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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Infection (Definition)

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


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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?

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.

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What to do if my hubby had MRSA infection, 2month therapy with antibatics infused in arm. Will it come back?

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

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Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

No: A MRSA infection is like any other bacterial infection, just a fairly virulent bacteria with more resistance to antibiotics. Until a vaccine is made for it, an infection from MRSA confers no immunity.

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Can a tick cause MRSA infection?

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.

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Can you please define MRSA infection, and is it curable?

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/.

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Can you get an MRSA infection from being bitten by a brown recluse?

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.

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Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?

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

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Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

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.

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I have a MRSA infection on my knee, what shoud I do?

I have a MRSA infection on my knee, what shoud I do?

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.

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36 wk pregnant with MRSA infection in my urine. Help?

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.

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Mrsa infection and oral surgery for wisdom is that harmful?

Please clarify: If you have an active MRSA infection it is best to get that treated before you have oral surgery. If you had oral surgery and develop MRSA infection, you should also get that treated right away. Mrsa is curable.

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What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

Similar: Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to some of the common anti-staph drugs, such as methicillin and cephalosporins.

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Can MRSA infection be faked by a drug addict to obtain pain pills?

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.

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Once a person is infected with the MRSA infection and is treated, does that bacteria stays in the body forever?

Once a person is infected with the MRSA infection and is treated, does that bacteria stays in the body forever?

Sometimes: Sometimes, if your immunity is low, you may harbor MRSA especially in the nasal cavity. Then you are called a carrier of the infection. Usually it can be treated with Mupirocin ointment.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

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.

Dr. William O'Connor
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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (Definition)

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