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Doctor insights on: How Do You Know If You Have Mrsa Infection

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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What is MRSA infection?

What is MRSA infection?

Methicilin Resistant: A MRSA infection is an infection caused by staph aureus bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic called methicillin. (methicilin resistant staph aureus). ...Read more

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Mrsa infection and itch, what to do?

Don't scratch!: Hopefully you've seen a physician ; infection is being treated. Itching accompanies healing or inflammat'n. Scratching allows bacteria to colonize fingernails ; then the infection can be spread to other areas (may become a chronic carrier nose, rectum, fingernails). If area is red, hot, swollen, spreading or you have fever: see your doc. If it is healing cool compresses, PO antihistamines. ...Read more

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How do you address of MRSA infection?

How do you address of MRSA infection?

MRSA infection: Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, the flare, vancomycin, zygodactyl, or cubicin. Care takers whether in hospital or otherwise should follow contact precautions to avoid spread of infection.
Mrsa infection can occur in soft tissue infections, blood stream etc. Infections can be life threatening and serious. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a MRSA infection?

Not specific: Symptoms will vary with the type of infection and are generally not different than with other similar organisms. If you are referring to skin infections these are usually red, raised, firm and tender to touch and may be capped by a pus pocket. There may be multiple lesions. But remember the same thing can happen with other organisms. ...Read more

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What are advanced symptoms of MRSA infection?

What are advanced symptoms of MRSA infection?

Varies: Symptoms will depend on the site of infection i.E, in the blood, in the skin, in the lungs etc..., skin infections may cause "boils", abscess, cellulitis (redness, edema, warmth to the skin), lungs infection may also progress into an abscess, fever, cough, pneumonia, in the blood, severe infection may cause low blood pressure, bleeding due to coagulopathy etc... ...Read more

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If I had a MRSA infection, do I have it forever?

If I had a MRSA infection, do I have it forever?

No: Many people who have MRSA infections are colonized with this bacteria in the nares and in areas of the skin especially in the axillae, groins and perianal areas. Colonization can be transient or prolonged. In many cases colonization can be eradicated by topical treatment ie. Mupirocin ointment and hibiclens soap sometimes combined with oral antibiotics such as Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

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If you have a MRSA infection can you always have mrsa?

If you have a MRSA infection can you always have mrsa?

CARRIER STATUS: You can be a carrier, but this can also be treated. It is usually harbored in the nose, and intranasal treatment with Mupirocin ointment (bactroban) can help get rid of it. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the symptoms of MRSA infection to show?

1-3 days: Mrsa (methicillin resistant staphylocoocus aureus) can "show" in 1-3 days. For skin infections my experience is that little cuts fester quickly and become painful quickly. I have also seen them take several days to become obvious. Mrsa is common today and any site that becomes painful and red or pus filled should be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

No: A MRSA infection is like any other bacterial infection, just a fairly virulent bacteria with more resistance to antibiotics. Until a vaccine is made for it, an infection from MRSA confers no immunity. ...Read more

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If I had a mrsa infection, was treated, does this mean I am going to be colonized with it forever? Will I keep getting recurring infections?

ONLY a SMALL: "fortunately" number of people have persistent colonization and this is a problem among HEALTH CARE WORKERS but less so in the general population. NASAL colonization is the most common and is treated with anti-bacterial nasal ointment along with oral treatment!
Hope this helps!
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I had a mrsa infection a few weeks ago. How will I know it's gone? I am avoiding family and spouse. Everything in the news has me really afraid of it.

I had a mrsa infection a few weeks ago. How will I know it's gone? I am avoiding family and spouse. Everything in the news has me really afraid of it.

Probably ISN'T: All people have germs on the skin. People tend to have the same germs always and treatment is not very effective at removing the germs on the skin. Furthermore, one's spouse/those around them often have the same germs. Family and spouse could have had it for a long time already.
cannot say in your particular case, but generally.... ...Read more

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Can a tick cause MRSA infection?

Tick + MRSA =Maybe: Alea, I do not know for sure. We know mosquitos may transmit disease by feeding on multiple hosts. Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, 50% or more have some form of MRSA living on their skin. I think it more likely a tick might break the skin and allow entry and possible infection by the MRSA that was already living outside on the skin. ...Read more

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Can you please define MRSA infection, and is it curable?

MRSA: Mrsa is the abbreviation for methicillin resistant staph aureus. It is an infection with a bacteria that has figured out how to avoid being killed by usually effective antibiotics. Most mrsa, if you have a healthy immune system is curable. Here's a link to more info : http://www. Cdc. Gov/mrsa/. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the body systems affected by a MRSA infection?

Any of them: This could lead to heart issues on the valves to severe infections in the lungs. The MRSA can cause issues with any system. Most common are skin infections as well. Good hand washing is a must. ...Read more

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Can you get an MRSA infection from being bitten by a brown recluse?

Yes: But it would not likely come from the bite itself. If it developed, it would mostly likely be due to the individual already being colonized with the MRSA before and getting a secondary infection. ...Read more

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What distinguishes how a MRSA infection looks from the appearance of a brown recluse bite?

Spider bite: Typical br spider bite has a " target" look. Central necrosis, black, surrounding purple or dark red then pink or lighter red. Mrsa usually look hemorrhagic or marooning in color. But ultimately a spider bite can have MRSA in it. See your doctor so it can be treated quickly and effiecently. ...Read more

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I had a MRSA infection? In the past? What kind of test do I need to get cleared for surgery?

I had a MRSA infection? In the past? What kind of test do I need to get cleared for surgery?

Mention to doc: Sometimes a surgeon might check if your a carrier by taking a nasal swab of your nose. However, more often than not, nothing will be done but if they they prophylaxis you with an antibiotic they might chose one that covers mrsa, similiarly if you develop an infection they would gear it against mrsa. ...Read more

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If u have the mrsa infection or had the mrsa infection once is it eventually going to kill you?

If u have the mrsa infection or had the mrsa infection once is it eventually going to kill you?

MRSA is common: MRSA is the most common cause of skin infections and likely comes and goes in many of us (living in the nostrils). It used to be isolated to health care facilities, but is now out and about in most communities. It is certainly NOT a death sentence, although in people with other diseases or immune system challenges, it can be harder to fight off and cause blood or lung infections. Wash hands!! ...Read more

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Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?

Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?

You may give to othe: If precautions are not taken more chances are others get infected than you, (you are a carrier) alert your doctor in the colonization bugs are co existing on your skin nose etc with out giving true infection to you, you should able to under go the procedure with minimum risk ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a MRSA infection about 2 months ago and find that I tire easily. Are there long term effects of having mrsa?

See your DR.: Mrsa is a type of bacteria, not a diagnosis. Was it a minor skin infection or pneumonia or something else? Was the infection cleared? There are many possible reasons for easy fatigue. Your dr will help you. ...Read more

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My daughter might have a MRSA infection. After its treated and visibly gone, will it stay in her system? Like once you have MRSA, you have it forever?

My daughter might have a MRSA infection. After its treated and visibly gone, will it stay in her system? Like once you have MRSA, you have it forever?

Not forever.: We are all colonized by Staph and Strep bacteria. MRSA is a form of Staph that is resistant to Methacillin, and thus all penicillins given orally. I recommend that if you are getting recurrent skin infections with MRSA Staph, start taking "bleach bathes". Just 1/4 cup of laundry bleach in a tub of bath water, soak for 15 minutes, then soap up and shower off. Repeat once a week for a while. ...Read more

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I have a MRSA infection on my knee, what shoud I do?

I have a MRSA infection on my knee, what shoud I do?

See doctor: Mrsa needs to be treated with appropriate antibiotics or it can spread or the infection can get worse. Antibiotics for MRSA include clindamycin, sulfa, minocycline, diclocallon, cephalosporins. For people who become reinvested the use of a second antibiotic the last three days Rifampin can help. Also use one cup of cloroxin a tub of water to decrease bacteria three tines a week. ...Read more

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Will a MRSA infection cause a permanent lump?

Not necessarily: Usually proper treatment will not leave residua in the form of a lump. ...Read more

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Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Yes: Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is MRSA infection, and is it curable?

Staph: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. This is the name of a specific type of staph bacteria that is not curable / treatable by methicillin (a penicillin like drug). In most instances penicillin and cephalosporin type antibiotics will not kill mrsa. There are other antibiotics that will work, and it would be best to discuss the infection with your doc or a clinic. ...Read more

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Where can I find out the rates of MRSA infection in different hospitals?

Where can I find out the rates of MRSA infection in different hospitals?

Depends...: ...On where you live. Some states publish reports on their state hospitals’ infection rates. (consumers union has a list of them at http://www. Consumersunion. Org/campaigns/stophospitalinfections/learn. Html) other states do not. If you can't find what you need at the cu website, call your state's dept. Of health and ask if they have the information. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be working with food when suffering from an MRSA infection?

Glove up: If you're in food service, your manager probably makes you glove up anyway. If you're preparing food for your family, keep washing your hands. And I assume you're being treated. Mrsa is not a magic microbe that automatically sickens folks when they meet it. Sometimes our society forgets this, I'm sorry folks are like this. Good luck. ...Read more

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What're some foods and facial cleansers to help fight MRSA infection on face?

Mrsa: Few are allicin (in garlic), psylocynin (in wild mushroom), and topical hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the appearance of a pimple and a MRSA infection?

What's the difference between the appearance of a pimple and a MRSA infection?

Different bacteria: Pimples are usually caused by staph or step bacteria. Most of the time penicillin works to kill these bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria is resistant to this antibiotic and then it is known as mrsa. There are usually other antibiotics that will work for mrsa, especially if a healthy person has it. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of MRSA infection at a cellular, organ, and systemic level?

MRSA: Being a Microbiology Major as an undergraduate, I wish you good luck as you answer this question from your homework. It is impossible for us to answer this in 400 characters. ...Read more

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My daughter received bactriban due to a MRSA infection. Do I use it on all cuts? Can it be overused?

My daughter received bactriban due to a MRSA infection. Do I use it on all cuts? Can it be overused?

Only used: As directed by your physician. Use other antibiotic ointments for minor wound infection. Do not use bactroban (mupirocin) for any skin infection without consulting your physician! She may develop resistance. ...Read more

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What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

Similar: Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to some of the common anti-staph drugs, such as methicillin and cephalosporins. ...Read more

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If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

No.: If there is an infection, these are caused by bacteria. There are many types of bacteria. Staph aureus happens to be one of the most common organisms to infect skin and soft tissue. But, it doesn't have to be this. A wound culture taken by your doc can give you the answer, more importantly if the wound is infected you might need to be on an antibiotic or the wound drained. ...Read more

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36 wk pregnant with MRSA infection in my urine. Help?

MRSA: Far more often than not, staph aureus in the urine is a result of staphylococci in the blood and should be addressed as such until proven otherwise. This organism can be extremely difficult to treat effectively and pregnancy does not make it easier. Strongly suggest you see an infectious diseases expert asap, and best wishes for a good outcome. Have a very good pediatrician for that great baby. ...Read more

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Mrsa infection and oral surgery for wisdom is that harmful?

Please clarify: If you have an active MRSA infection it is best to get that treated before you have oral surgery. If you had oral surgery and develop MRSA infection, you should also get that treated right away. Mrsa is curable. ...Read more

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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (Definition)

Mrsa is a form of staph aureus that can come in 2 forms, community aquired and hospital acquired. The bacteria will be resistant to penicillins that are used to treat MRSA including methicillin and oxacillin. There can still be oral choices for treatment as long as the ...Read more