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A 25-year-old male asked:

Will applying antibacterial ointment and cleaning a suspected bacterial or impetigo infection with soap cause a potential false positive on a bacterial test/swab for it or mrsa?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No. Treatment sounds fine. If improving, keep it up for 5-7 days
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
The actions you described would not cause a false positive MRSA culture result. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV and Covid vaccines. Wish you good health!
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Last updated Sep 7, 2021

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