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Ca-MRSA
Posted by RosieKV
Last Reply January 11, 2009 at 16:09
Started January 8, 2009 at 16:25
My daughter (20) got CA-MRSA 15months ago - probably from gym or swimming pool. It was on her chin and initially treated as impetigo. The MRSA diagnosis was not given until she left the hospital.

Since then it keeps recurring. She has had abscesses on her stomach, on the back of her neck, under her arms and this week, one on her breast.

The MRSA showed in tests to be treatable with Clindomycin. The Drs also mentioned that it was an ununsual strain, usually found in the army.

Despite swabs of skin/nares being negative, she has decolonized once and they want her to do that again after this 7 day course of Clindomycin.

It is obviously distressing for her to deal with this as she is away at uni. The infections make her tired and the abscesses are disgusting for anyone - especially a young girl.

I have a few questions:
- is there a blood test for MRSA?
- can they test her blood after the antibiotics to see if she is clear?

The doctors seem to think she is carrying th... read more

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Combatting MRSA
Posted by MataMan
Last Reply January 8, 2009 at 16:35
Started December 13, 2007 at 15:13
We all know that MRSA is pesky-and some of us appreciate the misguided recommendations that using alcohol-based hand sanitizers will "kill" MRSA. On immediate contact perhaps, but alcohol-based sanitizers actually dry within seconds of being applied to the skin, and once they dry, its no longer effective. The liklihood of MRSA being on your hands at the same time that you apply it is remote. We'd otherwise recommend a safer alternative to alcohol-based products--one is a product called Soapopular. Its primary ingredient is benzalkonium chloride--and its an antiseptic. No dry irritated skin, no fragrance, no risk of infection--and effective against MRSA...more info at http://www.soapopular.com

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MRSA and C-DIF
Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply December 31, 2008 at 16:46
Started December 30, 2008 at 18:19
I have been in pain since the middle of September. I have had a number of test performed and continued to hit a wall. I went to the ER because I couldn't take it anymore. My symptoms were/are vomiting, diarhea, lower abdominal cramping, and nausea. I was diagnosed the first ER visit with gastritus and a week later the second visit with colitiz when they did a CT. The next day I went to a gastro and he scheduled me for a endo and coloscopy I was clean no gastritis or coloitis. I did stool samples and tested positive for MRSA and C-diff the ID spec. put me on vancomcin and the pain continued. I called the ID spec to ask if the pain and diarhea was normal while on the antibiotic he seemed clueless even suggested that maybe somethin else was wrong. Please help I'm 27 years old and have no clue what to do now. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death.

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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 23, 2008 at 17:39
Started December 16, 2008 at 22:53
Id like to wish you's all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, i will be looking in over the festive period for anybody who needs any help or support or just someone to talk too . i remember not that long ago at Christmas i was on here very stressed & tearful about my mother & there was someone here even on Christmas day for me it's a kindness iv never forgot , what was given to me i now give back .

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Grandad Passed Away MRSA
Posted by Karen Johnson
Last Reply December 22, 2008 at 13:11
Started December 22, 2008 at 10:11
Hi, I just had to tell someone that yesterday my grandad passed away due to an MRSA infection. My mum and her brother are as you can imagine very upset, particularly my uncle as he was my grandads carer. My grandad also suffered from Altzheimers and originally went into hospital for double phnemonia which he recovered from, he was always a strong fit person. I know nothing really about MRSA and just wanted to share my thoughts with people who may understand what we are going through as a family. I am so glad that at the end I was not able to see him because I am able to remember him as a strong fit person. I Live in Norfolk and he lives i Durham so it was very difficult for me to get up and see him. I am still feeling a bit guilty and but we were going to see him at xmas. I do not want to put a downer on anyone, I just needed to get things off my chest. Thanks for being there for me.

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staph found in my nose
Posted by Leonie Cent
Last Reply December 21, 2008 at 23:30
Started December 15, 2008 at 04:23
Hello to all and I appreciate the opportunity to ask a question.
The hospital did a swab of my nose to check for "staph" as they put it, as I'm due for a knee replacement operation in February. It came back positive. Can anyone point me to some information about this - does it mean I also have the infection in my body, or is it just living in my nose ? How would the staph in my nose impact my general health ? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks again...
Leonie 43yrs (Australia)

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mrsa on face?
Posted by sean
Last Reply December 21, 2008 at 19:24
Started December 21, 2008 at 06:42
so i thought i had acne, than i got a painful "zit" on day. I mean it hurt so bad i could tell it was deep in the layers of my skin. I woke up about 2 days later after this "zit" started appearing and it and evolved into a huge pimple/boil. It was bigger, red, swollen, and hard to the touch. It felt like a rock! I went to the doctor and he said without taking a culture he isnt 100 percent technically sure, but said that from his experience and professional opinion that I had a MRSA infection going on. I was prescribed Doxycicline(i think thats how you spell it). Will the mrsa go away? I am afaird once i stop the antibiotics that blemishes will reappear and be even harder to battle next battle. I was prescribed the antibiotic for a complete month and its 100mg, twice a day? is there anything else i can do or take??

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MRSA - in babies blood
Posted by Ann
Last Reply December 7, 2008 at 15:19
Started December 7, 2008 at 01:35
Just need some reassurance and advise about this. My baby(7 months) was admitted to hospital for a couple of days with a virus and gastroenteritis. They found MRSA in his blood after routine tests - community acquired. He was discharged as a healthy baby, however I was not given any information about this. Is he vulnerable to infection and how will this will affect him in the future.Is he able to attend a nursery environment, without putting other children at risk?

Any advise would be appreciated.

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MRSA
Posted by DJ
Last Reply December 7, 2008 at 13:54
Started December 7, 2008 at 01:43
Just a question,can you contact MRSA from someone who has been diagnosed with MRSA?

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Oil of oregano for how long?
Posted by V
Last Reply December 5, 2008 at 23:55
Started December 4, 2008 at 14:59
Oh my goodness, I just received my oil of oregano in the post and it tastes awful! Like fire and strong herbs! How long should an MRSA sufferer take this for? I don't have boils or anything but a small wound where I had a surgery, which is about a finger tip deep I would say. Am also using tea tree oil and manuka honey plus bactroban cream. I hope everyone is well as can be! Some of the things I have read sound awful :(

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Jay and Z
Posted by cas
Last Reply December 2, 2008 at 12:55
Started August 10, 2008 at 21:12
Has anyone any idea whats happened to Jay and Z? Has anyone heard from Jay? I followed their plight and was so impressed with Jays dedication and dignity. I hope that Z is making good progress. If you are reading this Jay, I am still praying for you both

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new validation code
Posted by Rob
Last Reply December 2, 2008 at 12:24
Started December 2, 2008 at 03:06
in order to combat spam i have changed the validation image system on this forum. its used to identify that a user is human and not a spam robot. note that the letters used are not case sensitive. if your image code is not accepted click the Change Image link and get a different one.

if this works i will use it with the other sister forums too.

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Nurses Uniforms
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply November 27, 2008 at 22:41
Started June 24, 2008 at 17:27
Nurses across wales wil be required to wear a standard uniform under plans to be unveiled this week , the new uniforms will be designed to reduce the risk of healthcare infections spreading between patients & staff on clothing , it will be "impractical" to wear outdoors , ending public concern that nurses are wearing their uniforms outside work . i take it to be it will be only a matter of time before the rest of the UK follow suit .

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other medication available
Posted by kim
Last Reply November 27, 2008 at 22:07
Started November 27, 2008 at 14:59
i have been diagnosed with MRSA and i have already had one lot of antibiotics x2 which after another swab did not work, i am now on flucloxacillan and three days in i feel bad - sickness, headaches, dizzy, very tired, rang to ask doctor what to do and been told to try and stick with them as not sure what other medication can be prescribed, can anyone advise what they may of had, also i am in the dark as where i have got this from and should i be careful around my own family and i also work in a school, no-one tells you anything??? thanks

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Anti superbug clothing
Posted by Frank Robson
Last Reply November 27, 2008 at 20:44
Started May 15, 2007 at 08:57
I have just had a spell in hospital after a serious injury (my own fault - not too steady on the feet nowadays). Before i was admitted i bought some nightwear off a website (www.superbugkiller.com or www.superbug.com?) that has a treatment applied that kills superbugs. I think the active ingredient is silver but not too sure. I thought this might be helpful to people who are scared of contracting any superbug infection. I know it gave me peace of mind. Good luck everyone.

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hi linda
Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply November 26, 2008 at 22:49
Started October 29, 2008 at 15:14
hi there linda
how are you keeping sorry a havent been on fir a while i have been up and down to stobhill alot in the last few weeks getting tests done i was up for a band fill on tuesday there and the think my band has slipped or the band is leeking or my port has filped so a have tae go back in friday and am bottleing it but a need tae get this done what is peeing me of is a tryed to tell them this away back in feb this year and nobody took any notice of me so maybe now a will get somewhere and my mrsa screening came back clear so thats good news the only thing that is worrying me is going threw all this again if the have to do the whole gastric band again that means staying in hospital again but we have to do what we have to do haha, so tell me how is your hubby and how are you keeping let me no how your doing ok talk soon
best wishes
sharron



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Could Someone Help!
Posted by Scared!
Last Reply November 26, 2008
Started April 24, 2007 at 14:42
I JUST FOUND OUT A CYCST UNDER MY ARM TESTED POSITIVE FOR MRSA. THE DR. HAD ALREADY DRAINED IT AND PACKED IT FOR THE REMAINING INFECTION TO DRAIN OUT. HE ALSO STARTED ME ON A ANTI-BIOTIC CALLED BALTRIM DS. HE SEEMS TO THINK I'LL BE OKAY BUT DID TELL ME I COULD SEE THIS AGAIN OR I MAY NEVER SEE IT AGAIN. I HAVE A 9 WEEK OLD BABY AND I'M SO SCARED I'LL GIVE THIS TO HIM. THE DR. SAID TO WASH MY HANDS WITH DIAL SOAP BEFORE HANDLING HIM AND THAT THERE WAS NO REASON FOR ME NOT TO GO ON WITH MY NORMAL DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES. I JUST FEEL LIKE A DISEASE RIGHT NOW AND I'M SO WORRIED I'LL PASS ON TO MY HUSBAND AND SON. HAS ANYONE ONLY HAD THE ONE OCCURANCE OR AM I LIKELY TO GET THIS AGAIN? I HAVE NOT BEEN SICK AT ALL, I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THE CYCST WAS AN INGROWN HAIR BUT THE DR. ACTED QUICKLY AND HAD IT CULTURED.

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my daughters death
Posted by michael rainsford
Last Reply November 21, 2008 at 19:26
Started July 9, 2008 at 12:40
I have searched alot on the web, and I am probly not on the right site but I am trying to get our story out there to see if any one can help.
when my daughter passed away in 1998, MRSA was not somethink that we had heard of. but looking back I now believe as well as the issues we had with the hospital MRSA may have been one, here is a brief account
My name is mike email bossgolfer007@hotmail.com

my daughter Abigail Anne Angel Rainsford, was born on 19th September 1996, she died on 15th September 1998. Abbie had a corrective heart surgery, in April 1998, we first questioned the timing of the operation as we felt she was not well enough on the day of the operation just before theater, she was given paracetamol to control her temp.
Abbie had a stormy post operation and was ventilated in ICU, she had her ups and downs, but eventually she came of the vent in July, and returned to the ward were after many weeks of tests, it was discovered that Abbie had extensive brain damage. And ... read more

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CURE FOR MRSA
Posted by JACKIE O
Last Reply November 19, 2008 at 17:45
Started October 17, 2006 at 18:38
GLASGOW TIMES WRITES CURE FOR MRSA
FOUND BY GLASGOW ROYLE INFIRMARY THE NAME OF THE PRODUCT IS BYOTROL IN THE TIMES ITS STATES A CLEANER FOR GARDEN FURNITURE COULD THIS BE RIGHT IS THAT ALL THATS NEEDED TO WIPE OUT THIS NASTY BUG I THINK B AND Q WILL BE BUSY TONIGHT WHY HAS IT TAKEN SO LONG TO TELL PEOPLE LOTS OF LIVES COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED WITH THIS STUFF IF IT IS TRUE BQ SAYS IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN

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Negative culture, continued infection
Posted by Tina
Last Reply November 15, 2008 at 15:24
Started November 14, 2008 at 20:35
Hi,

My mom had surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear 12 weeks ago. 10 weeks post-op an infection presented as pain, drainage and a huge pus pocket just beneath the surgical incision. The doc did an I&D, sent a culture and started her on Keflex. The culture was "lost" but the infection continued. She underwent a surgical debridement a week ago, continued on Keflex and another culture was obtained. The wound continues to drain, she has pain and (of-course) the incision opened up. My question is this...would Keflex affect the growth of MRSA? I can't get a straight answer. This surgery occurred at my hospital by my favorite surgeon who happens to be in denial at this point. I'm a nurse.
go figure!

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