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Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #40 by Diane G.
Posted: October 18, 2011 at 16:01
I have MRSA, with the first outbreak happening last March. That was also the worst time as I had no idea how sick I was and without insurance I tend not to go to the Dr. Instead of putting me in the hospital, my Dr. got me into a trial with a drug company. It finally went away but just about every 2-3 months I get a boil-like thing on an arm. It changes sides each time. I am now taking Bactrim alone for the infections. How much garlic do you put in a garlic bath??????? My drug in the study was Vanc. and I had to have that IV twice a day for 10 days; Sundays were included. I keep hearing about having MRSA in the nose area; does that happen to all people? Some have had to take an antibiotic cream and rub it in the nostrils?? Should I be doing that? I turn 65 in January and then will have Medicare. Any help would be appreciated! Thank You
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #41 by jamie
Posted: October 18, 2011 at 16:58
My mom has mrsa in her blood stream, she's in
the hospital with spetic shock with 5% chance
of survival. We posted more about her story
under autumn
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #42 by Bob Anderson
Posted: October 18, 2011 at 21:33
Diane G -

Fortunately, you don't need insurance to use the most effective treatment against MRSA and you can do it yourself at home.

There's no pat answer as to how much crushed raw garlic (crg) to put in a bath because cloves are of different sizes and garlics vary in hotness from variety to variety and time of year.

According to studies, most garlic is still effective when diluted to 1:100,000 so a few cloves are all that are needed but a few more cloves will make it more potent. No studies have been conducted on garlic baths to determine whether there is any upper limit except the tolerance of the individual.

We're all experimenting on our own here and we're trying to find our own limitations. We know it works but because there are so many variables it's hard to pin down any specifics. Like folk and herbal medicine, it's more of an art than a science but there is some science at the core that it is based on.

Start off with a few cloves and increase to a few bulbs if necessary.

Not just any garlic will do, only natural garlic that has not been irradiated will work Radiated garlic has no health benefits. Some Chinese distributors irradiate garlic to keep it from sprouting and thus greatly extend the length of time it looks good on the store shelf. The irradiation not only kills the sprout but it deactivates the enzyme, alliinase, that triggers the reactions that result in the formation of allicin, the active compound in crg, thus no allicin forms.

Fortunately there is an easy way to determine if a garlic has been irradiated.

Every clove of every normal bulb of garlic has a small sprout growing up from center of the base plate into a special sheath deep inside the clove - it's how garlic propagates.

Remove a clove from a bulb and cut it open and look for a tiny growing sprout growing deep inside it. If you find a sprout, even a real tiny one, you have good garlic and it will work. If you cannot find a sprout at all, your garlic has been irradiated and will not have any health benefits.

Another clue is that most natural garlic has some hotness when bitten into raw but irradiated garlic has no hotness.

Please do a site search for garlic threads and you will learn a lot about it and how to use it in different ways.

Hope this helps.
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #43 by ladyk
Posted: November 2, 2011 at 15:10
Diane G -

Nare (nostril) colonization does not occur in all cases, although it is top colonization site. A nare culture should be done, if positive, decolonize. Below are a couple of forum links which may provide a clearer understanding.

Topical Care

Internal Care

Environmental Care
(we can discuss this, as topic is not available at this time)

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #44 by Linda
Posted: December 5, 2011 at 21:46
My cousin was just told today he has MRSA in his bloodstream. They are giving him a blood transfusion as we speak. What worries me is he just had is second round of chemo for stomach cancer. I am praying that this blood transfusion works for his sake, but after doing some research I don't know now! I am so saddened by this because he is only 42.
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #45 by doc are dummies
Posted: December 6, 2011 at 08:02
my wife has mrsa in the hospital now she has had it three times befor as well ass
my self my daughter my son . why isnt there more information about this in main
strem media and answers . exactly how many of us are being infected? why do the
doctors and nurses know little and act like its all fine and dandy , oh just be
carefull wash your hands ,watch contact with others , im tiered of being over
looked by these ass h were is are science , and health organizations why do i have
to beg these doctors to digg for answers , and cant git clear answers when my
whole family is in danger . thay sent my wife home last night with antibiotocs with
thay know probly want help and she is back to night gitting an iv , lets build a real
healh care system in this country we are all pay a fortune for anyway and bring
these doctors down off there high hourse and worry about health care in stead of
money .

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #46 by Bob Anderson
Posted: December 12, 2011 at 15:14
Danielle -

If you are really serious about getting rid of your MRSA, you might consider looking into garlic water baths - they really work but only if you follow directions and be certain that you have natural non-irradiated garlic.

Of course, the alternative is to wait for the pharmaceutical companies to come up with a cure that is as cheap and good as garlic - I predict that day is a long way and many billions of dollars away. Why should any pharmaceutical company whose main goal is to maximize profits come up with a cure that would cost their company billions of dollars of income? It will not happen.

Garlic water baths work because the allicin in garlic kills in a different way than antibiotics and MRSA cannot ever become resistant and neither can any other bacteria.

The choice is yours.

Good luck to you.

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #47 by Nathan
Posted: December 28, 2011 at 21:29
My little sister is heading to the best hospital we have in Oregon she
had a small red bump like thing on her side we assumed it was a small
infection took her to the ER here in our hometown of Roseburg 200
miles away from Portland. They diagnose her with a infected in grown
hair cut it open and drain the pus out. the next few days are ok she
is a little sick then she feels like she cant breathe is ambulanced
back to the ER. they said she is having an anxiety attack and is
dehydrated and do nothing for her. She goes back to the ERthe next day
for the same reason except she has a really high fever now. They say
she has bronchitis and sends her home finally the next day after this
we take her once more for the same reasons they finally emmit her into
the hospital and start taking the neccessary procedures to see what is
really going on they find out thats its mersa and its reached her
lungs liver kidneys and possibly her heart my sister is the first
person in our family who has had something this serious happen to
where it could affect her life and kill her i cant find to much
information on this subject we are all scared and are all with her to
support her as she is so scared she is only 17 and still has an
amazing life ahead of her im hoping this post will help another with
this sort of issue if you think someone has a staff infection make
sure you get it cultured right away to find the mrsa asap as this may
take my little sisters life and the doctors in our hospital are so
dumb they might have killed my sister as she could have antibiotics
fighting this from the very first ER visit
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #48 by nttsdautr
Posted: January 12, 2012 at 04:44
My mother aquired MRSA from a friend in a nursing home. She developed lumps from shaving on her underarm. They went away but she became weak and and feverish. After trials with a few antibiotics nothing seemed to work and was rushed to the hospital this morning. She seems better. She is 50 and hoping it all comes out ok. What to do when it enters the bloodstream. Is it ok to visit her? I did briefly and later went to work and cut my hand (small cut) and am worried. I did not touch her and used santiziter. I am still worried>her health seems better but it has been coming and going in waves and this morning was obviously the worst she has felt, too weak to stand. She does seem better. I have many questions and have done alot of reading and these posts have helped. My prayers go out to all those who are dealing with/have lost loved ones due to MRSA.
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #49 by ladyk
Posted: January 12, 2012 at 16:37
nttsdautr -

I'm sorry to read about your mother's struggle with MRSA. For those of us on forum who are/have been seriously infected by MRSA, we know how overwhelming this can be initially, and are here to help you through.

MRSA bacteria can remain viable on surfaces for an extended period of time, therefore it is imperative to decontaminate environment. Bleach clean all appropriate surfaces/linens/towels/clothing. Lysol spray all common touch sites… for example light switches, door knobs, TV remote controls, phones, etc.

You might consider using Hibiclens antimicrobial cleanser in shower as a precautionary measure since you have been exposed and have an open wound, this will reduce bacteria over population on your skin. Hibiclens carries caution DO NOT GET INTO EYES & EARS.

Underarms are a top colonization site for MRSA bacteria. When shaving armpits it would be prudent to use new blade and Hibiclens foam which leaves a protected barrier for several hours on skin surface after use. DO NOT USE SAME RAZOR FOR OTHER SITES ABOUT THE BODY, as this will cross contaminate the MRSA bacteria to other sites where even the most minute nick can become MRSA infected.

Additionally, you might consider applying Tea Tree Oil (found at local pharmacies) directly on your wound. When Tea Tree Oil is used on MRSA lesions this often halts progression. Cover any and all open wounds in skin surface… as these are invitation to aggressive opportunistic contagious pathogens, of which MRSA is one.

Your mother should have an adept Infectious Disease specialist on her team, as these specialists are up on current viable treatment options.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes to you and your mother.

PS If she is culturing MRSA positive her hospital room should be flagged and visitors must wear gown/gloves/mask to provide cross contamination protection, if you are not seeing this… ask to talk with patient advocate. MRSA is a contagion. Your mother should also be nare (nostril) cultured to determine MRSA positive carrier status, and so should you or any others in her close circle. Decolonize nares if positive.

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #50 by Sandi
Posted: January 13, 2012
I have MRSA in my bloodstream from an ankle surgery and I have survived but I have to hope it does not come back.
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #51 by hope2u2
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 06:24
My daughter who is now 11 battled MRSA in her bloodstream December of 2010.
It started from a fall at school on December 2 she fell and hurt her ankle..came
home told me about her day and mentioned the fall..around 3am she literally
crawled downstairs to my room crying she was in so much pain. I took her to our
family Ped at 8am, she thought it was a sprain but sent us to X-ray. We received
the results later thst day it was not broke so probably just a sprain. My daughter
was given some pain meds and sent home, the next day was a Saturday and she
was up most of the night in pain..started running a temp so I took her to
Children's Hospital about 60 miles from our home. Again they did an X-ray, sent
her home with air cast and pain meds. I asked about the fever and was told by the
doctor it was not related to her ankle but probably some virus. We went home and
again up all night with pain. Monday rolls around and she is talking out of her
head, she even said to me "mom I gotta go" when I asked where she was going
she said " I'm going to pass away" I knew something else was wrong but no one
would listen! So again we took her to our family Peditrician, she thought her
ankle felt warm to touch and sent us to Ortho Indy about another hour from
us...After arriving my daughter was literally rolling around in pain, the doctor
looked at the X-ray and said to me "I don't know why your daughter is acting this
way, I've seen kids with several broken bones that don't behave like this" I
insisted on an MRI that she was in pain and something else is wrong! He refused
to do an MRI, told me to get her foot in this boot type thing.. We left, got home
tried very hard to get her foot in this boot, she could NOT bend her foot up..Again
up all night, Tuesday morning I take her back to Children's Hospital ER..The same
ER doctor was there and I begged him to please listen to me..she has not slept,
her fever will not stay down and something else is wrong besides a sprained
ankle!! He took one look and said okay I think your right, we are starting her on
morphine. After several hours of tests, MRI they told us it was possibly
Septis..half hour later they came in and said they weren't sure but she needed
surgery right away...the MRI showed all the puss/infection all the way up her tibia
bone. My daughter was very sick, fever of 105 right before surgery. The first
surgery was December 8, they drilled a hole in her tibia to wash/scrape
everything out...the next day she still ran very high temps and they advised us a
second surgery was needed and the results came back positive for MRSA leading
to Osteomyelitis. They discussed with us her possibly losing her leg, then jyst
hours later she was fighting for her life . During the second surgery they put in a
Pic line and she would come home with pic line. We prayed alot, I've been
through alot with my son but she was my healthy one :( Thankfully we were able
to take her home, January 5th she had to have a third surgery. One year lat
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #52 by hope2u2
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 06:58
One year later she still has some swelling and has gone through months of
therapy. My daughter was treated with three different meds thru her pic line, she
was on Clindomycin, Vancomycin, and Lynzoid (spelling error I'm sure) it's been
a tough year...She has damage to her growth plate in her foot, Im so angry with
the doctor who refused to do the MRI! I think the hardest thing is the fear of it
coming back, they did blood work for awhile but once her numbers were normal
they quit...I wish they would do blood work just to be sure, today she had a
biopsy done on a mole on that same leg, right above her scar from three
surgeries fear is this will trigger things, sounds crazy but the doctors said to
be very careful with any cut, open would and this was a biopsy which needed a
stitches:( I can't sleep. I'm so scared, before she had no open wound they
explained she had MRSA in her bloodstream and with the fall it was a weak spot
so the MRSA just made a home right there. The dermatologist prescribed Albatax
because she had an allergic reaction to Bactroban but it's just a precaution..The
ointment was $145 so I called to see if there ws anything they said to
use Neosporin and to watch it closely if it looks yucky then the 145 tube is a
must. I don't really understand because it won't prevent MRSA if it's there.
Anyone have advice? The fear of this awful MRSA coming back makes me sick,
my daughter has needed counseling due to the fear...
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #53 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 08:29
Hope2u2 -

I am truly saddened to hear of your daughter's plight.

My suggestion would be to go back to the topics page and search topics for the word garlic and read all those posts.

Crushed raw garlic kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become resistant to garlic. You might consider looking into garlic water baths as they knock out MRSA.

She will smell like garlic for a day after each treatment and some people may consider that to be a fate worse than death but if it works and it does, I would endure the humiliation of temporarily having to tolerate the social embarrassment in order to get well, but that's just me.

It stinks but if raw non-irradiated garlic is used properly it works. The smell is temporary but the cure is permanent or until a new opportunistic MRSA infection comes along again but the next time you will know what to use and how to use it to nip it in the bud before it goes bad.

Learn about how to use garlic, the life you save may be your loved one.

Ultimately, our own health care is really up to us.

In my view, unless your daughter is allergic to garlic, if you had known about how to use garlic and had used it at her first symptoms, all of this might have prevented and she might have been cured without all this pain and difficulty. Garlic can be that effective.

Also in my view, you daughter's doctors should have known about how to use garlic but this information is not taught in med schools and probably never will be because it is not a big money maker for the medical profession.

Sometimes people just have to take the initiative to educate themselves as to their true nature of their disease and their treatment options to give themselves and their families the best chance of surviving and living healthy lives. If one always depends only on medical professionals to look after their family's health, they may wind up disappointed. Sometimes people just have to educate themselves. Now is such a time as your family's health is at risk.

The next time you post, you might find your message to be easier for other people to read if you break it up into paragraphs as people are less inclined to want to read a lot of information that is all jumbled together rather than broken up into coherent clumps.

Good luck to you and your daughter.

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #54 by hope2u2
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 16:29
Bob I apologize for the message being "jumbled together" I'm at the hospital with
my son and using my phone to post on this site. Also it only allows you so much
room. I'm trying to figure out how to completely delete my post, it wasn't my
intention to have it posted like that..I had no idea. My daughter does not have
MRSA now so there is no need for the garlic.
Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #55 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 5, 2012 at 06:06
Hope2u2 -

I'm glad your daughter is OK.

I hope my comment didn't sound condescending, it was not meant to be; it truly was an attempt to help you improve your chances to be heard and helped.

If the MRSA returns, you might check out the garlic bath therapy - they have helped others.

Hope your son gets back on his feet again soon.

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #56 by ladyk
Posted: February 6, 2012 at 19:29
hope2u2 -

I’m sorry to read the frightening story of your young daughter’s struggles with MRSA. Your insistence for further diagnostics (MRI) is responsible for saving your daughter considerable anguish, her leg, and perhaps even her life. You did good mom! No worries about your post.

About Altabax…
Indications and Usage for Altabax
Altabax® is indicated for use in adults and pediatric patients aged 9 months and older for the topical treatment of impetigo (up to 100 cm2 in total area in adults or 2% total body surface area in pediatric patients aged 9 months or older) due to Staphylococcus aureus *(methicillin-susceptible isolates only = MSSA not MRSA) or Streptococcus pyogenes [see Clinical Studies (14)].


5.2 Not for Systemic or Mucosal Use
ALTABAX is not intended for ingestion or for oral, *intranasal, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. ALTABAX has not been evaluated for use on mucosal surfaces [see Patient Counseling Information (17)].

Aerobic and Facultative Gram-Positive Bacteria
Staphylococcus aureus *(methicillin-susceptible isolates only = MSSA)
Streptococcus pyogenes

*Therefore ALTABAX is not suitable for nare (nostril) decolonization.

In my opinion…
It is important to build the child’s immune system so she is afforded the tools necessary to combat/control system invaders which is the optimal function of our biologically preprogrammed immune system.

You might look into EmergenC for kids.
This is a multivitamin formula that fizzes in water to furnish 500 mg of Vitamin C and 32 different mineral complexes, plus vitamins. Without preservatives, artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors.

WHAT ARE THE AGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EMERGEN-C® VITAMIN FIZZY DRINK MIX PRODUCTS? (Info about child dosing is from EmergenC faq sheet on their website.)

Emergen-C Kidz™ Complete Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral Supplements are for children ages 2 and older. Directions for use are as follows:
*Ages 2 & 3: Mix half a packet daily with 2-4 oz of water
Ages 4 & up: Mix one packet daily with 4-6 oz of water
All other Emergen-C drink mix products are for adults 15 years of age and older.

Forum topic…
Re: My 3 year old has MRSA
Reply #6 by ladyk Posted: September 29, 2010 at 17:58
You can request a free sample by going to link below, it is also available at chain stores such as Target, Kmart, or any number of pharmacies.

Below are a couple of links worth reading.

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #57 by ladyk
Posted: February 6, 2012 at 19:32

Also consider looking into probiotics for kids, especially since child has been on antibiotic therapy which causes flora imbalance both topically and internally. Below is one probiotic for two year olds - but there are many for you to investigate.

Renew Life, Buddy Bear Probiotic, Sun-Kissed Orange Flavor, 60 Chewable Bear Tablets.

Link to children’s probiotics

You may also get some help at local pharmacies.

Here is a topic on forum that may help your understanding concerning Prebiotics & Probiotics.

Be sure to pass supplements by child’s PCP for opinion.

You wrote: [“the doctors said to be very careful with any cut”]
I completely agree. Please read the following informative links…

Topical Care


Internal Care


Forum’s associated website MRSA AMERICA & Beyond

Learn all you can about affliction… it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. It’s all about proactive care and balance.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #58 by Jena
Posted: February 12, 2012 at 18:52
My aunt has mrsa in her nose she ran a fever of 107* Now its in her bloodstream I have read the mortality rate is high and it attacks weak amune systems, It is also 5 times more lethel and does not respond well to antibotics. she has been in a sleep for three days and moans. Monday if still no change they are going to take her off her meds and let the infection take over her body, She may live a couple hours to a few days....

Re: MRSA in bloodstream
Reply #59 by Karen
Posted: February 13, 2012 at 02:07
I had a sinus surgery in December 2011. Never felt healed and kept being told it's normal. My ID doctor had ask for a culture but surgeon did not do one so at my second visit to surgeon I ask for culture to be ran. Came back with many staph later found out to be MRSA cells. Was put on Clindamycin which no help. Then started having UTI symptoms. Culture ran on this and Heavy MRSA. I also have a high WBC and running low grade fever. My ID doctor immediately has me receiving daily IV Vanco He has taken blood to culture and now waiting for results.
I am really scared and need info. I have read about garlic on this site and will try that.
I need info on how contagious. I own a childcare center and have 45 children I am taking care of plus watch my grandchildren on a daily basis.
I am 56 years old have diabetes and I am immune deficient and get monthly immunoglobin IV therapy to boost my immune system for the rest of my life.
Any information on this MRSA and how contagious and chances of survival if it is in my blood would be appreciated.
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