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Different: Bacteria of many types can cause meningitis. In premi's it is often Group B strep or E.coli. In unimmunized infants and toddlers, Hemoplillis influenzae or pneumococcus & rarely meningococcus. In older kids, teens and adults it may be meningococcus or pneumococcus among others. Meningococcal meningitis is just getting more advertising time with newer vaccines available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs, non-res ones dominate. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly a commensal bacteria, but reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: There are various types of skin conditions that can contribute to rash isolated to hands. Rash can be secondary to a number of conditions including atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, irritant or allergic contact hypersensitivity, or other causes. Make an appointment with Allergist or Dermatologist to get to the bottom of the cause and receive the right treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pattern or test: There are blood tests to differentiate the presence of the measles virus & antibodies from other infections. There is also the fall back to pattern of illness. Measles has some distinctive physical findings that differ from other illnesses & a trained observer can often make the diagnosis based on these findings. ...Read more
Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more
Yes: All staph infections, including mrsa, are spread through skin contact. Because of their close proximity to each other, kids in school are a high risk group over-all, and the younger ones are more at risk as they tend to touch each other more and wash their hands less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Hand Eczema" and "Atopic Eczema" are NOT interchangeable terms, meaning they are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT conditions, correct?
What are you asking?: Most often, atopic eczema affects the creases of the elbows and knees. Several varieties of eczema involve the hands primarily; for these, look for what you might be allergic / sensitive to. Management may be similar, and a cause may or may not be identified. Most things share similarities and differences. ...Read more
Not really: For MRSA there is therapy to try and change your nasal and skin carriage states. For gut flora the use of unpasteurized yogurt or probiotics may reduce the relative numbers of unwanted bacteria, but there are no recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis and this should be strongly discouraged as it is likely to worsen things. ...Read more
Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more
Sometimes overlap: Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can often overlap with scalp psoriasis in a disease termed sebopsoriasis. Both conditions are from scalp inflammation. The treatments are often quite similar using topical steroid solutions/shampoos/foams and keratolytic (scale removing) shampoos and topicals. See a dermatologist to see if you have one or the other or the combined form (sebopsoriasis). ...Read more
Are alcohol based sanitizers effective against killing germs/bacterias that cause boils, MRSA or staph infection?
YEs: I know there have been studies with Hibicleanse that do show it does help at reducing MRSA recureence. ...Read more