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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is c-diff, cellulitis and mrsa related?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Warlick
26 years experience
Yes: Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin. If you have a break/cut in skin you might get infection from mrsa. Cdiff is a different bacteria that might live in your colon. When you take antibiotics for another infection like cellulitis, you can kill off good bacteria in your colon that keeps cdiff in check and allow it more "housing space" to thrive and cause infection.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
37 years experience
Not necessarily: You can have an infection ie cellulitis caused by mrsa. Take antibiotics to cure the MRSA that may lead to an alteration in the normal bacteria in the colon causing a c-diff infection.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are celluitis, c-diff and MRSA related?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Somewhat: Mrsa can cause cellulitis. The antibiotics you take for cellulitis or to treat MRSA infection can cause c. Difficile overgrowth disease.

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