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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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Someone at work has told me they have MRSA. How easily does it spread to others? What can I do to prevent getting it?

Someone at work has told me they have MRSA. How easily does it spread to others? What can I do to prevent getting it?

MRSA fears: MRSA is a bacterial infection that is resistant to standard care. Usually immune compromised persons can pick it up easily from another person. Don't share any razors with this coworker or reuse any personal items he may use. As long as he keeps taking his medicine and doesn't share personal items, you will be fine. ...Read more

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Mrsa- what steps should be taken to prevent spread to family members? How concerned should we be?

Mrsa- what steps should be taken to prevent spread to family members? How concerned should we be?

Hand washing: The best way to prevent spread of MRSA is good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Antibacterial soaps, alcohol hand washes, disinfecting sprays, etc. All can help eliminate the colony count of MRSA on your body and surfaces around the house. If someone in your house has MRSA exposure or infection, do a good cleaning of the house and always wash your hands well. ...Read more

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My sister has MRSA how do I prevent my self to avoid catching it ?

My sister has MRSA how do I prevent my self  to avoid catching it ?

Hand washing: Mrsa is spread by skin contact. Good hand washing every time you are in contact is a must. Also, wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant and wash laundry with a disinfecting liquid. Pets can carry mrsa, too give them a shampoo if you can. ...Read more

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After ha-mrsa IV treatment and decolinziation, do I always have to worry about reinfection? If so, what can I do to prevent it. Would same abx work?

Doc follow up: Generally speaking, MRSA likes the nose. It usually settles down there. Mupirocin nasal is a drug that can be very helpful. It must be monitored by a doctor. Do not self treat mrsa. Check with a great doc for follow up. ...Read more

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I have been exposed to MRSA and was wondering if there is a nasal spray i can use to prevent me from getting mrsa?

I have been exposed to MRSA and was wondering if there is a nasal spray i can use to prevent me from getting mrsa?

No: The best thing to do is wash your hands regularly . If you are worried about a carrier state a nasal swab can be done. This would definitely be done if you were admitted to the hospital and told them you were exposed. If you were going to have surgery i would recommend the swab be done and if positive, treated with nasal Mupirocin ointment and oral doxycycline. ...Read more

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I have a compromised immune system due to meds I'm on and quite often get infects such as sinus, yeast and MRSA what can I do to help prevent these?

I have a compromised immune system due to meds I'm on and quite often get infects such as sinus, yeast and MRSA what can I do to help prevent these?

Preventive measures: People w meds or health problems affecting immunity can take measures to reduce infections(CHECK W DOC 1st!)MRSA can be carried in the nose;if testing +,can be treated.Avoiding contact w infected fluids + washing/disinfecting surfaces can help.Folds of skin should be kept dry to prevent skin yeast infections.For vaginal, eating yogurt may help.Sinuses:Controlling allergies&using Neti Pot can help. ...Read more

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What causes a reaccurring MRSA staph infection? How can you prevent it?

What causes a reaccurring MRSA staph infection?  How can you prevent it?

Not known for sure: Some people get recurrent MRSA infections. Certain people carry MRSA on their skin , nails, and/or in their noses. (colonized), considered to be MRSA "carriers" and may be more likely to get infections. There is not enough data to recommend specific treatments that get rid of colonized mrsa. Some prescribe topical, intranasal, or systemic antimicrobial agents to patients with recurrent mrsa. ...Read more

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Abscess on my bum. Doc did a culture & it's MRSA. Been taking doxycycline & it's getting smaller very quickly. Is this curable? How to prevent it?

Abscess on my bum. Doc did a culture & it's MRSA. Been taking doxycycline & it's getting smaller very quickly. Is this curable?  How to prevent it?

Keep in touch!: Some sores require drainage plus antibiotics. You seem to be getting better; finish antibxs. Wear clean work out clothes and use clean towels daily. Apply benzoyl peroxide to all pimples when they present. Prevent by cleaning daily especially body openings in the straddle. Keep bathroom clean and disinfect all areas weekly. Do not pick at body sores or injuries. Wash hands after nail bits. ...Read more