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Is a staph infection the same as mrsa

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Not always.: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. Methicillin is a type of penicillin. Many species of staph bacteria are resistant to some forms of... Read More
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No: It means that penicillin and Ampicillin do not work but the anti staph penicillins like methicillin and cephalosporins do.

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Yes: If a boil or abscess is present a specimen of the drainage or pus can be sent to the lab and a culture of the organisms is made. If staph aureus is gr... Read More
Dr. Emily Szewczyk
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab id... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
B sure & don't fus : Many people have mrsa, u r exposed 2 it every day from just being around people in general. The reason there is a false stigma placed on those who hav... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Real infection?: Many people have MRSA living on their skin without causing any problems or ever invading. There are a variety of different MRSA strains, and it's a ba... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Get medical care: At minimum you will need antibiotics. Physician can assess and treat properly. Do not wait.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Davis
Specializes in Family Medicine
Culture: A sample needs to be sent to a lab for testing to see which antibiotics successfully kill the bacteria. Mrsa means methicillin resistant staph aureus... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Mrsa, a type of stap: Mrsa is a type of staph that is drug resistant. Staph/mrsa can cause a variety of things. Commonly, skin infections/boils. They can get into the blo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contamin... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: MRSA in not the plague or rare or as bad as many make it out to be. It can be found as the cause of most simple abscesses or pustules seen by doctors ... Read More