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10/30/2010 02:31 PM

My 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with MRSA

katy1977
katy1977  
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Hi,

My 15 year old was diagnosed with MRSA last month. We had thought she had a spider bite and honestly, I never expected to hear that it might be MRSA (which it turned out to be). I feel as if our lives have changed so much, and I have been reading about and learning about MRSA and trying to figure out what to do to prevent it. She had an allergic reaction to the Sulpha drug she was on but it did make the boil go away although she still has a small red dot where it was. I try to do everything natural, bought tumeric powder and pills which she gags on, so she hasn't been consistent with that. I have been keeping the house as clean as I can, using antibacterial wipes, steam cleaners, separate body washes and towels...I even bought a UV Germ Wand that I use on the computer keyboard, phones, and counters lol! Anyway, yesterday she started to get another outbreak, right above where the first one was on her inner thigh, the doctor called it impetigo today when we went there, and my daughter was teary eyed as we waited for him to come into the room; not wanting to go through this again, 15 is a hard enough age as it is...Well, the doctor said this is no where nearly as bad as the original boil, to do the compresses again, keep it clean, use antibiotic ointment, and take clindamycin for 7 days (I'm praying she won't get sick from this medicine, the bactrim beat up her system so badly she missed a week of school).

I'm thinking of buying Silver Sol, was reading about how silver is a natural antibiotic and a woman at work said her mother used some silver cream for a boil; I really want to prevent more outbreaks instead of having to keep treating them. Anyway, I'm glad I found this forum, sorry my first post was so long, I'm looking forward to learning from others here and hope to be helped by others experiences and also be able to give back to others here. Thank you in advance for any advice and help. Smile

Katy1977

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10/31/2010 07:52 AM
cupie55
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Hello my name is Penny aka Cupie55,

Welcome to our group! GLad to hear from you. First of all let me share this with you. We are like a "Chosen Family" here. We share and care and support any and all that seek it. THe only thing we ask is that you understand that none of us are Doctors! We are people that suffer with the same ailment. We share diffent treatments and help in supporting others in that battle. You can ask questions, share those challenging days, or just plain "let it all out" with us, if you so choose. Not only U butyour daughter as well. That being said,

MRSA is a bacteria, therefore any fluids that may seep out of the "Boils" can and will infect another being. Animals are not exempt from this. That is why we tell everyone, as you are doing I might add is not sharing any personal items with anyone.

Using a bleach and water combonation, 4 parts beach and 6 parts water in a spay bottle helps in the spreading. Plus bleaching bedding and towles and hairbrushes and such help alot.

Keeping all sores covered is another.

Some people are collenized the bacteria is asleep and hiding untill our immune systemsget down. Then POW. Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria but also the good.Thereby helping the immune system to become lowred. Keeping your immune system up and burning is a must.Replacing the good bacteria by eating yougart with live bacteria helps fight the loss of the good bacteria. Make sure is has live bacteria in it, it will state live on the lable.

You dont need not go to the "brand name" check the local store veriety for it.It also helps with that pesky infection we women get after antibiotic treatments.I have used it and it helps. Remember there is no better person to ask than your Doctor.

Has your daughter seen an Infectious Deasese Doctor?

They have Peditrition Infectious Desease docs also.

THey are trained for this type of infection. I must be honest the MRSA infection can and does come back. I dont know if you daughter can take Hebiclense or not but that mixed with a moisturing body wash helps keep the skin germ free. BUt not every day. Tends to dry out skin and as any "germ killing" product kills not only bad but good also.I myself use a scent free baby oil after my shower then rinse and pat dry. ( I am allergic to colognes.) Since I do not get the boils ( as I stated I am collinizes at this time.) My fear is that it is in my lungs or some other part of m y body,not on my skin at this time.

That by no means says I am not contagious. SO I keep myself in check and make sure I have tissues and wipes with me. TO protect others. PLus from me picking up some other strain of MRSA.

As I do not get the boils I will let somene that does or has helped someone else, help you with the differnt medications to them them. I don't feel up on them enough to help there. I hope I have helped you in some way.

Pleaese! feel free to post at any time and turn your daughter on to this site for support as well.

Blessings and Prayers!

cupie55

Penny


11/01/2010 02:21 PM
mitzigirl
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Hello Kathy I am glad you have found our MRSA group but sorry your 15 yr old is having to go through this. Penny has given you alot of good information so I will not repeat what she has already told you.

My name is Viv and I have had MRSA over 5 yrs now. I have it in my lungs and have had many boils all over me. Like Penny said the meds. don't kill just the bad bacteria but it kills off our good bacteria also. For my boils I keep them clean and dry and if they are open I pack them with bactroban and keep them covered at all times. Once MRSA is in you system it will always be there but it can colonize and you not have anymore effects from it unless your immune system gets really low. Odd I started out with what they said was a brown recluse spider bite in 1997 and after all these yrs. I cannot help but wonder if it was MRSA all along??? I will never know the answer to that but I live with the MRSA and many other ailments each and everyday.

Like Penn said we are a chosen family here so please feel free to post and talk to us. We maynot always have all the answers and neither does the doctors but it is much easier to not have to go it alone. Many blessings and prayers for you and your daughter!


11/01/2010 04:08 PM
katy1977
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Thank you so much Penny and Viv (btw Viv, I love your name, Mitzigirl, Mitzi was my grandma's name, she was my best friend and is in Heaven now...). I am going to buy hibiclens for my daughter and have her mix it with her body wash like Penny suggested, I ordered the Silver Sol today and will try that too. I really want her to start on apple cider vinegar therapy which I am a true believer in, and which is supposed to make the body more alkaline which helps to fight MRSA, but she doesn't like the taste. I will keep trying to get her to drink it though lol, and also the Silver Sol when it comes. The boil didn't get any worse which is good news, and she is not bothered by the clindamycin so far like she was the bactrim. I have to go remind her now to put on a warm compress, wash the area, apply the antibiotic cream and cover...It's like a whole new routine lol, also, I will look into getting the Bactroban like you mentioned Viv. If you ladies don't mind, what does it mean when MRSA becomes colonized? There's so much to learn about this unwelcome superbug, but I am determined to fight and beat this thing the best I can for my daughter's sake!

Thanks again ladies, you made me feel welcome here. Smile

Katy1977


11/01/2010 04:28 PM
sandy617
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Thanks Katy1977 I am with you on the concept of colonozation. I am not getting the whole concept. I am wondreing when they do that test and what exactly does it mean in the whole MRSA lifestyle. Is it even more isolating than just an outbreak is??

11/01/2010 09:17 PM
cupie55
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I am sorry if I didn't explain things clearly.. I sometimes get my thoughts ahead of my fingers.. smile.

Collinization is the stage they give MRSA when there is no outbreaks. It means it's still there but dormant.MRSA can lay dormant for years. All depends on your immune system. IT gets low or weak, then there is a good chance it will come back and you have breakouts again. WIth me next year May will be two years with out a break out. ( sush lets not invite Murphey) smile. I was very lucky I didnt get breakouts. But as I said.. could be internal.

I Hope that clears it up a bit. Maybe somene else will have a better way of explaining it. OR try this one.. Like cancer.. it can lay dromant or in Remission for a long time. Then one day it may wake up and come back.

Does that help any?

IF not maybe someone can help me here with another explanition.

Please be sure to take care of yourself and try not to get to stressed out. that brings down the immune system also.

You need care also. As well as your daughter.

Be good to yourself also. YOu deserve it.

THis is not a smooth road as I am sure you see .

But we are here for you and will help support you as long as you are here. PLease come back and be apart of our "Chosen Family" we all care and share and help where ever we can.

BIg tight Hugs and many Blessings to you and yours.

Be as well as you can and be safe.

Penny


11/02/2010 02:01 PM
IamhealthyIhavefaith
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www.Staph-Infection-Resources.com

Please get this book! It has been so very helpful. And please go to an infectious disease specialist, they know more than general practitioners. If you daughter is in sports, soccer? please make sure she showers after every game, no matter how tired she is. and get hibiclenz soap. you can buy a gallon on amazon dot com for like $60. if you get it at a drug store is like $13 for 11 ounces. wash clothes and bedding with HOT water. i'ts great to "go green" but not if you have mrsa. HOT water and dont use the energy efficient settings, that will rinse clothes in partly dirty water. with mrsa you cant do that. wash bedding often and try to cut down on sweets. the key is to keep your immunities up. please find a multi vitamin she can take every day. minimize processed food intake. please do not wear the same clothes twice. use gold dial soap or lever 2000 or is it lever 1000 soap. most of this info is from the infectious med doc or the book mentioned above. tea tree oil and manuca honey very very very important to have. in fact, on the boil put tea tree oil and then the manuca honey and cover with a bandage and sleep over night with that. that's what I do if I so much as feel the smallest abnormality on my skin. RAZORS too, wash the blades with hibiclenz and do not share razor with her or wash clothes. She should have her own towels do not use her towel and do not let her use yours or other siblings. All this is my own trial and error with mrsa-ca. wash hands often. I ONLY use the gold dial soap and lever and if I do use girly wash soap from bed bath and beyond I mix tea tree oil in with it, like the aveeno oatmeal wash soap, i mix some tea tree oil in there. in 2009 mrsa-ca came back alot. in 2010 january then a small odd boil in may whch may or may not have been mrsa ca and nothing since. she will get better!!!!

please get the book Smile


11/02/2010 04:26 PM
katy1977
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Thanks so much ladies for explaining these things to me, I am learning so much here and am so grateful to have found this place. I bought the Hibiclens today and will have my daughter mix it with her fancy body washes she likes, also, since it is so drying, I may have her just use it every other day as I think was also suggested. I get so angry when I think of how the doctors, four all together that we saw, never mentioned things like not sharing soap, which we all were, razors, which I shared with my daughter unti recently when she got her new venus razor...

IamhealthyIhavefaith, I will buy this book, I saw this on another site, word for word I believe and it was $20 more, was going to ask on it on this forum, not knowing if it was just a rip off, but since you recommended this book I will buy it. I already knew about the tea tree oil, we have the pure tea tree oil that we had used awhile back to battle an attack of lice, and then I bought body wash with tea tree oil in it when my daughter got the MRSA, could we just add tea tree oil to regular body wash like we did the shampoo? I guess so, but would like to hear others opinions on that. Also, can I use regular honey, or does it have to be the manuca honey? Just wondering, since the manuca honey costs a lot more than the regular honey, but if I must get it I will, I'm willing to adjust my budget on other things to take care of this situation the best I can. Thanks again ladies, to you soon. Smile


11/03/2010 03:50 AM
cupie55
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Hello Again SO glad you are back,

Manuka honey has alot more healing properties than regular honey..I have seen it used right on the "boils" and them heal much faster than other things.I know its expensive but. you only use a little. Just to cover the site. I am sure someone will jump in to help you on that situation. Sweety, you are more then welcome. We are a chosen family we help one another.

Have a good rest of the week and Be safe.

HUGs to you and yours.

Penny


11/21/2010 03:57 PM
katy1977
katy1977  
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I did purchase this book www.Staph-Infection-Resources.com and have been reading it every day. I have been giving my daughter a multi vitamin everyday and also vitamin c. A couple of times a week I also give her odorless garlic tablets and must be more diligent with that. She has been putting the Silver Sol on her leg (she still has two small marks) and it is getting better, except I don't know how long these marks are supposed to stay around for. I keep telling her to eat less sugar and it's hard to control that since she's 15 and comes home with these huge sugar laden Arizona ice teas she buys at school. I have also started essential oil therapy in my home which is supposed to help too. Thanks again for all of your help, I will keep you posted. Stay safe and be blessed. Smile

Katy1977

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