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Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


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Is there any way for me to figure out if i likely have a virus or a bacterial infection?

Is there any way for me to figure out if i likely have a virus or a bacterial infection?

Unfortunately No: For many infections either by bacteria or by viruses, one can take blood, or body fluid (such as sputum, urine) or tissue (such as a biopsy), and culture them in the lab, or use a test to show us any evidence of a particular bacteria or virus. But all these tests are done in a lab. You cannot usually tell if a given infection is caused by which, though a viral infection is usually self-limiting. ...Read more

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If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

No.: If there is an infection, these are caused by bacteria. There are many types of bacteria. Staph aureus happens to be one of the most common organisms to infect skin and soft tissue. But, it doesn't have to be this. A wound culture taken by your doc can give you the answer, more importantly if the wound is infected you might need to be on an antibiotic or the wound drained. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a full blown staph aureus infection. my doctor is going to use a blood test to see if I'm cured.?

What to do if I have a full blown staph aureus infection. my doctor is going to use a blood test to see if I'm cured.?

No blood test: There is no blood test for staph. You'll know you are cured when your symptoms, physical examination, and perhaps imaging (xrays, scans, etc) have returned to normal or stabilized. Of course staph aureus is a normal bacteria on the skin, so you could continue to be a carrier. If so, and if recurrent infections (with symptoms) are a problem, certain antibiotics may help reduce staph carriage. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a staph infection or diskitis?

What to do if I have a staph infection or diskitis?

I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get a tattoo if you're a MRSA carrier but don't have an active infection?

???Not really: As you are the one with the history of mrsa, so getting a tattoo should be fine. No one should get a tattoo after you with the same needle! if done correctly, and cleanly, by a certified tattoo artist you should be fine. ...Read more

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I might have been exposed to a person with mrsa. is there a way to tell if i have contracted a strain of mrsa. I had a pimple and was put on antibiotics and it healed. is there a way to test the healed area?

I might have been exposed to a person with mrsa. is there a way to tell if i have contracted a strain of mrsa.  I had a pimple and was put on antibiotics and it healed. is there a way to test the healed area?

No: Its probable we are exposed to mrsa every day. Most of us do not develop the infection just being with a person who has an rsa infection does not mean you will also get it to. An open sore while touching an mrs infection is a risk, not just being together. If you would is all healed your good no testing require should you develop another infection it should be cultured to find the cause ...Read more

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I have a mild nasal staph infection. Would it be safe for me to get a tattoo.

Very low risk: Staph infection of nose likely due to colonization of staph bacteria in skin, so there is a chance tattoo procedure can cause exposure of the bacteria to blood resulting dissemination of bacteria through blood to different organ. However, that is very rare. Probably you can have tattoo if you accept low risk. Alerternately, you can decolonize the infection with antibiotic soap ...Read more

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Is there a test to determine if I have a parasite?

Is there a test to determine if I have a parasite?

Just few examples..: Intestinal parasitic infections can often be diagnosed by examining the stool for eggs and parasites under a scope. Other parasitic infections i.e. Cutaneous larvae migran as pictured here--no testing needed! trichinosis is an infection with larvae of a roundworm trichinella spiralis from infected-uncooked pork. This needs muscle biopsy. If u have trouble/concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could a hospital do if a person with pneumonia is resistant to antibiotics?

What could a hospital do if a person with pneumonia is resistant to antibiotics?

Antibiotic : There are tests that can determine the type of bacteria causing pneumonia. The test will also which antibiotic will work on that infection. A person doesn't have resistance to antibiotics, only certain bacteria can be. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to see a dr if you have a bladder infection? I think I have one is there any home cures or do I need to see a dr?

Is it necessary to see a dr if you have a bladder infection? I think I have one is there any home cures or do I need to see a dr?

Need to see doctor: Urine test will confirm presence of bladder infection. The home cure is to take prescribed antibiotics in your home or wherever else you might be staying. Drinking lots of water and urinating every 1 - 2 hours helps. Don't believe well intentioned frieds or erronious internet claims regarding 'health drinks' or various herb & food suppliments. None are better than plain water. ...Read more

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How do I know if this is a yeast infection or some other infection?

How do I know if this is a yeast infection or some other infection?

By exam and/or cultu: By examination and taking a culture.That is the only way to know if you suspect you have an infection yeast or some other. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a gum infection?

Is there a way to know if I have a gum infection?

You may not know!: Most gum infections cause the patient no pain, and that's why the disease can do a lot of damage before the patient is aware they even have a problem. But sometimes the gum will become swollen and even have a white-ish appearance to it like a pimple. ...Read more

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What to do if i've had a yeast infection for a while?

If your yeast: infection is not responding to over the counter medications then it is probably time to see your gynecologist. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a kidney infection or just period pains?

Is there a way to know if I have a kidney infection or just period pains?

Have a doc test : You urine. Tests can reveal if you have white cells, nitirites, esterase, and bacteria. If the urine looks suspicious, it is sent for "culture" so that any possible bugs in it can grow, thus confirming a possible infection. ...Read more

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If you tested negative for a STD by a vaginal swab could you still have it in your throat or is it one test for your entire body?

If you tested negative for a STD by a vaginal swab could you still have it in your throat or is it one test for your entire body?

Separate: You should communicate any concerns you have with the testing physician. If your recent sexual exposure involved more than one site, all should be tested for some STI's. For others, a blood test would reveal past exposures to a variety of STI's. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin ...Read more