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How Long Can You Live With Mrsa
90 days or 3 months: It depends on the host's immune system, interaction with other bacteria and environmental circumstances, exposure to antibiotics but generally MRSA can live up to 90 days or 3 months. A host can be colonized with MRSA indefinitely and not even be aware, therefore being a constant source of contamination. ...Read more
MRSA: Assuming MRSA infection? Then if MRSA germs are in the body and in matter of hours to days one may have infection. Having said that we might have MRSA on our skin and nose but there is no sign of infection. ...Read more
Unnecessary: Kids found to have MRSA infection require no isolation.You can prevent spread by covering the wound and thus eliminating random contamination of the environment. Once the kid is under treatment and people around him/her practice normal handwashing there is no particular risk. MRSA is likely to be found in any home or public setting as a random contaminant. It is not rare or as bad as most believe. ...Read more
As long as I don't have a cut or scratch on my body, I am safe from contracting MRSA. True or false?
MRSA: Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
MRSA: As long as you are a carrier. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
CarefulUsuallyBenign: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory passages, especially nose. Control of this bacteria, as with all, is a function of the immune system. Sa most commonly commensal bacteria, but that reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions &; any internal control affecting immune function can change. Mrsa merely means multiple resistant to abs. ...Read more
Depends a lot: If you are talking about 'packing' this must be a good sized wound, I dislike the term packing as a wound shouldn't be stuffed full rather very lightly filled with a dressing. How long? Depends on how much drainage there is and what materials are soaking it up. A wound specialist will try to adjust dressings to last at least two days. Please see a wound specialist. ...Read more
Depends: On the severity of the infection and the organ involved in the infection. ...Read more
Usually three days: If you have not heard back from your doctor office, call them. ...Read more
No one knows...: The answer lies in understanding how MRSA can cause skin infections. Mrsa can be on the skin for a long time, and not cause an infection unless it has an opportunity to get past the outer layer of the skin- it is only then that MRSA can begin to cause disease that manifests as symptoms. Situations that allow MRSA to do that includes nicks when razoring, ingrown hair, scratch.. ...Read more
I have ha-mrsa & on IV vanco for 6 weeks. What is long term prognosis? I'm 44 & worried I will eventually die from it. How long can ppl live with it?
MRSA: The chances are your infection will be well controlled because almost all MRSA responds to vancomycin. Make sure your kidney function and vancomycin level is monitored. From 6 weeks of treatment I am assuming you have a bone infection. The prognosis is good but it depends on lots of other factors like other concomitant illness. ...Read more
MRSA: Communicability of MRSA is usually lesion to hand to hand to area where it can created disease, but respiratory transmission is not likely. If the patient is not coughing and the potential individual to whom it is going to be transmitted does not touch the patient they are unlikely to become infected. ...Read more
No need to.: Just because you've been to a hospital or other health care facility doesn't mean you'll be infected with mrsa. ...Read more
Possibly: Mrsa is a highly resistant staph bacteria. Anyone can become infected with this. Drugs that lower your immune system, drugs that lower your inhibitions or motivations, for example to take care of yourself, can lead to infections. So taking meth itself is not going to cause mrsa, but taking meth can trigger situations of poor hygiene, close contact with others, which can cause mrsa. ...Read more
It depends: Many people have a skin infection or even just colonization with MRSA and it never reaches their bloodstream. Some can have a simple skin infection and have bacteria in the blood the same day or the next day--within hours. Other people will have a bone infection for days and days and never develop bacteremia (bacteria in the blood). If you have MRSA, consider seeing an infectious disease physician ...Read more
Treatment length: Mrsa is most infectious if there is a wet or draining wound. Once the wound is dry and scabbed and antibiotics are clearing the infection the infectiousness goes down dramatically. ...Read more
Could you catch MRSA from getting tattooed for numerous long periods of time over a couple months?
Yes.: Mrsa is on all surfaces and is spread by contact. Therefore it is possible to have MRSA on your skin and in your tattoo. ...Read more
A child in my daycare had mrsa, how long should we wait before letting her come back to join the daycare?
Finish treatment: Once antibiotics have been started, there is substantial evidence that the infection is no longer contagious; but just to be sure, it's best to wait until the course of antibiotics is completed and your doctor confirms that the infection is completely resolved. ...Read more
Do MRSA infections on skin grow or can they just be a small scratch that's not getting worse but taking a long time to heal?
No: Many people have MRSA on their skin but this does not always caused infection. If it does cause an infection such as cellulitis which is skin infection it does need special antibiotics to treat. If you ever get an infection you want to tell your doctor that you have history of mrsa. There are medications to eradicate the MRSA from the skin but this is generally unsuccessful and not necessary. ...Read more
48 hours: Usually with in 48 hours but I would probably wait 10 to 14 days. ...Read more
MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
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