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Mrsa in the bloodstream dangers

A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Rarely: Very elderly and immunosuppressed patients can have severe infections without fever. This rarely occurs in immunocompetent young patients. Symptoms... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
If : If you are having those symptoms and have mrsa, then you must get an immediately evaluation. Fever, dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pain wit... Read More
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
A Verified Doctoranswered
40 years experience
Mrsa: Possibly. You need to go to the ER right away for an evaluation with blood work and a chest xray.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 21 years experience
From skin: Mrsa is a type of staff aureus bacteria that is resistant to the penicillin type antibiotics. Staff aureus lives on everyone and usually just hangs o... Read More
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Line or skin: Mrsa (like all staph aureus) lives on the skin, so anything that breaks the integrity of the skin (be it a cut/scrape or an IV line) can introduce it ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Not specifically: You can actually be asymptomatic and have MRSA bacteremia (bacteria in blood). This organism can produce infection in all organ systems. If you thin... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Many: Symptoms may include fever, chills, if the infection is severe, hypotension may occur, bleeding due diseminated coagulation problems ( dic); however, ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 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 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Tressler
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: It is possible for MRSA to enter your bloodstream through a break in the skin and go almost anywhere in the body.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
No: Mrsa need not produce clinically relevant changes at the site of inoculation for it to travel either through the bloodstream or lymphatics to other ar... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 17 years experience
Generally no. : Coronary artery disease is narrowing of the feeding vessels to the heart, with risk factors that include smoking, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saul Hymes
pediatrics - Infectious Disease 16 years experience
It depends: Many people have a skin infection or even just colonization with MRSA and it never reaches their bloodstream. Some can have a simple skin infection an... Read More
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