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Alternative Treatments For Mrsa Infection
Retested area of mrsa infection showed negative. What else should I do? Should I also do nasal screen? Should I do nasal treatment and hibicleans?
Nothing.: If it's cleared, it's cleared. no more you should do. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
I am very afraid of mrsa infection. Had groin infection confirmed two weeks ago, finished treatment of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Am I a danger to family and spouse?
Not to worry: Probably your MRSA is already around your home and it's likely your spouse is already carrying it (from sharing a bed, etc). Maybe others in the house as well. But that's probably as far as it will go. It's normal to have staph on the skin, and mostly no infection results. You were unlucky, but that doesn't mean the others will be. MRSA is no more virulent than other staph, just harder to treat. ...Read more
What to do if my hubby had MRSA infection, 2month therapy with antibatics infused in arm. will it come back?
MRSA Recurrances: MRSA tends to frequently reoccur, even with adequate treatment. There are Carriers who have the bacteria, usually carried in the nose, without any symptoms. Even if this is treated if re-exposed to this bacteria it will again start growing on them and if they touch the contaminated part of their bodies it will potentially cause re-infection in themselves and others who they come in contact with ...Read more
Tick + MRSA =Maybe: Alea, I do not know for sure. We know mosquitos may transmit disease by feeding on multiple hosts. Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, 50% or more have some form of MRSA living on their skin. I think it more likely a tick might break the skin and allow entry and possible infection by the MRSA that was already living outside on the skin. ...Read more
MRSA: Mrsa is the abbreviation for methicillin resistant staph aureus. It is an infection with a bacteria that has figured out how to avoid being killed by usually effective antibiotics. Most mrsa, if you have a healthy immune system is curable. Here's a link to more info : http://www.Cdc.Gov/mrsa/. ...Read more
Yes: But it would not likely come from the bite itself. If it developed, it would mostly likely be due to the individual already being colonized with the MRSA before and getting a secondary infection. ...Read more
Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?
You may give to othe: If precautions are not taken more chances are others get infected than you, ( you are a carrier ) alert your doctor in the colonization bugs are co existing on your skin nose etc with out giving true infection to you , you should able to under go the procedure with minimum risk ...Read more
Yes: Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly. ...Read more
See doctor: Mrsa needs to be treated with appropriate antibiotics or it can spread or the infection can get worse. Antibiotics for MRSA include clindamycin, sulfa, minocycline, diclocallon, cephalosporins. For people who become reinvested the use of a second antibiotic the last three days Rifampin can help. Also use one cup of cloroxin a tub of water to decrease bacteria three tines a week. ...Read more
MRSA: Far more often than not, staph aureus in the urine is a result of staphylococci in the blood and should be addressed as such until proven otherwise. This organism can be extremely difficult to treat effectively and pregnancy does not make it easier. Strongly suggest you see an infectious diseases expert asap, and best wishes for a good outcome. Have a very good pediatrician for that great baby. ...Read more
Yes: The presence of boils or abscesses are common on drug users..But if a culture is performed and it shows MRSA then it is evidence of real infection. ...Read more
Once a person is infected with the MRSA infection and is treated, does that bacteria stays in the body forever?
Could use your help docs! 12 year old daughter of a friend has MRSA infection. Should i be worried for my kids and keep them away?
Not necesarily: The media has created a fervor over MRSA that is far from deserved.It has been around for quite a while ; accounts for the majority of minor pustules ; abscesses i see in my office.I see them weekly they respond to drainage or antibiotics. It is carried by animals ; people ; found on random surfaces.After a few days of rx the kid is no longer contagious.Any wound can become infected by this germ. ...Read more
What is there left to do when you have tried every single antibiotic for MRSA infection and it keeps coming back for the last 6 years?
Hygiene: Stop using antibiotics every time you get a cold. Stop smoking and eating fast food or processed food, have your nose cultures and treated if indicated. If you work in a nursing home get out. Start exercising heavily - it will help ur immune system and sweat out some of the bugs. ...Read more
Should sugar be avoided to control internal MRSA infection after abx? Does diet play a role and if so, what should I eat/add? Can i eat sugar again?
No.: If there is an infection, these are caused by bacteria. There are many types of bacteria. Staph aureus happens to be one of the most common organisms to infect skin and soft tissue. But, it doesn't have to be this. A wound culture taken by your doc can give you the answer, more importantly if the wound is infected you might need to be on an antibiotic or the wound drained. ...Read more
Dont scratch!: Hopefully youve seen a physician ; infection is being treated. Itching accompanies healing or inflammat'n. Scratching allows bacteria to colonize fingernails ; then the infection can be spread to other areas (may become a chronic carrier nose, rectum, fingernails). If area is red, hot, swollen, spreading or you have fever: see your doc. If it is healing cool compresses, PO antihistamines. ...Read more
Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, the flare, vancomycin, zygodactyl, or cubicin. Care takers whether in hospital or otherwise should follow contact precautions to avoid spread of infection.
Mrsa infection can occur in soft tissue infections, blood stream etc. Infections can be life threatening and serious. ...Read more
Varies: Symptoms will depend on the site of infection i.E, in the blood, in the skin, in the lungs etc..., skin infections may cause "boils", abscess, cellulitis( redness, edema, warmth to the skin), lungs infection may also progress into an abscess, fever, cough, pneumonia, in the blood, severe infection may cause low blood pressure, bleeding due to coagulopathy etc... ...Read more
No: 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). ...Read more
Any of them: This could lead to heart issues on the valves to severe infections in the lungs. The MRSA can cause issues with any system. Most common are skin infections as well. Good hand washing is a must. ...Read more
Spider bite: Typical br spider bite has a " target" look. Central necrosis, black, surrounding purple or dark red then pink or lighter red. Mrsa usually look hemorrhagic or marooning in color. But ultimately a spider bite can have MRSA in it. See your doctor so it can be treated quickly and effiecently. ...Read more
MRSA is common: MRSA is the most common cause of skin infections and likely comes and goes in many of us (living in the nostrils). It used to be isolated to health care facilities, but is now out and about in most communities. It is certainly NOT a death sentence, although in people with other diseases or immune system challenges, it can be harder to fight off and cause blood or lung infections. Wash hands!! ...Read more
Mrsa is a form of staph aureus that can come in 2 forms, community aquired and hospital acquired. The bacteria will be resistant to penicillins that are used to treat MRSA including methicillin and oxacillin. There can still be oral choices for treatment as long as the ...Read more