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How Long Does Mrsa Stay In Your Body
As long as I don't have a cut or scratch on my body, I am safe from contracting MRSA. True or false?
Think I have staph, how will I know if its MRSA or not? How long can I expect this intense body pain? Thank you
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in order to know for sure if you have a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) you will need to be evaluated by a physician, such as primary care doctor or a dermatologist. The diagnosis of MRSA is made based on a swab culture that is sent to a clia certified lab for evaluation. Mrsa can be a serious infection and you need to have it evaluated properly by a physician. ...Read more
How long does mrsa last in the body? My doctor sent me to the emergency room last week to have my boil drained. I'm still taking the antibiotics.
Finish antibiotics: A 39 year old female with a boil (or abscess) drained in the ER and now on antibiotics. These skin infections are often treated with a combination drainage + antibiotics for several days (maybe all the way up to 14 days after drainage). Please finish the course of antibiotics the ER physician prescribed. ...Read more
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
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
A lot of damage: MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) can be very serious and cause serious short and long term problems. Within 10 days, the infection can go from a localized skin infection or boil/abscess to invading into the blood stream and causing serious infections throughout the body, like sepsis, endocarditis, kidney failure, brain infection or all organs at the same time. Very serious! ...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 MRSA ands it just spread through out my body what is the average life expectancy of living with mrsa?
Depends: If treatable then life expectancy good if not you could die quickly. ...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
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