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mrsa scars
Posted by georgie
Last Reply April 23, 2012 at 07:15
Started January 14, 2012 at 17:19
I am currently having my second outbreak of mrsa. I contracted it first in the usa where the doctors scared the life out of me as the anitbiotics didn't at first work, and it was all very unexpected, I thought I had simple insect bites.
I thought it had healed but that's another story.
In the meantime I've been using bio oil on the scars, which only seems to have made them darker! I'm a pale olive skin, and the scars are now dark purple, almost black. I hate to sound superficial but as a young woman having scars on your body can be a truly depressing thing, let alone having to deal with another outbreak (I was completely unaware til I got my 2nd and read a lot of forums that this is common to re occur)
I will try manuka honey and vitamin e oil on the scars now, if anyone has had any successful experiences please do share, and I will keep updating about how mine go..
My sympathy goes to everyone who has had this and has to continue to suffer it x

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MRSA and styes?
Posted by Alex
Last Reply April 20, 2012 at 21:13
Started April 20, 2012 at 21:05
I have had 3 different MRSA infections within the past 2 years. 1 of the 3 almost went to my heart. I know I will carry this super bug for the rest of my life and I can deal with that. Recently though I've developed a pretty big stye on the inside of my eyelid. I'm concerned that it may develop into another MRSA infection or that it already has. Could anyone tell me the likeliness of it becoming MRSA or it already being MRSA?

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MSSA from IV
Posted by medical malpractice victim
Last Reply April 19, 2012 at 23:44
Started April 5, 2012 at 02:49
Got MSSA from IV nurse put in without wearing gloves or adequately cleaning my IV site. Baseline EKG/ECHO fine. No other source of infection by CT/MRI. Got worse, developed heart murmur, another ECHO showed infection had traveled to heart. Had to have open heart surgery, mitral valve replacement, need lifelong blood thinning meds, can no longer have children (I was 35 and wanted many children). Retained attorney, reviewed my medical record with a hospital fabricated microbiology report that was dated the day I was admitted for viral meningitis (no endocarditis symptoms). Dr. had said my infection was due to the IV--then changed his story when I needed surgery and said that I must have come in with the infection. No attorney would go after hospital for fabricating a report, so we went after the infectious disease specialist who looked at those reports daily and did not start IV antibiotics until the 6th day. He either needed to bite the hand that feeds him and say it was the hospital... read more

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sex and mrsa
Posted by john
Last Reply April 19, 2012 at 03:28
Started April 19, 2012 at 03:28
can you get mrsa from intercourse if my wife has mrsa in her blood ?

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Does anyone have MRSA with shortness of breath
Posted by Tracy
Last Reply April 15, 2012 at 13:42
Started February 1, 2008 at 02:09
I am 28 years old and had a surgery in November 07 and the incision became infected with MRSA. The sore cleared up quickly within a few weeks of taking Zyvox. I have been feeling short of breath since December 07. I have never had asthma in my life. Now I wake up out of my sleep because I cant breathe and feel short of breath throughout the day. I have an inhaler Albuterol. It helps some, but I feel like Im suffocating a short time later. I had a chest xray done in December to check for pneumonia, and it was negative. I went to the emergency room the other night for shortness of breath. I had another chest xray done and it was negative again. I know MRSA has caused this and I dont know what I could possibly have if it isnt pneumonia. Does anyone have any similar experiences because I feel like my life will never be the same and I really need help. Thank you.

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scared and confused
Posted by rick
Last Reply April 8, 2012 at 01:16
Started July 9, 2007 at 19:19
about a year ago i had an infection in my right knee. it started out just a little red and sore,over the next couple of days it blew up to yhe size of a melon. i went to the hospital and got treated with antibiotics. a few months later i noticed what seemed to be a small whitehead pimple or ingrown hair on my right forearm. it grew very rapidly and sent agonizing pain all the way down to my fingers. i went to the hospital and was treted with antibiotics through iv and by mouth. afew months later i noticed the same type of "pimple" on the back of my right shoulder the same thing happened but this time the pain was much more severe and it was oozing pus worse than the last time again i was treated with both iv and mouth antibiotics. now a couple of months later i got one on my left buttcheek witch grew and hurt pretty bad but went away quickly with no treatment however igot a new one on my left hip. this one was the worst by far. i had to be cut open and stuffed with gauze.when the ga... read more

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MRSA in Toe should I dispose of trainers
Posted by Trina
Last Reply April 5, 2012 at 03:18
Started March 25, 2012 at 12:04
Hi, my son has contracted MRSA in his toe after having treatment for an ingrowing toenail, the surgeon has said we should now discard his trainers that he was wearing prior to diagnosis, does anyone know if this is true as we have not been told to dispose of any socks he has worn. If I was to wash the trainers in the washing machine a couple of times would this be sufficient?

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My sister with MRSA and Steven Johnsons
Posted by Kyle
Last Reply April 5, 2012 at 03:09
Started March 27, 2012 at 08:45
Hi my sister has got MRSA and steven johnsons (a reaction to the medication for MRSA that infects the mucous membranes)
She has it in her eye and behind her eye and inside of her head (but not in her brain yet)
She's currently on a breathing machine as the steven johnsons is making it hard for her to breathe. Im really worried about her and I dont know alot about this disease and if it is fatal. If anyone could give me some information about what to expect from now or if you know if it may be fatal i would be very appreciative.
They have had to cut most of her eye lid off and have done multiple surgeries in her eye to remove the MRSA as it gets worse. She has a mass in her brain that seems stable and the MRSA has gotten into her skull but has not developed into her brain yet.

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how do you come to terms with having MRSA????
Posted by sad mommy
Last Reply April 5, 2012 at 03:02
Started April 2, 2012 at 02:24
My 5 year old son and myself have been dealing with MRSA for about 6
months now. We are both on our 3rd round of antibiotics and I'm scared
to death of this! I'm so depressed. I feel so alone. I can barely get
out of bed in the morning because I'm so sad and rundown. My son
doesn't really understand why I am crying all the time. He is always
commented about when the MRSA goes away..blah blah...and that makes me
even more sad because it's not going to ever completely go away.

How do other parents get through this on a day to day basis?? I just
can't imagine dealing with these boils for the rest of our lives and
then what if we become antibiotic resistance??? And all the extra
cleaning and laundry is exhausting being a single mom!! If it was just
me that had MRSA I think I could deal with it but it kills me that my
5 year old little boy has it too :-( What kind of life will he have
now?

Plus now I will never be able to get married bc who would want to ... read more

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Confused
Posted by Mary
Last Reply April 2, 2012 at 13:16
Started March 1, 2005 at 08:23
I am confused. Is MRSA the same as HIV? If not which is more serious?

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MRSA
Posted by Nick
Last Reply March 31, 2012 at 20:17
Started December 7, 2005 at 20:26
One year ago I went to sleep with a pimple on my leg and when i woke up my calf was filled with puss. when i went to my doctors he told me it was a spider bite. I was hooked up to a IV and stayed in the hospital for a week having my leg drained.Now I get these all the time. I have black scars all over my body. Right now I have about eight on my inner thighs. I feel like crap all the time. My wife is five months pregnant and she dosent even want to come near me.no doctors have any answers.If anyone has any advice on how to live with MRSA I would love to hear it.

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CA MRSA epidemic in the US
Posted by Tucker in Seattle
Last Reply March 28, 2012 at 16:33
Started October 13, 2005 at 22:27
I live in Seattle, Washington in the USA. I got community-acquired MRSA in June and have been fighting it ever since. I'm on sulfameth. It seems like every time I have one abcess cleared up, another one forms. So far it's only infected the skin on my legs, but I am seriously worried about the PVL "toxic shock" possibility.

What's interesting is every doctor I've been to with this has said the same thing: this is an epidemic in our region. Yet there has been no coverage on the news as far as I know, and even the attitude of health professionals seems very lax about it--they act like it's no big deal. It seems that the UK is at least taking this threat seriously.

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Help with results and advice needed...
Posted by Eileen Farrell
Last Reply March 27, 2012 at 09:00
Started March 21, 2012 at 14:06
Hi all,
I am looking for some advice and help from people who are sussed in
the world of MRSA and Staph Infections. My son got an infection from
IV site, the cannula was in hand for 47 hours and was used for fluids
for one night. Within 1 hr of getting cannula removed his hand was
red,hot,swollen and infected. We got a swab of area done and results yesterday showed he had Staph Infection. The doctor that gave me the
results wasn't very clear (I couldn't understand him on phone) My son
has been prescribed flucloxacillin, we are meeting doctor tomorrow for
review.
I want the doctor to explain to me in detail what a Staph Infection is
but I also want to know the difference between MRSA and SA is. I know
that doctors are very sketchy on details and will deny responsibility
that my son contracted infection in hospital.
Can anyone tell me what I should be asking the doctor,what tests I
should request etc.? Basically I want to go into this meeting armed
with the... read more

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caught from clothes?
Posted by Mary
Last Reply March 25, 2012 at 13:02
Started November 3, 2011 at 17:55
My father died in hospital not of MRSA, but he did have MRSA. Although I was advised
by nurses to use apron and gloves, I couldn't bear to watch him die and not hold his
hand without wearing gloves. Once he had died, I kept a pyjama top of his and used
to hold it to my face to remember him, it kind of smelled of him.
Now, 5 years on, I am worried I have caught MRSA. I have recently had two episodes of
cellulitis and also seem to be getting boils on my back. How do I get a test? Is it as
simple as going to the doctor and telling him what I've just written here? (I am in the
UK). Thanks.

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Prognosis of my sister with MRSA and Steven Jo
Posted by Kyle
Last Reply March 24, 2012 at 11:28
Started March 24, 2012 at 11:28
My sister has MRSA located in her eye and inside her skull but not yet to her brain (they say its stable). She is a healthy 23 year old. She has now developed Steven Johnsons syndrome from a reaction to the drugs they were giving her so they are treating her as a burns patient now aswell and has put her on a breathing machine as the steven johnsons has gotten into her mouth and lungs.
Im trying to find out what her prognosis may be for this? Its very serious and I dont want her to die but i want to know the facts.


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MRSA
Posted by Chris
Last Reply March 20, 2012 at 22:35
Started March 20, 2012 at 22:35
Hi to all of my fellow fighters of MRSA. I went to the hospital with my excellent
orthopedic surgeon and had a total right hip replacement. I was in the rehab and
about 10 days after surgery I was rushed to the hospital running a fever and my
wound site was so red and painful. The surgeon opened the wound and flushed
out the wound and back to the ICU and on infusion antibiotics for a month. Went
home and seemed to be getting better and 1 month later I had my 2nd bout. I
have had 4 bouts and am writing you from the hospital. So far this has only
presented itself as a surface problem but I am down and out again. Has anyone
had the same problem? Would love to know. I feel alone and sad.

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MRSA transfer
Posted by cathyj
Last Reply March 13, 2012 at 19:28
Started March 3, 2012 at 21:05
My biggest fear out of this whole thing is passing this thing on to
others. How easy is this to pass to someone else. When I have an out
break should I have my husband and I sleep separately or is it okay if
it is covered? Some one told me as long as I was not oozing something it
was ok and could be passed to someone, is this true?

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wound care
Posted by cathy
Last Reply March 13, 2012 at 19:18
Started March 3, 2012 at 21:01
I was just told I have mercer about 10 days ago, My wounds are not
longer active, but they are dry and they itch. Is there anything that
will help them go away and stop itching? Is there anything that help
prevent or lessen the severity when or if they show up again?

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e coli
Posted by Joan
Last Reply March 12, 2012 at 15:31
Started December 4, 2006 at 16:13
I had a revisitation hip replacement done on the 19th July 2006. It was noticed on the 3rd day after surgery that my wound was weaping and the theatre dressing was taken off and a swab taken. I was transferred to our local cottage hospital 7 days after surgery along with a bag of dressings for my wound. I was transferred back to our main hospital 10 days later as my wound was seriously infected and I was very ill. I actually had the ecoli virus in my wound and after further surgery and 4 weeks of intravenous Vancomyacin I may yet lose this new hip. I have been extremely distressed by this whole experience and I feel totally let down. Is there anyone else out there feeling as I do?

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MRSE- from THR
Posted by Cindi
Last Reply March 10, 2012
Started March 8, 2012 at 05:11
My husband had a THR on 1/9/2012. Within 2 hours developed high fever.
Surgery su
It developed a seroma that tested positive for MRSE. 1/27/2012 his prosthesis was
removed and antibiotic spacer was put in. He has been put on IV vancomycin for
6 weeks thru a PIcc line. His numbers has been fluctuating up and down. The
orthopedist wants to break for 2 weeks and then go back to surgery to have a hip
revision.
I have questions about the accuracy of these tests. Can the MRSE become
dormant.

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