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A 25-year-old female asked:

My nose is peeling and under it is raw red skin is that mrsa or a cold sore? i am a nurse

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Culture: The only way you can identify MRSA is with a culture. You should see a dermatologist for a specific diagnosis. Certainly, a culture will identify if a bacterial organism is present and what antibiotic is specific for it.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
First decide if it is infection or something else. A significant % of normal people will culture staph.
Jun 10, 2014
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Probably neither: You will benefit from a diagnosis. Possibly you are reacting to something you have used there such as peroxide or alcohol or Bacitracin or neosporin, etc. When you go to the dermatologist, bring everything you have used. Avoid scrubbing.
Dr. Ayyaz Shah
Dermatology 27 years experience
Red Skin: Without performing cultures (viral and bacterial), it is difficult to say with 100% certainty. It would be best to get to a qualified provider who is able to perform a Tzanck smear and that would clinch the diagnosis immediately. Cultures may take days to get results back.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
culture of staph is VERY common from people with perfectly normal skin. First make a diagnosis, then do a culture if indicated.
Jun 10, 2014

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