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I was diagnosed with MRSA in 2007 and still have it due to antibiotics not working and the fact that I have eczema. What are the long term effects of having MRSA for an extended period of time?
MRSA worsens eczema: Assuming you "carry" MRSA and do not have a chronic infection, then probably the most urgent issue is that eczema is very difficult to control if the inflamed skin becomes infected. Strategies exist to reduce carriage and are particularly important for eczema sufferers. Those with whom you share a living space should be treated as well. ...Read more
The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions prominent symptoms include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
I have had active MRSA infection since 2007 including the symptoms all the time.Had no success in treatment due to antibiotics not working & the fact that I have active eczema constantly.Are there long term effects of having active MRSA this long?
Colonization: You probably have colonization with MRSA rather than an active infection. MRSA could cause a real infection if you were get a skin wound. You could also transmit MRSA to people around you. Consult these sites for info: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/Surveillance/MRSA/ http://www.staph-infection-resources.com/blog/chlorhexidine-baths-for-mrsa-decolonization-facts/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I started using fabric softner and it's given me eczema flair ups on my face. How many times do I have to wash my sheets to get softner out?
I started using fabric softer and it is giving me eczema flare ups on my face. How many times do I have to wash my sheets to get the softener out?
Probably twice.: Many folks are allergic to--or at least sensitive to--fabric softeners. My sense is a couple of washes (maybe double rinse each one) in a very mild detergent should do the trick. ...Read more
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's genetic: Most eczema is due to genetically inherited skin defects. This results in chronic dry skin often with rash and itching. Flare ups can be reduced by gentle skin care, using fragrance and dye free skin care products, and applying a high quality moisturizer after bathing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Moisturize: Part of the defect in eczema skin is the absence of a lipid called ceramides. This causes dry peeling skin and subsequent inflammation. The inflammatory process is further driven by histamine release. The "natural" way to treat eczema is to replenish the oils in the skin. Moisturizing is the most important component of eczema treatment, ie with cerave and cetaphil. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Eczema is in the same group of conditions as allergies and asthma, and can run in families the way they do. It can occur without a family history, though. Also, similar rashes can be caused by contact with irritants or certain metals if you're allergic to them. Use sensitive skin cleanser, avoid bathing in very hot water, and use sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily.See your doc if you need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer