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Once you have had MRSA, do you always have it?
Started by Tristy
Posted: July 8, 2009 at 18:46
Just as most of you, I have a tramatic story involving MRSA. I gave birth to my son in October 2008. He was born by csection, not breathing. I had a vertical incision that developed into MRSA and was treated with IV antibotics in and out of the hosptial. My son also was admitted shortly after me again, for what they called a "virus." He too recieved IV antibiotics. My question is that since this time, my immune system has been shot! I have had repeated sinus infections (which antibiotics don't seem to help), and I am very tired. My question is, Do you always have MRSA, if you have had it and it has been treated? Might be a stupid question but just curious if my sinus infections could be attributed to the MRSA? Thanks for you help!
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Reply #1 by Nancy R
Posted: July 9, 2009

Yes, they could be MRSA related and frankly we aren't sure if you ever totally get rid of MRSA. I have been testing clean for almost a year, so I think you can.
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Reply #2 by ...
Posted: July 9, 2009 at 04:54
My husband and his mom seem to pass it back and forth to each other. My husband is now on cubicin and has been on it 4 weeks, and he hasn't had any problems. I have heard of MRSA being something thru the nose, so your sinus infections could be from it.
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Reply #3 by ladyk
Posted: July 9, 2009 at 18:03
Tristy -

You wrote:
["my immune system has been shot"]

What proactive measures are you taking to support your immune system?

You are asking the million dollar question...
["Do you always have MRSA, if you have had it and it has been treated?"]

There is grand debate concerning MRSA “dormancy vs cure” in the field. MRSA is every bit capable of arming itself for long term dormancy, triggered into action when host becomes further immune compromised.

What we know is... MRSA is a grand saboteur hiding behind bits of our DNA it picks up affording a cloak for its survival. Example: MRSA falls to dormancy in just this way during antibiotic ingestion. Once survival threat has passed, MRSA continues its destructive nature which signals our killer/fighter cells to rally to destroy invaders. Once our killer cells, etc. arrive to do their biological job of ridding us of destructive system invaders... MRSA kills them off in rapid succession, further depleting our immune system function.

No questions are viewed as stupid here, we're all in this together.

To answer your question...
["just curious if my sinus infections could be attributed to the MRSA?"]

Yes it is possible. Have you had a nare culture? Have you attempted to decolonize?

Best to you,

PS How is the little one?

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Reply #4 by ladyk
Posted: July 9, 2009 at 18:35
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(San Antonio tx)

Sounds as though you all should be actively following cross contamination precautions, if passing MRSA bacteria back and forth.

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Reply #5 by margie
Posted: July 16, 2009 at 18:28
My husband has been infected on his finger. He has had it for 9 days now and is seeing a hand specialist. Neither dr. he saw would put him on Bactrim until they knew for sure what it was because it wouldn't help if it turned out to be something else. So today we found our it is MRSA.
My question is: how long is his finger going to be unuseable? He has been missing work and we are wondering how long this is suppose to last.
Thank you.
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Reply #6 by Nancy R
Posted: July 18, 2009 at 04:27
That is the million dollar question. He may regain use of the finger in a few days, but usually, its more like weeks. Not sure if the bacteria invaded connective tissue.
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Reply #7 by Robert AZ
Posted: August 5, 2009 at 18:05
Hi all, quick up date, surgery June, july surgey became infected with Mrca. I was given Daptomycin then Bactrim. I just took my last pill
last Tuesday. I feel pretty good and started exercising and getting
my energy up, even if I have to take a redBull or coke for help.
Just when I think I am going to get my life back, I noticed a red
spot on my foot! It looks like a C about 1/2 inch, looks more like
a scab, but I did not stetp on anything to injury my foot.
I will call the Dr now. Looks like another round of Bactrim or
what ever there pushing!
If it is a mrsa pimple, what should I use to clean and take care of
it? I read here that hemroid cream? At present I have no open anything. My surgery was on my scrotum.
Also I am engaged and we are living together, question, If I should
get boils all over! should I move out so not to expose her?
Prayers for all........thanks Robert AZ
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Reply #8 by Tasfira
Posted: November 14, 2009 at 19:21
I have a question about Nasal Polyps. I was having x-rays done at the dentist back in 2003 and he noticed i had a nasal polyp. Could this have anything to do with the MRSA infections and the loss of over half my teeth? Is it a good hiding place for the MRSA bacteria?
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Reply #9 by Nee
Posted: December 20, 2009 at 16:13
My friend had MRSA (lung) and she is 45 years old. She then discovered she has pneumonia and the swine flu. She lives alone and she works in a nursing home. She has been hospitalized for 4 weeks. She had surgery on her lungs to clean out the MRSA. Now she is out of the hospital and it trying to get her life back together. She is still coughing and still in pain. It is getting better but the doctor says it will take time to get back to herself. They said the MRSA started in her nose and spread to the lungs. If anyone out there has had MRSA in the lungs and received surgery remove the legions pleas write back and tell me if you healed or your still having problems. She has been tested again for mrsa and the test was negative.
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Reply #10 by ladyk
Posted: December 20, 2009 at 16:51
Nee -

Sorry to learn your friend has fallen ill to this serious bacterial infection MRSA.

As you can see there are volumes of information on forum... please feel free to read through topics for information on how others have been able to control MRSA.

Current topic below may help…

Started by Steve R

If you have any questions please feel free to ask, we'll help all we can.

Best wishes,
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Reply #11 by bethygrl
Posted: March 18, 2010 at 14:02
I had mrsa in my leg about 2 years ago. I woke up one morning with what appeared to be a boil on the inside of my right leg. I went to the dr that afternoon and he put me on antibotics 2 days later I went back to him and it had gotten worse. So I was put into the hospital and scheduled an emergency surgery for my leg. Now 2 years later on the opposite side leg I now have another boil looking infection and it hurts like heck. I have been feeling yuck for a week no energy. I was told by my dr that the chances of the mrsa being back again ? Should I wait to go see my Dr ???? The pain that I endured was horrible. Please give some advice here. Thank you
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Reply #12 by ladyk
Posted: March 18, 2010 at 15:22
bethygrl -

Please take some time to read through topics on forum for the valuable information they contain. As well, in your case the following will be of particular interest... Common Care of MRSA Outbreak Lesions on the forum’s associated website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond (information located under ‘Treatments’)

Do you have an Infectious Disease specialist?

In my opinion… first thing that comes to mind is lesion needs to be cultured to identify bug, and equally important is sensitivity/susceptibility of antibiotics capable of controlling particular infection.

Hope this helps.

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Reply #13 by KathyB
Posted: March 19, 2010 at 06:26
I got MRSA from a knee surgery back in 2007. After weeks of vanco and 5 months of bactrim it was gone. However just a month ago I tested positive for MRSA in my throat. I hadn't been sick prior to my throat swelling and finding out it was MRSA. So, my experience is that it can come back after a long period of being inactive.
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Reply #14 by LoisF
Posted: March 19, 2010 at 16:37
I'm sorry to hear that ladyk. Help me understand. You became symptomatic and they did a throat culture for strep? staph? It's scary. How will I know what to do if it happens to me? Do I always ask for a MRSA culture no matter where the infection is? I often get bladder infections, none lately. Do I have them always culture for MRSA too?

Are you taking any antibiotics to get rid of it now?

Take care. You are one special woman.
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Reply #15 by ladyk
Posted: March 22, 2010 at 15:34
LoisF -

The very best we can do is attempt to keep one step ahead of contraction/infection by creating environments which are unsuitable for bacteria to successfully over populate.

Since you state you often have bladder infections… this would be an area you should work on to establish balance (and maintain that balance) for optimal health.

Scientists Explain Why Bladder Infections Keep Coming Back

I also had difficulty controlling UTIs, and yeast infections, at the height of MRSA infection. I used the AZO products (standard/max standard, cranberry, yeast). Neither Gyne-Lotrimin, Monistat, nor Diflucan were effective controlling yeast over population. I can not say with absolute certainty that AZO products were the sole answer to my relief, perhaps collectively with the endless intake of fluids I maintained. It took several months to finally attain balance.

Make every effort to maintain appropriate hydration. Additionally I used cranberry concentrate (NOT diluted sugary cranberry juice cocktail) and drank it daily.

Possible contraindications
An autumn 2004 caution from the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the UK agency dealing with drug safety, advised patients taking warfarin not to drink cranberry juice after adverse effects (such as increased incidence of bruising) were reported, possibly resulting from the presence of salicylic acid native to polyphenol-rich plants such as the cranberry. However, during 2006-8, several reviews of case reports and pilot studies have failed to confirm this effect, collectively indicating no statistically significant interaction between daily consumption of 250 mL cranberry juice and warfarin in the general population. A gene (VKORC1, CYP2C9) has been shown to change warfarin sensitivity. This gene may also contribute to bruising susceptibility as a result of cranberries for carriers of the gene.

Health benefits
Cranberry juice is known to have various health benefits. These include:
Cranberry juice contains phytochemicals, which may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Cranberry juice may help prevent and relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections by primary and secondary means. The primary means works on the bacteria directly by altering the molecular structure of the fimbriae on the virulent strains of the bacteria that cause the infections. The secondary means works indirectly on the bacteria by changing the intravesical pH (the pH of the bladder's contents) making it more acidic.
Cranberry juice is high in oxalate, and has been suggested to increase the risk for developing kidney stones, although more recent studies have indicated it may lower the risk.

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Reply #16 by ladyk
Posted: March 22, 2010 at 15:35

Cranberry has long been linked to helping defeat urinary tract infections, and recent research is beginning to bear this out.

How do cranberries help? When a cranberry is in its juvenile state, it is green and bitter, making it unpalatable to most animals. This is a matter of survival. At this early stage, the cranberry produces a certain class of molecules known as flavonoids, substances that have been investigated for their nutritional benefits and antibacterial activity. Studies have shown that the particular flavonoids produced by the cranberry have a strong antibacterial effect.

As the berry matures, it must propagate. To ensure that this happens, the plant transforms the flavonoid molecules to sugar molecules. ( so it will be more palatable for animals to eat and spread it's seeds ). This sugar molecule makes cranberry effective as a nutrient within the urinary tract. In the human body, different cells have unique receptor sites. In cranberries, the sugar unlocks a receptor site on the walls of the urinary tract.

This explains cranberries’ unique benefits. Cranberries contain a type of flavonoid that is capable of defeating the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, and this flavonoid is attached to a sugar that seeks out the cells that line the urinary tract.

Research recommends making cranberries part of your diet if you are prone to recurrent urinary infections. A 1994 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that cranberry might reduce the levels of bacteria in urine.

Recommended dosage of cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail) as a preventative of urinary tract infections (UTIs), is 12 to 32 oz (360 to 960 ml).

In the Finnish study, 50 ml/day of juice concentrate seemed to provide a beneficial effect while in the earlier US study in elderly women, it was 300ml/day, which seemed to reduce the bacterial content of the urine.

Cranberry juice has a moderately high concentration of oxalate, a common component of kidney stones, and should be limited in persons with a history of nephrolithiasis.

Hope this helps. Thanks Lois… we are all special - we are survivors.


To your question… [“Do I have them always culture for MRSA”] Yes, I certainly would. If you are experiencing any chronic infections, it would be important to know if they are MRSA related or not.

I personally do not take any conventional antibiotics.
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Reply #17 by Dentist Revisited...
Posted: March 23, 2010 at 23:33
I had a tooth disintegrate. The only thing left is the root. BTW, I have always taken good care of my teeth. This was a surprise. It is infected. The dentist prescribed Clindamycin HCL 150 mg 3 times daily for 8 days. This is the first antibiotic I've taken since August when I had a strep infection. I have no idea what caused the infection nor what the infection is. Is this the proper procedure?

I continue to take supplements to improve my immune system. What has been suggested and more. How does an infection like this happen?

Thank you ladyk for the information on the benefits of cranberries and AZO Products. I never paid much attention to AZO. My primary pooh poohed my use of cranberry concentrate supplements. I'm afraid to tell you... I take Macrodantin 50 mg every other day to ward off bladder infections. The urologist also has me on Ciprofloxacin HCL every time I have sex, before and 12 hours after. I've had this problem since I was first married almost 40 years ago.

Thank you all. My Best,
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Reply #18 by caringaj
Posted: March 26, 2010 at 05:21
I am thinking you can get rid of it but will always be a carrier. In 2004 I had two very bad bouts of MRSA at 2 different times, six months apart. Once in 3 places (was hospitalized for 5 days) and another one - very large boil on my leg (the boil was lanced and I was hospitalized for 8 days). It was never determined how I got it. Had not been in the hospital, my immune system tested fine, and it is still a mystery. I have not had a single outbreak since that time, which is now six years ao. I had knee replacement in 2008 and was very concerned, but all went well. I do nasal swabs about twice a week with municipron, and wash my hands frequently, but other than that, I don't do anything else preventative. No garlic, suppliments, etc., and so far so good.
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Reply #19 by Jasmin
Posted: April 14, 2010 at 06:01
This is a shame I dont Know what to do i had to move in with my mom i had staff/mercer before, now guess what my brother has boils and my dad has a pimple like bumb on his nose what do we do i cant afford my own place.
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