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Doctor insights on: Infection Control Mrsa

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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If I am a MRSA Carrier should I work where MRSA is predominiate. I work in jail where hygein is not very good and have had 9 active MRSA infections SF?

MRSA: as long you don't have active lesions you should be fine. If any active lesions you need to treat before going back to work. ...Read more

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What is a "mrsa-like" infection?

Resistant bug: Mrsa stands for "methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus". Most infections causes by staph are treatable with multiple types of antibiotics.However, MRSA is a strain of staph that is mutated somehow so that it does not respond to the usual antibiotics. There is still a way to treat it, though the choices are limited. Many types of bacteria, not only staph can become resistant. ...Read more

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How is it that MRSA issuch a dangerous infection?

Because: The bacteria is resistant to the majority of the antibiotics we have available to treat it. Also the tissue destruction caused by the toxins causes more damage. ...Read more

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Is MRSA staff infection ever gone?

Yes: Some patients become colonized with MRSA and are at risk for recurrent infections. This can be overcome with a series of chlorhexidene gluconate cleansing treatments, mupiricin ointment to the nares for a number of days and antibiotics as indicated. 2 negative cultures of the nares are felt to indicate the MRSA is resolved. ...Read more

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Still curious if MRSA and cellulitis are the same infection?

Still curious if MRSA and cellulitis are the same infection?

Condition vs cause: Mrsa is a bacteria. Cellulitis is a visible inflammation (itis) of skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria.If you have repeated episodes, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong! ...Read more

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What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

Many things: #1 is prevention of influenza with vaccination, proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Early diagnosis of flu & treatment within the first 48 hours of symptoms may help.Knowing if you are colonized with mrsa/mssa & attempting de-colonization may help.Early recognition & appropriate antibiotics for mrsa/mssa following flu is crucial. In the future: an anti-toxin against mrsa/mssa pvl-toxin may help? ...Read more

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Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis: Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound care. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my family will get MRSA from cats active infection? How soon would it show?

MRSA: Answered this yesterday. Your family may never become infected, but may be colonized with this strain of staph aureus. If they stay away from touching the cat, particularly if they have open wounds on their skin it is unlikely that they will become infected. If they do, it should be symptomatic within 24-48 hrs. ...Read more