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Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis: Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound care. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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My 9 y/o has had a pimple on his nose for 3 days. How can I tell if it is a pimple or skin infection like MRSA?

My 9 y/o has had a pimple on his nose for 3 days.  How can I tell if it is a pimple or skin infection like MRSA?

Pimple: A staph infection (MRSA) will cause increased redness spreading from the initial lesion, swelling, and a possible abscess under the skin (a pus pocket). If it is small and not spreading, the chance of a MRSA infection is much less. ...Read more

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Would steroid cream or steroids help or hurt a MRSA skin infection? Can i assume if steroids worked it's not mrsa?

NO !!: If you truly have a MRSA infection, antibiotics may the best pathway for healing. Steroids can make things worse. You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and make the correct treatment. ...Read more

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I am taking doxycycline for a possible MRSA skin infection, and about 2 hours after taking it, I am vomiting. Am i absorbing the medication?

I am taking doxycycline for a possible MRSA skin infection, and about 2 hours after taking it, I am vomiting. Am i absorbing the medication?

Thirty MInute Rule: I teach my patients, especially those on medications that may cause upset stomachs, if they throw up within thirty minutes after taking a medication they should retake it. If it is longer than thirty minutes they wait to take the next dose when it is due. ...Read more

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16month old started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 2 nights ago for a skin infection that might be MRSA.She had a fever last night and this morning 100.8 (armpit) ...normal?

16month old started Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 2 nights ago for a skin infection that might be MRSA.She had a fever last night and this morning 100.8 (armpit) ...normal?

Re-evaluate...: Follow up with your daughter's physician today and let them know that she has developed a fever after being on the antibiotics for two day. They will want to see the area of infection and make sure that it isn't the cause and that the antibiotics don't need to be changed. The fever could be from an unrelated viral illness, but you won't know until she is examined. ...Read more

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How long's the treatment for MRSA skin infections?

Varies: For single lesions, opening and draining them may obviate the need for antibiotics. When antibiotics are needed, 10-14 days seems adequate for resolution of the skin lesions, but then must think about getting rid of the carriage state with Mupirocin in nose and skin washing with Chlorhexidine containing soaps. ...Read more

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How long is an MRSA skin infection contagious once antibiotics have been started ?

Usually 2-3 days: Particularly if using topical agent as well as oral. May be longer if immune system not normal, or if ongoing drainage (/pus) from wound/abscess. ...Read more

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People with chronic bacterial skin infection typically have what symptoms?

People with chronic bacterial skin infection typically have what symptoms?

Pus, swelling: There will be skin infection around hair follicles varying in size from pimple to large abscess. Typically this is caused by staph or strep. It requires antibiotics and recurrence rate can be decreased by antibacterial soap such as lever 2000, phisohex, phisoderm, hibicleans.S periodic baths with dilute clorox 1 cup per tub will decrease bacteria. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get chronic bacterial skin infection?

Perhaps nothing: Difficult to know what you mean by bacterial skin infections, but if these are boils that some people call spider-bites they may be due to methicillin-resistant staph aureus. You do not necessarily have to do anything "wrong" to get these, but occasionally they can be produced by your coming in direct contact with lesions in another person. ...Read more

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Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Sebaceous cyst: probably infected and you have gone too long without having it evaluated and treated. You may need a surgical excisional or drainage. Call for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Mother of my baby has chronic bacterial skin infection. What does this mean for future?

Mother of my baby has chronic bacterial skin infection. What does this mean for future?

Check the Nose: Sometimes people who have chronic skin infections carry the bacteria in their nose. There are ways to treat this that can significantly reduce the occurrence of this problem. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can get you get a skin Infection?

How can get you get a skin Infection?

Break in skin: Any break in the skin can allow bacteria in. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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What are the most common symtoms of a skin infection?

Depends on bug and: Location of infection. In general bacterial infections cause pus forming lesions, e.g., boils, cellulitis, skin abscess, infection of burns and other skin disease sites. Other lesions are impetigo, scalded skin, paronychia etc. Special cases include, anthrax, tuberculosis, entry lesions of plague and lyme disease; syphilis, and leprosy. Fungal skin infection cause ring worm, athletes foot, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Skin infection?

Skin infection: Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the body by a pathogen. ...Read more

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What are the common presenting symptoms of skin infection?

Depends on bug and: Location of infection. In general bacterial infections cause pus forming lesions, e.g., boils, cellulitis, skin abscess, infection of burns and other skin disease sites. Other lesions are impetigo, scalded skin, paronychia etc. Special cases include, anthrax, tuberculosis, entry lesions of plague and lyme disease; syphilis, and leprosy. Fungal skin infection cause ring worm, athletes foot, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more