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Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #20 by linda mccafferty
Posted: March 5, 2010 at 01:29
Dear Jennifer , it's distressing to read your son is suffering sinus problems never mind mrsa aswell , i will give you the link for the USA/Canada site Jennifer as this is th UK one .......
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #21 by Tiffany
Posted: May 29, 2010 at 19:58
Hopefully Jennifer you come back to this web site. I was told by a world known ENT that once you have 2 sinus surgeries. all of the 'landmarks' are covered by scar tissue. I have had 4 and no one around will operate on me because it is so dangerous. so just a heads up, be careful. the positive tb can also be due to a allergic reaction. this happened to my sister (same situation as me) I have MRSA and pseudomonas and now have osteomylitis (bone infection). Finally i have an answer now im looking for the magic medicine. it is crazy that everyone has the same problems as me! My email is
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #22 by Pat
Posted: June 1, 2010 at 02:22
Reply #22 by Pat

My story is longer than all. I started off with sinus infection in
1981. I had my first surgery and contracted MRSA at the time. 11
surgeries later, I still have it. I had a very large window created
that allows me to drain it out. I expectorate a mass of infection
roughly once a week.
The Doctor's and there are many, said at the time I wouldn't live to
be old but I'm 56 now and generally doing very well. I have never had
vancomycin though and going to give it a try. I pray a miracle will

Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #23 by Anton
Posted: June 18, 2010 at 01:06
I was diagnosed with mrsa after months on other antibiotics. It has come back
two times. I wonder if it really goes away for good. I was in a motor vehicle
accident and suffered major trauma to my face. Since then I have had 15
operations on my sinuses. Ethmoids both sides, right maxillary and frontal
obliteration four times. I usually get about 2 infections a year, but this is the first
time it was mrsa. I irrigate with a saline solution thru a waterpick daily. I would
welcome any advice people mite have in getting over this, if I can get over it I've
been trying to get rid of the mrsa since last November and is getting to the point
of being a bit demoralizing. This last flare up I was treated with vancomycin thru
a nebulizer. But it came back in less than a week. Thank you for listening and
any advice you may have. Take care.
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #24 by linda mccafferty
Posted: June 20, 2010
Sorry to hear this Anton , i will give you the link to the USA/Canada forum as this is the UK forum ......
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #25 by tina
Posted: July 16, 2010 at 01:24
I have not yet been diagnosed with MRSA, however, I can attest to all of the above: the headaches, the horrible taste to the back of my throat, the drainage of my sinuses. The headaches are the worse. They started the same day a tooth was pulled from my upper jaw, way in the back of my mouth abouth 6 months ago. I've been to every Doctor imaginable and still no help. Tomorrow I go for a bone scan. I will insist on seeing an infectious disease doctor.

I can go on forever, however, I want to say that the pain, the headaches, the chest pains and stomach discomforts all started the day my tooth was pulled. Since that day I have been feeling confused and scared.

To no avail, the symptoms are chronic.

I have been using Ozone therapy to my sinuses. Ozone is nature's antibiotic. Without the Ozone, I can't say what would have been the outcome.

I have been feeling the area healing from my left ear around the back of my head to the top of my head where the pain seems to start. One doctor, an ENT, mentioned the possibility of an infection in my saggital sinus.

Good luck to all and please look into Ozone therapy. It gets attached to your shower and is used to bathe the sinuses.

Please contact for more information.

Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #26 by Myra Avery
Posted: July 28, 2010 at 04:11
I am asking a question for my aunt who has Mrsa. It is in her sinus cavity and they will operate on Friday. She also has stomach ulcers and is afraid that from the drainage she now has it in her stomach as her stomach is very sore. I'm very worried about her and don't have the knowledge to help her or giver her advice. What do I do? Who can I ask?
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #27 by Kathy Cagle
Posted: July 29, 2010 at 17:58
I have had 2 sinus surgeries. After the second in 2007, I developed MRSA in my sinuses. I was treated by breathing (with a special machine) directly into my sinuses with an antibiotic (that had to be refrigerated) 4 to 6 times a day for a month. I guess it just was hiding, never really gone, because I continued to get sinus infections every 6 to 10 weeks for several weeks at a time since the surgery in 2007. I just found out that I have MRSA again. But I don't know for how long I have had it. I am seeing a sinus specialist and he found the MRSA. I will receive new medicine tomorrow and see what happens. My biggest worry is that I am sole supporting and have to work. I have a very understanding boss but he is concerned about my working while having MRSA. Anyone have this problem?
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #28 by linda mccafferty
Posted: July 31, 2010
Kathy , here is the USA/Canada forum link as this is the UK forum ............
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #29 by SCBSANTIAGO
Posted: September 14, 2010 at 02:01
hi /anyone who can help/got mersa staff in sinus/horrible/there going to operate after 3courses of docsacillan/2x strength septra to no avail .i m scared to death ugly/smelling things that i can only say are frightin to me comiin out of rt sinus/seeing floaters now with flashes of lightning in rt eye gawd this is really the worse any help out there ...??? IM STARTING A NEW ANTIBIOTIC TOMORROW its called zyvox>>>ANY GOOD RESULTS DESPERATE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #30 by Debra
Posted: October 6, 2010 at 07:14
My mother had staph in her sinuses. She has been on antibiotics & breathing treatments for 6 months. It cost $200 every 3 weeks & she has good insurance.She is really getting frustrated. She has not been told it is MRSA. I hope this will be over soon & I know she does too.
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #31 by linda mccafferty
Posted: October 7, 2010
SCBSANTIAGO & Debra here is the USA/Canada forum link as this is the UK forum you will recieve better information/advice there as our healthcare is diffrent here in the UK ...............
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #32 by Lynne
Posted: January 8, 2011 at 22:24
Mayo Clinic was doing a study of recurrent sinus infections a couple of years ago. Their Ear/nose/ and throat dept might have some good info. The clinic maintains a web site and you could contact them through that.
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #33 by chrissy
Posted: February 18, 2011 at 15:19
my problem is i had surgerey over 1 yr ago, when i go to dr and hosp they always put me on isolation and they put there protecting gears on it make me feel dirty...will the sinus mrsa can it come back and how do i know
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #34 by linda mccafferty
Posted: February 21, 2011 at 23:32
Chrissy , the reason you are being isolated in a room everytime you are admitted to hospital is because you are either infectious or a carrier it is not because you are dirty should never ever feel that way .
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #35 by brenda
Posted: July 2, 2011 at 22:19
I had DCR surgery on my left eye and
got mrsa in the drinage hole they
created by drilling a hole thru the
bone in my nose. Now the suspect it has
gone to the bone in my nose and am
being sent to UNC. It is very pain ful
and bleeds amd drains all the time. Has
anyone ever heard of this and how they
might treat it.

Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #36 by pat whitaker
Posted: August 13, 2011 at 22:44
I just read all of the posts. I got MRSA from a 2008 sinus surgery and have been really sick for almost a year now. I now have a PICC line in and am receiving Daptomycin daily. I am insisting that I get a full 6 week course of treatment, eventhough my doctor wanted to stop after 10 days. My advice to everyone out there would be to get yourselves to an infectious disease doctor for treatment ASAP. If I had stuck with my Ent, I would probably being having more useles surgery, and more oral antibiotics right now. After 2 weeks of IV treatment, I can think again and am returning to all of my old activities with vigor. It has really given me hope that I can get my life back. The literature I have read has convinced me that oral antibiotics don't really get through the mucosa of the sinuses, and that's why the damn thing keeps coming back, even with repeated doses of medication. Good luck to everyone out there suffering with this. I understand. This is a serious disease and needs the attention of an infectious disease doctor. By the way, I first got that piece of advice on this blog, and am so glad I took the time to follow it. I never would have thought of it myself.
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #37 by Marin
Posted: November 4, 2011 at 06:17
I am recovering from my 4th sinus surgery of just 10 weeks ago. I had it done by Dr Roy Casiano from University of Miami. I think he did a great job, I haven't breathed this well in years. I took Bactrim 3 weeks after the surgery, then Avelox for 2 weeks and Clindamycin for 2 weeks with bactroban sinus rinses mixed with saline in a neilmed bottle. They thought that I would be merely "colonized" after finishing all that but the green, sticky/gooey nasal drainage returned right away. I cultured positive for MRSA yesterday and I am devastated. I think this MRSA has been there a long time. I started having this problem 3 years ago and averaged surgery every 9 months since the end of 2008. Now I have to choose between taking Zyvox orally 600mg twice a day with Rifampin 300mg twice daily for 2 to 4 weeks or taking IV vancomycin for 4 -6 weeks. I have an appt set up to see a local infection specialist....I am worried and fearful my sinus problems will never go away and that this MRSA will return if they do manage to get rid me of it with either of these choices. I feel like a walking bag of disease like leprosy. Can anyone tell me if this Zyvox is the a answer to my prayers? Which should I take? Will I ever be MRSA free? I am freaked out about this!
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #38 by Annette
Posted: December 21, 2011 at 07:19
Since September 2010, I have had 2 sinus surgeries. I had been on oral antibiotics since about 3 months or more prior to the first surgery with no relief. Up until October of this year, I have been on various oral antibiotics. My last surgery was in July of this year. I continued to have the infections. Even though I had asked the ent to culture several times...he never did. He finally sent me to an infectious disease doctor at the end of august. I just finished 6 weeks of Iv antibiotics.. 2 weeks of vancomycin, 2 weeks of daptomycin and the final 2 of televancin and zosyn. They finished the last on wednesday. I was very sure that I took all doses as prescribed too... By sunday morning the symptoms were worse than ever. On monday I went to a different ent who repeated cultures, ordered ct and immune system testing>> Will this stuff ever end. What else should I do.,
Re: Re-occuring MRSA infection in Sinuses
Reply #39 by Beth Anna
Posted: January 19, 2012 at 06:58
I think everyone is rather confused about MRSA. It is simply a term that means "antibiotic resistant." There are no actual chemical properties identifying it as an isolated agent. Everyone is now colonized with MRSA, but the majority of the population has immune systems that battle's it appropriately so it never surfaces or becomes apparent. However, if your immune system is seriously comprised, naturally this fight is not overcome. In the case of the sinus cavity, if there is malfunction that does not allow the sinuses to drain properly, MRSA can take over in those areas. Surgery may fix this problem if the malfunction is structural. But if you are like me and your cilia have completely died due to injury, there will always be MRSA. This does not spread anywhere in the body, it is there, but it is being killed off. I had surgery to have my sinuses drain easier and am on a good regimen. Good doctors and surgeons will explain that MRSA is a common condition that can be treatable, not curable, but dealt with accordingly.
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