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MRSA Improvement After 5 Months
Posted by Vern
Last Reply November 10, 2007 at 03:43
Started November 10, 2007 at 03:43
I have used Bactroban Cream for 6 weeks and Bactrim DS for 3 weeks and seemed to be getting little or no improvement. I tried essential oils of Oregano, Clove and Australian Tea Tree, which apparently were too strong and made the infected area swell up and get firey red. But then after a few days it would seems to get better, but still I could not use the oils continuously enough to know if their purported antibacterial properties were killing the S. aureus. I have read a lot on the Internet about the anitbacterial properties of honey, and mainly the Manuka Honey from New Zealand, which is from the New Zealand Tea Tree bush (different fron the Australian Tea Tree). Yesterday I put some raw buckwheat honey on the infected area (size of 6-inches by 2 inches on my calf). looked OK after an hour so I saturated a gauze pad and bandaged it over the infected area and went to bed. This morning the area was quite red, though not painful. By noon it looked pretty good. I then decided ... read more

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Posted by ladyk
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 23:29
Started November 9, 2007 at 23:29
Dear MRSA Sufferers, families, friends,

I'm ladyk from the USA forum, we are trying to get the word out about us since the media in the states has only recently shown a bit of interest, therefore we have been working on a website. Please help, your input is important and necessary.

We are accepting information on two categories to put on the new website entitled MRSA AMERICA & BEYOND. Topics are as follows:

Personal MRSA Stories (Include state or country where you live.)
Successful MRSA Treatments

It is intended that everyone is aware this website belongs to all of us. If you would like to be a part of this new endeavor, write a piece concerning the information you are interested in, wed like to put it up. All suggestions welcomed. There will be links to these forums as well as MRSA Support.

Here is the link Guest Book where you can place your information if interested. Specify topic, please spell check your material, and be sure if you include links they work. ... read more

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Posted by barbi
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 15:32
Started November 7, 2007 at 11:34
MRSA is a mycoplasma/staph infection. Olive leaf extract, turmeric, ph balance will cure it

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What are symptoms of the Super Bug?
Posted by Dave O'Connell
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 15:29
Started October 18, 2007 at 20:08
I am curious of what kind of symptoms you should look for incase you have the superbug/staff infection?

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Effective MRSA Prevention
Posted by Jesse Cotto
Last Reply November 9, 2007 at 15:20
Started November 8, 2007 at 16:17
(Only for those that would like to PREVENT MRSA of course-if that's you then YOU MUST READ THIS)

According to the CDC, 90% of the cross contamination occurs from the hands...ONLY 10% from water and air.

This is Not News (for most people);but if we only focus on simply washing our hands over and over the appropriate amount of time. And for those that may think they are giving "the extra mile" by using the alcohol-based antibacterials out there. This is the PERFECT COMBINATION if your AIM is to DRY your SKIN which in turn MAKES IT MORE VULNERABLE to acquiring MRSA.

What we need is a NON-ALcohol based solution that kills germs, viruses(never forget), and bacteria on CONTACT. Yet that contains something to moisturize the skin so the SKIN WON'T GET DRY. Something that will not WASH OFF YOUR SKIN when you WATER RUNS THROUGH YOUR HANDS. Even more, that when you wash your hands with water and soap it will continue to work. RIGHT?! Water-Resistant!! How about LAS... read more

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c-diff and mrsa
Posted by tracey pring
Last Reply November 5, 2007 at 20:44
Started March 4, 2006 at 23:28
my gran aged 91 was admitted to musgrove park hospital in sept 05 with bad ulcerated legs[she had them all her adult life]but they became infected and also a water infection.she was treated with various antibiotics to cure these and she was treated on an open ward.after several weeks she had made a slight improvement but then developed bad diarrohea,she was moved in to a side room and barrier nursed and we were told she had a bowel infection.we were not told to take any extra care with hygiene and friends and family aged from 2 to 92 visited.she appeared to get weaker and lost weight rapidly she also lost the use of her legs therefore her independance was taken from her and we were told she could never return home but would have to go in a nursing home.we viewed several nursing homes because we wanted the best for one i mentioned she was on antibiotics for a bowel infection and we were told it was probably c-diff[we had never heard of it]on returning to the hospital my auntie... read more

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removal of skin tissue
Posted by gloria
Last Reply November 5, 2007 at 01:10
Started November 4, 2007 at 23:44
my husband has been diagnosed with moderate mrsa following an operation on a broken ankle four weeks ago. He has been to theatre fives times, they have removed the skin in two different places. Today they removed the plates and pins from the ankle and we have been informed that he needs to go to theatre in 48 hours to have it checked again. Any info
or advice would be appreciated.

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mrsa cellulitis
Posted by melissa
Last Reply November 5, 2007 at 01:04
Started November 4, 2007 at 13:42
Can cellulitis be cultures or biopsied? I know it is mrsa because of my history but the doctors don't listen. Has anyone had an mri to find a deep-seated mrsa abscess?

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HELP! What should I do next?
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply November 5, 2007
Started October 26, 2004 at 12:39
I have just discovered my last sputum test for MRSA in lungs, is STILL positive. (I've posted previous messages re: my problems, & all the different stuff I've been prescribed).
Yesterday, my GP advised me that she doesn't think they are going to prescribe anything at the moment. This being DESPITE the most disgusting stuff which I am still coughing up - dark greeny brown "grissle" is the only way I can describe it. (sorry folks).
I am going on holiday on Thursday, & am wondering WHAT THE HELL DO I DO if my chest worsens when I'm away?
I feel so disgusted with the whole situation that I feel like phoning the local Health Authority or whatever, up, to try & find out WHAT DO I DO NEXT? WHO can I speak too, to find out IS THIS INFORMATION CORRECT - i.e. DON'T treat a patient with MRSA infected disgusting sputum?
PLEASE - if anyone knows who I should speak to at the local hospital (Infection control maybe?) please please reply.
Many thanks

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C Diff
Posted by Zoe Aspinwall
Last Reply November 2, 2007
Started May 5, 2007 at 01:08
A very close friend of my is in intensive care as we speak, he had a growth removed from his pancreas 4 weeks ago, this was very sucessful and he was making a good recovery until he was transfered to a medical ward. Here he recieved very little care and immediately had severe diahorea, I was told that this was normal after the surgery he had been through. After just 2 weeks he was discharged still with severe diahorea and very weak and obviously unwell, no appitite swelling of the stomach and still diahorea with no one at home to care for him it was left to myself. The district nurse was calling every day to dress a drain wound that was still weeping. After serveral acidents of severe diahorea I got fed up and contacted his doctor who told me to give him Loperimide which I did. I am not trained in infection control nor am I a nurse or doctor but I know when something is not right. Again I contacted his doctor and suggested a home visit, he called when I wasn't there and gave him a s... read more

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Help, please
Posted by PatsCat
Last Reply November 1, 2007
Started October 31, 2007 at 21:59
Hi..I'm new. I was operated on 10/17 and discharged on 10/24..clostomy reversal. on 10/25 blood an yellow stuff was on my nightgown...Friday night...couldn't get to surgeon's office til yesterday. He looked at it (it was between two staples that the incision was oozing). He said Mrsa and opened it up and took out a long piece of infection...said to just clean with water and change gauze. I had no fever, etc. I didn't realize the seriousness of it until I googled I'm scared to death. He made an appt. to see me in two weeks, no antibotics..said he removed it surgically. does that mean it's gone? My surger was so invasive and serious that I don't know if I'm just still weak from it or what. My kidneys failed during surgery but are fine now. My biggest complaint is a bad back ache if sitting long. Should I be concerned he didn't remove all the MRSA? I'd hate for the entire incision to get it...I have an incision from above belly button to pubic bone> Any advice is appr... read more

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Hospital infections via keyboards
Posted by Rob Porter
Last Reply October 31, 2007 at 19:07
Started October 25, 2007 at 16:56

I am an MA student studying Graphic Design at St Martins in London.

I have been facinated and distured at how infection travels about within the hospital, sometimes resulting in a worse state than when you go in.

I am interested in doing a project around how disease and infection is spread through the hospital - and not just the hospital but also anywhere else really.

I am particularly interested in how items like the keyboard are a vector for infections, and does it stop at keyboards? What about light swiches, the handle on the flush of a toilet, the hot and cold taps etc.

If anyone has any thoughts and contacts for me to dig deeper into finding out more facts then I would be greatly thankfull.

Kind Regards,
Rob Porter

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Phage Therapy
Posted by Vanessa
Last Reply October 31, 2007 at 18:57
Started October 30, 2007 at 22:47
Has anyone here had phage therapy or know someone who has? From what I have read I just don't know why it isn't being used everywhere.

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How or why did this happen?
Posted by Kristin
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 20:56
Started October 24, 2007 at 19:09
When my son was 8 he complained that his right knee was hurting. I looked at it & didn't see anything so I just kept an eye on it, this was like on Tuesday & by that Sunday the front of his knee was swollen & he was running fever-he could barely walk on that leg. We took him to the ER where they tried to send us home saying he had Fifths disease because the fever made his cheeks rosey. I told them I wanted a second opinion & the Infectious Team from Scott & White in Temple Texas were called to the ER in Waco. They came there & drew one and a half large tubes of yellow fliud from his knee. They ran tests & then that same night put him in an ambulance & drove him to Scott & White Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a staph infection in his right knee. They tried to wash out the knee 3 times before finally having to cut a window into his knee bone & scrape out the gunk. They also had to put a PICC line in him because he was on continous antibiotics for over 12 weeks. He was in th... read more

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MRSA and Boils
Posted by Lois
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 20:47
Started October 30, 2007 at 18:10
I have been having these boils waist down now for about a year. They are different places all the time. I just get one cleard up and then 3 to 4 weeks another one. They are red, swollen, and very painful. Could it be MRSA. The antibiotic's I'm taking isn't killing it. How do you know if it's MRSA or not and would it keep coming back if it's wasn't. I work in a office at a college.

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'Swab samples' research
Posted by Rob Porter
Last Reply October 29, 2007 at 18:30
Started October 29, 2007 at 18:30
Hi Maria,

Thank-you very much for your response.

I have contacted Dr P Wilson and have heard back from him.

I have another 'problem' that I have no idea how to go about it, so I wonder if you would be able to put me in the right direction?!

I would like to do 'swab samples' of objects I come into contact with on a day to day basis, from this I would then need all the germs to be correctly identified and then lastly I would love to get the images of each germ, close up images for me to them have them blown up for an exhibition.

So as you can see, I am not after much :-)

I am not sure if you or anybody else you know can help me in terms of who I would need to ask for assistance and ability etc but I would appreciate any help 'AT ALL' you could provide me with in how to make the above a reality?

Again thank-you for your time.

Kind Regards,
Rob Porter


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MRSA in the USA
Posted by Joe
Last Reply October 28, 2007 at 14:28
Started October 18, 2007 at 19:12
I can not belive it. MRSA is finally on the front page. Thank-you press! Mabey now the CDC will try to find a new antibiotic. With GOD speed!

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this is out of control
Posted by worried mom
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 19:36
Started October 27, 2007 at 12:41
Every day I wake up and check my baby and today he had a fever.It's killing me because I am waiting for lab results and dont know anything yet. The bumps have gone down but now there is fever. What should I do? Im going crazy over mrsa.

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Posted by tasmin
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 19:27
Started October 27, 2007 at 15:03
hi how do i pm ppl in here?
i need some infor off someone i was talking to, but dont want to ask in the main page.


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I am making a film about MRSA
Posted by Alastair McAlpine
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 14:40
Started April 5, 2005 at 03:15

I am a final year film and television student and I am working towards making a film on the subject of MRSA.

The film's aim is not to point fingers and blame the NHS but it hopes to explore the different problems which seem to exist and examine the many perspectives surrounding the current problems in hospitals.

I am looking to construct an informative and factually based script, which will be performed by actors representing nurses, patients, cleaners, politicians, and family and all of their points of views.

It is a drama, but I want the characters and their stories to reflect and tell actual frustrations and events that we have experienced and felt.

So far the forum has given me a broad picture of what is currently happening, what is not, of individuals frustrations and concerns, and the lack of information and clarity on the subject.

I am looking for people willing to discuss their experiences, views, and suggestions for what we can all do, so I can ... read more

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