying up but my eyes are swelling shut.i just want to know if thats normal

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Bruce January 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm

For everyone out there suffering from the infection on their skin, try taking Turmeric capsules, this will keep the infection in check and minimize your outbreaks that can lead to further infections of others as well as additional boils on yourself. Also, putting Turmeric on the boil will keep it from growing.
One comment I read here said that the doctor told their patient to squeeze the boil in the shower; do not squeeze it as it will force the infection deeper into the skin tissue and possibly into the blood stream. The drainage alone can cause further infection on other areas of the skin and must be contained to the infected area. Never touch anything that has been exposed to the drainage without protection.
Doctors are clueless when it comes to MRSA, each one will have their own treatment, misdiagnosis or agenda (i.e., tell you something is normal and not to worry, or that you had the infection previously to avoid a contamination or a lawsuit.)
The AMA is no help, the CDC is no help. Educate yourself, research and look into alternative ways to treat it because these doctors are just throwing antibiotics at it and hoping for the best.
There are many things that can be done at home to reduce and virtually eradicate the infection.
Sugar will make the bacteria thrive, cut down on sweets, eat lots of garlic, turmeric, spicy foods.
Obviously hygiene is very important for controlling the spread of the bacteria.

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Joan Phillips February 3, 2008 at 5:04 am

My sister in law died from MRSA last week, she had gotten it into her blood stream and it went into her lungs, than her heart, kidney…etc., Two days after she died her daughter was diagnoiced with it on her skin….What I want to know is how long it takes before it can get into the blood stream? Could she have gotten it from the hospital on Sunday and be dead by Thursday?

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Michelle February 12, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Ok so I had a boil that formed in the matter of 2 days it swelled up to about the size of a grapefruit! I went to the ER they made an insision and packed it and sent me on my way……Went to the doctor yesterday and she said by looking at it its Mrsa they did a cultur of it and will find out 100% today :( I will be out of work for 2 weeks she said and I have to return to the Doctors Everyday to check on it so I dont end up in the Hospital……My question is do you have any advice on how to make sure this isn’t a re-acuring thing…I wouldnt wish this on my worst enomy, it is the most painfull thing to have to go through, And if I were Prego what would happen whould the unborn baby would it have Problems or if the Mrsa is in your bloodstream what does this mean for the baby???

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claire February 16, 2008 at 7:03 am

I am affraid to have to inform you that i couldn’t and didn’t find your article very factual or true to everyday events that occur to prevent and treat infection in and around the workplace and home i myself endure the task of maintaining my own hygiene especially hands to prevent cross contamination to myself, collegues and family members. I myself also have to endure the seemingly thankless task to consider other peoples hygiene weather it be hand or other intimate areas, Especially as i work within a care setting for the elderly, Who are unable at times to maintain there own daily level of cleanliness therefor leaving them susceptible to such disabilitating and even deadly infections like mrsa, mssa, C difficile, So in the future the facts can and often speak louder than all the terminology used in your unhelpful passage maybe in future facts are easier to follow and comprehend, Thank you, Yours sincerely and full of praise,
Mrs C Ward
D/M Southern Cross Health care
United Kingdom

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Amy March 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

I recently found out that my boyfriend’s mother, whom we live with, contracted MRSA when she broke her toe. She has been treated with antibiotics so far. My boyfriend, though, has had a couple of boils come up. We drain and bandage them everyday but I am concerned that he has not yet been to the doctor to find out if it’s anything more serious. I am also 6 months pregnant and not sure if I should even be in the house with them until we know that all is well. Please help me figure out what we should do from here.

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kim mason March 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm

my mom is 72 and had a surgery on her foot , now has staff infection and mrsa , anyone no why she has blood in urine and stool , why is that , can any one help

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Barbara March 23, 2008 at 12:08 am

For Sharon: The difference between a rehab facility and a nursing home are important to identify. Certain nursing homes are also called “skilled nursing facility” (SNF) They will have the well trained therapists that can help your husband (PT, OT) Their requirements are for fewer hours of treatment per day. Rehab in a hospital requires three total hours of therapy per day, five days a week. SNF “Skilled Nursing Facility” (SNF) will require one and half hours of therapy per day five days a week. Lessening the amount of time he is in therapy may allow him to heal more and progress to home just as well. Folks generally have a bad feeling about “Nursing Homes” but it is not a dead end, therapy can continue at a slower pace but patients get discharged to their own homes just as often. Go and visit, look at all the options. More time may equal getting home sooner and your goals will be accomplished.

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Tamara April 4, 2008 at 3:47 am

The MSRA is back again! The doctors aren’t giving Jennie and Aaron any advise that they haven’t had already. Abigail keeps getting this super bug, this is the fourth time. The doctors are saying that the virus dies when it’s off of the body. So she takes antibiotics for about 30 days and is clear for 21 days, then she gets it again, where in the world is it coming from! The doctor told them that they need to be more clean, ok, Jennie has continued to bleach everything and keeps antibacterial wipes in her purse so when she’s out in the public she can clean Abigail’s hands and face. Abigail’s skin is raw from the surgical soap baths and antibacterial soap she has to be cleaned with! Just how clean is that! I seriously have doubts that the medical doctors have no idea how to get rid of this MRSA.
Please pray for the doctors to have wisdom to treat her, for strength for Aaron and Jennie, and for Abigail to be totally cured from this horrible virus.
Thank You,
Abigail’s Memaw
Please read Jennie’s note below;
Today has been a very frustrating Day. After numerous attempts to receive medical attention my frustration levels rose because no one is giving Abigail’s situation the attention she deserves. My faith in the health care support system has disappeared like my daughter medical records. What ever happened to doctors caring about their patents… instead of worrying about being compensated for their valuable time, energy and resources?
MRSA is an excruciating and horrible disease that no one especially not a child should ever have to experience. Abigail is not yet 2 yrs old and since October of last year has had to endure 10 painful boils on her little body and we have not found a doctor educated enough on MRSA who can help our little girl get better and never have to feel the pain her fragile body has to feel. She has to be quarantined from all those she knows and who love her because when the boils become bigger and start to form above the skin she becomes contagious. If a boil breaks on its own the disease will spread further and become worse and anyone who comes into contact and is not aware and educated on proper protocol on how to protect themselves will fall prey to the disease as well. Aaron or I could be carriers and not even know because doctors haven’t taken our situation seriously. After a long day of agonizing pain that Abigail had to endure I knew I needed to do something immediately to ease her suffering. I took Abigail down to the emergency room where I was hassled once again over more paperwork Abigail was finally able to be examined. The boil on her buttock was the size of a marble and is the second boil that has been surgically drained. The doctors have prescribed oral medication and we are waiting on approval to see a specialist tomorrow. Abigail is such a blessing to us and all those who have the fortune of knowing her, one minute with her and you fall in love with her. Please take the time to pray for our little girl. Take the time out your busy lives and pray for the most precious baby girl you will ever have the fortune to meet. Take a minute and give her your heart and pray for Abigail.

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Sam April 6, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Every single posting of someone who has MRSA on an external part of their body should ALWAYS post an image of what their version looks like. This way everyone can get to know more about it.

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Kellie Gregory April 9, 2008 at 5:21 am

I hacve been dealing with MERSA for more than 2 years now. I take my IV everyday I have had 3 pieces taken of my foot I erfuse to let tham have my foot, so just pray ask God to dry up that invection in JESUS name………..

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Brenda M April 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm

My father is in a nursing home recovering from hip surgery. He has been diagnosed with MRSA. I have MS and need to know if I am at risk if I’m visiting him, and what I can do to protect myself without giving up visiting, or if I should not go at all Any ideas/suggestions/help?

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MIMI April 15, 2008 at 4:18 am

ON MARCH 20TH 2008 I NOTICED WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A ANT BITE ON MY STOMACH,WITHIN 2 DAYS IT WAS RED,SWOLLEN AND INFECTED AND IT WAS PAINFUL.I SHOWED IT TO A COUPLE OF MY COWORKERS AND THEY TOLD ME IT LOOKS LIKE A SPIDER BITE AND SUGGESTED I SEE A DOCTOR.WELL I DIDN’T GO TO THE DOCTOR BUT BY DAY 7 I COULDN’T SLEEP BECAUSE OF THE PAIN.SO ON MARCH 27TH,2008 I SHOWED IT TO MY SUPERVISOR AND HE BASICALLY ORDERED ME TO GO SEE A DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.I LEFT MY JOB AND WENT TO A WALK IN CLINIC,THE DOCTOR TOLD ME IT WAS MRSA JUST BY LOOKING AT IT HE TOLD ME I SHOULD GO TO THE E.R RIGHT AWAY.I WENT TO THE E.R AND HAD SURGERY WIHIN AN HOUR OR SO I WAS PUT ON BACTRIM AND MY WOUND WAS PACKED.I HAVE NOT HEALED COMPLETELY BUT I FEEL ALOT BETTER.I HAD DARK CIRCLES AROUND MY EYES AND WAS ALWAYS TIRED I ALSO HAD ALOT OF JOINT PAIN.WHICH THE DOCTOR SAID WERE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS.I STILL DON’T KNOW HOW I CONTRACTED MRSA.MY HUSBAND WAS ADMITTED AT THE HOSPITAL THE WEEK PRIOR AND I STAYED WITH HIM.I ALSO HAD A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT MYSELF 2 DAYS BEFORE I NOTICED THE PIMPLE OR BOIL.NO ONE ELSE IN MY FAMILY HAS MRSA.I BELIEVE I WILL BE COMPLETELY HEALED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.((ADVICE))BATH WITH HIBICLENS AT LEAST 2 TIMES A DAY.USE PAPER TOWELS TO DRY YOUR HANDS WHILE BEING TREATED.CLEAN YOUR TUB WITH BLEACH AFTER YOU BATH.UP YOUR VITAMIN INTAKE AND DRINK MORE ORANGE JUICE.EAT HEALTHY LOTS OF VEGGIES AND PROTEIN.SPRAY YOUR HOUSE WITH LYSOL AT LEAST TWICE A DAY.WIPE DOWN SURFACES WITH SANATIZED WIPES.CUT DOWN YOUR NAILS…

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JANET PETRONELLA April 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm

ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO IS 62 YEARS OLD HAD A PIMPLE ON HIS LEFT LEG,IT GOT INFECTED AND HE HAD IT OPERATED ON AND DRAINED OUT,THIS WAS 2 MONTHS AGO,RECENTLY HE WAS BACK IN THE HOSPITAL WITH WORSENING SYMPTOMS IN REGARDS TO THIS INFECTION,A FRIEND OF MY FRIEND NOTIFIED ME OF HIS RECENT HOSPITAL STAY AND THE FACT HE WASNT DOING SO GOOD,THIS GOT MY MIND GOING,I PUT 2 AND 2 TOGETHER AND I CAME UP WITH THE FACT THAT MY FRIEND HAD COTRACTED MERSA,HES DIABETIC AND THATS ANOTHER RISK FACTOR FOR MERSA.I HOPE THEY CAN CLEAR THIS MANS AILMENT AS GOOD AS THEY CAN,BECAUSE I KOW THIS DISEASE COULD BE FATAL TO SOME PEOPLE.

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vickey April 30, 2008 at 6:10 am

My 11 month old keeps getting stys inher eyes, are these considered MRSA ?? I am very worried. im useing an anitbotic cream but it dont seemt o help, she still has one or two come up the next day, i even wash her eyes with baby shampoo and allways washing hands, toys, etc. I cant understand why they keep coming back day after day . can anyone help?? pls it has been 2 weeks now.

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Ron Cunningham May 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

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sheryl May 3, 2008 at 4:42 am

Last Saturday I went to visit my niece. She has mrsa in her lungs. The mrsa ate 50 holes in her lungs. She developed phnemonia and now has a trake. I touched her hands and also she was coughing. I also talked on the same phone that she had up to her mouth. My Dr says don’t worry unless I start running a fever, develop boils. He said it takes 2-7 days incubations time. Is this true and should I be concerned?

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Sharon May 4, 2008 at 3:57 am

I recently was diagnosed with mrsa in my nose. I was on Bactrim for 10 days. the doc looked at my nose and said it looked better, come back in 3 months. I have had mrsa in my lungs 2 times in past 2 years . Should I be concerned? I also have a positive cell in my lung that the onocologist is watching. I’m concerned about my lungs.

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Alicia May 8, 2008 at 3:31 am

My mother was admitted today for a misdiagnosed MRSA. I was told that i needed to wear gown and gloves to see her buit when the nure came to cleansde the rubber tube draining the boil, she had the same gloves on that she was wearing to touch the wing cart in the hall, that she was to help my mom!!!!! Should i be conserned?????

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Fighter May 17, 2008 at 3:48 am

I Have been fighting this Infection for almost 2 years sine 2007 last summer when i move in to my new apartment. I always neen very healthy guy, who love out door life. My first infection was on the middle of my right arm. At first i thought it was a bug bite and put taditional asian medicen on it and sqees it out. It got worst and more swelling . I Admitted myself to Er the Doctor was Dumm said it look like a Spider bite ….. Hook IV and Abti- Well it turn out it was a boil or staph because alot pus and blood came out while it drain. But they never mention that to me….! Hit … AND THAT TIME I DIDNT EVEN HAVE MIDCAL INSURANCE SINCE my whole life i always been Fine. Sine then to present I been haveing reacurring every other month on my butt and it gets prtty bad but i alwys try to manage to drain by hot bath and Nore-spherm medication on it. Since i dont have current doctor and what are my choices Any Ideas?
But my question to all fighter Is how to stop it once for all. I cant live like this …

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roberta May 21, 2008 at 5:23 pm

After a infected milk gland on my right breast i had to have removed.i have had several occurance for the last 7 mos i have had 7 infections every time the same place where they cut me in 2004 now 2008 and still having problems the dr here dont seem to worry about it.this area is very red and sore most of the time they bust open on its own but 4 or 5 times ive had to have them drained and packed. which is very painful.i have tried to see like 4 diffrent drs which none has mentioned anything of mrsa. i have been to breast specialist and has almost decided to give up and to think they never have done any test to determine msnr.maybe because they are the ones who has give this to me.i am at the point where its not killing me but doesnt let me live a normal life.i cant seem to keep a job because im needing around 2 weeks a month to heal from an abcess.noone wants a person to only be able to work 2 weeks out of the month.this is very aggravating i am single mother and need to be healthy for them if anyone has any suggestion please let me know

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DEANN June 2, 2008 at 5:03 am

I HAVE HAD 9 BOILS IN MY ARMPIT SENSE SEPTEMBER.NOW I’M STARTING ANOTHER ONE.i’VE BEEN TO THE ER AND MY DR THEY KEEP GIVING ME THE SAME ANIBIOTICS THEY ARE NOT WORKING.THEY ARE VERY PAINFUL.I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE.I DON’T HAVE INSURANCE OR THE MONEY FOR THE IV DIP.I WISH THEY WOULD KNOW THE PAIN WE GO THROUGH.I NEED HELP.I HAVE 4 CHILDREN AND I AM SO AFRAID THEY MIGHT GET IT.

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margaret nelson June 5, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I was diagnosed with MRSA only Monday, June 2, 2008. My doctor popped and drained the boil area, cleaned out the wound and dressed it. He put me on sulfamethoxazole-tmp for 10 days and also gave me a tetnus shot. Is there more I can do to speed the healing process?

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Annette June 7, 2008 at 12:43 am

I had re-occurring staph infections for over a year. Until I started washing with hibiclens liquid antisepitic and antimicrobial scrub. Plus I took three turmeric capsules a day for one week and I have yet to have a re-occurance since. Its been 4 mths now so far. You find the hibiclens wash at wal-mart and wal-greens. It is located by the rubbing alcohol and the hydrogen peroxide. The turmeric capusels I got at Atkins or GNC. Good Luck.

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Sarah Jane Waters June 13, 2008 at 6:22 am

Are there other symptons of mersa? such as itching outbreaks? chronic coughing, soar throat? My son passed june 1, 2007 from Mersa

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Nick-e June 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

How many stages of mrsa are their?

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Sheila June 20, 2008 at 7:18 pm

My son is 8 and was just diganosed with this mrsa. In one breath they tell me to cover it if it’s draining. If it’s not draining don’t cover it. But then they say it’s contagious if not covered.He is now on antibotics. Is this life threating because the docs dont seem all that worried. we went on wed then back on thursday then they called me today friday and said they want to see him again on Monday,unless it looks like it’s getting worse then i can bring him back before that. They said monday about checking his cut and giveing me stuff to clense the house and ourselves. I don’t get this we are clean people so i don’t knwo what that is suppose to mean.

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LISA June 28, 2008 at 7:08 pm

I JUST HAD A BOIL WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE MRSA-I HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH ANITBIOTICS, CREAM AND OINTMENT. I’M BECOMING VERY CONCERNED AS I READ OTHER’S COMMENTS. I THOUGHT I’D BE TREATED AND BE DONE WITH IT, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT KEEPS COMING BACK?? JUST HOW LONG DOES THIS STAY IN YOUR SYSTEM?? WILL IT EVER SUBSIDE?

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carol reyes June 30, 2008 at 4:24 am

7/15/2004-was employed as a nurse and took a surgical leave to have a bladder suspension and cystocele repair done-spent only 15 hours in the hospital and came home on Friday morning with a foley catheter to a lond legged bagged, which I never disturbed in any way – returned to doctor’s office 5 days after surgery with no bleeding vagianly and never any blood showing in the urine. Nurse instilled 200cc of Normal Saline into the foley tube, deflated the bulb and pulled the foley catheter. I thn voided 180cc yellow urine, declared “good” and returned home with a follow up appointement in one week. By the time I arrived home, approximately 30 minutes, I had to go to the bathroom, whereby I discovered I was dripping a large amount of burgendy colored blood, to the point that I had to discern if I was hemmorraghing or not! Bleeding decreased, I determined I would be alright and did not return to doctor until scheduled appointment. Informed Doctor of what had transpired, he check me, took a culture, and started me on Levaquin. I returned to doctor in one week, he checked me again and took another culture, looked up 1st report and it had come back MRSA. Doctor sent 2nd culture to a different lab, started me on Macrodantin, 2nd report came back MRSA and doctor called infection control specialist who put me on Zyvoxx, 2 regimes of it. I was very weak from this MRSA, and off work 89 days – had a lot of pain walking, pain in right groin and hip – only worked 17 more days, took another sick leave and went on and retired. Either I had gotten used to the pain or it has decreased thru exercise, massage therapy, chiropractic care – orthopedic surgeon says I need a hip replacement but “I want you to know that because you have had MRSA it is always in your body and can break loose at any time. If it does it will go right to your hip and then I will have to take the hip out, and you will be on a walker and in a wheelchair for 3 months and then we can try it again.” That doctor SCARED ME TO DEATH as the last year I worked I had a patient come in 3times to have her hip replaced (always her hip was infected and draining and I never saw her out of bed but sure had to take all of the MRSA precautions and hang the Vancomycin IVPB on her) and the year I had actually retired I heard about a patient who was back for a 5th hip replacement dur to MRSA! As much pain, stiffness and soreness that I am in, I can still get in my car and drive, I can walk the grocery store as long as I have a cart to push, I can drive to exercise – I cannot carry much unless balanced on both sides, unable to have a normal sex life with my husband, unable to carry my grandchildren, walk more than about 30 steps without having to stop and rest due to pain and spasming, have to go up and down stairs on left leg only, can cook, do minor household chores, had to hire a cleaning girl as I am unable to get down on hands and knees to clean, had to give up gardening, Have to plot out my cooking shceme for dinner and/or company dinner, can’t really go shopping unless the store has a cart to push so I can walk, had to retire at least 3 years early due to all of this mess which has certainly inteferred monetarily as with my pension and social security draw. I am not a person who looks sick even when I am, so many people think I am just being lazy and I have never been a lazy person in my life! This ‘condition’ makes me disgusted, frustrated, and sad (if I think about it too much) so I try to not be sad. I also NEVER was a person to have yeast infections of any type and not have to ALWAYS be on the watch for yeast as it pops out from the corners of my eyes, mouth, a streak across my breast or ankle, inside of my cheek, last time was down my throat to where I kept getting this taste of eating 50 fried donuts and couldn’t get rid of the taste. I am nor using Sedona Lab IFlora prociotics. I try to stay away from antibiotics if I can. After reading what other people are going thru I guess I am lucky to be as healthy as I am. I am grateful to God for taking care of me. But you know what hust me the most? The fact that I was employed by my hospital for almost 29 years, was well known after all of that time and liked for the most part,and while I know it would be an admission on the hospital’s part, not a single person from administration EVER contacted me and even said sorry for what you caught! And to this day I thinkI caught the MRSA off the surgical instruments because the MRSA was in the cystocele incision and never did go into the bladder suspension. The reason I think this is that none of my doctor’s other patients came down with MRSA or I would have heard about it from one of my many nurse friends. That is my story.
Once I found out that I had the MRSA, I use Clorax to clean the bathroom every time I used it. My husband never contacted the MRSA nor any of my children and grandchildren. In all honesty I did tell them to use the bathroom before they came over and to not hug, kiss of touch me until I was declared ‘well’. They all complied. CLR.

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brian July 1, 2008 at 10:34 pm

i think mersa out breaks are caused by a parasite called pin worm when the water went down for two days in indiana michigan and canada a lot of resturants broke the rules five years ago then all the boils spread all over staf infections can be an underlying problem

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Fran July 5, 2008 at 5:42 am

I was reading about Abigail, my heart skipped a few beats and I had a tear for her. How is she doing… My 15mos old son has this superbug. On top of this, he has asthma and real bad eczema. So, everything is happening to my poor baby. He has boil like sores all over this tiny little body from head to toe. Two days ago he had 2 boils on the palm of his hands, it was hurting him very badly that he couldnt hold up his bottle anymore. His tiny little hand was warm and red from his inflamed boils. I cant believe that these boils on the hands grow real fast. He didnt have them 4 hrs ago and next thing you know they are huge. He didnt want me to touch his hand. I had no choice but to poke the boils under cold water and drain them out myself. He cried so hard that it made me cry too. My poor baby I just wish this didnt happen to us. I wonder if this was sent to us from god. I start to wonder if my sins have anything to do with this. My baby doesnt have to suffer. Why did you pick him he was already sick, he is battling asthma and eczema. Or is this a test for my faith. I dont know! My faith is very strong. I pray and ask the grandfathers for strenth and to heal my baby. I smuge him and pray for his health to be healthier and stronger. I am a native single mother of three beautiful kids. My two older kids dont have these simptoms. I am constantly with my little guy. Ive been washing his body with just water. He is on this medication where he cant be exposed to sunlight or he will develop a rash. I give him his puffer 2 times a day I also put his eczema cream on twice a day. When I feed him, he only eats 3 to 6 table spoons. He is on homo milk and sometimes he doesnt take his bottle. So I give him apple juice because he needs alot of fluids, thats if hes not eating right. I just want this to stop. I hope he gets better fast.
Please pray for my little guy to get well. His name is Kal and he is only 15mos old. Thank you…. Hiy hiy!
I would like to know if this bug can go internally…how would I know if it did…is there away I can prevent it from entering his body…can this bug be deadly…

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Abby Ham July 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm

im not sure if i have this disease or not. what are the signs?

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Abby Ham July 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm

i would just like to thank you for starting this site and raising awareness about this very dangerous disease

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Marcy Ward July 13, 2008 at 2:14 am

I am 33 yr. old woman & I just found out I am a carrier of mrsa and have had several very painful breakouts on my face. Reading of the stories on here really scares me cause I didn’t realize how serious this can be

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Chantel July 13, 2008 at 8:09 pm

After the birth of my second son, I started getting small irritating boils on my buttocks. I was embarrassed and did not seek medical help till they grew to be unbearable. for 2 years I was given antibiotics. Then one boil grew in 24 hours the size of a grape fruit. I could not walk the heat from it was hot to the touch. I have fever and vomiting. I called 911 feeling so much pain I wanted to die. The paramedics took me but placed me in a wheel chair in the ER waiting room. 3 hours later I was seen and rushed into surgery. MRSA was now in my blood stream. My gull bladder and a coffee cup size of tissue was cut from my right buttocks. I was on isolation for 2 weeks and had been near death. I don’t know if I infected others in emergency but I could have because no one took the time to see if this was MRSA before making me wait. DEMAND every boil spider bite looking thing be tested for mrsa. No is not an option it can mean death. My brain was damaged and I am left with my life but shame from my disgusting scar and “hole” on my cheek. Good luck to you all !

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lINDSAY WILLIAMS July 16, 2008 at 4:03 am

Does anyone know how long staff is contagious after exposure and when we can deem ourselves safe and uninfected after exposure to someone with mrsa staff

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Linda Halcoussis July 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm

A friend was stopped in her car at a stop sign when a speeding car hit her. Among her injuries one foot was crushed. After several surgeries and placement of a pin (since removed) she was diagnosed with mersa in the foot and told to have it amputated. She is now at home on antibiotics looking for help to save her foot. She has had two orthopoedic opinions to amputate. Any help would be appreciated.

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Renee Velasquez Raines July 21, 2008 at 8:49 am

I do not know what or if this is related but.. our friend is 17 years old came home from a wrestling camp. complained of shoulder pain his mom took him to the doctor the x rays came back negative. Sent home he began to complain of severe pain throughout his body finally in tears with no muscle strength in legs or arms he was again taken to emergency room. They did test to find some staph infection. HE DIED TODAY. three weeks later not able to detect the exact solution. His lungs were eaten away the vital organs shut down and he never ever had the diagnoses. God help us… people are dying everyday because of this infection….

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L. Kawski July 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm

My family has been fighting this infectious bacteria for years. We keep an immaculate home and always have, but it still doesn’t help with getting rid of the problem. I was told that once the bacteria is in your bloodstream, it never fully goes away, it just goes dormant for awhile between breakouts. Some of the wounds our family has suffered from this have been huge and horrific. I have read that in some parts of the country, people are dying from it, and that doctors are referring to it as the new plague. Antibiotics only get rid of the immediate infected area, not the bacteria that causes it. The question really is, what is the medical profession truly doing to find a solution to this wide-spread problem?

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jan July 23, 2008 at 7:11 pm

I am in the latter stages of emphysema. I have been told that since I have a compromised immune system that MRSA can be
fatal. Please tell me.

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JD July 25, 2008 at 3:21 am

There is an employee that works in our yard that has MRSA and at first he thought it was a spider bite on his knee, but when he had it checked out at the hospital they informed him it was MRSA. Even with him being on medication, I am in fear that he might possibly spread this to others at work. I constantly wipe down my desk and wash my hands b/c I am nervous when he touches things in this office. Is it just me or should this be checked in to and he should stay home or something b/c it’s not fair to me that another co-worker is down my throat b/c she thinks I’m treating it like he’s an Alien, I’m really not. I’m just looking out for myself. I don’t want to catch anything if it could be prevented by him staying home. It saves other peoples lives. Am I wrong for feeling this way?

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LaToya July 25, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I just had surgery on my breast an these little things kept coming all over my body from my inner thigh to my back side and I had no clue what it was. I made an appointment to my docter yesterday and I was told that I have MRSA. Is there anyway to fully get rid of this and not worry about it coming back or is it something that I have to worry about for the rest of my life? Could I pass it to my Fiance’ And should he be taking antibiotics now just to make sure he doesnt have the same problem?

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chloe July 26, 2008 at 5:35 am

Does this type of staph ever actually leave your body?? I just came back from traveling for 3 months..was in panama and costa rica for one month then did the rest in europe I went to a couple doctors in europe spain and italy different antibiotics finally I got a fever for two days but went to another doctor and was givin more antibiotics! I was cool for about 5 days then got a flight to paris to find a good hospital because these boils had gotten real bad under my arms I ended up getting them lanced..had an allergic reaction to an antibio they prescribed and was told. For 6 days to wait for the results not takin anything…?? Strange I thought .. Anyways got more antibios only told to take for 5 days..? Strange as well .. After about 3 weeks I am home and within the last week I have two more !! Went to another doc got test came out + same staph and am now on another antibio along with a body wash and some ointment for my nose …. I’m jus confused on if I can be cured or not ???? I have had this for almost 4 months …??? Anyone have some info for me..??

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cheryl August 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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Teresa Cooper August 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

I was told that I have MRSA Staph & Pan-sinusitus so this is definitely no picnic for me. But I constantly keep my hands washed and I also add a little bleach to my bath water which helps to kill the bacteria & help keep any more bacteria from growing which was told to me by my doctor. I’m currently taking 2 antibiotics internally and applying 2 antibiotics on the skin. I have had 3 previous surgeries in the past 2 years and wanted to know about how long it takes for MRSA Staph to clear up?

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cathy August 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

im a 39 year old female and i got mrsa in my right lung and my spine they removed the infection off my lung and the infection ate out two sections of my spine they had to rebuild part of my spine so now im having to learn to walk again i was so sick from the infection i almost died from it

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Heather August 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

My son was almost 2 years old when I noticed a large sore under his diaper on his upper leg. It looked like a giant bug bite or somethnig. And I took him into the hospital where they took a culture. Before they got any test results back they told me it was a spider bite. Well after cleaning it a few times a day ant lots of antibiotic ointment it went away. But then a week later he had another one on his other led. And I had never heard back on the culture that was taken. So I took him 2 a different hospital because it was draining infection. They finaly diagnosed it as MRSA. The last one he got had to be lanced and stuffed with cotton because of how deep it went right underneath his belly button. After a whole year and massive amounts of different antibiotics it finally went away and didnt come back. But right after that I had another baby and he is now 14 months old and he just poped up with a sore on the back of his calf. And as of yesterday we found out that he has it. So as we start all over again it has been the hardest thing we ever have had to deal with. And we are very clean people. So it just go’s to show that anyone can get it.

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Heather August 11, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I was told that once you have had MRSA that it stays with you forever. It actually carries in your nose. And it took my son a year to get rid of it so it verys on how long you can have it. They looked like giant pimples with like a white pusy thing on the top. They get kinda hard and ver red. And they sstart out as a little red bump but gets worse over a day or two.

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lashaun August 28, 2008 at 3:00 pm

hi i wk in the adult intertaiment biz fri nite after wk i noticed a small bump on the bk of my leg over the course of 3 days it got bigger i was convinced i was bit by a spider so not true is what i found out after rushing myself to the emg room on tue due to the intense pain of my entire leg i was told it was mersa the doc tried squeezing the infected area nonthing came out she then wiped with alcohol and put on a bandage gave me a percription for bactrim and vicodine it is now thurs and i have been applying hot compresses and something oozed out brn and red im still applying hot compresses and takin my meds im worried when will this be over

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wendy September 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

my 2 1/2 year old – we thought it was a mosquito bite sunday by thursday it grew and turned yellow so I called the doctor on thursday they told me to press it down with a hot cloth to train it, by Friday morning it looked terrible so I took him to the doctor and she drained more and got everything out. He has been drinking antibiotic and wearing a bandage with a cream, and I have been given him a bath with epson salt. Today the doctor called me that the results came back and it was MRSA. the doctor said he could have gotten it from anywhere…

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Andrea September 9, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I found yesterday that I have MERSA, but I have NO idea how I got it. What started out looking like a pimple or bite on my arm became swollen, red and sore. I went to the walk in clinic and they put me on Celplex. The area 2 days later I went in again because it semed a little bigger and they put me on IC Amox TR-K-CLV. Last Friday I went to the Nurse Practioner in my primary care office who cultrued it and it turns out it was Mersa. Now my antibiotic was changed to Bactrim. It is getting better, but the dr wants me on this antibiotic. This has already been a week and a half. Now I can’t return to swimming until this is gone. :( Am I sesecpticle(spelling?) on getting this again. I hope NOT!!

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Jenna September 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

My name is Jenna and I am 17 years old. Last year I was at a sporting event when I deeply bruised my leg. The next week I was in the hospital, my leg purple and swollen from infection. Penicillin based antibiotics did not work for me and after testing it was found that I had contracted MRSA. It took my only two weeks and one ER surgery to recover though I will always carry the scars and fear of getting it again.
Lots of you have questions about your own MRSA or of a loved one This is what I’ve found through research: MRSA is not well understood. No one is quite sure why most people carry it and why only some and not always the weaker carriers are infected by it. It hides away in the nose or under fingernails however most people have this and it doesn’t necessarily mean that any infection you may have is MRSA. If you have MRSA or have any small painful areas or white dots in the center of purple or red seek medical treatment. Infections may be started by cuts of any kind as well as deep bruises (what happened to me). Deeper infections are more dangerous once they hit the blood stream. Surgeries are done to help clean out the infection however antibiotics are needed to stop the infection completely. In my case I found that though painful, reopening the wound and squeezing the puss out will slow the infection. (its as gross as it sounds unfortunately) Also make sure to clean the wound with soap and water several times a day. All Penicillin based antibiotics are ineffective though a rarer antibiotic (I don’t recall the name however many people who receive it have a lobster effect where their skin turns very itchy and red) is sometimes effective. People who contract MRSA often loose the will to eat, drink or do physical activity. DO ALL THREE! Although not understood MRSA is dangerous. Talk with your doctor about more information. -hope this helps
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wondering wyane September 20, 2008 at 12:17 am

my girlfriend and her sister are boyh infected with mrsa. i am not sure what strain exactly but i know that the soars show up on the side of their faces as well as their armpits. my question is if me and her have unprotected sex how likely is it that i will get mrsa?

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Carol September 24, 2008 at 5:02 am

I have been feeling generally horrible lately. I noticed a red raised lump on my arm that was hot and a little itchy. A few days ago I felt nauseous then had lots of abdominal pain. Violent vomiting and etc. Wanted to die. Ended up in the er – doc said it was a severe viral infection. I got dehydrated too. Days later I still feel awful. and while I was at the hospital they asked me if I’d ever heard of MRSA. Didn’t make the connection with the bump on my arm and the other stuff. Also have had weird pain in the thigh of one leg. Could all this be connected and be MRSA? Or am I being paranoid? I have a Doc appt. tomorrow. Hope I find out something conclusive. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks.

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Zeek B September 26, 2008 at 2:58 am

My mother is in the ICU right now, she has one lung due to past a cancer experience. She’s been there for two weeks. The doctors have tried anywhere from 5-10 antibiotics… :(

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RICHARD BARBATO October 9, 2008 at 3:11 am

MY DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS(SA)(MRSA)TODAY. SHE IS TAKING SEPTRA,WHICH IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST BROAD BAND ANTIBIOTICS.(SO I WAS TOLD BY THE DOC).
SHOULD SHE SLEEP IN THE SAME BED AS MY WIFE AND I? WE ARE TAKING ALL OF THE PRECAUTIONS (CONSTANTLY WITH THE HAND WASHING AND SANITATION).
IF SOMEONE COULD INFORM ME ABOUT HER SLEEPING IN THE SAME BED AS MY WIFE AND OTHER DAUGHTER I WOULD APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS. THANKS

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Laura k October 12, 2008 at 1:33 pm

I was a nurse for 7 yrs. In a large level one trauma center. After now being misdiagnored for nearly 2 yrs i find i have mrsa. It has ruined my life,i have not worked in a year i have been so sick.my home is to be foreclosed on now.but yet i cannot get help or disability. I am surethis comes from the hospital,as many times we took care of patients for weeks before they were diagnosed and put on isolation. I have been on bactrim ds several times this year to no avail. BUT i have found that steroid prednisone does help with itch and relief of the pins and needle type pains that come with the lesions. Of course when u stop med,then it does reoccur,but if u are at your wits end(as i am) then u might try it. I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy!

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maria October 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

im a dental hygienist who got bit by a nursing home patient….he broke my glove but not my skin(or so i thought)…i wound up in emer rm 2 drain it…im on septra and rifimipin…its been a week and finger is still not close up….at the same time all this is going on i get bronchitits..im thinking there is a correlation,,,,>??/ any thoughts?? im scared..im a mother w/ 4yr twins….mrstaken71@aol.com

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Amanda Whitley October 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Hello Im a 32 year old woman who was in a bad car wreck June 4 0f 07. I was hit by a drunk driver and had a 8 1/2 month hospital stay at Grant Hospital in Columbus,Ohio I had multipal surgerys for a broken, sharted, and dislocated hip. I also had a degloving of the arm I was told in late September that I had Mersa with from there went down hill quick I dont remember alot I went back to Icu died twice and got endocarditis I was to week to do sergery on so I had to let thinks run there course I just remember being so sick I was vomiting perfusley. Some how by the grace of God I made it I think he knew mt three children and my husband of 12 years needed me. But it now Oct 08 and I scared its back I had a laceration on my lower leg that was to the bone it had hilled but in the last few weeks it has busted open and been seping , my left leg has been swelling, and Ive been having lower back pain and leg pain when I try and walk then I woke up yesterday morning with my left foot swollen and red on top with scaling on top of it.wish me luck Im going to the doctor today and anyone who thinks they may have this see a doctor at once this is a mean infection and I know well it can kill I live every day knowing they called my family and kids in to see me for the last time just knowing my kids had to look at me like that thinking they wasnt going to have their moomy eats at me each day and I dont want to go through this again. Good Luck to everyone who has this or thinks they have this and God Bless.

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Kelly October 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

I am like many of you. I contracted the community MRSA in 2006. My doctor and I thought I had a spider bite and I was being treated for that! It stayed the same and didn’t get better for about a week. Days after it went away, my sister got one, my now husband started to get one and my 2 year old nephew got one!!! I then got a second opinion from another Dr. who said is was staff and there was no cure for it yet, but now we are all carriers for the rest of our lives trying to control our outbreaks unless they cure it!! To this day, thank goodness, I’m the only one who has more than one outbreak a year. I usually average about 1 a month. They are soo painfull, they scar, and if anyone has any info. they would like to share, I’m listening!

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concerned October 24, 2008 at 1:02 am

I am a 28 y.o mother of 3 who has been suffering with 2 reoccuring MRSA infections. I am currently on 800mg of bactrum with no relief. My health is not good. I suffer from graves disease and have also had C-Diff which I was hospitalized for a week.Shortly after I had pneumonia/bronchitis and several reoccuring positive strep throat cultures. I have been on allergy shots for a year and all of these ailments have happened within that time. The MRSA incidents happened right after I had been put on antibiotics for a sinus infection. I shortly after went for the allergy shots and both times had bad reactions to the shot…Anaphalaxis and very large swelling at the injection site….I am wondering if there is a link between MRSA and the allergy shot…

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Dave Roberts October 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Dear Concerned
MRSA often resides in the nose so a sinus infection is likely to have help spread it to the rest of your skin. Your immune system is also a bit battered by all the other issues.
Ask the medical team what variety of MRSA you have – if it is a hospital related strain you may need something a little stronger than bactrim.
The allergy shot will not have caused the MRSA but broken skin can give MRSA a foothold
Hope this helps

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sean November 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

im a 28 year old male im a fit person i got golden staf with mrsa first time my had it i swelled my hand up and the doc couldnt work out how i got it then 2 months latter i get one in my nose
been in hospital 1 weeek and ivew been squising more puss out im sick of it my girlfreind wants me 2 leaveb tomorrow

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Ann November 16, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I am a 25 year old female who was just diagnosed with MRSA. A little over a year ago I had gotten a tatoo on my right arm. I went to a prominant tattoo shop, and witnessed all of the equipment being taken out of packaging, it was all brand new and sterile. Well, about 2 weeks after the tattoo, my arm started to swell, turn red, and I had gotten a fever. I went to the doctor, where they put me on a basic antibiotic and sent me on my way. They said that it was a skin infection that probably came from the tattoo artist touching the table, lamp, chair,etc. The wound was never drained, and even after repeatedly asking to have it drained, they said there was no need. Now, a year later, I had gotten another infection, but this time it was next to my knee, and it is in fact MRSA. Sadly enough, my daughter now has it. Shortly, after my first brush with this infection, my daughter had gotten one on her leg, hers was tested and drained and turned out to be MRSA. Could all of this have been avoided if they would have just tested me for it in the beginning, and put me on the appropriate medicine?

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Dave Roberts November 18, 2008 at 11:52 am

MRSA is so common these days that either of you might have a new infection unrelated to the ‘tattoo’ one. With up to 10% of people now carriers you could have caught it again.
OR
As you say it could have been treated better at the start. Only extensive bloodtest analysis will establish whether your still nursing the old infection

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maire November 19, 2008 at 1:31 am

I work in a nursing home as a can and I handle residents that have mrsa. The most I do is wear double gloves. Now what are the right percautions to take and can I get it?

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Misty November 19, 2008 at 8:05 am

Hi my name is misty and i have been married to a wonderful man named sean for the past 6 months,and it seems like ever since we got married we have also been married to a terrable infection(MERSA).He has had it 4 times and i have had it twice,and every time it is the same thing antibiotics, something for pain,a pat on the back and you get sent home to deal with it on your own.WELL IM TIRED OF IT AND I KNOW THAT ANYONE THAT HAS HAD IT,OR KNOWS SOMEONE THAT HAS, IS TO.YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! MISTY AND SEAN CONOVER N.C. 11/19/08

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Dave Roberts November 19, 2008 at 8:06 am

You should also wash your hands regularly. Strictly speaking moving from resident to resident with the same gloves on risks spreading the infection from resident to resident.
Your employers should offer you regular nasal swabs to ensure that you are not a carrier and offer you special soaps and nasal creams if you are.
Change out of your work clothes before going home and wash your work clothes regularly.
When treating patients with colds or flu wear a mask over your face and nose
Those are some key starters

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judy grammer December 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

could this be biologic warfare?

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dave roberts December 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm

No – just medical negligence, bad lifestyle choices or poor personal choices

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Jo Scott December 16, 2008 at 3:04 pm

My son is 32 years old and was at the hospital last night again. About 4 weeks ago he went to er and said his leg was swollen and red and burning! The dr. gave him some antibiotics and said that his leg would turn brown and skin would come off. He felt better for a couple of weeks, but the pain came back, the first dr. said the infection was in his bone! Now this dr. said last night it is mrsa! I am scared to death, my son works construction. How can I help him???? Thank You, jo

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dave roberts December 18, 2008 at 9:33 am

What medication has he been given and how are they treating the wound. He could make a full recovery if given the right antibiotics in a timely way

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Lynn B December 22, 2008 at 2:45 am

I used to work in a hospital and infection control was always wondering if a superbug would cause havoc at the hospital.
I don’t work at hospitals anymore, I go around telling people there is something they can do about MRSA and other antibiotic restistant bugs. I’ve always believed there’s answers if you look for them. Click on my name above where you will see one answer.

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angela December 23, 2008 at 11:54 pm

im scared i have mrsa…ive had two teeth break off this week…could it be from mrsa??? im waiting on test results…

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Kelsey Johnson January 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I contracted MRSA from my Dad, who was on massive amounts of steriods after having brain surgery. I had two spot on my leg just below my knee. It started out as an infected hair and it kept getting more hard and it was becoming painful to walk. I had to get it lanced and cleaned packed. They believe I contracted it form being around my Dad who had 4 spot of MRSA and had to be in the hospital for them to be treated. They also believe that my immune system was not up to par becasue of the stress I was under, I found out my Dad had a brain tumor, my uncle died tragically, and it was time for second semester finals. So I was treated and I was all better.
Then in September just two month after I had it on my leg, I got a spot on my butt. I was at college and the doctor I saw didnt want to even treat it, he said ” We should just let it run its natural course.” he told me to stop telling him I had MRSA, he would not culture it even when I demanded it and I told him about my pervious history. And when he went to clean it out he didnt even use numming medicine, and the nurse asked what was wrong becasue he kept shoving twizers in, so I was flinching. “Didnt you have this done before,” the nusre said. And not to mention the entire campus would not speak to me and I was put into my own room even though I was keeping it covered and using all the precations.
Anyways know I have three spot that seem like they won’t go back to my natural skin color. How long does it take to go back to my natural skin color?

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Jill January 19, 2009 at 4:54 am

My two year old daughter has been through MRSA now three times. Each time the boil is on her butt right in her crack. The doctor has the entire family use Hibiclens every other day for two weeks, and put the Bacterin under our nails and up our nose. In addition my daughter is places on Sulpha. While it last for a couple month it keeps coming back, any ideas?

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Amber January 24, 2009 at 2:30 am

My family and I have been battling this for almost a year now. I have found that this is coming back every couple of months and it likes to stay on the same part of the body. We have done the many trips back and forth to the hospitals doc. office the after hours we have the anitbiotics topical creams the lasrations shit we have had a nurse come to the house daily we r good hand washers we have done the sprays and it still comes back I have had enough of this thing and it wont go anyway this shit hurts my babies have got it and now my 3 yr old hates to see the doc. he will lie to me to get out of going to see the doc. I cant go throw this any more there has to be something else that I can do please I’m begging for help if there is anybody out there who can help please sent me an email please I’m begging here help.

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dave roberts January 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Has anyone talked to you about whether this is reinfection rather than the old one flaring up. Children can be reinfected at school. Family pets can be a reinfection factor. Is anyone in the family in a job where they might be working with high risk people such as hospital patients, people in care homes etc
Let me know
Dave Roberts
MRSA Infection

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Sandra February 3, 2009 at 9:38 am

WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS?? There is no way to contact these people — I have had MRSA twice now and could give some of these people some answers. These people are crying out for help — I know what it’s like! PLEASE — allow us a way to comment on the comments, email these people or something. My email is sessary@bak.rr.com. As people with MRSA, we HAVE to communicate. Some doctors don’t even know everything there is to know about this superbug!
HELP! PLEASE!

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amanda February 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

My Mom is currently in the hosiptal and was told yesterday that she has MRSA in her lungs? Does anyone have any advice, or experience with this? I have not found much on MRSA of the lungs?

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Samantha February 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I have a three year old brother, and as far as I know, he was born with MRSA, or contracted it shortly after he was born. Both my mother and my twin sister have slight staph infections, but never as many as he gets. He will have 5 in one area at a time. He has no idea what they are except for that they hurt, and that mom has to hurt him to make them go away and get better. I don’t know if there is anything that can make this go away for him.. I’m currently doing a research paper for my english class to learn more about the disease. If anyone has any helpful information, please let me know. Thanks.

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dave roberts February 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

How are his infections being treated. If a family member is carrying MRSA in their nose and this is not treated there can be constant reinfection. Does your brother attend a pre school nursery? MRSA is often recaught in this type of situation. What is being used to clean his skin?
Let me know and I will advise further
Dave Roberts
MRSA Infection

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berber February 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

i really am curious about my mom. for awhile now she tends to have a habit of going dumpster diving and lately she says she gets the cuts from branches,but they are more then a cut then develop a hole that is tight red pussy and sore. she says its nothing, but she also is i believe to be possibly diabetic and doctors also diagnosed her with psorisis and a staff infection on her nands, they say due to her job. this worries me very much, I have a HIV friend that has mersa as well. can someone please give me some advise on this i am so scared for my mom, I want her to be around for her 2 yr old grandson. thank you

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Rekha Shah March 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

I am getting boils and cannot stop itching and so when I went to see my doctor 2 weeks ago she took a swab and started me on antibiotics. I was told yesterday after finishing two weeks course of antibiotics that I have got MRSA but it is not infectious. My worry is that I work in a school and am around young children all the time. Can someone help me and tell me whether itis safe?

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Deniece March 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm

We have an elderly man who lives in our rental house who contracted MRSA from being hospitalized after an accident. We are concerned about getting MRSA. Sooner or later they are going to move out and I am going to have to clean the house and do repairs. What advice do you have when this time comes. Do I have cleaned professionaly and remove all carpet etc..?

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FRANCIS April 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

I LIVE HERE IN FT WORTH TX…TODAY IS EASTER APRIL 2009.ITS 2:23 AM..IM IN NEED OF NOT ONLY GODS HELP BUT A PROFESSIONAL DOCTOR..MY SON IS 5 CHRISTIAN ROSSELL..(IN TEARS)..HE WAS 1 WHEN HE GOT STAPH, HORRIBLE..PAMPER WAS SOMETHING HE COULDNT BARE TO WEAR. WE WENT TO COOKS CHILDREN MED CENTER, THEY DRAINED IT AND PUT HIM ON ANTIBIOTICS..AT 2 HE BROKE OUT WITH SOME BABY WHITE HEADS AROUND THE PINUS AREA A DERMATOLOGIST TRIED TO SAY IT WAS PART OF THE WART OR HERPE FAMILY, SHE LATER CALLED CPS AND THOUGHT HE WAS SEX MOLESTD? THEN ASKED IF ME OR HIS DAD HAD HERPES WARTS OR ANYTHING..WELL IM WELL KEPT WITH PAPS SMEARS AND SO FORTH I WAS NEVER TOLD I HAD THAT..NOT EVEN WHILE I WAS PREGNANT..TESTS WERE RAN..SO I HAVE NEVER PERSONALLY HAD THAT DOWN THERE,.. IT HURTS AT THE TIME TO THINK HE WAS MOLESTED OR BASICALLY BEING ACCUSED OF HAVING SOME DISEASE THAT I NEVER KNEW OF AND WAS TESTED FOR EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. I WAS A SINGLE MOTHER WORKING 2 JOBS, AND IM HISPANIC AND DO NOT BELIEVE IN DAYCARES OR STRANGERS TAKING CARE OF MY CHILD…SO MY MOM TOOK CARE OF HIM THE WHOLE TIME FROM BIRTH AND TO 4 YRS OLD..IT WENT AWAY AFTER A2-3 WEEK VISIT TO THE DERMATOLOGIST, SHE HAD TO PUT A CHEMICAL ON IT TO BURN THEM..HORRIBLE…NOW DECEMBER 2008 HE GOT (STAPH) TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL THEY DID NOT DRAIN OR CUT IT THEY FELT IT WAS UNNECESSSARY, SO HERE GOES THE ANTIBIOTICS AGAIN..IT WENT AWAY…FEBRUARY 2009 HE GOT IT AGAIN..WORSE CASE EVER..ALL OVER HIS BUTT IN BETWEEN THE BUTT CHEEKS, PINUS AREA, THIGHS..GOD WAS THE ONE I BLAMED..MY HEART MELTED..I WANTED TO TAKE THE PAIN AWAY AND LET ME TAKE IT…HORRIBLE…HE COULDNT WALK…COULDNT USE THE RR..OMG..I SHED TEARS LIKE NO OTHER, MY HEART SUNK IN..MY BREATHE WAS TAKEN AWAY..MY BABY..MY POOR LITTLE BABY..I RUSHED HIM TO HOSPITAL..IMMEDIATLY GOT A ROOM, HE WAS PUT ON IV AND WAS HOSPITALIZED 3 1/2 DAYS..I NEVER LEFT HIS SITE..DOCTOR SAYS HE HAD MRSA..AND HELLO IM NO EXPERT BUT PLEASE EXPLAIN THAT TO ME!!! AND SO THEY SAY ITS A BACTERIA THING..MY SONS PAIN WAS UNBARABLE…I FOUGHT TO KEEP HIM IN THERE BUT HOW FUCKED UP COULD IT BE THAT JUST BECAUSE I BASICALLY HAD NO HEALTH INS, WE GOT THE BOOT..I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE WHATSO EVER..SO THEY SOAKED HIM WITH WARM WATER, GAUZE AND ROUND THE CLOCK IV AND ANTIBIOTICS…IT CLEARED…BUT ONCE AGAIN IT HAS HAUNTED ME AND HE HAS IT AGAIN…APRIL 2009..TO ME ALOT OF DOCTORS MAKE MISTAKES….SOMEHTING IS GOING UNNOTICED HERE,,,THEY ONCE TOLD ME THE LAST VISIT HE HAD STAPH “GROWING” INSIDE OF HIM..IT HURTS ME (IN TEARS) TO SEE MY KID, MY SON..MORE LESS ANY OTHER CHILD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS…LORD..HAS THE ANSWER..PRAYER IS ALL I CAN DO..HOPE AND FAITH WILL KEEP ME TOGETHER,,..BUT IF I LOST MY SON BECAUSE A DOCTOR MISTAKENLY OVERLOOKED SOMETHING AND IF ANTIBIOTICS ARE THE ONLY THING..AND I READ THAT SOME MEDICINES THE MRSA IS PREETY MUCH IMMUNE TO IT…WHAT CURE IS THERE???SOMEONE HELP….

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Zilla April 19, 2009 at 9:54 pm

These cases are almost impossible to win.

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A Naugle May 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm

does increasing zinc supplements in diets lower the risk of mrsa???

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abarajas May 22, 2009 at 4:56 am

I am 25 and healthy as can be, I been getting reacurring boils which look like nasty spider bites…then turn into abscesses, i finally had enough and went to my dr. she decided it needed to be drain and also cultured it came back positive for staph (mrsa) , and packed with medicated gauze for a couple of days, it seems to be getting better i am not packing anymore, i am on bactrim ,bactroban, and rifampin, is this gonna kill the mrsa? will i always have it? the weird thing is, i didnt have a fever, i wasnt sick at all…just pain, redness heat to touch on the area…so is this deadly? if someone can let me know!

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BCR May 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I have suffered from constant skin lesions and respiratory infections for many years. I was treated with antibiotics unsuccessfully during this time. I also developed memory loss and a decline in cognitive functions.
After doing research on my own I went to another hospital and asked for a pus culture to be performed. The results concluded MRSE and I have been put on specific antibiotics for the past 6 weeks and am expected to continue this treatment for at least another month.
For the first time in years my skin is infection free and has returned to a normal color……My memory, energy levels and cognitive skills are all returning to pre-illness levels.
I would like to know if the elimination of this MRSE is also responsible for my improved brain functions?

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health advocate June 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm

more needs to be done to prevent infections in the hospitals.
call a nurse

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mary June 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

i have a friend whose older brother has MRSa in his lungs, and he is on oxygen and sick now.. Anyway what I was wondering is how can others catch this from this man?
I am cautious of even being around my friend since it is her brother.. Any advice, I searched the net but cant find a thing about this.

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S C Winbonre July 11, 2009 at 4:14 am

44 yr old with severe leg we thought and still could of been spider bite… first day no bite (no nothing it just itched like poison ivy but no marks)… then second day the bullseye with the dot in the middle and thought we saw two dots which would be a spider bite… wnet to doc and lanced it at his office… then next day red and white streaks all up and down my leg from knee down. NOT good. Packed up and went to hospital… ended up doing culture and it was MRSA. Stayed in hospital 2 weeks… and swing bed hospital 2 weeks. GREAT doc Dr. Jo Perkins Deal, Jackson, Mississippi (infectious disease). She took great care of me… had to have emergency surgery to open up wound and cut and drain out all of the infection. On vanco to start but was allergic… so 5-6 antibiotics later found one in the same family that worked I could tolerate. Been told that VANCO is the only anti that kills MRSA. Leg is still very sick and hurts in the bone and the nerves all up and down my leg. Have home health… am using a walker and a wheelchair as I have MS and diabetes as well, but none of those whopped my astrick like this MRSA. It’s horrible! I’ve been told you can catch it anywhere anymore…
Please feel free to email: scwinborne01@yahoo.com
Thanks and my best to you and yours that are battling such horrible thing!!!!!!

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mantha0807@yahoo.com July 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm

i am 17 years old and i just found out i have MRSA im a little scared i really dont undrstand it

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ken September 29, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I have a very good friend who just died of infection… and another in the hospital about to lose her leg.
Wow… when did all of this happen?

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Britt April 21, 2011 at 4:36 am

Omg, I have it too. It’s horrible. I’ve had boils on my tongue and abscesses in my throat and tonsils for a year now. I also have staph on my legs and arm. This all got bad when a tooth got infected and I had some dental work. I’m kinda freaking out that it’s not going away. I’ve been on a ton of antibiotics but nothing so far has gotten rid of it so back to the doctors tomorrow. Also, I got a throat culture done and it came back negative for step….

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