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Old 04-27-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Hey everyone, thanks for reading. I look forward to your responses!

My boyfriend is a 31 year old white male. He got this MRSA skin infection last October (thought initially to be a spider bite). He was covered in these large red sores on his legs, stomach, face, arms. Eventually these painful red sores would come to a head and would contain about a marble size of green pus and blood. I hope nobody is eating right now!! He was started on antibiotics and the infection cleared. 4-5 days later, it started again. Then another round of oral antibiotics. 4-5 days later, again. Then vanc. Same thing. Then zyvox (linezolid). Same. Then Cubicin (new IV - daptomycin) for 14 days, followed immediately by minocycline for 2-3 months. Treatment went well but he started getting "spots" early on with minocycline and by 2.5 months, was almost covered in them again. The doctor stopped his antibiotics, and he got sick again. Now he is back on Cubicin IV every day.

What do we do???? He uses the antiotic cream, takes meds very regularly, does everything he can to stop the infection. Every time he stops his meds, within 4-5 days, he is reinfected.

We have seen 2 separate ID dr's who have been caring for him, but he is still sick. Where do we go? Does anyone have ideas of research centers in the DFW metroplex?

Yes, they've done a full immune workup, but nothing there.

Please help. We are quite literally out of options.

 
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:24 AM   #2
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Let me tell you my family and I have been through this ordeal. Sounds like your boyfriend has a really severe case though. My dad started with this and got boils all over. He got treated and then they came back. He would have it happen again and again every few months. Finally he got some so bad that they had to hospitalize him as they were deep on his stomach. After he got an IV in with the right medicine they cleared up and have not been back since. My brother, me, and my mom have caught it also. My mom and brother have only had one or two boils ever. I was having more problems than them. I had recurrences. The doctors werent much help so I put bactroban in my nostrils twice a day for 6 months and I seem to be better now. We will see if it comes back. I dont know why the medicine isnt keeping it at bay for at least a few months. I hope he gets the treatment he needs to get rid of this nasty bug.

 
Old 04-27-2005, 02:00 PM   #3
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Thanks so much for your support. Unfortunately, there aren't any "stronger" antibiotics than the ones he has been on. He has this overwhelming fear that he is going to die a horrible painful death since he can't live without IV antibiotics. It just seems so hopeless....and he's so young!

I have also had 2 spots a long time ago, but they healed on their own. I, too, did the mupirocin up my nose thing, too. It doesn't seem like anything prevents this frequent recurrences, other than staying on IV antibiotics.

Thanks again for your support. It helps to know there are others who have struggled with this too!

 
Old 04-27-2005, 09:37 PM   #4
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I am battling MRSA myself at the moment and it appears that I am not infecion free yet. I have been on vanco for 3 weeks and will be having a CT next tue, because in my case though being on the proper med the infection has went to a neighboring area even on treatment......Thats another subject.

The only thing I have learned so far is that even with proper treatment its very hard to be rid of completely. I think his courses are not long enough. I was originally put down for 2 weeks, which is the norm to start with. But with our suspicions we decided to continue treatemnt. In his has everytime it comes back you are completely starting again. The longer he continues with this, the more resistant it will become. I believe he should have a 4-6 weeks course of one of the meds, I dont know much about the new MRSA antibiotics that he has been on, but know that with Vanco its very common to remain on it for courses of this nature. I assume they cultured his spots in the past, but have they done it again at all? Though extremely rare, there is VRSA, which is resistant to event he vanco. I dont know what they do if it turns out to be that. Anyways, just a few thoughts. I really hope you can figure this out soon. It really sucks being on so many meds and IV's and the like. I been doing this off and on for nearly a year now. (I only developed MRSA in the beginning of April though)
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Old 06-04-2005, 08:58 AM   #5
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Question Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

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My brother, me, and my mom have caught it also. .
My dad was just diagnosed with MRSA. The hospital has assured us that the MRSA is contained in his surgery wound and we are not at risk of infection. Can you pass MRSA with casual contact and is it every airborne??

 
Old 06-05-2005, 10:30 PM   #6
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

As far as I know, its not found in the air. Many people actually carry the bacteria, all the time. It comes at times of opportunity. I would not consider you or your family as risk exactly. But anyone who has any sores (even a scrape) should keep it covered up until completely healed (not just until scabbed over) and just wash your hands often. I am pretty sure mine is gone now, and all is well with everyone here. And I didnt even take the above advice too far either. I have 4 kids, so its hard. But I would just reccamend it as a precaution is all. Its funny how a doctor will say its contained...yet I have heard storys if people with severe infections (typically a skin that leads to bone type, commonly on the foot) being treated in isolation at the hospital...so I have to really wonder just which is it? I really cant tell you.
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Old 06-07-2005, 08:31 AM   #7
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Tea tree oil will help take care of the MRSA when it is a skin infection. You can buy it at a heathfood store or from WalMart or any store that carries a large supply of natural type products. Just apply the oil several times a day to all affected wounds.

 
Old 06-08-2005, 03:43 PM   #8
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I have been fighting an MRSA infection since August of 2004. I have seen countless doctors of all types. I have specific areas that the boils like to return to, i.e my ears for one. Both of my ear canals have been lanced open twice now, my arm pit has been lanced open once. I have been on every anitbiotic imaginable, including vancomysin. They did nothing! The latest antibiotic that I was on was levaquin. I have not had a reinfection since being off the levaquin; however, I now have a swollen lymph node in my neck (cerebral lymph node). My doctor says that it's nothing to worry about, like everything else with this infection. Easy for him to say! One thing though that he did recommend to me, and I will recommend to all of you, is to go to Walgreens, CVS, or some Pharmacy and buy "Hibiclens". It's an antimicrobial soap. It costs between 6-10 dollars a bottle (and it goes fast). Wash your body with the Hibiclens at least once a day for at least 3-6 months. The soap contains clorhexadine, which is what the doctors use in the hospitals to wash their hands after working with infected people. You need to get the bacteria off of your skin, or you will keep reinfecting yourself. Also, if you're not on antibiotics, push eating yogurt! Lots of yogurt! And go to the Pharmacy and purchase live probiotic bacteria. It's over-the-counter, but you want to make sure you get 'live' bacteria. This will only help you if you're not on antibiotics, otherwise the antibiotics will kill the probiotic (good bacteria) you're trying to put back into your gut. Anitbiotics rid our bodies of the good bacteria in our guts, so we need to replace these bacteria. I take 2 pills a day, one in the morning and one at night. I will continue to take them for at least 3-6 months. I hope all of this helps you, but if anyone can help me, I would greatly appreciate it. I need to find a doctor who knows what they are talking about when it comes to this infection and I would like to get more information on the swollen lymph node in my neck. It's strange because right now I have no other symptoms of the infection. However, all the research I have done concludes that swollen lymph nodes are a sign of an underlying infection. Any comments or questions are welcome. Thank you for your time in advance!

 
Old 06-14-2005, 01:37 AM   #9
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Glad I found this website while I was in an "itchfest" at this hour of the morning. I too, suffer from recurrent boils, (ears, armpits) and thought it wise to have my blood ph tested. I will see if pharmacy liike CVS or Eckerds has a kit and I'll post my findings. Thanks to all for sharing.

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Old 06-24-2005, 08:24 AM   #10
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

i came across this board because my brother just had a MRSA infection which was treated successfully...now my parents have it i think...they have both broken out with pimples that kinda look like chicken pox...which is how my brother's started...then developed in to boils...anyway just thought i'd offer some insight if it helps anyone...initially my brother's doctor had problems diagnosing...but when he determined it was a staph infection he was admitted to the hospital and treated by an infectious disease specialist (Dr. Robert Levine in Miami, FL is anyone wants to know)...the MRSA did not respond to the antibiotic that was originally administered orally by his general doctor...in the hospital...my brother was given Ancef intraveniously...and then switched to Vancomycin...and that worked. My father just got a biopsy done on his prostate and his general doctor had prescribed levaquin for his prostate...I believe the MRSA responds to that as well because my dad's sores are drying up...both parents just noticed their new pimple like sores...and my mom has a couple more...she is going to the hospital today.
Hope this helps...

 
Old 06-30-2005, 04:42 AM   #11
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

I have a question. We are beginning to think my husband has MRSA. He has never had the skin infection that I know of. His leg was badly broken 12 yrs ago and while still in the hospital, he got a staph infection. He has been sick on and off since then. He was feeling bad all the time so we were to the Dr about 2 months ago. They found out that his lymph nodes are full of stuff. They did a cat scan of his chest, stomach and pelvis. When the lymph nodes came back good, the Dr. we are seeing now found out about my husbands leg. He now thinks that he could have MRSA because of the staph infection. The symptoms seem right except that he does not have any sign in the blood or any outside signs. We are going to have a bone scan run in a week or so. What does this all mean? I have read that MRSA can be deadly but no one on here has mentioned that. It is really bad if it is in the bone?

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Old 07-15-2005, 06:19 AM   #12
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

I am so glad I found this board. I have been trying to figure out my daughter's "spots" for months. We were started on bactroban at the doctor's 2 monthes ago, but it only kept them at bay, and heaven forbid I should forget... she would get MORE! Our regular doctor gave up and sent us to a dermatologist(PA), who, without a biopsy couldn't/wouldn't say so she sent us to the head dermatologist... we were to wait 3 weeks for an appointment! I found this board the day we came home as well as the cure this same day! Since, no doctor could or would prescribe anything further, I needed something to help her. We found studies on howGARLIC HELPS MRSA. I went out and bought a bottle, figured out her dose (smaller for a child) and gave it to her that night WITH her BACTROBAN ointment. OVERNIGHT I saw this HUGE difference... It is one week today that she has been on it and they are fading to nothing! I plan on showing her to the doctor soon! I swear, that my conclusion of MRSA and of and being led to it's cure were directly from God... when everyone else gave up on us! I sure hope this helps someone. Don't neglect your other antibiotics as the studies seem to indicate they work together and one strengthens the other.

here are some articles:

http://www.annieappleseedproject.org/garmrsasup.html

http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/garlic.html

 
Old 07-26-2005, 08:21 AM   #13
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

Hi, just an interesting bit.I read recently that in a study at Univercity of Manchester, as reported by the BBC scientists found 2 essential oils that killed MRSA AND E. colli in 2 minutes under testing conditions. They are geranium, melaluca alternifoliia(tea tree oil). It is something to ad to what ever else you are doing. Get the purest oil you can find(Young Living best)
I am recently diagnosed with MRSA on my scalp.Am on oral antibiotic and am slathering on oil. We shall see...
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:23 AM   #14
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

I just had a sore drained on my bottom, I thought I had the flu but it was staph,mrsa. My sister in law had it a week before me, Now my husband has it. This is very contagous especially if you share the same bathrooms. I use lysol everytime I go to the bathroom, we have waterless hand sanitizer everywhere, and use scrubbing bubbles every time I take a shower.

Im glad they cultured it, because it was resistant to amocicillan.sorry i cant spell, anyway i take bactrine 2000mg a day and immune booster from otc,also put bactrine cream in nose 4 times a day. I am to see a infectious control doc monday to see when i can return to work has been 3 weeks, I am a dental hygienist. Do not let them tell you that this is not contagous, my inlaws developed a staph infection 1 year ago, my sister in laws whole family has had it and now my husband and I. It is very depressing and you feel as though its not safe to be around anyone! My top priority is to not infect my baby and 6 yr old Im not sure how airborne it is i have read sites that it is i cover all dirty dressings in trash with lid and take out alot

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Old 08-05-2005, 11:41 PM   #15
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Re: Recurrent MRSA skin infection

I do believe that mrsa is contagous, 8 of my family members have had it. Make sure the doc cultures the boil, to see what anitbiotics are resistant, use antibiotic cream in nose for a week, to kill spores this is where it lives, and get on a good immune support booster. use scrubbing bubbles to kill staph in bathrooms and lysol and lysol wipes also waterless hand santitizer everywhere

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