A 21-year-old member asked:
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if i have had a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa) infection or been told that i carry mrsa, am i at high risk for developing a serious mrsa infection if i get seasonal influenza?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
20 years experience Infectious Disease
It is possible: Not all patients with a history of MRSA have problems after influenza. It is very important to inform your doctor if you experience a relapse of symptoms after influenza.Early recognition & proper treatment of MRSA is crucial in avoiding serious complications.#1 is prevention of influenza with vaccine, hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Severe MRSA infection without a prior history of MRSA is possible.
Answered on Jan 13, 2020
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Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Possible: It might happen but it might not.
Answered on May 15, 2016
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Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
See below: If you are a nasal MRSA carrier you would be at increased risk for MRSA pneumonia complicating a case of influenza. In many cases colonization can be eradicated by topical treatment ie. Mupirocin ointment and hibiclens soap shower and shampoo, sometimes combined with oral antibiotics such as Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).
Answered on Jan 13, 2020

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