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What causes a reaccurring mrsa staph infection? how can you prevent it?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Not known for sure: Some people get recurrent MRSA infections. Certain people carry MRSA on their skin , nails, and/or in their noses. (colonized), considered to be MRSA "carriers" and may be more likely to get infections. There is not enough data to recommend specific treatments that get rid of colonized mrsa. Some prescribe topical, intranasal, or systemic antimicrobial agents to patients with recurrent mrsa.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Colonization: Many people who have MRSA infections are colonized with this bacteria in the nares and in areas of the skin especially in the axillae, groins and perianal areas. Colonization can be transient or prolonged. In many cases colonization can be eradicated by topical treatment ie. Mupirocin ointment and hibiclens soap sometimes combined with oral antibiotics such as Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can one prevent a staph infection?

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Proper hygiene: The best way to prevent a staph infection is through proper, frequent handwashing, and hygiene. If someone in the household has had an infection, make sure everything is properly washed and sterilized. Towels should not be reused. Bedding and clothing should be washed. Surfaces should be cleaned with bleach or lysol. If you have expereienced recurrent infxn, nasal Mupirocin is also helpful.
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What to do for staph infection that might be mrsa?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Get medical care: At minimum you will need antibiotics. Physician can assess and treat properly. Do not wait.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What causes rid of a staph infection?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Staph: By giving antibiotic that the staph is sensitive to , if the skin/nostril is colonized by staph, good hygiene and the use of local antibiotic to the nostril ( mupirocin/bactroban) can help.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What could be causing my golden staph infection?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Staph aureus: This organism was originally named because it produced golden colored colonies on the agar plates on which it was grown. It was subsequently shown that color of colonies was not a species determinant and the production of coagulase was the identifying factor. Without knowing what kind of infection you have it is impossible to know how you got it, but many of us have s. Aureus in our nose & skin.

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