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Old 01-15-2010, 10:21 AM   #31
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Re: Recurring Staph Infection

n8tv,

I hope you are able to find something that works for you. It was a long road but several different doctors, ID specialists and dermatologists later, I finally did find some preventative treatment that works quite well for me. I finally visited a dermatologist who suggested that erradication was probably not the best option. She gave me a prescription for a body wash usually used to fight acne from what I understand (you can find more detail in post #24 of this thread - there also may be a bit more info on the wash in an earlier post from me as well).

Anyhow, this treatment continues to work very well for me. It's sort of a pain to make sure I always have this soap with me when I travel, and its also pretty expensive. However, its worth it as long as it continues to prevent the nasty breakouts that I used to suffer from.

From reading the posts here and in other places it seems like the treatments that are out there for this sort of thing vary greatly from one person to the next. So, hopefully this helps and if not I hope you are able to find something that does work for you very soon. I would recommend seeing the ID specialist but it was really the dermatologist who helped me the most. If you have not seen a good dermatologist yet I would recommend that as well.

Good luck!

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:46 AM   #32
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years back i got what was called staph but they didn't do a culture on it (crap doctors) it was on my upper lip and ended up covering my entire lip before i went to the doctor (didn't know what it was). he gave me a course of antibiotics which at the time cleared it up, and since then when i told the doctor that i got it every year they would tell me to wash more thoroughly, well coming from the culinary industry, I was a fanatic about having clean hands and being a clean in general (i wasn't a dirty person like what the doctors were figuring.

Now every year (almost ten years now) when i get sick around flew season i get a infection of the same spot, and have tried everything including rifampim and all the rest it seems. Needless to say i no longer go to the doctor for it. I believe that it stays in your body and the docs really don't know anything about how the bacteria works. Hell its on our coast lines for f-sake.

Using a concoction of tee tree oil and geranium topically applied to the spot helps stop the infection from progressing and it finally subsides with applying it several times a day. In conjunction with the oils I take Bee Propolis 500mg serving 4 times a day or sometimes i take 1000mg 2-3 times a day for my antibiotic for usually about a week to 10 days. Since i have started treating myself with this regimen (3 years now) it clears it up. I make sure that after the bumps have gone down and cleared and then i take the propolis for 4 days more which is usually around 10 or so days. I figured that nature must have some solution to my problem and upon reading up on bee propolis It seemed like my only option, garlic didn't seem strong enough for me and i was steeping about 2 tblspoons of fresh sliced stuff and drinking it several times daily (yuck).
Also, if I wasn't able to catch it before it erupted i would use a concoction of triple antibiotic mixed with bee propolis (just get a small container and add equal parts triple biotic and propolis, it looks a black/brown salve when your done) and i applied it to the area keeping covered as best as possible just to keep the stuff there.

I also take d-3 to keep my immune system up in the winter but at around 8000iu, and i almost never have to call in sick to work anymore.

 
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:17 AM   #33
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Re: Recurring Staph Infection

I've heard of people having success with benzoyl peroxide. That's awesome that it's working for you. The tonsils generally don't get colonized with Staph aureus because there are a lot of oral anerobes and gram negative bacteria which have their niche in the area. They overpower and overgrow Staph. You can have small amounts of Staph, but nothing that's clinically significant.

Antibiotics for decolonization are a good thing, but I agree it's not something you want to keep having to do. If there were simple things one could do to prevent infections, I'd be all for it.

There was a study which came out recently showing that people who are colonized with MRSA often have a deficiency of a normal type of Staphylococcus which colonizes the skin called Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus. It might be a wave in the future to actually use BACTERIAL therapy (as opposed to antibacterial) to help prevent further MRSA furunculosis.

 
Old 07-29-2010, 11:53 AM   #34
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Re: Recurring Staph Infection

10% Benzoyl Peroxide has worked well for me too (thanks Bryan).

My story:
- first major Staph infection (never MRSA) was 4 years ago (large boil on chest, which required medical care and a lot of antibiotics to cure).
- recurring infections happened in chest, arm-pit, arm, nostril, nose, back, behind ear, etc... for the past 4 years.
- oral antibiotics would clear the infection from skin after about a week, and I would usually remain staph free for 2-4 months before another outbreak.
- my first preventative measure was to obsessively wash everything, especially the bathroom fixtures ... often with bleach and/or rubbing alcohol.
- along with the cleaning, I started to apply OTC antiseptic gel to my nostril and arm-pit region on a weekly basis.
- these first two measures didn't prevent the recurring infections
- in January of this year, I had one of my worst infections to my arm (just outside of my armpit). Again, oral antibiotics cleaned that up for a few months...
- in April (as new infections started to appear again) I found this post, and read about Bryan's success with Benzoyl Peroxide, and decided to try this ('Acne' medicine was briefly mentioned to me before by a nurse...so I was slightly familiar with the idea ... but Bryan's details filled in a lot of gaps).
- I went down to local big-box drugstore, who sells 10% benzoyl peroxide soaps and creams (Oxy face wash ... PanOxyl soap -- I've not seen a difference between these...they both have 10% bp).
- I've simply washed with these soaps/creams for over 3 months now...I use them almost every time I shower, washing the problem areas mentioned above.
- I'm feeling very confident right now that the recurrent staph infections that plagued me for the past 4 years are a thing of the past.

Bottom line, buying and washing with acne soap was a pretty simple and inexpensive fix. I wish the 6 doctors who I've seen over the course of 4 years had mentioned benzoyl peroxide.

 
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fxp, do you have any dogs or cats?

 
Old 07-29-2010, 04:51 PM   #36
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Small dog. Have only had him for two years. No other pets prior.

 
Old 09-05-2010, 03:04 PM   #37
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i know what you are going through. i have had a reoccurring staph infection for a little over a year. and the reason the medicine you always took for staph is not working anymore is because you possibly have become immune to it. my doctor is worried about me becoming immune to bactrim(ask your doctor about this antibiotic to treat staph) i hope i have been of some help.

 
Old 09-14-2010, 08:17 PM   #38
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I to was experiencing severe staff infections. My grandma told me to take a tablespoon of raisins everyday. I have been doing that for 6 months, and I have not had staff yet. They say raisins purify your blood.

 
Old 09-23-2010, 04:58 AM   #39
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Re: Recurring Staph Infection

I had a bad sore throat, my problem is after eating sugar, I get this reaction, sore throat bronchitis, post nasal drip, after I stop eating sugar it seems to go away. Doctor gives me azitromycin for the sore throat, it helps a lot and clear the infection, they found staph or strep, cannot remember it.
but last time( this week() I also drank apple cider vinegar! not sure if it was the antibiotic or both, it made me feel great. I am not sure if it cured my sugar reaction problem, I need to test it later. but maybe you can try apple cider, I just drink it 2 tablespoons, they say mix it with water, you can do that also.
About the sugar reaction, I used tons of antibiotics years ago for a problem, I think that screw up my system so bad, i started having a reaction to sugar, doctors dont think it is fungus at all, I tried pau de arco, other herbal things, did not help much. So i am avoiding the sugars mostly except on bdays etc. then if i get this reaction and infection which seems to be a bacterial one, why ingesting sugar actives bacteria not sure, and which one? i guess they are somewhere in my throat even though antibiotic kills it, it does not kill it completely.

Or I am totally wrong in my ideas. then I dont know what to say or do against it,
Good luck to everyone, hope everyone here finds a cure.
(suggestion, try to stay away from antibiotics as much as you can if you are just starting to use it, unless you really need it)

 
Old 09-23-2010, 05:04 AM   #40
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by the way, apple cider vinegar is really cheap like $1-2!! you got nothing to lose by trying.

 
Old 06-17-2011, 12:02 PM   #41
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Re: Recurring Staph Infection

I didn't read through every post so if someone has mentioned this before sorry for the repeat of information. I'm not a doctor or anything just trying to relay my experiences and hope it can help someone.

I've had atopic dermatitis/psoriasis my whole life. When I moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico which has a very dry, sunny, hot, desert environment to Seattle, Washington which has the complete opposite, my eczema got much worse and I started having reoccurring staph infections with many similar tales as people have been posting here, resulting in having staph for seven years. It took a long time but finally I found a top notch dermatologist in my state and he taught me a lot and remedied this situation for me. You don't have to have atopic dermatitis like me for this to apply also mind you.

Basically, we all get basic staph and strep bacteria on our skin in every day life. It's impossible to keep any of it from getting on you, literally impossible. The thing is, the sunlight's UV rays kill this bacteria so most people would never know. However, take the sunlight out and if you get a break in the skin, the bacteria can get in there and infect you. My dermatologist did the typical--put me on antibiotics and steroid ointments--but then she added a few extra things in my treatment. First, I had to do "wet suit" therapy. This entailed putting my ointments on, putting a pair of cotton pajamas soaked in water on over that, and a jogging suit of sorts over that to keep the moisture locked inside. This was mostly for my eczema so if you don't have actual allergies, autoimmune disorder like eczema etc which involves getting flare ups you can probably skip this. The next thing she'd have me do is bleach baths twice a week (1/2 cup of bleach per full bath tub) and Aveeno Oatmeal treatment baths with Coal Tar shampoo put in to soothe. After the initial fire, flare and dry skin calmed down, she put me into what's called phototherapy. Remember what I was talking about with the sun earlier? Phototherapy is kind of like chemo for people w/skin problems like this only much less harmful and extreme. Basically there are two types of UV rays: A and B. A are the kind that cause your skin to burn and can cause skin cancer through prolonged exposure, etc. B is the "good" rays, the healing ones that kill the staph bacteria on you. Phototherapy takes the band of UVB rays and is usually set up in a kind of tanning booth they have you stand in. All I can say is I've only been doing the phototherapy for about five months and I haven't had staph since; the longest time in seven years now. Any way I hope someone can take something from all this and it helps you. Good luck; it's been a struggle my whole life so I understand the pain and suffering it causes both mentally and physically.

 
Old 06-21-2011, 11:49 AM   #42
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I'm so glad I found this site and thread! I am recently realizing that I have recurring staph too. It started a few months ago with sores on my face. At first I thought it was acne, but it was really itchy, which acne usually isn't. Then I got a few sores on my inner thighs. Same type of sores. As they got worse and in greater number on my face I knew I needed to see a doctor. They looked horrible! They ran a culture and said it wasn't MRSA but "just" staph (don't remember what kind exactly). I took oral antibiotics for 10 days (again, don't remember which) and it went away. Since then I've had a few sores pop up and have yet to return to a doctor b/c it's not "that" bad. What I've been doing is cleaning the sore with hydrogen peroxide and putting an antibiotic ointment on it, and usually covering with a bandaid. At the moment I have a sore on my shoulder and one on my face. The antibiotic cream (like Neosporin or bacytracin) seems to help. I don't like taking oral antibiotics if I can help it. I really liked the suggestions from people on here of using an acne body wash and the phototherapy. The sunlight thing made me wonder b/c I'm usually super vigilant about applying sunscreen (broad spectrum, which blocks UVA and UVB rays), so if I am blocking the UVB rays, and those do in fact kill staph germs, then I'm essentially not letting the sun do the work for me. So I might look into using a sunscreen that's just UVA blocker or something....not sure on that yet, but it's an interesting idea.

Most of all it really helped reading about other people who are experiencing the same thing as me. And like most of you, I'm really a quite healthy person, 33 years old, no other health issues. I did learn that staph is present on all of our skin anyway, and once you get it once, it seems to more easily spark back up. Sucks to live with, but as long as we CAN live with it, I guess it could be worse. I'll keep checking back here and see if anyone finds any new methods to help this. Best of luck to you all! It's always nice to learn I'm not alone. :-)

 
Old 08-05-2011, 04:23 AM   #43
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Even I am suffering from staph aeurus infection. Doctors treated it with several antibiotics for around 6months now and recently I came to know that this is the bacteria after a pus culture. What other tests need to be conducted to make sure it is not MRSA? Have tried many antibiotics prescribed by doctors and the pus culture had shown it is sensitive to many antibiotics. But none of them is able to irradiate it!!.
I went through all the posts and no one has therapy which can cure this. I am really worried. Please help.
These are the antibiotics I have taken till now, they have subsided but they keep coming.
1. Ofloxacin
2. Augumentin
3. Mupirocin ointment
4. Neosporin ointment
5. The latest Azithromycin
Taking bath twice a day with detol and germ fighting soaps.
Keeps reaccuring ..please help.

 
Old 08-06-2011, 12:21 AM   #44
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Check out bee propolis I get mine from swansons and I find it is stronger than the yellow propolis, fyi the drugs/anti's you listed i had tried most as well with little success. Rifampim is much stronger than Azithromycin btw. Propolis is one of natures stongest natural antibiotics

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Old 08-06-2011, 05:10 AM   #45
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Quote:
Originally Posted by staphau View Post
Even I am suffering from staph aeurus infection. Doctors treated it with several antibiotics for around 6months now and recently I came to know that this is the bacteria after a pus culture. What other tests need to be conducted to make sure it is not MRSA? Have tried many antibiotics prescribed by doctors and the pus culture had shown it is sensitive to many antibiotics. But none of them is able to irradiate it!!.
I went through all the posts and no one has therapy which can cure this. I am really worried. Please help.
These are the antibiotics I have taken till now, they have subsided but they keep coming.
1. Ofloxacin
2. Augumentin
3. Mupirocin ointment
4. Neosporin ointment
5. The latest Azithromycin
Taking bath twice a day with detol and germ fighting soaps.
Keeps reaccuring ..please help.

Had the same problem.

1) GET PhiSoHEX!!! this is an anti-bacterial body wash that will kill staph
2) disinfect everything in your house, including keyboards, door handles, etc!
3) I had to take MULTIPLE anti-biotics at once! this was years ago but I remember KEFLEX being one of them and Cloxacillin being the other. I took TWO different types of anti biotics at once.

If I were you, Id request multiple anti biotics at once. especially if the staph is as bad as mine was. I had 1 inch circular holes in my body for 6 months straight. you need to keep it up, keep taking anti biotics dont stop when you "think" its gone.. just keep it up.. and NEVER scratch a staph outbreak. I noticed theyre itchy. if you irritate it, it will grow. if you leave it alone, it wont effect you as much.

good luck.

 
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