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Posted by iestyn
Last Reply August 21, 2007 at 20:20
Started August 21, 2007 at 20:20
i still have mrsa after 12 months i have taken enough antibiotics to keep the plague at bay but it still keeps coming back to annoy me i now have difficulty breathing my gp has told me i have copd the lung disease i also have a lot of pain in my elbow i want a sputum test to eliminate mrsa but my gp wont give me one he said if it was mrsa i would be really ill is this right?

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Posted by Lizz
Last Reply August 19, 2007 at 17:22
Started August 19, 2007
Hi all,just an update on Adam.
We have just got back out of hospitial yesterday, Adam was readmitted on the 9th August, his stiches had burst open and his surgery wounds wouldn't heal, had to have IV antibiotics.
The doc's put him on the Vancromycin again and he had full body, nasal and wound swabs first but nothing came back positive. Adam has now had 3 full MRSA clears, whilst not on treatment, so is reguarded as MRSA free.
I did request full barrier nursing for him from all staff, but they said he didn't require it, they just put an infection sign on his door and provided red linen bags, but that was it, no gloves or aprons.
Just one problem, he had a really bad allergic reaction to the Vancramycin, he's got over sensitive to it because he has had it so much, he's not allowed it ever again, (he has mutiple allergies anyway,penicillian, some other non-penicillian antibiotics, medical tapes, loads of skin products, ) so they put him on Linezolid i don't know what that speci... read more

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Posted by julie loughlin
Last Reply August 18, 2007 at 23:15
Started August 18, 2007 at 15:13

I am going through surgery for gastric band next week and want to know how long it takes to recover, I know everyone is different but I start a new job on 1/9/07 and just hope I am ok

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Vanessa, check in please
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply August 17, 2007 at 22:55
Started August 13, 2007 at 01:41

As you know, I like to read updates on your dad. What's the latest, please. I have 2 more weeks on IV meds and then a 4 week waiting period. How's he doing?

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mrsa and labour
Posted by janet (silverlucian)
Last Reply August 14, 2007 at 22:55
Started August 14, 2007 at 15:52
hi l have had mrsa since Nov 206 and nothing seems to be able to shift it. l have a supra pubic catheter and have mrsa in the wound, l have just come home from the Caribean and had a swab taken so l know l have it still. Today the nuse took a sample of my urine to see if l hae it in there still.
What is upsetting me is the fact that one of my daughters is due to have her baby any day now, and the nurse has told me that it's not a good idea if l attend her labour with her because of the babies umbilical cord etc.
Plus another one of my daughters is due to have minor surgery and l am concerned wether or not l can go with her to the hospital now.
All of this has made me so angry at the hospital where l got this mrsa from.
l so want to be with my daughter when she goes into labour and now cant.
This makes me feel so unclean and afraid to get next to her.


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Phage in the UK
Posted by Susan
Last Reply August 14, 2007 at 06:44
Started August 14, 2007 at 06:44
Nasal cream that could give MRSA a taste of its own medicine
Last updated at 21:09pm on 13th August 2007
A cream that homes in on MRSA then destroys it is on the way

A cream that homes in on MRSA then destroys it is on the way, scientists announced yesterday. The secret of the nasal cream, say its British creators, is that it contains bug-busting viruses of its own capable of rapidly killing MRSA bacteria.

If tests are successful, the treatment could be on sale in three years and could play a major role in reining in the deadly bug.

The idea is that both hospital patients and staff could use the cream to slash the transmission of MRSA. Other powerful bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile and e.coli, could be targeted by the same method.

Hospital superbugs, which are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, kill at least 5,000 patients a year.

Researchers at Coventry based biotech firm Novolytics say their approach, known ... read more

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MRSA Epidemic/Our victory
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply August 13, 2007
Started August 13, 2007
Hi everyone,

Here is an update on our family’s progress:

It has been over year and none of the three family members have had any reoccurrences of CA-MRSA.
My oldest son recently had to have dental implants and no sign of any infection.

As many of you know MRSA nearly killed our oldest son and viciously attacked my youngest son. I also got it, but a more mild attack compared to what my sons had to deal with.

We were seen by our MD, who is the chief of staff at our local hospital and also an infectious disease specialist.
Our MD promised us that the three antibiotics thrown this infection would kill it. He also told us that it would not come back. We were his first failure because the infection was back within 10 days. We came to the conclusion that doctors are experimenting with antibiotics ‘to see which one might kill it’. This is what we were told by our infectious disease specialist.

I knew at that point that our whole family’s lives were in the balance. I pr... read more

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Close Contact
Posted by John
Last Reply August 12, 2007 at 22:17
Started August 6, 2007 at 17:22
Is it possible to contract MRSA by being in a confined area with an MRSA patient for long periods, yet not having physial contact.

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mrsa transfer from hospital
Posted by donna
Last Reply August 12, 2007 at 15:39
Started August 12, 2007 at 09:18
should all hospitals inform care homes that a patient has mrsa

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Posted by Rachael
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 21:05
Started August 11, 2007 at 20:17
Hi everyone
Today i found out (only through asking) that my nana has MRSA and have a few questions.
1. My nana is still on a ward with uninfected people is this allowed?

2. She gets confused sometimes and doesn't seem to know that she has it shouldn't they have told her next of kin knowing that she sometimes forgets things?

and 3. The nurse who told us said 'it isnt that serious' and can easily be cured is this right?

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MRSA cure
Posted by Sarah RN
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 11:04
Started August 10, 2007 at 15:03
(I just posted the following as a response to Lori's "18 Month-old" post, and in occurred to me that a lot of people might not know about this stuff. So, read on.) :)

No one should ever suffer long from MRSA or any other antibiotic resistant bacteria, nor should anyone suffer the detrimental side-effects of the intense antibiotics used against them. A real cure exists in nature. Every bacteria has natural enemies in the form of bacteriophage viruses. The former Soviet Union and parts of Europe have been refining preparations of these bacteriophages and curing infections for decades.

The technology for refining these "bioactive" products is quite advanced now, and in fact, bacteriophages are already being used in the USA by veterinarians and as an antibacterial spray on food. read more

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MRSA in open wound
Posted by Cristina
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 10:05
Started July 18, 2007 at 14:09
Im 21yrs old. I have had 3 operations in the last 6mths due to pilanidal abcesses and infections and the last operation (5wks ago) left me with a 6inch cut that was originally stitched up apart from an inch at the bottom that was left open as it was very very wet. i have since been having my dressing changed twice a day and this still does not contain the fluid!
firstly the hospital left the stitches in for 5wks, when they shouldnt have been left longer then 10 days or so, and my skin had healed over them so taking them out was agony. the surgeon that removed them said nothing just took them out and basically told me to put up with the pain. (i am still on severedol (morphine sulphate) tablets 4 times a day).
A few days before the stitches came out 1 'hole' had opened along the stitch line and were oozing so i asked my district nurse to do a swab. Since then another 'hole' has opened at the top and over the last few days has grown almost 4x the size. the pain is so intense moving ... read more

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18 month-old
Posted by Lori
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 01:04
Started August 10, 2007 at 12:00
We were told by doctors that our 18-month-old has MRSA. His only "sign" was several small bumps on his abdomen and one large, puss-filled bump on his buttocks. They did a culture and treated him with Bactrim. A week after he finished the antibiotic, he formed another large, puss-filled bump on his abdomen. I am concerned that the antibiotic did not work and he seemed to have a very minor case (from some pictures I have seen). Does anyone know any other solutions or recommendations? I have heard some can be treated by just draining or washing with a certain soap. I hate to have them keep giving the little guy antibiotics that are not helping!

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Truth really is stranger than fiction
Posted by Bookworm
Last Reply August 10, 2007 at 06:55
Started August 10, 2007 at 06:55
Robin Cook's latest medical thriller offers a fine epidemiological puzzle

NEW YORK: Call him a crusader. Robin Cook writes his thrillers not so much to entertain, but, as he once said in an interview, to "alert the public to medical dangers, to get them interested in an issue before it develops into a catastrophe."

Trained as a physician at Columbia University and Harvard University, the best-selling author made his debut 30 years ago with "Coma," which went on to become a Michael Crichton-directed movie. Ever since, he has been churning out medical thrillers one after another, exploring such issues as managed health care, stem cell research, organ transplantation, bioterrorism, genetic engineering and cloning.

Some subject matter is not conducive to dramatization, and last year's "Crisis," which dealt with doctors who lavish care on the rich for a retainer, made a pretty boring read. Luckily for his fans, Cook's latest effort, "Critical," is a top-notch thriller with the f... read more

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MRSA - Big Secret- Shush
Posted by Lizz
Last Reply August 10, 2007 at 01:06
Started August 9, 2007 at 02:55
Hi, during my son's recent hospitial admittance we were 'requested'(warned) not to mention to any other parents or visitors that Adam had contracted MRSA whilst on the ward, supposedly so as not to cause distress and upset and not to worry others.I find this really stupid, Adam was moved to Intensive Care on an open bay as there were only 2 cubicles which were full, although he was kept at least 3 bed spaces away from the other 2 patients, this didn't work as the MRSA was in Adam's lungs and was airbourne anyway, both the other 2 patients, both with trachaoctomys fitted, also caught the MRSA. To keep the infection a big secret won't help matter's, if people are aware of an infection risk it just makes them more dilligent about hygiene of themselves and others. I actually had to complain twice within a couple of minutes about an Intensive Care consultant during ward round who, although gown and gloves measures where in place, she didn't do either, or wash or use hand gel, then procee... read more

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Have i got MRSA
Posted by Angie
Last Reply August 9, 2007 at 23:12
Started August 9, 2007 at 21:58
my Min has been diagnosed as having MRSA in the nasal pasage i have a sore on the outside of my left nostril could this mean i have MRSA too? Mum is in hospital at the moment.
She had MRSA four years ago whilst in intensive care on an open wound

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MRSA and psoriasis
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply August 9, 2007 at 07:40
Started July 27, 2007 at 14:49
I've had psoriasis for years. About 6 mos. ago, my fingers and palms of hands started splitting, cracking and bleeding.
I tried my regular medicine for psor., but, it continued. Finally went to doctor and was on different medicine, when I scratched a place on my arm and it became infected. Dr. did a culture and it was MRSA. I am starting 2nd week of antibiotics, putting antibiotic cream in nose 2 times/day, bathing in hibiclens for 10 days and then, 2 to 3 times a week until for a month. At the end of August, I am scheduled for a complete physical. The infection is much better, but, the skin on my fingers has started splitting again, not bleeding yet. I am wearing latex free gloves.
Has anyone ever experienced this? How can I stop fingers from splitting?

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Second operation?
Posted by Keith White
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 22:10
Started August 8, 2007 at 20:22
I underwent an operation on my knee in July 2003 and contracted MRSA. Surgeons are reluctant to conduct a second operation as they believe that there is a high possibility of the MRSA re-occuring. I would be interested in anyones comments who has undergone a second operation.

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MRSA in the workplace
Posted by Doodles
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 18:27
Started July 17, 2007 at 12:56
Hi - I work in an open-plan office where a member of staff has MRSA in an open wound on his leg. Should he be at work? What precautions should he be taking? I have developed an infection in my jaw that has not responded to 3 courses of antibiotics so far... so I am worried I may have caught it from him.

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Could it be MRSA again?
Posted by Shari, Ontario, Canada
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 17:14
Started September 19, 2006 at 04:38
Abby, my 18 month old, one month after supposedly healing from her CA-MRSA infection has now come down with a fever and seems to have some chest congestion. How do I know if its a chest cold or that darn CA-MRSA again? When she was let out of the hospital, were they suppose to do tests to make sure she was 100% clear?

Any help or info would be appreciated.

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