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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mrsa (Definition)

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a certain strain of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics. It most commonly causes skin infections and abscesses, ...Read more


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I keep getting mrsa, and i'm allergic to most antibiotics that treat it, what should I do?

I keep getting mrsa, and i'm allergic to most antibiotics that treat it, what should I do?

See below: There are two options. 1) use antibiotics that are effective against MRSA (there are several now) and that you're not allergic to. 2) get desensitization therapy to one of the antibiotics you are allergic to. This is done in a controlled ICU setting under the direction of an intensivist and allergist. ...Read more

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Do i need to treat my minor, reoccurring MRSA lesions with an antibiotic? Currently using hibiclens and antibacterial soap. Currently treating the MRSA lesions with hibiclens and dial antibacterial soap. Letting the lesions drain and keeping them covered.

Do i need to treat my minor, reoccurring MRSA lesions with an antibiotic? Currently using hibiclens and antibacterial soap. Currently treating the MRSA lesions with hibiclens and dial antibacterial soap. Letting the lesions drain and keeping them covered.

No.: Firstly, do you know that you have mrsa, have you had a wound culture? If not you cannot assume that you have mrsa. If you do have a positive culture then the MRSA will show a sensitivity to a specific antibiotic. Most skin infections will clear without antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should I use mupriocin to treat a superficial MRSA infection on the underarm? Should I use mupriocin oinment under a bandaid or get a perscription for an oral antibiotic? I noticed it two days ago but it is not yet to point that it needs drained. Will mup

First : First of all, not all skin infections are staphlococcal, not all staphlococcal infections are mrsa. Mrsa is short for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staphlococcus bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. As with all regular staphlococal infections, recognizing the signs and receiving treatment for skin infections in the early stages reduces the chances of the infection becoming severe. Staph infections of the skin appear as a bump or infected area and may also be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch. If there is evidence of liquid underneath, or a head, it may be full of pus and will need to be drained. If accompanied by a fever or red streaks around the skin, this may be evidence of spread. Mupirocin is used as a topical treatment for localized bacterial skin infections, including treatment of mrsa. But with all "superficial" infections, except for minor redness, pain or light drainage, if any of the other symptoms listed above are found, you should see your physician for consideration for a systemic, either oral or injection antibiotic. ...Read more

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I know Cipro is a broad spectrum antibiotic killing gram neg. & pos. bacteria. What are the most common infections does it treat? & does it kill MRSA

I know Cipro is a broad spectrum antibiotic killing gram neg. & pos. bacteria. What are the most common infections does it treat?  & does it kill MRSA

Not good for MRSA.: Cipro is a fluroquinolone (FQ) drug that is mostly used for Gram neg. infections that affect the GI tract, bladder, & some special infections that affect the head, neck, & respiratory tract. While it is effective againt some special, unusual Gram pos. bacteria, it does a poor job against Staph (like MRSA) or Strep. In fact, some evidence shows MORE nasal penetration by Staph when pts take FQ Abx. ...Read more

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Can MRSA spread from one spot on your body to another while being treated with antibiotics? Can you cross contaminate yourself?

Can MRSA spread from one spot on your body to another while being treated with antibiotics? Can you cross contaminate yourself?

MRSA Can spread: Yes. Especially if the antibiotics are not sensitive to the MRSA infection. If you are getting worse on antibiotics this is an emergency. People die from mrsa. You need to show or tell your medical provider if you are worsening. ...Read more

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Is MRSA treated with antibiotics contagious?

MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more