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I had MRSA endocarditis about a year ago is severe head ache a symptom that the MRSA has returned if not what are simptoms?
Among others: Headache is one of many possible symptoms: vague general ones include fever, chills, poor appetite, weight loss, aches & pains, joint pain, night sweats, weakness & malaise. Cardiac symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough or chest pain. If all you have is headache, recurrent endocarditis would be unlikely, but you are right to consider the possibility. I would check with your doctor. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. MRSA merely means resistant to multiple antibiotics, non-res ones dominate. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. SA most commonly a commensal bacteria, but not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read more
Het. Mono screen came back + 9/8/13, but diagnosed + in '10. Wbc 4.9, neut. 70% and lymp. 21%. Had a MRSA in '12, and shingles '07. What specialist (s) can best diagnose immune system disorders?
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ONE: One culture will show if it is mrsa. If it is not and one keeps having infections then each infection may be tested. ...Read more
You don't: Mrsa bloodstream infections almost always cause symptoms and frequently the patient is quite ill and toxic. In an immunocompetent patient it would be exceedingly rate for MRSA blood stream infection to not cause symptoms. Transient bacteremias do occur but they are brief and asymptomatic and usually do not cause disease but the bacteria can seed various organs and then cause symptomatic infection. ...Read more
Tick + MRSA =Maybe: Alea, I do not know for sure. We know mosquitos may transmit disease by feeding on multiple hosts. Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, 50% or more have some form of MRSA living on their skin. I think it more likely a tick might break the skin and allow entry and possible infection by the MRSA that was already living outside on the skin. ...Read more
No: You have to culture the wound and see if it is mrsa. ...Read more
Culture of leg taken AFTER doc already treated it for MRSA w/Bactrim & top antib; test then back neg (false neg?). Antib in sys how lg? Retest when?
Medical literature: Look at CDC sites. See what I wrote in jama. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Improve health best. Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. 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 more
Diff sympt between sweet glant problem and breast cancers? Past treatmeats for lumbs on, under breast and armpits. Ruling out staf, mrsa. Thanks :)
Lymphadenopathy: Enlarged lymph nodes can be due to infection, tumors, and a wide variety of other conditions. If you have enlarged lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit), these must be examined by a doctor, and you should also have a breast exam, although breast cancer is less likely at your age absent a genetic background for it. Sounds as if your doctors are approaching this carefully and appropriately. Good luck. ...Read more
Currently using clindamyacin 1% topical for acne, how long can I use it for without risking mrsa? And is it safe in pregnancy?
Mrsa is a bacteria that is resistant to some antibiotics that are in the penicillin family.
It is considered a b category safe drug in pregnancy. That means animal studies show no risk or adverse fetal effects. But controlled human studies are not available for first trimester. No evidence of 2nd or 3rd trimester risk shown. ...Read more
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 more
More dangerous staph: Mrsa stands for mehticillin resistant stapholoccus aureus. A staph that is resistant to many common antibiotics. Often it is also more aggressive than other staph germs. It must be cultured and treatment guided by the antibiotics the lab shows will work. It is often spread to others in the household and they should be looked at. ...Read more
No, it shouldn't: Infection with MRSA shouldn't cause itching. It more likely causes pain and discomfort. However, if you have an itchy rash caused by something else, too much scratching of your of skin can increase risk of infection by bacteria such as staph or even mrsa. Mrsa itself is not the reason for the itch. People that are carriers for MRSA also don't experience itching usually. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Antibiotics: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. It's a stronger strain of bacteria that is resistant to penicillin and related drugs. There are alternative antibiotics which can treat MRSA but sometimes it requires IV antibiotics (given thru the vein and not by mouth) and can be resistant to many of the more common antibiotics. If given the proper antibiotics MRSA can be cured. ...Read more
Identify the source: Nasal carriage? Sibling? Fomite? What would happen in the case of recurrent MRSA - it may not easliy resolve so treatment must be aggressive eg, I&D (with c&s), start septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) Mupirocin the nostrils and use hexachloraphene wash, locally. ...Read more
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