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Dr. Larry Maturani
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How do you know if your a carrier for mrsa?

Dr. Larry Maturani
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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How do you know if your a carrier for mrsa?

Nasal swab: Your doctor can check this for you. They use a nasal swab and send it to the lab. Results in one day. People who are MRSA positive seldom need treatment unless they are immunocompromised for any reason and they have positive blood cultures. In hospital setting, when a patient is found to be MRSA positive, to prevent spread, staff must gown and wear gloves to prevent spread, patient not treated. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
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Please help! what is the difference between a MRSA carrier and full blown mrsa?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Board Certified, Podiatry
23 years in practice
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A carrier : Doesn't have to have an infection but the bacteria could be colonized on them. So, it could be in their nose lets say but they don't have any infection, the bacteria is just living there vs. Someone who has an active infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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What are the differences between a MRSA carrier and full blown mrsa?

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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Healthy vs sick: A carrier is a healthy person screened for medical reasons, while a full MRSA infection will cause symptoms and disease, from skin and soft tissue infections to pneumonia and life threatening blood-borne infections. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Petrie
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
30 years in practice
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My son got a server case of MRSA in 2007 does that mean he is a carrier of mrsa?

Dr. Louis Petrie
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
30 years in practice
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MRSA: Chances are yes that he is what is referred to as "colonized". This does not mean is has an active infection. Rather the MRSA coexists on his body without causing a clinical infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Grossman
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
31 years in practice
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I just found out that my MRSA is active im a carrier. Also I have neutropenia how does this effect my care?

Dr. Leonard Grossman
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
31 years in practice
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See : You don't need to do anything as long as you feel healthy. You should additionally visit and discuss the issue with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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I am a carrier of MRSA on decolonisation protocol.will hugging my family n friends put them at risk for MRSA even though im just a carrier of it?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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Typically i put: carriers on topical intranasal mupirocin daily to prevent colonization and infection. If your friends have open wounds then theoretically you could cause infection, but not common. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Evans
Board Certified, Neonatology
13 years in practice
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If someone gets MRSA will they be cured by antibiotic or will tthey become a carrier of it.?

Dr. Edward Evans
Board Certified, Neonatology
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If someone  gets MRSA will they be cured by antibiotic or will tthey become a carrier of it.?

Maybe: Mrsa or methicillin resistant staph aureus is a antibiotic resistant bacteria. By definition it is more difficult to treat than a non resistant bacteria. A simple course of antibiotics will not treat the bacteria living on the skin. Some have recommended Mupirocin ointment to the nose in conjunction with chlorohexadine baths, however results for this have been mixed. Discuss with a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Mrsa and sex is a MRSA carrier legally obligated to disclose this fact to any one before having an intercourse with them?

Dr. Joy Jackson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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I : I do not believe there is a legal obligation here, however i may be wrong. Please pose this question to the lawyers here on avvo.Com. From a medical standpoint, i think it is the responsibility of the carrier to inform their partner, especially if the intention is to have intimate contact. A person colonized with MRSA can have a normal sexual relationship, however hygiene precautions should be taken. Handwashing is actually the best way to prevent the spread of mrsa. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Cahill
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Dr. Matthew Cahill
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
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Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Errol Ozdalga
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
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I've been diagnosed as a MRSA carrier when i had an operation about a month ago. I wonder if i can do something to get rid of it. I suffer from eczema?

Dr. Errol Ozdalga
Board Certified, Hospital-based practice
8 years in practice
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Not really...: There really are no great treatments to eradicate MRSA colonization. Some doctors will prescribe Mupirocin nasal (mrsa livesbehind the nasal passages) and a medication called rifampin. Truth is this doesn't work well and exposes you to risks of medications and antibiotic resistance. Really, we're covered with bacteria and MRSA is nothing for you to worry about unless you have an active infection! ...Read more

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