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Mrsa (Overview)

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, and also lung infections.


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What is the definition or description of: MRSA screen?

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What is the definition or description of: MRSA screen?

Nasal swab: Mrsa colonized the nose, so a nasal swab will diagnose the carrier status of a patient, so is also a diagnostic test. Treatable by intranasal Mupirocin ointment, or bactroban. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mrsa (Overview)

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, and also lung infections.


Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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How does MRSA grow and replicate?

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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How does MRSA grow and replicate?

Usually Benign Bact: Bacteria, e.g. Staphylococcus aureus, grow center out, are frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of bacteria, as 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 sys can change. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
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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?

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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

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What are symptoms of mrsa?

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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What are symptoms of mrsa?

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

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Dr. TED FEDER
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Is having a sore throat, cough, achy body, and a headache signs of mrsa?

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Is having a sore throat, cough, achy body, and a headache signs of mrsa?

Sores on Skin?: Your symptoms can be associated with many other conditions. With MRSA you would also have skin lesions: little painful bumps. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Younggren
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What does MRSA look like?

Dr. Bradley Younggren
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What does MRSA look like?

Skin Infection: It is very difficult to differentiate MRSA from other types of infections without cultures. Clinically many physicians will treat with two type of antibiotics to cover both MRSA and other type of skin infections. ...Read more

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How long does it take to test mrsa?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Mrsa: Cultures can take 2-3 days. There are rapid PCR tests that can be available within a day. ...Read more

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How many tests do you have 2 have before MRSA is confirmed?

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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

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Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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How do you know if you have MRSA in your blood stream but no symptoms?

Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
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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

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