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is mrsa in the nose contagious

A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
MRSA: Your husband is not likely to be "contagious" to others. The primary purpose of nasal screening is to demonstrate that he is colonized with this organ ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience Hospital-based practice
Use HealthTap Prime: to discuss this complex situation or TTYD. Usually MRSA is diagnosed by a nasal swab. Most of the time, MRSA in the nose is a carrier state & not ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
The : The most important thing for her to do is practice good hygiene. Hand washing is key! to answer your question, yes she can cause infection in another ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dinhofer
40 years experience Radiology
Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
MRSA: This organism is transferred to others hand to nose to hand to nose and not casually through the air.
A female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
MRSA: Not directly but people that have infection with MRSA often are carrying the organism on multiple places in and on their bodies. For exams it is commo ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
People do: I do not know percentages. If there is a concern, the nostril can be swabbed and tested. If found positive, it can be treated with a topical antibioti ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Carrier state: The inner lining of the nose is a common breeding ground for germs. The moisture supports the water needs and any drainage feeds them. The human tende ... Read More
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Strep lives there: Streptococcus bacteria normally live in the nose; unfortunately you have a resistant strain of strep. There are specialized antibiotics (pills or nas ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: If you colonize MRSA in your ear, touch it, and touch somebody else, they can colonize mrsa.

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