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advin

Since: Jan 06

MontrÚal, Canada

#1 Jan 5, 2006
Hi
Great site a a precious ressource for all concerned.
we are a small association in Qu´┐Żbec, fighting for victims of hospital acquired infections (called nosocomial infections in french)- advin goes for "association for the defense of victims of nosocomial infections" - mrsa is certainly the major hospital acquired infection and now in the community.But C. difficile hit Qu´┐Żbec very seriously 3 years ago and is still not controlled.
My father, 85,is a mrsa survivor and co-founder with me and some friend of this association.
Is there any chance that we could be added to your site as ressource. Our site is a bit richer in French than in English but I try to keep the English version uptodate.
Thank you, merci beaucoup
Christine Besson
Secretary and website manager of advin.org
www.advin.org
Robie Brooks

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#2 Jan 15, 2006
Hi, i was diagnosed with mrsa in july. It caused boils or cysts to form in the crease of my leg in the vulvar area. I have since been invaded by this bacteria four times. I have had two cuts to force out the infection. I was first given the antibiotic Keflex. Now for the forth time I have been given bactrim. Is there any information available about how i can get help to rid myself of this bacteria? I am beginning to feel like a test monkey.
Amanda

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#3 Jan 25, 2006
hi, i was also diagnosed with it. i did a lot of research on the internet to find the best antibiotic for it and i came across this one it's called zyvox. it's very strong and not many doctors give it out to patients as it has very bad side effects. i was also put on bactrim it cleared it up and i haven't gotten any more out breaks yet. but since yours keep reocurring i would talk to your doctor about zyvox. hope everything goes well.
Mina

Mill Valley, CA

#4 Feb 1, 2006
Robie Brooks wrote:
Hi, i was diagnosed with mrsa in july. It caused boils or cysts to form in the crease of my leg in the vulvar area. I have since been invaded by this bacteria four times. I have had two cuts to force out the infection. I was first given the antibiotic Keflex. Now for the forth time I have been given bactrim. Is there any information available about how i can get help to rid myself of this bacteria? I am beginning to feel like a test monkey.
Keflex will do nothing for Mrsa, don't take it anymore. I have also taken Bactrim for one month. It's been four weeks since I've been off it, and no further infection yet.
amber

Milton, WA

#5 Feb 17, 2006
Hi, im about to go in for a c-section, and im kinda worried..I was dianosed with MRSA about 1 year ago, well with this c-section im just wondering if theres anything i should do to prevent an infection..or am I just worryn' for no reason??My dr. says dont worry..but im still worried. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
[email protected] if you want to email me.
John Usher

Freeport, FL

#6 Feb 24, 2006
I have had MRSA for about 6 to 8 months now. My dr's have used the iv drip and the keflex as well as bactrim and I keep getting outbreaks. My dr has done several test for the sensitivity but for some reason mine keeps coming back. does anyone know of any case law about contacting this disease from a fellow employee since our boss sent him right back to work with us in the construction industry. I am asking this cause it seems I am going to have to sue my former employer for this as it is expensive and is costing me everything.
CeCe

Clinton, WA

#7 May 23, 2006
My teenage grandson is on his 5th bout with CA-MRSA.(community acquired) His initial outbreak was from a mosquito bite that he kept scratching.(probably with less-than-clean fingernails at Scout camp) It looked like a small boil on the underside of his forearm. Everyone kept saying it was a boil. The doctor lanced it and cultured the pus. It proved to be MRSA.
Since then he has had something pop up and turn into MRSA about every 4 months. It can be a splinter, a bug bite, a cut.. it will turn red and sore in just a couple days. By the time it starts hurting enough for him to notice, there is already pus formed. Since he is so active... in sports, scouts and other outdoor activities, I am wondering how he will stay germ free for 6 months. I was told that he needed to avoid getting an open wound for that long in order for the MRSA to go away. That it is lying dormant in his body... just waiting for a sore.
He seems to heal good.. but I'm thinking there has to be some other way to control his constant infections.
Jill Moss

Milton Keynes, UK

#8 Jul 9, 2006
President of The Bella Moss Foundation charity helping animals with mrsa
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www.pets-mrsa.com information website and forum
Mark

United States

#9 Jul 19, 2006
It sounds like they aren't getting rid of the bacteria. MRSA is hard to eradicate and he probably has it colonized somewhere on his body. I was given Minocycline to clear the infection, Bactroban nasal cream (because that is a favorite Staph site) and Hibiclense cleaner to shower with. I also was directed to wash my bed linens daily, exchange all bath towels and wash cloths daily and never wear clothing I had worn on a previous day, even if it was only for a few minutes. I hope this helps. You can get Hibiclense at CVS, Eckerd or most grocery store pharmacies over the counter. My email address is [email protected], if I can help with anything.
CeCe wrote:
My teenage grandson is on his 5th bout with CA-MRSA.(community acquired) His initial outbreak was from a mosquito bite that he kept scratching.(probably with less-than-clean fingernails at Scout camp) It looked like a small boil on the underside of his forearm. Everyone kept saying it was a boil. The doctor lanced it and cultured the pus. It proved to be MRSA.
Since then he has had something pop up and turn into MRSA about every 4 months. It can be a splinter, a bug bite, a cut.. it will turn red and sore in just a couple days. By the time it starts hurting enough for him to notice, there is already pus formed. Since he is so active... in sports, scouts and other outdoor activities, I am wondering how he will stay germ free for 6 months. I was told that he needed to avoid getting an open wound for that long in order for the MRSA to go away. That it is lying dormant in his body... just waiting for a sore.
He seems to heal good.. but I'm thinking there has to be some other way to control his constant infections.
cindy

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#10 Jul 24, 2006
my daughter megan has been a carrier of mrsa for 4 years and i have tried every thing to get rid of it but hers have always been small puss filled bumps on her scalp they have done cultures of it and gave her antibatic but it will go away then come write back but the real problem started when she got an infected one on the side of her face and it swelled really big then it went away and my son got one the very next week the same place she did so i took him to the emergency room and they said it was mrsa and treated it with the nose cream and antibac then soon after that my dad and mom keep getting them in there nose and ears and under my moms arm then the worse thing happened my husband got one on his testicles so he went to be treated on thursday then we were back at the hospital again on sunday with my daudhrter again with one on her leg that is when i realized this what my daughter has been a carrier of all these years this stuff is bad when they get infected i dont wish this on any body i have seen what it can do but the wierd part is as long as i have been treating my daughter this this problem and now my other family members i have yet to get one on my body the doctor said it is because i my not be a carrier you have to have your nose soved to tell who are carriers that is what we are in the process of doing now i wish every one with this problem good luck and i hope there case does not become like mine thanks cindy
Don Whitson

Acworth, GA

#11 Aug 4, 2006
My family has also been riddled with MRSA. My wife is a nurse and asked the pharamcologist about it and he suggested the Bactriban (Prescription) nasal ointment twice a day (just a little on a qtip) and a daily shower with Hibiclense (OTC) or Phisoderm (by prescription) for 30 days. You should concentrate the washing in the underarms and groin area as those are favorite places for the MRSA colony to live. We are in our 2nd week and while my skin is a little dry it will be worth it if I don't get another awful MRSA cyst. You should have your entire family follow this routine (we even do it on oue 18 month old). Good Luck
abbi

United States

#12 Aug 6, 2006
Don, you might want to make sure you use a good moisturizer with your hibiclense treatments as well. Sorry to hear that it has affected your family. I don't envy nurses that are around these bugs on a daily basis, risking taking it home to their families. I hope all gets better in your household.
john

AOL

#13 Aug 17, 2006
It started with a red bump on the forehead in July and it wouldn't go away. After about 30 days I went to the doctor and he prescribed penicillin pills that I used for about 45 days to no avail.
Eventually the small bump developed a pin head type hole that started to scab over. The scab kept getting bigger and bigger.
Eventually I went to the dermatologist and he lanced it an cut it out leaving a crater size hole in my forehead. They did a biopsy but it apparently didn't show anything and they couldn't tell me what I had.
About a month ago I developed what looked like a redish mosquito bite on my arm that kept getting bigger and bigger. I have lanced it twice and both times blood has come out and the swelling went down to just a small bump. Several days later it's back as usual and will not go away.
I'm wondering if this could be the same thing I had before and if it could be a form of MRSA.
MRSA girl

Lakeland, FL

#14 Aug 24, 2006
I have been struggling with MRSA infections,4+, since January of 2005. I see an infectious disease Dr. who has been using Cubicin IV on me. It does the trick every time I have had a pustule or boil. My last course of treatment before now was in July of 2005. My young daughter contracted MRSA from summer camp, and now I am reinfected. From all that I have, seen, heard, and read, it looks like once you are infected, that you are more prone to being reinfected whether you are a carrier or not. I can only hope that she does not get reinfected as I have a tendency to do. good luck to any one who has this. Please, if you are not being treated by a specialist for this, find one soon.
MRSA-GA

Atlanta, GA

#15 Aug 26, 2006
It all started around October 2005 when my partner got what we thought was just a pimple below his cheek bone. The pimple looking bump after popping daily would get bigger each day, until the slightest touch was unbearable. At this time we did not know what was going on and he continued to try and pop it, draining what was usually just puss and clear liquid. Friends and family members were telling us that it looked like a boil, so we followed boil remedies for awhile which did not relieve the pain or get rid of the bump. Then I developed similar bumps but mine were below my waist on my outer thighs and one on my buttocks. They grew very slowly at first, but when the pain was just too much we went to an infectious disease DR and he lanced the bumps which was even more painful. The culture came back and it was MRSA, so we were treated with bactrim and bactraban creme as well as hibacleanse soap. We have also been give Doxycycline along with refamphin which is supposed to intensify the effect on the antibiotic, but let me tell you that Doxycycline made us very sick. We have both had a shoot of some antibiotic in the ER and I have been given antibiotics through IV treatment once. Almost a year later, 4 emergency room visits, 20 infected areas, alot of money spent, and missed time from work we are still getting the infection. My partner has had approx 8 infections but now his seem to only be getting the pimple size bumps, but my infections are getting bigger each time they appear. It has started to gross me out because the bumps get so big and then when the infection is removed it leaves a huge hole in the area that the bump was about an inch deep. I have tried to research as much as possible and even tried to contact the CDC but was told to be treated by an infectous disease DR. I have read many stories on here and I will share any information if it helps, the locations of my infections since the biginning have been my thigh (outer and inner), around my waist, on my scrotum sack, on the buttocks, below the buttocks, on my side, chest, arm and moving to my face on my cheek and in the tip of my nose and behind my ear. I can always tell when I am about to get and infection now because my skin becomes dry and irritated, I get back and neck pains, it effects my eyes and makes my vision blurred a bit, and I get sick to my stomach and very tired real early in the day. During the infection I am not very hungry, I get night sweats very bad where I have to change cloths and bed sheets and it seems to effect me in my joints and muscles somewhat. I would love to be able to get rid of this and help others as well, I sometimes want to move to another house thinking that its all over my house, I am trying to research the transmition from dogs to humans and I am ready to do whatever it takes for treatment before I have to get parts of my body cut off or die from the infection. I can be reached at [email protected] Good Luck to anyone that is going through this.
Laura

Denver, PA

#16 Sep 4, 2006
I am infected with MRSA. it first started off with my boyfriend having little bumps on his body which he thought were pimples. He started picking at the one on his hand and it became very iritated, as well as the one on his groin. These two areas became extremely swollen and infected with puss, soreness and redness. This happened over a week period. finally he went to the doctor and after a culture test they told him it was MRSA. before He became highly infected i started to see three pimple like structures on my hip. i didnt think much of it, but they became painful and started to grow. Once my boyfriend was diagnosised, i knew i had the same. Our doctor put us on Leviquin and sulfametha...something. and also an antibiotic ointment for our nose. I have been on the antibiotics for only a few days, but now i have developed an extremely painful cyst or boil on my genitals. There are so many questions i have with answers i cant find, like How contagious is it?
How long can the bacteria survive on surfaces? Can i infect someone just by breathing on them? This is a very stressful and scary thing for me. How will this effect me later in life? If any one has any answers please help me.I am very freaked out. You can email me at [email protected] thanks
kim Johnson

Waverly, NY

#17 Sep 8, 2006
I have had MYRSA 2 times and on my third time right now. I suggest and what worked best for me was the frist time you encounter a small hard bump on your body do not try and sqeeze it go to your doctor or the emergency room and get directly on Amoxacillian. Then the third day or when the bump sort of centers to the top with a red pressured big bump have it lanced. As soon as it it lanced the pressure of all the puss is released and the wound heals in 5 to 7 days.
Thanx for listening
Kim Johnson
Amy

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Oct 15, 2006
My husband has had this MRSA for about 9 months.
It started with what we thought was a pimple, the infection got so bad in such a short time that he was hospitalized for three days. He also sweats when these boils come up. He's affraid to take anymore antibiotics for fear that one day they will no longer work. Is there anyone out there that has any suggestions as to how to prevent these boils from forming??
mrsa took my mom

Omaha, NE

#19 Oct 25, 2006
my mother died of mrsa on may 1 2006 it is very serious and important to find a doctor that will be aggressive with it because it can kill you if it gets into your blood stream hers started as sores 3 weeks later she passed God bless you mothrer and bless anyone who must deal with this problem my mom was only 68.
Cissy

AOL

#20 Nov 7, 2006
I contracted MRSA after surgery in a affluent Dallas,Tx hospital. I was in ICU - had a 6 pint blood transfussion - 2 surgeries to remove infection and was on a "wound vac" for serveral months. It has been a year this month 11-06 my wound finally healed last month. My wound was originally 9inches long 7 inches wide and 6inches deep. I have had to be readmitted to the hospital several times for flare ups and have been on every power house antibiotic out there- vancomycyn, zyvox being the last two- it is a worry that I may oneday have a flare up that will be untreatable. I am 33 with 3 children and a wonderful husband that I very much would like to grow old with. The very best advice I can give is- 1. Ask to be test for MRSA before having any type of surgery. You may be a carrier and not be aware of it.- Testing for all admits is a common practice in some Canadian hospitals. 2. While in the hospital require any person coming in contact with you to wash thier hands before touching you no matter what- or even if they are only going to be giving you medication or taking vital signs. This is not rude -this is your LIFE- and hospital personel have seen 1st hand what this infection os capable of so they are likely not going to be offended- and if they are then ask for a more conscientious nurse, dr. ect... 3.Make sure your Dr. is aggressive - and make sure that he is consulting an INFECTOUS DISEASE DOCTOR generally these dr.s are more knowledgable about this infection and therefore more aggressive.

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