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Treatment for MRSA a staff infection?

CA-MRSA: Treatment of MRSA infection depends on where the infection is & how ill the patient is. For eg, treatment for MRSA infection in the blood is differs from MRSA infection on the skin. It also depends if it's hospital or community acquired. If uncomplicated skin infection, eg abscess, i&d, bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clidna, zyvox are a good start until antibiotic sensitivity is available at 48 hours. ...Read more

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Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Treatment time: For most abscesses, treatment is faster with drainage vs just taking an antibiotic. And, often, drainage is the only treatment that is needed. However, many physicians will use both approaches to try to clear an abscess. ...Read more

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Does MRSA treatment require hospitalization?

Does MRSA treatment require hospitalization?

No: Not generally. There are excellent antibiotics on the market..Zyvox (linezolid) being one of my favorite. It is a twice a day antibiotic that is excellent for mrsa. ...Read more

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Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Is a peritonsillar abscess contagious?

Depends: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious complication of an acute tonsillitis. It is not that the abscess is contagious, but that the etiology of the tonsillitis, if is viral or bacterial can be contagious. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics will cure MRSA?

Which antibiotics will cure MRSA?

Wrong question: MRSA is a type of bacteria. There are many types of MRSA. Was it acquired in the hospital or in the community? Did it occur while taking an antibiotic? Is it boils or cellulitis or pneumonia or infected wound, etc. The best approach depends on the diagnosis. If it is an abscess, drainage, not antibiotic, is the correct approach. ...Read more

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Is MRSA treated with antibiotics contagious?

MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic cephalexin cure a tooth abscess?

Can the antibiotic cephalexin cure a tooth abscess?

No: Antibiotics can decrease the size of the infection and give you temporary pain relief, but you cannot cure the infection without treating the tooth with the appropriate dental procedure. ...Read more

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Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more

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Is a peritonsillar abscess treated with an antibiotic shot?

Partially: A peritonsillar abscess is a serious medical condition and aside from iv antibiotics for 10- 14 days, an ENT consult should be considered to evaluate for incision and drainage. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic for infected cysts?

None: Antibiotics won't usually work to treat infected cysts. The cysts usually have to be drained or removed. ...Read more

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What is MRSA infection?

What is MRSA infection?

Methicilin Resistant: A MRSA infection is an infection caused by staph aureus bacteria that is resistant to an antibiotic called methicillin. (methicilin resistant staph aureus). ...Read more

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Treatment of recurrent boils?

Treatment of recurrent boils?

Local hygiene: Complete your wound care. I wld obtain a culture of your nares to make sure you are not a carrier of staph. I wld talk to your doctor about leaving you on antibiotics for several months. I wld shower with hibiclens for several weeks. Any question see a infectious disease doctor for advice. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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What is the treatment plan for someone with MRSA and open sores?

What is the treatment plan for someone with MRSA and open sores?

PROVEN ?: If msra has been the proven organism by culture you would guide treatment by antibiotic sensitivity in the culture as opposed to using a standard drug formula. Also depends on where and severity. Perhaps a simple sulfa drug sometimes combined with a TB drug and sometimes as aggressive as with IV vancomycin. ...Read more

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How long after treatment for MRSA is it safe for someone to be near other people?

Treatment length: Mrsa is most infectious if there is a wet or draining wound. Once the wound is dry and scabbed and antibiotics are clearing the infection the infectiousness goes down dramatically. ...Read more

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Multiple surgerys using mesh, now I have pain and mrsa. My body is fighting the mesh, what treatment should I pursue? Thanks

Multiple surgerys using mesh, now I have pain and mrsa. My body is fighting the mesh, what treatment should I pursue? Thanks

Maybe remove it: May need to remove the mesh. There are many options however to repair hernias without mesh, or using mesh after infection has cleared. See a general surgeon with experience in complex hernia management for an opinion. Checking the americas hernia society website may help. ...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 tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

Not necessarily: once the infection is adequately treated you will not have an active MRSA infection. your skin has been colonized with MRSA and no one can really know if you will always have it. there are eradication protocols for people who carry MRSA in their nares. i would say that about 1/3 of the people i see in the hospital have MRSA. it's not something to be ashamed of. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for MRSA in the kidneys?

Kidneys: Not very clear about your question. How was this MRSA in kidneys diagnosed. Prolonged course of IV antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Does MRSA treatment require hospitalization?

No: Not generally. There are excellent antibiotics on the market..Zyvox (linezolid) being one of my favorite. It is a twice a day antibiotic that is excellent for mrsa. ...Read more

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Mrsa positive. I am getting really sick. What is the best treatment?

Whoever: Made the diagnosis of MRSA should be treating you. Where do you have it? What body part? I assume you are under doctors care? What antibiotic are you on? How are you getting really sick? ...Read more

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I was tested for MRSA and it came back positive, should I get tsted again after treatment?

I was tested for MRSA and it came back positive, should I get tsted again after treatment?

No: You are now more likely to have repeat MRSA infections so being seen quickly for infections will help as well as using hibiclens soap for a month. It is not forever....But MRSA can spread in families so a little extra precaution goes a long way. It is not necessary to test after the treatment as the culture said what antibiotic is best. ...Read more

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I had/maybe still have MRSA and still get abscesses, can I donate a kidney?

No: They will not consider you as a donor with any acute infectious process ...Read more

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Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Do nerves that have been damaged from mrsa, abscess drained & cellulitis grow back?

Nerve Recovery: Nerve injuries are classified as follows: a first-degree injury, or neurapraxia, will recover within days after the injury, or it may take up to three months. The recovery will be complete with no lasting muscle or sensory problems. A second-degree injury, or axonotmesis, also will recover completely; however, the recovery will take much longer than with a first-degree injury. ...Read more

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I have MRSA that started as an abscess. Finished antibiotics. Is every bump a concern now?

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Not really: I wouldn't fret about every bump, but you know what an abscess feels like; if that recurs, get it checked out again. If you have recurrent episodes, you can see about decolonization, but that often does not work for very long and requires decolonization of everyone you live with and your environment, as well. This may just be a singular event. ...Read more

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I have an abscess that resulted from a cyst rupturing. They are soon labs to see if it is Mrsa should I stay home from work until I get results?

Still draining?: I assume "they" are medical people who drained your abscess and took a culture. If it oozed white/yellow pus-like material, it is very likely to be MRSA. Whether to stay home or not...is it still draining? See the doc. Are you on antibiotics? How painful is it? Can you walk, sit, drive, and do your job? If it has stopped draining and is getting better, keep it clean and covered and go to work! ...Read more

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I had a blemish on my face popped thought it was gone. Came back, worst pain ever. Abscess formed. Cultured turned out to be mrsa. How did this happen?

MRSA: Many normal people are colcnized nasally with MRSA and it was either primarily responsible for the initial blemish, or by popping it (don't do that again) you opened the way for secondary infection with this bug. Get it treated, try to get rid of the carrier state and stay healthy. Happy new year and good luck. ...Read more

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Treatment for MRSA a staff infection?

CA-MRSA: Treatment of MRSA infection depends on where the infection is & how ill the patient is. For eg, treatment for MRSA infection in the blood is differs from MRSA infection on the skin. It also depends if it's hospital or community acquired. If uncomplicated skin infection, eg abscess, i&d, bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clidna, zyvox are a good start until antibiotic sensitivity is available at 48 hours. ...Read more

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My wife was recently diagnosed with "heavy growth of mrsa" at the site of her abscess. She was prescribed meds and her wound is covered, am I safe?

My wife was recently diagnosed with "heavy growth of mrsa" at the site of her abscess. She was prescribed meds and her wound is covered, am I safe?

MRSA: Hello, Good hand washing hygiene is very important if you will be changing the bandages of the wound. If you will not have any contact with the wound then you will be alright. That being said, MRSA is very common and the most important thing is finding the right antibiotic to treat the infection. ...Read more

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I tested positive for active MRSA infections have done a course of clindamycin am still getting infections. What are other options for treatment?

I tested positive for active MRSA infections have done a course of clindamycin am still getting infections. What are other options for treatment?

Wrong Treatment?: I am sorry, but you have a treatment failure. I am not sure that Clindamycin even treats mrsa. When a treatment fails one is to contact their physician for the next option. ...Read more

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Why do I get reoccurring MRSA skin abscesses? I've been getting them on/off for 3 yeara. Also, how long should I take antibiotic when i get an abs.?

You're colonized: You should try to get decolonized to prevent the recurrent infections. First try nasal Bactroban Ointment twice a day with hibiclens soap daily showers and shampoos for 10 days. If that doesn't work try oral antibiotic treatment with Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) plus Rifampin and repeat the bactroban/hibiclens treatment at the same time. Good luck. ...Read more

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