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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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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

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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My Daughter has MRSA
Posted by Tamie
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 19:47
Started September 30, 2008 at 16:40
She contracted MRSA when she was 6 months..I don't know how..The doctor said it could of been as simple as she putting her mouth on a grochery basket.And if a person had stafh 4 days prior.Stafh live on anything for up to four days..I keep every thing super clean,I carry hand sanatizer with me every where..I'm really scared what will happen to her.My daughters MRSA comes about once a month..and then shes on antibiotics for two weeks..

Does anyone know about any home,or healthy way to treat this.Any ideas i will greatly apperciate and try..Thank u

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strange infection
Posted by Becca
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 16:48
Started October 4, 2008 at 01:22
hi my mum has been in intensive care on a ventilator for 3 weeks now, yesterday they did a trachostomy. she had a few red marks on her face that the nurses said was impitago caught from a visitor (?!) but this morning when i visited her entire face has swollen up, her eyes swollen closed and her lips cracked and bleeding, and she has weeping sores on her face and upper arms, both her arms are swollen to three times their normal size and just filled with fluid. The trachy site itself is still very bloody so i couldn't see if it was weeping as well. The staff have said they are putting cream on it- but this surely wont help all the fluid retention? I'm worried she must have caught some kind of infection and was wondering if this sounds like mrsa? can anyone offer any advise please???

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mrsa infected wound
Posted by Jilly
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 16:43
Started February 12, 2006 at 22:06
i had a bowel resection in June 2004 due to colon cancer. All went well for 7 days then igot perintinitus(the bowel wound burst and scepticemea ocurred) another major op, 5 weeks in intensive care infected by mrsa a further 7 weeks in hospital. Home for 10 days a minor heart attack. Now 19 months on although greatly reduced my wound will not heal completely despite many different dressings. Can anyone offer any help or advice?

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Journalist from BBC searching for an esbl case
Posted by Romain Fournier
Last Reply October 2, 2008 at 12:10
Started October 10, 2005 at 11:07
My name is Romain Fournier, I'm working for the Real Story programm on BBC 1. I'm looking for persons who contracted the esbl bug producing E.coli infections or persons who have someone in their family who suffered from esbl. Please let me know if your interested> My e mail adress is

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Mrsa Action UK
Posted by Lily
Last Reply October 1, 2008 at 16:06
Started September 30, 2008 at 23:17
I have been trying to phone for information many times over the last week regarding mrsa but nobody is available to answer the phone please could you advise .

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could i have mrsa?
Posted by anom
Last Reply October 1, 2008 at 15:53
Started September 27, 2008 at 21:08
Help! after having a root canal filling and other dental treatment i have been experiencing alot of strange symptoms that have got progressively worse could this be mrsa? I have been vomiting firstly the day after the treatment, experiencing burning sensations in the body/ sweating alot/ numbness/shivering/fatigue/small pussy spots that look like impetigo have appeared around my mouth/painful joints/pins and needles/tremors/buzzing in the body. My treatment was over a year ago now and these symptoms just appeared following the treatment.

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Posted by Veronica
Last Reply September 30, 2008 at 16:34
Started September 24, 2008 at 08:53
My son is only 9 years old, i took him right away to the Dr. thinking that he was bit by a spider. The Dr. did a culture of sensitivity they prescribed him bactrim ds... while they get the results back. I just the results back today... Dr. said that he has MRSA but the antibiotic that he has taken the affected area got better... it looks that is healing he can walk perfectly question is how bad is this.. is he's going to be rejected by people just by knowing he had that?... are people going to critized him in the future. iam trying to find as much information about this. Still really hard for me...

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Former Birmingham nurse slams NHS after husban
Posted by Sunday Mercury article
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 22:52
Started September 29, 2008 at 19:20
Sep 29 2008
A FORMER nurse whose elderly husband died after contracting MRSA at a Midland hospital has attacked the “shameful” hygiene standards on NHS wards.
Ina Gordon, 79, from Kingshurst, Birmingham, lost husband Alpheus, 74, when he picked up the killer superbug at Heartlands Hospital following a back operation last year.
Ex-nurse Ina and her daughter Susan, 38, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, launched legal action against the hospital, accusing the nursing staff of negligence.
Last week Heartlands settled out of court for a five-figure sum.
Grandmother-of-twelve Ina, who worked as a midwifery nurse at Solihull Hospital in the late 70s and 80s, claimed that her husband had been treated “like a dog” by nursing staff.
“It was so sad to see him die like that,” she said.
“I wasn’t even with him for his final breath, as the night nurse had made me leave the room so she could turn him in his bed. It broke my heart.
“The wards stank, there was muck on the floor, it was filthy.... read more

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Posted by Nikki
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 18:37
Started September 28, 2008 at 22:04
Im currently working with developmentaly disabled adults in an extremly medical based house. A client who has mrsa came home from the hospital recently and other staff tell me he now has vrsa. These staff may or may not be right but either way im worried. The clients rights say we dont have to be told of any infectious diseases, (ie aids hep or herpease, which he has and is what cause the developmental issues.) We have no choice but to work in very close contact as we do showers, changing dressing tube feeding and so one. I feel I just dont know enough about the illness and its freaking me out. Are there cures what are the longterm side effects and if it is vrsa shouldnt he be isolated. I dont think he was isolated at the hospital this last visit.

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