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Author Topic: MRSA staph infection (carbuncles)  (Read 279 times)

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Offline brenner

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MRSA staph infection (carbuncles)
« on: April 16, 2015, 04:14:27 AM »
Hi everyone, just needed some advise.  For the past 3 years, I have had 3 really large boils (armpit, neck and perianal) that were really painful and needed to be surgically drained.  The last 2 tested positive for MRSA.  I am so terrified of getting another one in the future.  If any of you have experienced this, what works for you?
I am doing a week long cleansing with nasal bactroban, hibiclens and antibacterial mouth rinses....
CD4's are at 724 and still UD.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline Jeff G

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  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: MRSA staph infection (carbuncles)
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2015, 08:47:58 AM »
MRSA infections are very common and with your good numbers its clear that HIV is not the cause or a factor in you acquiring the infection . Just keep an eye on your body just like everyone else should be doing HIV or not .

Offline Ac75088

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Re: MRSA staph infection (carbuncles)
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2015, 02:36:27 PM »
I'm being treated for one as we speak..last week I had a bad boil on my calf..hurt so bad I was limping..Got it drained (I passed out during That..I'm squeamish) and I'm on bactrim

Offline koksi

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Re: MRSA staph infection (carbuncles)
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2015, 03:13:47 PM »
I have had a serious problem with MRSA-related boils for the last few months.  (Incidentally, or perhaps not, I was also hospitalised for 8 days with MRSA pneumonia in January.)  I went through cycle of antibiotics for the last outbreak of boils -- there were many, they were excruciatingly painful, a few have left scars on the back of my thigh -- and then they seemed to clear up after the antibiotics.  I wash my whole body with Hibiclens twice a day or so, I wash my hands constantly, fresh towels, etc.  I disinfect the affected area with alcohol wipes.  Anyway, a new boil appeared last week in the same spot, on my thigh.  So now I'm terrified of another outbreak, and of possibly a future 'chronic' problem.  The pain is so great I find myself limping.

Honestly, the physical pain of a bad boil is the worst pain I have ever endured.  But then because of this pain, I feel I have an almost traumatising or phobic psychological response at the thought of further boils in the future. I'm terrified of them, they are so painful.

Is there not some way to manage these things better?  Why *don't* antibiotics work against them?  Please let there be an answer somewhere.  Please help.  Someone.
seroconversion in March of 2006
positive test May 2006

10/2013: Undetectable, CD4 1000
2009:  Began Atripla

10/2007:  VL 2,300 // no CD4 numbers! :-(
09/2007:  Begin Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
08/2007:  VL 824,000 // CD4 344 // 21%
06/2007:  VL 326,000 // CD4 351 // 17%
04/2007:  VL 410,000 // CD4 242 // 26%
06/2006:  VL 444,893 // CD4 479 // 21%
05/2006:  VL >500K    // CD4 402 // 17%


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