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How long after antibiotic is started is MRSA contagious?

MRSA treatment: I am not clear about the question. Mrsa may be found on a healthy skin, nose, ... Having the germ by itself is not going to be an infection. It is called colonization. When it is in the wound or circulation then that would be different. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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How long is MRSA contagious?

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

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How long is MRSA contagious for?

Always: Mrsa is a bacteria and can be spread through skin contact, so it is aways contagious. ...Read more

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How long I am contagious with mrsa?

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

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Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

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

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How long after starting antibiotics is MRSA not contagious?

How long after starting antibiotics is MRSA not contagious?

48 hours: Usually with in 48 hours but i would probably wait 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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How long till after a person is on antibiotics for MRSA are they no longer contagious?

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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How long is pulmonary MRSA contagious once antibiotics started?

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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Why do I get reoccurring MRSA skin abscesses? I've been getting them on/off for 3 yeara. Also, how long should I take antibiotic when i get an abs.?

Why do I get reoccurring MRSA skin abscesses? I've been getting them on/off for 3 yeara. Also,  how long should I take antibiotic when i get an abs.?

You're colonized: You should try to get decolonized to prevent the recurrent infections. First try nasal Bactroban Ointment twice a day with hibiclens soap daily showers and shampoos for 10 days. If that doesn't work try oral antibiotic treatment with Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) plus Rifampin and repeat the bactroban/hibiclens treatment at the same time. Good luck. ...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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How long is an MRSA skin infection contagious once antibiotics have been started ?

Usually 2-3 days: Particularly if using topical agent as well as oral. May be longer if immune system not normal, or if ongoing drainage (/pus) from wound/abscess. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with MRSA in 2007 and still have it due to antibiotics not working and the fact that I have eczema. What are the long term effects of having MRSA for an extended period of time?

I was diagnosed with MRSA in 2007 and still have it due to antibiotics not working and the fact that I have eczema. What are the long term effects of having MRSA for an extended period of time?

MRSA worsens eczema: Assuming you "carry" MRSA and do not have a chronic infection, then probably the most urgent issue is that eczema is very difficult to control if the inflamed skin becomes infected. Strategies exist to reduce carriage and are particularly important for eczema sufferers. Those with whom you share a living space should be treated as well. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more