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MRSA in infant - abscess
Posted by Stacy
Last Reply November 14, 2008
Started November 13, 2008 at 02:21
My daughter presented with an abscess at 2 weeks of age and it was determined to be
MRSA. No one has said that she likely picked up the bacteria at the hospital where she
was born. Is it possible that the bacteria lurked in her system for 2 weeks before
presenting as a MRSA filled abscess?


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AIRBORNE MRSA
Posted by Dave
Last Reply November 14, 2008
Started April 19, 2007 at 19:41
I use to post a few years ago about the dangers of AIRBORNE MRSA infecting patients in a hospital environment, but the stupid NHS and the government refuse to acknowledge the fact.

It has been proved that MRSA infected skin scales(dust) can be transported around a hospital environment via air currents, a/c units, bed making, etc,etc.

Until this is remedied we might as well talk to a brick wall.

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Incubation Period
Posted by Tony Kitchen
Last Reply November 13, 2008 at 15:27
Started August 5, 2004 at 21:02
Can anyone tell me "how long from the introduction of MRSA into the blood stream, to strong symptons and illness manifesting itself"?
Many thanks
Tony

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MRSA
Posted by Joy
Last Reply November 9, 2008 at 14:04
Started October 15, 2008 at 09:09
2Hi,
I am a RN for 30 yrs now so MRSA is no stranger to me. In fact I have been out of work for 5 months since I have MRSA in my sinus, throat and bronchi. I cough constantly, my throat is constantly sore,and I havent the strength to barely get a shower daily. I wash my hair every other day and would wash it daily if I felt I had the strength.
I caught what I thought was just a cold in about 2 days. But bad enough to call in to work to tell them I was sick and would be back as soon as posible. Well, that was in June and I am still lying in my bed feeling horrid. I had 5 rounds of different antibiotics by mouth, and also steroid shots. When I was admitted to the hospital I was told due to the fact all the antibiotics and steroids I had been given it had destroyed my White blood cells and I had very few red blood cells so I could not take IV antibiotics. I was in the hosp for 22 days and was finally told I was well enough to go home. My concern is I still feel hor... read more

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mrsa-forum.com
Posted by Rob
Last Reply November 8, 2008 at 23:22
Started September 16, 2008 at 19:04
The MRSA forum has moved to this new domain name www.mrsa-forum.com Hopefully with its new name and hosting this will help make it more reliable, reduce spam as well as make it easier to remember.

If you have any links to this site please update them to this new domain name www.mrsa-forum.com

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Please advise - Young, fit but have MRSA!
Posted by Mr A
Last Reply November 5, 2008 at 20:48
Started November 5, 2008 at 20:48
Hi all. I would just like to say that I think this website is great. Ive been reading some of the topics and relly feel for the MRSA sufferers. I now feel guilty about being depresed with my problems.
Any way ill get to the point! I am a 25yr old fit male and work in the community for the nhs. 3 months ago i had a pilonidal sinus excission. I was told by the surgeon that this was a straight forward operation but i would probably need 2/3 weeks off of work. I was also informed that the wound would be left open and have to be packed every day for a few weeks. However on operation day I was told they were more than likely going to do a primary closure. I expressed my concern but they insisted they would make the correct decision during the operation. So a primary closure was made and off i went home. 4 days later the wound became very uncomfortable and painfull.I then rang my gp and because it was a saturday he arranged for me to see a gp at my local hostpital. The gp was concerned an... read more

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FDA BLACK BOX WARNING
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 4, 2008 at 18:59
Started November 4, 2008 at 17:15
Although from the USA… and since MRSA knows no geographical boundaries, there is recent news here I would like to share relating to cautions by our FDA concerning a group/class of antibiotics often prescribed by physicians attempting to remedy MRSA infections. Perhaps some of you in the UK and beyond may find this interesting and/or helpful in your long term struggles with MRSA.

The group worthy of the strongest caution is from the class called 'fluoroquinolone antimicrobial'(antibiotic) drugs. I can not say what classification the UK or other countries may consider this particular group of antibiotics if different than our system, I expect brands differ as well and do not know their names, but I do want to give a heads up to those prescribed the equivalent. We (USA) have an acknowledged problem with this group of antimicrobial drugs. I am only one in a sea of people who have been prescribed from this group, by specialists attempting to kill the MRSA bacteria.

Fluoroquinolones... read more

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Fifth of mrsa cases missed
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply November 2, 2008 at 22:54
Started November 2, 2008 at 22:52
Tests for the Clostridium difficile infection are missing up to 20% of cases and falsely diagnosing thousands of others, researchers said . study by St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and St George's university of London found the six most commonly used tests for the hospital bug gave inaccurate results in a number of cases . some 11,000 patients may have been falsely diagnosed with the infection in the past year - with a similar number of real cases being missed .
As a result of the findings, published in the December issue of the Lancet, researchers have recommended that patients are subjected to two-stage testing in order to avoid misdiagnose .

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MRSA ARTICLE MUST READ
Posted by Concerned
Last Reply November 1, 2008 at 18:32
Started May 12, 2005 at 09:23
Everyone interested in MRSA must read this article:-

As science gets wiser, so do the bugs. The rates of drug-resistant bacteria infecting patients in the community and in the hospital have been increasing steadily in recent years, according to two new studies in the June 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online.




i-Newswire, 2005-05-11 - Drug resistance in microorganisms has become a problem due in part to inappropriate prescribing and overuse of antibiotics. These drug-resistant “superbugs” can infect people and cause health problems that are difficult to address with the standard antibiotic regimens. One of the culprits is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, an organism that was associated mainly with hospital-acquired infections, but is becoming increasingly common in the general community, as has been reported recently in the medical literature. It can cause problems ranging from skin infections to severe bloodstream infecti... read more

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Boost in superbug fight
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 31, 2008 at 18:36
Started October 16, 2008 at 23:50
A new research centre which will lead the fight against mrsa and other superbugs is to be established in Scotland as part of an £8.5 million boost for biomedical sciences.

The £5 million facility will be part of St Andrews University's biomedical sciences research complex .

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MRSA in the urine
Posted by Janet
Last Reply October 30, 2008
Started October 29, 2008 at 15:29
My original bout with MRSA was when I contracted it in the hospital from sinus surgery. I was ill for about 6 months and then went on IV Vanco. I just went in to my PCP for a UTI and my urine came back MRSA positive. I can find very little information on MRSA in the urine. I also wonder where else it is my body. I work in a medical facility and I have a newborn grandchild and worry about both constantly being in contact with MRSA and constantly worried about spreading it. The Dr says just to wash wash wash the hands. There are so many questions and so few answers.

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Just diagnosed with CA MRSA
Posted by Susan
Last Reply October 27, 2008 at 17:01
Started October 3, 2008 at 02:33
Live in NJ and back in July I thought I had a little pimple near my armpit, got bigger
and than I thought it was a spider bite. Went too the doctors & he lanced it and put
me on antibiotics. A week later it came back only bigger, golf ball size. Very red and
painful, doctor sent me too a surgeon and 3 days later I was having surgery too have
it removed, was told by surgeon that 4 ounces of pus drained out. Was on antibiotics
for 10 days and was fine for a few weeks. Near Labor Day I noticed one on my
buttocks and since than, I have had 6 very large boils. This past Tuesday I went too an
Infectious Disease Specialist and he said it was CA MRSA. Seems there are only a
handful of antibiotics that work against this. The antibiotics from the previous doctors
weren't helping me at all. So now I am on a 21 days course of Bactrim and I noticed
that the boil I have now under my other armpit isn't as painful, hopefully the
antibiotics are working.

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MRSA, So sleepy
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply October 18, 2008 at 23:36
Started October 2, 2008 at 03:31
I had surgery on July 25 Due to a spider bite *...and yes it was a spider bite I had a big prob. with the ER thinking it was just MRSA and telling me to just put heat on it and see the surgeon...* and i got MRSA when I was in the hospital. i was in the hospital for a week and then sent home with a wound VAC for a month *luckily I was healed enough to go back to school this fall* But some time after being back in my apt. I noticed a bump that got all red and sore so I covered it with a band-aid and went to the university health center *I didn’t want to piss around since my wound still wasn't all the way healed* well they did the test and it was MRSA AGIAN! and ever since I noticed it I've been so sleepy it seems all I do is go to class then come back and nap I even nap after I wake up in the morning, I shower get dressed do my hair and make-up then go back to bed till I have go to class. I also have no appetite what so ever I think I eat once a day that’s it. Well I guess my question... read more

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superbug rates increase
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 17, 2008 at 23:01
Started October 17, 2008 at 23:01
Rates of superbug C-Diff were the highest in 18 month's at St John's Hospital in the last quarter .

Fiqures show that between June & August this year there were 41 instances , double that of the first quarter in 2007 .

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Help - advice required please
Posted by Sally
Last Reply October 16, 2008 at 19:24
Started October 16, 2008 at 19:24
I was diagnosed with 'full blown MRSA' back in 2005 just before i went in to have an operation on my hip ( i am 29 ). I had the usual antibacterial solution, creams etc given to me, but i was never told i was clear of it (doctor's have skirted around the subject), the operation was a success (i was the last on the hospital's list due to contamination etc) and had healing pads given to me. Since 2005 i have had continuous problems with boils and open wounds and weight loss - everything takes such a long time to heal these days (my doctor says i have nothing to worry about and that MRSA is not a factor, this i disagree with). I demanded to be reswabbed this week and am currently waiting for my results. I am still required to carry my yellow card around with me! I am so worried about the unknown effects of MRSA and my concerns seem to be falling on deaf ears! Does this sound familiar? I just keep being told that the carriers of MRSA are so common. I am not sure what my next move ... read more

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TREATMENT FOR MRSA
Posted by JEAN NICOLL
Last Reply October 13, 2008 at 15:17
Started October 12, 2008 at 20:35
I would like to know if anyone has ever heard of Fucibet cream ever being used as a treatment for MRSA in a leg ulcer. I have written on this forum over three years ago about my mother Mrs Marjorie Evans. She has had MRSA over a dozen times. She was infected this time in the community, as I am not supposed to say by the district nurses that dress her leg every few days. The first time in hospital she was treated with iv and three seperate lots of antibiotic. She came home for two weeks and was in agony. The GP admitted her again.The results of a swab came back stating MRSA in the wound. She has not been given any antibiotics and is being barrier nursed with a cream for her nose and spray for her throat and Fucibet cream on the MRSA in the leg ulcer. I would like to know if anyone has ever heard of this and I would like to thank everyone who contributes on this forum for all their help. My mothers history is very complicated but it seems to me that procedures are not being fol... read more

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Typical hospital treatment?
Posted by Jay
Last Reply October 13, 2008
Started October 12, 2008 at 01:30
Hi there, I have a friend in hospital after being diagnosed with MRSA. It has been several days now and I cannot go to see her or contact her because she is to far away.
I would like to know how long she will be expected to be in hospital for?
Can anyone help give me a rough idea?

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mrsa carrier
Posted by charlie
Last Reply October 11, 2008 at 19:30
Started October 11, 2008 at 19:30
i started out with a few absest hear in thear after a year of having them drained a er docter told me it was MRSA and they waited to long to diognose me now im a caryer i lost half my left hand becouse a blister got infected they said it was the worst case thy have ever seen i should have never waited so long to get treated the truth is i went to 2 docters and 5 ERs befor any one would do anything by then it was to late now a year later i have the same sweling in the same hand fells like its broke and no one will do anything some one help me bfor its to late

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MRSA worries
Posted by Emma
Last Reply October 6, 2008 at 21:16
Started October 6, 2008 at 21:16
I think that during my first pregnancy I may have contracted MRSA. I was house hunting and we went to this filthy house where this very dirty sick bed ridden lady was. About 4-5 days later I was really ill with a horrible mark on my shoulder and the whole side of my body went numb, I was about 26 weeks pregnant. No-one bothered about my infected shoulder but I kept askig on the hour every hour for antibiotics coz I felt worse by the hour. In the end I was put on antibiotics run test and sent home. My husband literally had to dig out the infection. it was horrendous and 3 years on I still have the round scar. After that it was like a catalogue of infections. I had a massive massive abscess in my cheek and that had to be chopped out at hospital. I had about 3 double eye abscesses in my eyelids and could barely see. Then they spread to my nose.
I think while I was pregnant I had about 20 odd antibiotics and in the end had a triple therapy to get rid of the infections each time. They... read more

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the icarecafe would really like your help with
Posted by Belinda Shale
Last Reply October 6, 2008 at 18:23
Started October 6, 2008 at 15:02


Dear Group

As you many know the icarecafe has been set up to provide a space for patients, carers and their supporters online.

Some of the members have set up a discussion group on the subject of MRSA. The group has asked lots of questions which are still in the process of being answered. So we thought it appropriate if we invited people from other MRSA discussion group and blogs to ask if they wished to participate.

To have a look at the discussions so far please have a look at

http://www.icarecafe.com/?page_id=1107&group_id=71

Please do feel free to join in the discussions and to post any information which might be of interest to our members.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch. I’m one of the moderators of the icarecafe and I can be contacted by sending and internal email to my profile.

Thanks very much in advance for your help!

Best wishes
Bel... read more

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