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Can You Get Mrsa From A Patient Just Being Around Them
What happens if the only two medications that are used to treat MRSA cause an allergic reaction in the patient, what would be the next step?
Consult: I would recommend referral to infection diseases doctor and allergist to check for IgE or non IgE mediated allergy to the antibiotics. ...Read more
I took care of a patient whose leg was oozing and a little bloody, It rubbed on my scrubs. The patient has MRSA. What should I do about my scrubs?
Wash them.: MRSA is spread by contact, but as you already recognize, not everyone who is contacted will develop skin lesions of MRSA. Immunocompetent individuals are not at risk of contracting significant MRSA related disease, but may serve as carriers to spread the disease to someone less fortunate. ...Read more
Can inhaling Tobramycin kill MRSA ? I am a pedi trach patient. Will it kill Kleb Oxytoca that is ESBL?
Tobi (tobramycin) Nebs: Inhaled tobi (tobramycin) is used mainly to reduce pseudomonas colonization in cf. As noted, it is not active against gram positives like staph (mrsa or not). Kleb may be suceptible, but is not usually treated in this way. Kids with trachs grow a lot of organisms; agree that sorting out "infection" from "colonizer" is key. Both MRSA and kleb are often found in cultures but may not be the specific problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my patient with MRSA, who sucks on her fingers, whacked my mouth with her wet fingers.. could I contract it too?
Infection vs coloniz: Rather complicated question. 1st, MRSA is everywhere. 90% of hospitals can find MRSA on a surface somewhere if you take enough swabs. 2nd, MRSA colonization (on the skin) doesn't mean "contracting" an infection (symptoms). MRSA has to bypass skin & get into the blood. (An open cut or wound from her "whacking" can do it). Lastly, your immune system plays a role. Some are susceptible; others aren't. ...Read more
Patient has active MRSA infection since surgery 1 month ago. Surgeon wants to set the fracture with titanium next week. Won't this aggravate the mrsa?
Can happen: Possible to develop recurrent MRSA infection at some point in the future after having had MRSA infection at a different site on your body. There is some evidence that a patient who has community-type MRSA infection is more likely to have recurrent skin infection than a patient who had a non-MRSA staph infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
UsuallyBenign But...: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs, non-res dom. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly commensal bacteria, but reality not c/w marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. Can be bad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
From skin: Mrsa is a type of staff aureus bacteria that is resistant to the penicillin type antibiotics. Staff aureus lives on everyone and usually just hangs out on the skin and nice warm moist spots like groin arm pits nose if the bacteria gets access to the blood stream like a bad skin infection or less commonly a cut on the skin it can get to blood stream and cause a blood infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clean, not sterilize: Mrsa is spread from person to person; bedspreads and surfaces in you home can harbor bacteria for a long time. You can not "sterilize" your home the way hospitals sterilize medical equipment. Cleaning compounds will clean surfaces, and soap and water are effective for personal hygiene.Your doctor may prescribe medications to decrease MRSA bacteria if you become infected. Pets can carry mrsa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No one knows...: The answer lies in understanding how MRSA can cause skin infections. Mrsa can be on the skin for a long time, and not cause an infection unless it has an opportunity to get past the outer layer of the skin- it is only then that MRSA can begin to cause disease that manifests as symptoms. Situations that allow MRSA to do that includes nicks when razoring, ingrown hair, scratch.. ...Read more
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