|Our story is long and includes plenty of pain, heartache and frustration. However, for the
purpose of this website, I will focus only on our recovery.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with a CA-MRSA infection, just 2 months
after the birth of my second child. As I learned about MRSA, I realized
that I had several MRSA infections previously but was not properly
diagnosed nor properly treated. To my dismay, I found many stories
of recurrent infections even with so-called proper treatment. My
current infection manifested as cellulitis, a deep tissue infection in
my armpit. I also had body aches, malaise and an intermittent fever.
I was fearful that I’d have to stop nursing my baby girl or, even worse,
that I might infect my kids or not live long enough to raise them.
I went to a prominent Infectious Disease Doctor (IDD) who prescribed
several months of Clindamycin, a powerful antibiotic, along with Hibiclens baths and topical
Bactroban (mupirocin). I decided against using Hibiclens or Bactroban but reluctantly took
the antibiotic due to the severity of my symptoms. Since I knew that drugs are passed in
breast milk, I was very concerned. During my late night research, I read about garlic's
immune-building properties and allicin, a compound that is formed when fresh garlic is
crushed. I found very promising clinical research about a stable form of allicin called *******.
I ordered it and began taking it at the same time as my antibiotics. All my research about
antibiotics pointed to the likelihood of side effects and even the possibility of re-infection with
a stronger form of Staph. or another superbug (C-Diff).
So, after only 2 weeks on Clindamycin, I decided to go off of it and handle
my infection naturally. My family was understandably concerned but I felt
this was the best route for us. Over the next few weeks, my armpit
looked better every day. During the months that followed, I experienced
only two very minor and easily controlled outbreaks of blisters on my
wrist (see our "Photos"page). They were so small, they looked like
fleabites and disappeared within a day or two. I continued taking a
carefully monitored oral dose of liquid ******* and using the gel topically
as needed. I felt better than I had in a long time.
Unfortunately, my infant girl began showing signs of MRSA one month later. She was only
FOUR MONTHS OLD. Her infection progressed rapidly, manifesting as blisters and boils
(furunculosis) mainly on her legs. Her infection moved so fast that I could practically watch
reassurance from my ******* consultant (along with the threat of a
hospital admission from a nurse at the ped IDD), I began giving her
******* orally. I noticed significant improvement after only five days.
Within ten days, her boils healed over completely. At our first appt,
the Pediatric IDD was surprised to see her in such good condition.
He confirmed that it was MRSA and recommended bleach baths.
He did not seem surprised when we respectfully declined.
Our story didn't end there. Before MRSA, we believed that we ate a
very healthy diet. That all changed when, 6 months later, our baby girl had a major allergic
reaction nearing anaphylactic shock. We had been making small changes in our diet due to
having MRSA but it was clear that more drastic changes needed to be made. Although she
no longer got boils, she had eczema and red patches on her skin.
She was still nursing so both of us needed to make the changes.
No milk, beef or dairy, no wheat or white flour, no gluten, no corn,
no soy, no peanuts, no shellfish, no tree nuts, and much more.
I learned about traditional cooking, elimination and rotational diets.
The combination worked and her eczema disappeared. I believe
my daughter 's MRSA infection was directly related to food and environment issues.
I now realize that, prior to my official MRSA diagnosis, I had symptoms dating back
approximately 3 years. This included nose sores, sinus odor, recurrent sinus infections, ear
pain, several bouts of mastitis (breast infections while nursing), and a minor finger wound
that became severely infected. Today, I’m not only symptom free but I'm also officially de-
colonized. Medical de-colonization methods are risky and often unsuccessful so I decided to
swab my nose with ******* for a few weeks to see what would happen. My IDD seemed
surprised and delighted when my nose culture came back negative (she even called me on
After we recovered without conventional treatments, I wanted to shout it from the mountain
top! Well, it wasn't as easy as I thought. Many people (including doctors) just didn't want to
hear about it. My bubble was burst. Night after night I lay awake thinking about all the
research I had done. It had been so difficult to find comprehensive information about
MRSA. I wanted other people to be able to find everything in one place. Enter www.
MRSAsupportgroup.org. It is a labor of love and I hope you find help within these pages.
2013 UPDATE: We are still doing great! I'm happy to report the birth of our third child who
is incredibly healthy and strong. My "baby" is currently 2, my girl who had MRSA is now 5,
and my oldest is 8yrs old.
for His purpose. Also, somewhere out there is an unknown person who posted their
struggle with MRSA. Like me, he had painful boils in his armpit. MRSA then went into his
spine even after many rounds of antibiotics. It helped me realize what I was dealing with and
started me on my journey. Thank you my unknown friend... I hope and pray that you have
|the boils get bigger minute by minute. I made an appointment with a
Pediatric IDD but the earliest appointment was 2 weeks away. At first, I
tried to only treat her topically with the *******. It made the boils open and
drain but, otherwise, she did not get better and new sites started to pop
up (more pics on our "Photos" page. Finally, after continued