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MRSA Insurance
Posted by Peter Bowyer
Last Reply January 6, 2008 at 21:51
Started July 12, 2007 at 15:57
I am due for an operation in August for a hernia and was wondering if it is possible to have a one-off insurance policy against an MRSA infection and any consequences.

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MRSA Contagion
Posted by Maureen
Last Reply January 6, 2008 at 20:36
Started January 1, 2008
My brother is currently hospitalized and critically ill due to a MRSA infection. He lives with me and I was in close contact with him before they finally diagnosed him. He is in isolation and we must follow strict procedures when we visit (gowns, gloves, masks). My concern probably seems extreme but I work closely with a woman who is pregnant. I would just die if I somehow infected her. Sometimes people can be carriers and not have the symptoms, I've read that somewhere. Any suggestions?

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Posted by Lisa Liptrot
Last Reply January 6, 2008 at 15:56
Started January 6, 2008 at 15:56
I am 19 years old hand in june had a tonsilectomy before this i was fit and Healthy. 2 weeks after coming out of hospital I got alarge abcess in my nose. It was treated with antibotics.After that i got a large perineal abcess the pain was excruiating and it was hard for me to walk. this was treated by my local GP again treatd with eyrothimicin. It healed up at this point my GP had not taken any swabs of the discharge leakin form the abcess. it was only when a small abcess formed on my left thigh and was leaking offensive discharge. When results came back it was MRSA posotive. I was prescribed Tetracycline and after taking the course again healed i revsisted my GP who told me that it had now gone even tho he did not take any swabs etc. Unfortunately in november i got another perenial Abcess this time it was the size of a tennis ball i could hardly walk, i couldnt sit down.. it was filled with very dark red near enough black discharge. I attended my Gp this time i was refefferd to A+E... read more

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my dad
Posted by judy
Last Reply January 4, 2008 at 22:37
Started January 3, 2008 at 19:45
My father fell and broke his hip on the 30th December 2006 and was taken in to the local hospital and operated on the next day. At first he seemed to recover well but then became increasingly confused. I understand that this can happen after a major op and he was 88 years old after all.He fell in the hospital a few times while we were not with him and received stitches to his head. I visited once and found him in the process of being moved from one ward to another but the new ward refused to take him and he was wheeled back in his bed to the previous ward. A nurse pushing the bed said did I know that he had an infection and I said oh no not c.diff. She said no not that, MRSA. That was the first that I knew of it. He was then about two days later put into a side ward and was declining badly. Nobody told me or any of the family that there were procedures we should follow such as wearing gloves and an apron and hand washing before and after visiting. Dad sadly died on the 7th of Februa... read more

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Last Reply January 3, 2008 at 13:48
Started January 3, 2008 at 13:03

I got very sick with a brown spider bite. The wound was infected and antibiotics were not working. I was running a 104 fever and I could not walk. When I was at my worst and thought I was going to die, I had a life saving dream ,where I told my self to take some antihistamines and to inhale an asthma inhaler. When I woke from the dream ,I remembered a friend had left their inhaler at my house and I knew I had some allergy pills. I found the inhaler and the pills. I took two pills and 4 blasts off that inhaler then cried my self to sleep.

The next morning I was close to being 80% healed. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is an antibiotic resistant staph infection and my dream of me telling myself I needed the antihistamine and inhaler ASAP, I believe, saved my life.

My spider bite was from a Violin Spider, they cause a serious flesh eating bacteria which, once infected, became a MRSA. The antihistamines stopped the allergic reaction and the speed of the flesh... read more

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Happy New Year!
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply December 31, 2007 at 22:40
Started December 31, 2007 at 13:26
Just wanted to wish all of you a BETTER New Year in 2008. It's New Year's Eve here in the States so some of you have already celebrated.

Here's wishing good health, happiness and an abundant new year.

Nancy R

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MRSA and ignorance
Posted by Amanda
Last Reply December 29, 2007 at 03:46
Started October 8, 2007 at 09:33
I had surgery 4 weeks ago and unfortunately caught MRSA in one of my wounds. I'm feeling better slowly but I'm having problems with other peoples ignorance to me having MRSA. I have been told I'm not welcome at groups I normally attend until I swab negative for it. I live on a military base and these groups are an alledged source of support when your husband is away. Because I cannot attend I therefore will not have that support. I feel very hurt and angry about this and I just don't understand how people can be so hurtful. I have informed them that 1 in 3 people carry it and at least I know I have it in my wound. But there is just no getting through to people. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so could they give me any help and advice with dealing with the whole situation.

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MRSA Prevention
Posted by L Rogoff
Last Reply December 28, 2007 at 15:29
Started December 28, 2007 at 15:29
There is a technology out there that many schools are using to prevent and kill Mrsa.

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Carrier of MRSA
Posted by Concernedgirl
Last Reply December 27, 2007 at 12:42
Started December 27, 2007
I have learned that my boss is a carrier of MRSA in his nose but never had an outbreak. Another co-worker went to have a hernia repair done. About a month later she contracted MRSA in her face which at the time she said it was from her husband hitting her in the eye ( that was a lie ) and that the MRSA was secondary to the hit. This person no longer works for us and she is now claiming that my boss gave her MRSA cause he is a carrier and threatens to sue him. No other of the 10 employees ever had anything and I have worked for him for 10 years with no problems. Can he pass MRSA ( not infected ) to others or was it from the hospital surgery she had about a month prior ?

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Could this be MRSA?
Posted by kimmi
Last Reply December 27, 2007 at 12:38
Started December 27, 2007 at 09:50
my husband had an operation 3 weeks ago and he had to have a catheter for two weeks. In this time the catheter blocked and had to be backwashed. Since then he has felt ill with flu like symptoms. He had the catheter removed and was told he might have a bladder infection, he was put on amoxcycillin and a urine sample taken. This was over a week ago, and he still feels ill, chills, fever etc. We have not heard about results of test. He was in St Georges hospital in London. Could this be MRSA?


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is Dad at risk because of me?
Posted by Law
Last Reply December 26, 2007 at 23:39
Started December 23, 2007 at 01:02
I found out yesterday that Dad has osophegas cancer, i had mrsa 3 years ago after cesarian section. My worry is that dad is going in for surgery within the next week or two to try and remove the tumour, i will be caring for him, i am terrified that i will give him mrsa,should i be speaking to my doctor about antibacterial body wash stc, im just so scared i make dad worse, please please if you have any info, it would be greatly apreciated.

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Could I be infected??
Posted by james
Last Reply December 25, 2007 at 17:02
Started December 25, 2007 at 02:11
I was in contact with someone who has had mrsa. We shook hands and high fived multiple times. He told me that he was not contagious. After reading up on this disease it seems like their is no cure, so i find that odd he would tell me he wasnt contagious. Anyways, I am just very paranoid. I am a healthy person in my twenties with type one diabetes. Thus I have open wounds all over my hand from testing my blood sugar. Should I be worried?? Could I be infected, please help me out I am freakin out. thank you.

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Posted by Jenny
Last Reply December 24, 2007 at 22:06
Started December 11, 2007 at 21:08
My partner recently cut his leg, a swab was taken and came back with MRSA in it. I'm 5 months pregnant should I be worried, what should i do, can I be infected?

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Announcing Our New Website
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 24, 2007 at 15:46
Started December 6, 2007 at 15:19
Here it is!

MRSA AMERICA & Beyond. We hope everyone will feel free to add to points of interest, as some have generously done. Thank you.

There are some exciting projects in the works, and always room for your personal story submissions, treatments, and products which have shown to be beneficial in managing MRSA. Since it is our belief medicine must lean toward “blending” all treatment methods of medicine which benefit us, equally as important is reasonably weighing health risks of each, this is why our ‘Treatment’ category will remain a blend of “conventional” and “alternative” methods of medicine.

We’re inviting you all to enjoy our new platform built on bridging gaps through support, and informative out-reach “spreading the word” about MRSA - “not the bacteria.”

To the many who have helped see this website into reality, our heartfelt thanks to you.

MRSA AMERICA & Beyond Team

PS You will find the website in its infancy, some links have yet to be ... read more

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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 22, 2007 at 17:09
Started December 20, 2007 at 22:30
Dear All , id like to wish all New friends, and Old , a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

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MRSA is a biowar agent
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply December 22, 2007 at 15:45
Started December 22, 2007 at 15:45
Callisto also has drugs in preclinical development for gastrointestinal inflammation, and a program focused on the development of a drug to protect against staphylococcus and streptococcus biowarfare agents.

"Superantigens in the Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes families are among the most lethal strains of toxins known to mankind, and can trigger excessive cellular immune responses leading to toxic shock and death," said Dr. Jacob. "We therefore believe that this biodefense project is a crucial scientific front in the broader war to defeat terrorism in all of its hideous and hateful forms."

The medical need for the vaccines and other treatments is clear, Dr. Jacob added. "Most frighteningly, these superantigens are considered to be very easy and simple to manufacture into weapons in a basic laboratory, for unconscionable use by terrorists."

To hear the full streaming audio interview free of charge, please visit: read more

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does mrsa ever go
Posted by BettyBoop
Last Reply December 19, 2007 at 06:02
Started December 11, 2007 at 18:41
please please someone tell me that i will get rid of MRSA, the more i read about it the more im believing im stuck with it for life

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Posted by george
Last Reply December 17, 2007 at 18:44
Started November 9, 2007 at 16:00
Does MRSA make your ears ring. When I got MRSA my ears started ringing.

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Worried about MRSA
Posted by Trix
Last Reply December 17, 2007 at 12:11
Started November 9, 2007 at 11:58

My pet has MRSA in a wound, and looks like it's been there a long time (years), and is taking months to heal, with many different antibiotics (found it was MRSA a couple of months ago).

I am now very worried about the effects on my family, especially as i've got little ones.

She is in our home, and wounds have been exposed for a long time, leading to inevitable discharge around the house, lying on rugs and carpets etc (we didn't know it was MRSA!!! - it is of course dressed now, but dressings sometimes fall off - eeeekk). She is confined to two rooms with solid floors, and I am constantly cleaning with dettol, and surfaces, not touching her without gloves etc.

I would like to know a couple of things:

1. How could we be infected? Is it just our skin, and if so how do we get rid of it? Should we get tests? if so what sort?

2. Do some people have Strap. Aur. on their skin and some MRSA? Is there a difference when on skin?

3. Exactly how long could any small... read more

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Could this be MRSA?
Posted by Michele
Last Reply December 14, 2007 at 17:27
Started December 13, 2007 at 15:50
My 63 year old mum died a few weeks ago in our local hospital.
She was admitted in September with bad stomach pains, after 6 days and many scans they sent her home with pain killers and a diagnoses of a twist in her kidney pipe, which they would sort out by keyhole sugery in december.
On the 21st October she went back in with severe pain again, this time they said she had a perforated ulcer and operated immediatley.
Over the next couple of days she was getting better, sat out of bed, talking quite happily. Then on the 26th she got very poorly, they transfered her to ICU on the 27th, she died on the 28th.
The official cause of death was major organ faliure, caused by septicemia caused by ulcer (treated).
I am just about to write to the hospital to find out why the ulcer was not found on her first admittance as she had 5 or 6 scans, but I am now wondering that it may also be down to MRSA - is there anyway for me to found out?
I am obviuolsy upset, and with grief people tend to ... read more

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