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How high is my chance of getting infected with MRSA while visiting in a hospital?

How high is my chance of getting infected with MRSA while visiting in a hospital?

Small: Wash hands before and after visiting with soap and water amd you will dramatically decrease your small chance of getting infected. This is same advice given to health care workers ho rarely become infected with mrsa. ...Read more

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How high is my chance of getting infected with MRSA if I work with football team?

How high is my chance of getting infected with MRSA if I work with football team?

Mrsa : Mrsa is passed by direct contact. The risk with casual contact is very low with good hygiene. Check your skin when you shower and any infections can normally be found when they are small. ...Read more

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I am a health care assistant and one of the clients has MS and recently is developing facial cellulits, is what can I do to prevent from catching it?

I  am a health care assistant and one of the clients has MS and recently is developing facial  cellulits, is what can I do to prevent from catching it?

Not major issue: The cellulitis is likely well circumscribed and not very infectious unless an open sore is present. In this day and age, however, must be cogniscent of flesh-eating strep, and drug resistant mersa, (staph), so contact the patients doctor, make sure you observe careful sterility and assure that patient is being effectively treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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A friend has an active MRSA infection. How long after start of antibiotics will he be contagious? I had complication s from MRSA in 2007 and fear it.

A friend has an active MRSA infection. How long after start of antibiotics will he be contagious? I had complication s from MRSA in 2007 and fear it.

ASK treating DR!!: Each case can range in severity and i would discuss this with the treating physician. Regulations and procedures are changing daily and i would be sure the treating physician gives you patient specific recommendations. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting MRSA in a hopsital while you're there to have a baby?

What are the chances of getting MRSA in a hopsital while you're there to have a baby?

Less than outside: At least in the hospital they pay attention to infection control. The MRSA staph are around us in our daily lives.They represent 70% of the pustules acquires by patients presenting to office clinics.Whether it is the supermarket cart or the doorknob at home, it is around us.Good hand washing & personal hygiene are important for everyone.I'd worry more about getting enough sleep for the job ahead ...Read more

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Is staff infection contagious? How would or could my children get infected by me if this is a form of staff on my hands and other various places body

Is staff infection contagious? How would or could my children get infected by me if this is a form of staff on my hands and other various places body

Yes/Contact: Staph is a bacteria and gabillions of them are everywhere. When we get colonnized with this, it is easy to spread from one to another. If you are a health care worker, you may have a particularly more virulent form of staph. Today, it is everywhere. Good hygiene, laundry care, bed linen changing and hand sanitizers and soap and water are the best protection. ...Read more

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Have a friend with a blood sugar of almost 450! how really close is this to getting admitted to the hospital?

Have a friend with a blood sugar of almost 450! how really close is this to getting admitted to the hospital?

Pretty close: Generally speaking in a diabetic with bs over 300, the body is essentially in a state of Insulin deficiency (or lack of Insulin mediated glucose uptake to be precise). There is certainly many individuals who can run in the 300s for weeks and not be terribly sick, however having high unexplained bs, checking urine/blood ketones becomes mandatory and if moderate/high, deserves immediate medical attn. ...Read more

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Is it easy to get MRSA from someone who prepared your food? Does it lower the chances of they have already been treated for MRSA?

Is it easy to get MRSA from someone who prepared your food? Does it lower the chances of they have already been treated for MRSA?

Low risk, no worries: Staph, whether MRSA or non-MRSA types, can be transmitted between people, but mostly by direct personal contact, not through food. Anyway, for every person you contact who you know had staph or MRSA, via food or personally, probably another 10 were carriers without knowing it. Just use common sense hygiene with all people (cover coughs, hand washing, etc) then don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I got MRSA from a picc line in a hospital treated with vancomycin it was in my heart what are the symptoms of MRSA coming back there or other places?

I got MRSA from a picc line in a hospital treated with vancomycin it was in my heart what are the symptoms of MRSA coming back there or other places?

No difference likely: There are no specific differences in symptoms with a systemic MRSA infection from another infection, except that the former tends to progress more rapidly and can be somewhat more severe than many other bacteria. Should you develop fevers, chills, severe malaise, etc, you need to see a doctor asap. Hope this never happens. ...Read more

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Good morning I had an emergency splenectomy 20 years ago and now have a work opportunity in a high malaria area of Mozambique. What are the risks?

Good morning I had an emergency splenectomy 20 years ago and now have a work opportunity in a high malaria area of Mozambique.  What are the risks?

Better not go: and I hope that you are taking all the precautions as regards infections risks otherwise: immunizations, low dose antibiotics, etc.It might be a good opportunity for your career,but the risks are high, check the following link for general information, you may contact the CDC as well for advice, http://patient.info/health/preventing-infection-after-splenectomy-or-if-you-do-not-have-a-working-spleen ...Read more

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Just had a molar tooth taken out, is is safe to go see my dad in hospital. Lots of patients with infections there.

Just had a molar tooth taken out, is is safe to go see my dad in hospital. Lots of patients with infections there.

Go see your dad: It is ok to go and visit your dad at the hospital .What about patients who get their teeth pulled at the hospitals ? It is quite ok to go to the hospital after pulling your teeth .Just follow post surgical instructions given to you by your dentist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become infected with HIV, after drinking water from a bottle of risky person, I did not see inside have residues of blood?

Is it possible to become infected with HIV, after drinking water from a bottle of risky person, I did not see inside have residues of blood?

Absolutely not: You could as easily get pregnant that way. Willie, these fears are not appropriate for a grown man living in 2015. Even salmonella and shigella (which are water-borne) and Epstein-Barr and CMV (which are saliva-borne) are very unlikely to travel via a shared bottle. In the old days without treatment for HIV, family members sharing bottles and more never infected each other except by sex. ...Read more

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I'm having an acne break-out, my doctor tells me to keep away from the sun. How relevant is the sun in this case considering I was born and raised in kenya and only living in europe for a couple of years now?

I'm having an acne break-out, my doctor tells me to keep away from the sun. How relevant is the sun in this case considering I was born and raised in kenya and only living in europe for a couple of years now?

? Misunderstanding: Disorders with sun-sensitivity can develop at any age, especially from new immune disease, newly-symptomatic porphyria, or medications, and unrelated to where you grew up. Sunlight has little effect on real, common acne -- perhaps there is a misunderstanding. Acne is best managed by prescription meds; i start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative in the mix. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the chances of a newborn with sepsis living ?

I was wondering what are the chances of a newborn with sepsis living ?

NEONATAL SEPSIS:: Depends upon how soon the diagnosis is made, treatment started, how bad is the offending organism, how much involvement of the body system/organs, whether vital organs, e.g. Liver/kidneys/brain/lungs, etc. Were involved. Now a days, with the advancement of the medical science, morbidity and mortality has been reduced. ...Read more

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After oral surgery there was an infection in the bone of my mouth and then I became deathly ill with esbl ecoli. How did this happen?

After oral surgery there was an infection in the bone of my mouth and then I became deathly ill with esbl ecoli. How did this happen?

Resistant Germs: These days, more germs are becoming resistant to our standard antibiotics. ESBL stands for 'extended spectrum beta-lactamase' which means that E. coli bacteria was a superbug and was not affected by the usual antibiotics that are used in surgery. Not sure 'how' u got that superbug-maybe if you work in a hospital, or had been back and forth to a hospital as a patient u could have been exposed then. ...Read more

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I am a medical student in SA and gotten a HIV blood splash injury on my finger and nail, what are the chances of transmission?

I am a medical student in SA and gotten a HIV blood splash injury on my finger and nail, what are the chances of transmission?

If no open wound: likely very minimal. But get tested any way in about 3 months post-exposure just to be sure. ...Read more

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What are my odds of catching an std/sti with a sexual worker, in the red light district of the netherlands? because, I went there a few times and no

What are my odds of catching an std/sti with a sexual worker, in the red light district of the netherlands?
 
because, I went there a few times and no

Chances...: I don't have that specific information about sexual workers in a specific area. I can just tell you that if you didn't use protection the chances could be very high. In any case, under those circumstances it is always a high risk to contract an STI. ...Read more