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Need Help with MRSA blood tests
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply December 7, 2018 at 01:34
Started January 2, 2007 at 17:06
Any who have had blood tests which reveled MRSA could you please check to see and let me know what the specific test was called which showed MRSA in your blood.

Has anyone had serious, ongoing, MRSA outbreaks when no MRSA was found on their blood tests?

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White blood cell count and MRSA infections
Posted by Researcher
Last Reply November 26, 2018 at 17:15
Started August 16, 2011 at 09:59
If you have an active MRSA infection, would your blood, your white blood cells be elevated out of range from normal? Or it will not show in your blood?

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Boy can't fold his right palm and left leg
Posted by Maxwell
Last Reply November 10, 2018 at 17:46
Started November 10, 2018 at 14:45
Good day,

My boy woke up this morning with cry of pain on right hand and leg this morning.

Am scared if this is any sign of paralysis after going through some threads of post here. We do not have a bathtop in the house, please any other way of doing the garlic bath for him? And for how long please. He is just 7years old.

Thanks and expecting your prompt response.


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Negative Nasal Swab result after Bactrim
Posted by Steph
Last Reply October 31, 2018
Started October 26, 2018 at 16:44
Hello all,
I tested positive for MRSA about a month ago. My doctor did a
nasal swab test. Throughout the summer I had around 10 sores on
various parts of my body that I knew were some kind of staph
infection because someone who I had had intimate relations with
basically told me he thought I could have gotten it from him
because he had once had a staph infection and never took
Antibiotics. So, I waited all summer to get tested!? Anyways, I
took the Bactrim as prescribed and 10 days after finishing the
prescription I had another nasal swab test and just today I got a
call from the doctor that the test came back negative. I am
wondering if this means that I am actually free of it. I asked
this of the nurse who called. I asked specifically if this means
that there is no chance that the bacteria is on my skin anywhere
or in my body and she said no, there is no chance.

Can I believe her? I am fully aware that there is always the
possibility that I could p... read more

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Boils and abcesses everywhere and everytime
Posted by Loma
Last Reply October 29, 2018 at 08:07
Started October 2, 2018 at 23:11
sser à la langue suivante : françaisHello,
I need a lot of help and support, I feel very
Two years ago, following a fast, I developed
abscesses on the shoulders, then on the arms
and hands. little by little, they migrated
all over my body. today, two years later, I
have had it almost everywhere and the crises
are more and more general (from head to
you must know that I have been eczematous
since childhood and that I have been taking
cortisone cream all my life; now I am weaning
for a year, and the buttons come out
constantly, I have no respite.
sometimes the pimples burst and there is pus,
sometimes they are painful balls under the
I'm desperate I dare not hope anything
anymore, I do not have sex anymore for fear
of being contagious and my body is covered
with scars.
lately I have tested the garlic baths, I
still do it. for 10 days I take at least a
non-irradiated garlic bath of 1h30 or 2
hours. but I have a big push ... read more

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Garlic success stories
Posted by DaddyOfThree
Last Reply October 26, 2018 at 05:00
Started December 8, 2011 at 16:25
Maybe this already exists, but since there is a lot of commentary about garlic for mrsa, I wondered if people could give their personal anecdotal experience with it. Did it work for you?

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Garlic and staph
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply October 21, 2018 at 15:44
Started January 11, 2010 at 21:32
This first post will take four intstallments.

It's hard to know where to start so I think I will start with the most basic information, make a few bold statements and then back up those statements with supporting studies and statements from research scientists.
Crushed raw non-irradiated garlic kills staph; all staph, including MRSA and what's more, staph cannot become immune to crushed raw garlic like it has the pharmaceutical antibiotics.
That's a pretty bold statement but you will soon understand why it is so.
Freshly crushed raw garlic kills all or almost all harmful bacteria, including staph, on contact. One study (Walton, Herbold&Lendegren 1936-1938 - Journal of Food Science) even showed that the vapors alone from nearby crushed raw garlic killed all bacteria, including staph, out to 8" away just from the fumes.

Numerous other studies, such as Abdou et al., 1972 have confirmed that crushed raw garlic kills staph on contact. I can cite many other studies showing ... read more

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Unorthodox treatment that has worked for me
Posted by Dom
Last Reply October 16, 2018 at 05:14
Started October 16, 2018 at 05:14
I thought I would share my experience for
whatever it's worth. I contracted a staph
infection initially over 2 years ago,
starting with a bump that grew into a
giant boil under my armpit. I was living
in Central America where I got it. I was
prescribed antibiotics and it went away. 2
months later it came back angry as mrsa
and led to 6 or 7 giant boils so painful
I couldn't put my arm down. Long story
short, I went though 4 episodes of its
return within 1 year. I did the
medication, special soaps, creams,
lotions...etc and it did help, but after
going to see a highly recommended
specialist of infectious diseases, the
doctor told me to replace my deodorant for
milk of magnesia. It sounded ridiculous at
the time, but honestly that's the best
advice I could have ever received. In
doing that, I never broke out again. I
have stopped using the MOM full time, but
anytime I start to feel an outbreak coming
on, I apply MOM for a couple days inst... read more

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Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Posted by sleepless2
Last Reply October 4, 2018 at 22:35
Started December 23, 2016 at 06:58
Hi, are any of you located in The Portland, Oregon area?

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MRSA only in nostrils?
Posted by Andy
Last Reply October 2, 2018 at 16:39
Started September 27, 2018 at 02:21
Where did the whole concept that MRSA can be treated by dabbing antibiotics in yours nostrils come from? Obviously MRSA gets into your system quickly, and if it is in your nostrils it is probably every else. Frankly it seems idiotic.

Does dabbing mupirocin in nostrils accomplish anything at all?

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Phage Therapy
Posted by Jackie
Last Reply October 2, 2018 at 03:42
Started October 1, 2018 at 18:07
Has anyone done this or know someone who
has done it?

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How long am I contagious?
Posted by John
Last Reply October 1, 2018 at 22:43
Started October 1, 2018 at 21:50
Hi all

I was told by my doctor who successfully cut and
drained a boil in my finger that I was infected
with mrsa. The wound is healing very nicely and
it's been a week today since and I've been on
antibiotics since before I was cut. My question
however is that I have been staying clear of my
boyfriend who had just had surgery and I'm so
scared ill pass this on to him but I miss him so
much and just want a clear answer on when I can
see him again. If the swelling is gone and I'm on
antibiotics is there a really big risk of me
giving this to him if I practice good hand hygiene
and keep the finger wrapped properly? I can't
stand this anymore. Any help would be so greatly

Thank you so much,

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How much garlic to use for a garlic bath?
Posted by Anonymous
Last Reply September 30, 2018 at 02:34
Started August 6, 2011 at 15:23
Sorry for the obtuse title, but it's the best one I could come up with
given the character limit.

Anyway, I was thinking of trying out a garlic bath to help treat my
staph infection, but was wondering:

- How much garlic should I use?
- How often should I do it?
- Any advice on how to properly prepare it?


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Staph and Beard Loss
Posted by Tural
Last Reply September 22, 2018 at 05:25
Started September 19, 2018 at 10:39
Hello everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank Bob and other contributers for
such a great forum which is very helpful.

In December 2017, when I was trimming my beard I found a tiny
patch in my chin area. Starting from February of 2018 the patch
kept growing bigger. Thus I had to cut my all beard in May. I
visited doctor and they took samples from my nose and throat. I
have been diagnosed with Staph and streptococcus in my throat and
in my nose.That's what caused the Alopecia Barbae(alopecia in
beard). Doctor prescribed me Augmentine 850 mg to take for one
week and topical steroid Locoid Crelo. After finishing it I went
for testing and the bacteria was still in my throat but from my
nose it has gone. Then doctor prescribed me another antibiotic,
Sumetrolim for 10 days. After 10 days I waited one week for
better results and went for testing but once again results proved
positive. I hadstaph in my thoat. And doctor told me keep using
topical... read more

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Posted by Stephanie
Last Reply September 21, 2018 at 18:17
Started July 5, 2009 at 18:54
My husband (25) was first diagnosed with MRSA in January 2009-about 3 weeks after returning home from basic training. He was treated without inpatient hospitalization and it cleared up after about 2 weeks. He had two sites, one on his lower abdomen and one on his knee that turned into severe cellulitis. The specialist we saw explained that he would become colonized, and there was higher risk for reinfection. Two days ago, it came back, again on his lower abdomen but not the same spot. Last time, a combination of Bactrum, Lortab and Motrin was prescribed, which is what they are using again at least until he can see the specialist tomorrow. What I am concerned about is that MRSA becomes resistant to antibiotics, so will his MRSA become resistant to Bactrum? Then what, they look for another antibiotic that his MRSA becomes resistant to until they run out? Will this eventually kill him? How long will he be colonized? Is there a way to stop the colonization?

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Ear infection/Mastoiditis with MRSA
Posted by Ali
Last Reply September 8, 2018 at 04:55
Started January 11, 2006 at 19:19
I am a 30 year old otherwise healthy female, mother of a 4-yr-old & 2-yr-old. In November I got hit out of the blue with a terrible ear infection, which was intensely painful. After a few weeks of multiple anitbiotics(both pills and drops) with no improvement, a culture was finally done on the discharge coming from my middle ear, and I was diagnosed as having the dreaded MRSA. Now, after having been on Zyvox 600mg BID for over a month, my ear pain is gone, and I've got some hearing back, but am totally zapped of energy. Also, I now have pain that comes and goes from my mastoid bone, as well as some lingering dizziness, which I'm not sure is because of my middle ear infection or because of the Zyvox. A recent CT scan showed that my mastoid is infected, so my ENT put a tube in my ear, and am on the Zyvox for another 2 weeks. If I'm not better clinically(he's not saying anything about a follow-up CT scan?!), then I'm probably going to have mastoid surgery. I've also seen an infec... read more

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MRSA and muscle aches
Posted by momof3
Last Reply August 28, 2018 at 20:00
Started July 30, 2010 at 04:55
I was diagnosed with MRSA almost 3 weeks ago. I was given bactrim but had an allergic reaction. Was then perscribed Doxycycline which I will be done with tomorrow. My problem is that during the time before I was diagnosed and dealing with my absess (walnut sized pocket under my arm full of puss) and up to right now my shoulder and arm are in constant achy pain. The worst is my bicep - I still do not have sull use of my arm. Typing sends aches up my arm. Is this from the MRSA? Is it eating away at my muscles? What can I do?

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Forum shutting down
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply August 10, 2018 at 17:22
Started August 10, 2018 at 17:22
I tried to message you through the link on this site but that did not work so I am submitting this as a post to try to get some answers. You can email me at if you would prefer not to respond in the forum.

Rob -

May I inquire as to the reason(s) why the forum is shutting down? Is it diminishing traffic? Is it something I wrote that may have offended someone in the pharmaceutical business or the medical profession? Lady K once told me a lot of doctors visited the site.

Is it a need for more moderators? Is it too much of a distraction from your other duties? Is Lady K OK? Her posts indicate she had been sick previously.

Will the forum remain up as a resource for MRSA sufferers but just no new postings allowed? Will the forum simply disappear?

Would the intact forum be for sale to an interested third party with the requirement to relocate it or something like that? I have been contacted by a number of people expressing concern about losing a l... read more

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oregano oil
Posted by scott
Last Reply August 6, 2018 at 15:31
Started August 3, 2018 at 12:14
use very strong concentration of oregano oi. It works trust me

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Tyramine free diet on Zyvox
Posted by Tana
Last Reply August 5, 2018 at 15:00
Started August 8, 2009 at 18:39
Please help with this. I am getting more confused with being on antibiotics than ever.I was just reading what I should not be eating while taking Zyvox and it says not to have yogurt or acidophilus and I have been downing yogurt everyday along with probiotics.I thought when you take antibiotics you should have these in your systems to help with good bacteria build up.I am on Zyvox now and have been experiencing slight sharp pains in lower to mid abdominal right side and waiting for IDC to call me about this.And is it true MRSA loves protein and thrives in it?What am I suppose to eat?I eat veggies and eggs everyday.IDC just called and told me to go to a Urgent Care facility.LOL same crap everytime.Doctors are worthless.Someone replied to my last post and said it could be worse.I am on one of two drugs that I can take Zyvox,the other is IV cubicin, both I cannot afford.I have lost 25 lbs and can barely function.Surgeries, lancing of lesions, drugs that feel like I'm being poisoned,no ... read more

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