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Is MRSA serious and can it be transmitted by human skin to skin contact?

Is MRSA serious and can it be transmitted by human skin to skin contact?

Yes, but: Mrsa is easily transmitted by skin to skin contact. That being said, staph aureus normally lives on our skin, and for the most part, it causes no issues. If the recipient is already sick, immunosuppressed, or otherwise has a poor response to staph aureus in general, they are at higher risk of actually having invasive disease vs. Just colonization. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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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 serious is MRSA and can you get it from human contact?

How serious is MRSA and can you get it from human contact?

Can be serious: Mrsa (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) can range from mild and annoying (skin abscesses) to life threatening (pneumonia and sepsis). Many people are colonized with the bacteria (harboring it on their bodies) but never get sick. It can be transmitted from human contact, including at gyms and saunas. ...Read more

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Can i get a staph infection or MRSA from my cat? Do all humans carry staph on skin?

MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether or not you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors. ...Read more

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How serious is mrsa?

How serious is mrsa?

MRSA infection: Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, teflaro, vancomycin, zyvox (linezolid) or cubicin. Care takers whether in hospital or otherwise should follow contact precautions to avoid spread of infection. Mrsa infection can occur in soft tissue infections, blood stream etc. Infections can be life threatening and serious. ...Read more

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Does MRSA always begin with a skin wound or some sort?

Does MRSA always begin with a skin wound or some sort?

Invasive vs colonize: There is a big difference between colonized MRSA which can be present and live on the ski surface without any immeasuate threat. However once a wound occurs the bacteria gain entrance to the body and cause significant disease. ...Read more

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Came in contact with someone with mrsa, what should one do?

Clean the skin: Careful skin cleaning is usually sufficient. With any sign of a rash use a cleaner like hibiclens. ...Read more

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How contaigious is mrsa? Can you get it from indirect contact?

Contagious: Mrsa is largely passed skin to skin through direct contact. It does have some transmission from mats and other surfaces indirectly for a short period of time. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get symptoms of skin MRSA after you have been exposed to it?

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

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