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My daughter has mrsa she has not had any symptoms in over a year but now her grandma's doctor says that my daughter gave her a regular staph infection?

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Dr. Oscar Novick answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

That is a possibility, especially if your daughter has open sores or impetigo of the skin. Another source of contamination would be a runny nose with a mucoid discharge.

Answered Jun 2, 2018

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

People can have a MRSA infection but they don't carry it forever like hiv. Treatment eliminates the germ.Staph is present everywhere in the environment and more than 70% of the abscess i see are community acquired mrsa, while 30% are not. Her grandma could easily get staph from her environment, and why her doc accused your child of bringing it to her is beyond me.

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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Dr. Keith Ramsey answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine

Mrsa is everywhere, on everything. It is not possible to say where grandma got it from. Maybe she gave it to your daughter a year ago. It is one of the most frequent skin infections we see in the office. We don't even try to figure out who gave it to whom.

Answered Dec 2, 2017

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