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Mrsa (Definition)

MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a certain strain of bacteria that is resistant to several antibiotics. It most commonly causes skin infections and abscesses, ...Read more


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How long after antibiotic is started is MRSA contagious?

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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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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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 ?

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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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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After taking antibiotics for 8 days is MRSA still contagious?

Maybe: Mrsa is variant of a more common skin bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. It is not more likely to cause infection but its resistance makes it more challenging to treat. The length of treatment required would vary widely depending on the depth of your infection. Best for others to avoid contact with wound until it heals. ...Read more

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Is MRSA treated with antibiotics 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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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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