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How Long Does It Take A Mrsa Sore To Infect Bloodstream
Hello, I was found that I have MRSA staph infection. I was wondering how long does it take to get into bloodstream?
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
My child is 7 and has MRSA and staph. The sore is leaking puss and blood. Should I take her back to the hospital?
I went to my doctor because my nose is sore and red, it hurts when I sneeze and wipe it some blood. He said I have Mrsa and how long am I contagious?
Use HealthTap Prime: To discuss this complex situation or TTYD. Usually MRSA is diagnosed by a nasal swab. Most of the time, MRSA in the nose is a carrier state & not an active infection (exception: if your immune system is weakened). Most likely you have a viral infection (rhinosinusitis) which runs its course in 10-14 days (unless immunized). Humidifiers help w/ nosebleed. Stay hydrated (until urine runs clear). GL. ...Read more
Can you have MRSA in the bloodstream without a fever? What are the symptoms of MRSA in the bloodstream?
Rarely: Very elderly and immunosuppressed patients can have severe infections without fever. This rarely occurs in immunocompetent young patients. Symptoms of MRSA blood stream infection are chills, fever, muscle and joint aching, signs of a skin infection or infection at another site. If left untreated it can lead to confusion, shock and death. ...Read more
Many: Symptoms may include fever, chills, if the infection is severe, hypotension may occur, bleeding due diseminated coagulation problems (dic); however, there are cases of transient bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream that do not stay in there for long) that do not cause any major symptoms. ...Read more
From skin: Mrsa is a type of staff aureus bacteria that is resistant to the penicillin type antibiotics. Staff aureus lives on everyone and usually just hangs out on the skin and nice warm moist spots like groin arm pits nose if the bacteria gets access to the blood stream like a bad skin infection or less commonly a cut on the skin it can get to blood stream and cause a blood infection. ...Read more
You'll know...: Mrsa bloodstream infections are serious, so your immune system will be on overdrive to fight the infection- early on, it may manifest flu- like symptoms. This may be followed by fever, low bp, sweating, others. Typically, you will look and feel really crappy. The exception is if you are on drugs for immunosuppression (transplant, rheum athritis, etc). Blood cultures will secure the diagnosis. ...Read more
Is it possible for MRSA to gain entry via a cut between the webspace of your right toe and travel via the bloodstream lodging in your right thigh?
Yes: It is possible for MRSA to enter your bloodstream through a break in the skin and go almost anywhere in the body. ...Read more
I have MRSA (community instead of hospital). Diagnosed through skin culture. Treatment working. Will it enter my bloodstream? How to know ifin blood?
It's not: Many people have this microbe on their skin, the majority with no ill effects. If you had a real active blood infection you would be obviously, seriously sick. Ignore the online sensationalist stuff on MRSA. ...Read more
Can MRSA be contracted via the bloodstream by unwashed/ungloved hands during a debridement b/ween small toe w/out signofinfectionatsiteofdebridement?
MRSA transmit: Possible but unlikely. Best to discuss with your treating docs. ...Read more
Could this be ca-mrsa in the bloodstream? With pneumonia? I have just been diagnosed with ca-mrsa. Within 1 week I have had 2 breakouts, the second breakout is worse than the first. I am shaking a lot, have a fever, coughing, dizziness, shortness of brea
Mrsa: Possibly. You need to go to the ER right away for an evaluation with blood work and a chest xray. ...Read more
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
Can hidradenitis sore have MRSA in it onced it's drained? Also, how can MRSA be under a wound that has not yet opened?
Through gland ducts: MRSA can enter the sweat gland by following the sweat gland duct, even though the duct can (later) get plugged. This allows a "swimming pool" to form, where the MRSA plays. If draining "the pool" is incomplete, MRSA can still stick around. Antibiotics (topical or oral) are usually given in this situation. But the key is that MRSA can get in despite or prior to a blocked duct. TTYD / surgeon. ...Read more
My 12 year old has a scratch on her finger that looks to be infected. She is a gymnasts. We are concerned about mrsa.?
Could be....or not: Most MRSA form pustules, which are sacs of pus that often need to be drained for cure. MRSA is responsible for 70% of the pustules/abscesses we drain in the office. It is neither rare or hard to treat. Many simple scratch wounds are caused by other germs including strep & may self heal with good local wound care. If painful or increasing in size, it should be examined. ...Read more
8mo old has mrsa. Is it only contagious while he has sore? Pretty upset @ dx. Any advice for treating/containing it? Worried about infecting others
MRSA: Am assuming he has only skin lesions. He is almost certainly a nasal and skin carrier, and the risk of this persisting can be reduced by use of nasal Mupirocin ointment and use of a Chlorhexidine containing soap as the only soap he is using. Contagion is always an issue, but if only a carrier without active lesions, less likely. ...Read more
My 3 year old was bitten by another child at preschool. The other child has had Staph and MRSA. Should I be worried about my child getting infected?
Yes & no: This is common and seldom results in a significant problem. MRSA is everywhere, in your home, the stores, the schools, so the kids label has little to do with anything. Any wound should be monitored for signs of infection (redness, swelling, drainage) after initial cleaning. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. ...Read more
I am plagued with recurring folliculitis, and am very allergic to steroids. At one point it evolved into mrsa! Is there any way to stay "ahead" of it, so it does not become infected?
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
My wife has a wound infected with MRSA, she is healing and takings meds. Can we still lay in the same bed, intercourse, etc? Her wound is on her back
As long: As you practice good hygiene hand washing etcand keep the wound covered feel freee to enjoy the pleasures of a loving couple ...Read more
Whenever over 50% of a sternum has been removed after a quadruple by-pass that was unnecessary, then your sternum has been infected with MRSA next a?
Need to clarify.: Your question seems to have gotten cut off. While the situation is unfortunate if true, the question is incomplete... what question do you have about MRSA infecting the sternal wound? ...Read more
Herpes?: Have no way of knowing what this is without seeing it and examining you. Ask the doctor who cultured you. ...Read more
MRSA: Almost 1 percent of the us population--about 2 million people--carry drug-resistant staph (mrsa) without symptoms. ...Read more
If I have a MRSA spine infection, will any symptoms besides soreness manifest and will it require surgery?
Can you get MRSA from popping someone's else's infected lump? Was told it was "spider bite". No infected symptoms yet.
Yes....and elsewhere: MRSA is now located almost anywhere we look. Door knobs. Banisters, shopping carts, etc. If a person has touched it, it may be contaminated with it. It accounts for up to 70% of the pustules/abscesses drained in outpatients. It is not a new AIDS or EBOLA and is relatively easily treated. You are likely exposed daily. If you start experiencing pustules, schedule a visit. ...Read more
If mrsa swab of infected area is negative after infection, is mrsa gone? Does an infection mean I am a carrier? Do I need to follow up w/ nasal swab?
MRSA carriage: There is s lot of media attention and literature on MRSA in recent yrs. Resulting in some confusion. If you had MRSA diagnosed before, thud chances are that you are colonized with it. Thx good news is that you can decrease colonization with proper monitoring and treatment as indicated. ...Read more
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