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Dr. Joyce Vrabec Dr. Vrabec
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

How accurate are home test kits for mrsa?

MRSA: As with many home tests errors can occur, if you feel you actively have an MRSA infection or you are a carrier please discuss this with your physician.

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Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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What would experts say about accuracy of the HIV home test kit?

What would experts say about accuracy of the HIV home test kit?

Pretty good: Roughly 92% accuracy. Http://m.theatlantic. Com/health/archive/2012/07/this-at-home-hiv-test-looks-simple-but-is-it-accurate/259558/.

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I am using fujibio hiv home test kit. How accurate could my testing be at 3 months post exposure??

I am using fujibio hiv home test kit. How accurate could my testing be at 3 months post exposure??

100%: Every HIV test that exists is conclusive 3 months or more after the last possible exposure. For sure you didn't catch HIV.

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Can you mix two drops of blood for STD home test kit? If negative, both are negative, if positive, one is. Save money this way.

Can you mix two drops of blood for STD home test kit? If negative, both are negative, if positive, one is. Save money this way.

No, used as advised: Do not try altering the method of testing as advised so to assure its accuracy. For potentially saving money, please take time to peruse the lists on the corresponding BUTTON on the left side of HOME of www. ForMeFirst. Com & articles listed on http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter. Html & http://formefirst. Com/eMagicPowerUHL. Html; thereby you gain much insight on how to live a realistic long happy life.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can do blood hCG test at home through pregnancy test kit? Is this possible

Can do blood hCG test at home through pregnancy test kit? Is this possible

Just do urine test: Home urine pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection.

Dr. Michael Perez Dr. Perez
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
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How can one accurately test to see if MRSA is completely gone after taking meds, oinment, etc? The wound is healed but what is required? Blood test?

How can one accurately test to see if MRSA is completely gone after taking meds, oinment, etc? The wound is healed but what is required? Blood test?

No test: When the wound is healed, the infection is definitely gone. MRSA can be on our skin without causing infection. To detect MRSA living on your skin, colonization, you can have a swab culture done.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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How long does it take to test mrsa?

How long does it take to test mrsa?

Mrsa: Cultures can take 2-3 days. There are rapid PCR tests that can be available within a day.

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Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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Dr. Lauren Romeo Dr. Romeo
Wound care
15 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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My niece died at cleveland clinic in 4 days from mrsa. She had 23 cats. Is there a connection? How safe is it to go to their home. (contact unknown)

MRSA: Staph: Wow. I am very sorry to hear of this. Mrsa continues to wreak havoc around the world and every hospital has stories like this one. It is hard to answer your question, but I would bet that at the very least someone should call animal control and explain the situation. They may want to get into the home first.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I have had MRSA for 3 years, and have seen many doctors. All they do is put me on biotics, not even a skin test. It's getting very bad now, what to do?

See ID specialist: You need to consult an infectious disease specialist on this. In fact, you should question whether your problem is from mrsa. If necessary, go to a local university center.

Dr. Emily Szewczyk Dr. Szewczyk
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How many tests do you have 2 have before MRSA is confirmed?

ONE: One culture will show if it is mrsa. If it is not and one keeps having infections then each infection may be tested.

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Dr. Bonnie Bock Dr. Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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How can I sterilize everything in my home to make sure I don't get MRSA again?

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.

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Dr. Jason Stokes Dr. Stokes
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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What is risk of MRSA in nursing home?

Mrsa: Same precautions would apply in a nursing home as anywhere else. Good handwashing, basic precautions. Taking care with known mrsa carriers.

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Dr. Richard Roberts Dr. Roberts
Clinical Genetics
42 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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My Dad had MRSA in April, cleared to go home and on Vancomycin 2x/day for 1 month. Going to see him with 8-mos. Old baby July 1. Safe for baby?

My Dad had MRSA in April, cleared to go home and on Vancomycin 2x/day for 1 month. Going to see him with 8-mos. Old baby July 1. Safe for baby?

Yes: If the MRSA were still active he would still be in the hospital. You can always use alcohol gel on your babies hands, And you could even ask grandpa to take a "bleach bath" before you arrive. That's one cup of bleach in the bathtub. Immunologists recommend them for people who keep colonizing with Staph

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Dr. Lauren Romeo Dr. Romeo
Wound care
15 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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I work in a home where someone has found out they have MRSA should I be concerned is it very contagious as I am worried and im trying to have a baby?

Worry doesn't help.: Good hand washing and avoiding skin contact with actively infected persons is the best way to prevent infection. But, MRSA can be on your skin and not cause a skin infection. It simply lives on our skin and in our nasal passages.

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Dr. Diixa Patel Dr. Patel
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
12 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Which test do they do in the hospital to see if you have an MRSA aquired infection?

More info: Colonization with MRSA is usually checked with a nasal swab. Infection in blood is checked in blood cultures and sometimes wound cultures are taken if there is a wound. What are your symptoms and where is your infection?

Dr. Jeremy Porter Dr. Porter
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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I have an abscess that resulted from a cyst rupturing. They are soon labs to see if it is Mrsa should I stay home from work until I get results?

Still draining?: I assume "they" are medical people who drained your abscess and took a culture. If it oozed white/yellow pus-like material, it is very likely to be MRSA. Whether to stay home or not...is it still draining? See the doc. Are you on antibiotics? How painful is it? Can you walk, sit, drive, and do your job? If it has stopped draining and is getting better, keep it clean and covered and go to work!

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