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Chronic Bacteria infections

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2009
  • 10:37 PM

My husband has been experiencing recurring bacterial infections which form abcesses requiring surgery in his right calf and foot. He has been hospitalized 5 times now since July 08 (most recently last week). On one occasion he became septic and developed abcesses in his left hand and foot. He does not have diabetes and is not HIV positive.

The bacteria which is growing are citrobacter freundii, klebsiella pneumoniae and escherichia coli. The doctors have done several CT's of his abdomen and see no visible bowel leaks and he has no problem "passing food". He has not had any abcesses on his abdomen or buttock so they have ruled out any leaks from the bowels.

He was taking Raptiva (immunosuppressant) for several years and then was changed over to Enbrel (immunosuppressant) for 6 months before the first sign of infection. At that point all immunosuppressants have been stopped.

He has been on several antibiotics (oral and IV) which do seem to clear up the infections (after surgery) however, within 10-14 days of stopping the antibiotics the infections reappear.

The doctors are at a loss. Most feel it is immunological and that his body just can't fight the microbes of bacteria entering his skin through even hair folicles. Others feel it could be microscopic bowel leaks somehow making it's way to the extremities.

I would just like a diagnosis so we know how to prevent these in the future.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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  • My husband has been experiencing recurring bacterial infections which form abcesses requiring surgery in his right calf and foot. He has been hospitalized 5 times now since July 08 (most recently last week). On one occasion he became septic and developed abcesses in his left hand and foot. He does not have diabetes and is not HIV positive.The bacteria which is growing are citrobacter freundii, klebsiella pneumoniae and escherichia coli. The doctors have done several CT's of his abdomen and see no visible bowel leaks and he has no problem "passing food". He has not had any abcesses on his abdomen or buttock so they have ruled out any leaks from the bowels.He was taking Raptiva (immunosuppressant) for several years and then was changed over to Enbrel (immunosuppressant) for 6 months before the first sign of infection. At that point all immunosuppressants have been stopped. He has been on several antibiotics (oral and IV) which do seem to clear up the infections (after surgery) however, within 10-14 days of stopping the antibiotics the infections reappear.The doctors are at a loss. Most feel it is immunological and that his body just can't fight the microbes of bacteria entering his skin through even hair folicles. Others feel it could be microscopic bowel leaks somehow making it's way to the extremities.I would just like a diagnosis so we know how to prevent these in the future.Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!I cannot offer a diagnosis but I can say that plant extracts and essential oils have proven to be more powerful when dealing with antibiotic resistant infections and virus's.There are so many of them that work and they pose little risk and can be taken in conjunction with other antibiotics.Some plant oils should not be taken orally so an extract may be the better option. For an example St Johns wart extract, Licorice root extract, Devil's Club extract and Black Walnut Hull capsules are all great at fighting infections .Two other things can be used as wellTea tree oil is very very powerful at fighting infections externally it is also very safe and used in many toothpastes and shampoos to kill bacteria. If the wound is closed well and it has been at least 48 hours since the surgery then you could apply the tea tree oil using gauze not cotton while wearing sterile gloves. The tea tree oil should not be a 100% extract but should be diluted with alcohol it is sold both ways .I have suffered from horrible abscesses for 15 years and I have never had to go to an ERbecause once I have drained it the tea tree oil dry's it up and prevents other invaders from getting in like staph. It is a dry oil so I often soak gauze and use medical tape to secure it against the wound.Astragulus - It is not a antiviral or antibiotic but it helps the body to fight infections.It is called an adaptogen and anti-inflammatory. It is safe and has been consumed as a food for thousands of years by the Chinese. It is also safe for children. It is often used by people suffering from Chronic diseases like HIV, Chrohn's and herpes. Dr Andrew Wyle recommends this often above all other natural medicines. Adult three times per day •Fluid extract (1:1) in 25% ethanol: 2 - 4 mL, three times a day •Powdered root: 500 - 1,000 mg, three or four times per day •Ointment: 10% astragalus applied to surface of wound. Do apply to open wound without your doctor's supervision. •Tincture (1:5) in 30% ethanol: 3 - 5 mL, three times a day
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    • November 14, 2009
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