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Doctor insights on: Mrsa Carrier Symptoms

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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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What are the differences between a MRSA carrier and full blown mrsa?

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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Please help! what is the difference between a MRSA carrier and full blown mrsa?

Please help! what is the difference between a MRSA carrier and full blown mrsa?

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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My son got a server case of MRSA in 2007 does that mean he is a carrier of mrsa?

My son got a server case of  MRSA in 2007 does that mean he is a carrier of mrsa?

Yes and no: We find about 60-70% of puss bearing lesions seen in the office are MRSA. It is out there on shopping carts, banisters, counters, door knobs, etc. There is good evidence that you and any of your family occasionally acquire and loose this germ over time. To consider your son at particular risk over an isolated case 9 yrs ago would not be reasonable. ...Read more

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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?

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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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?

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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If someone gets MRSA will they be cured by antibiotic or will tthey become a carrier of it.?

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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Mrsa and sex is a MRSA carrier legally obligated to disclose this fact to any one before having an intercourse with them?

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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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

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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If I am a MRSA Carrier should I work where MRSA is predominiate. I work in jail where hygein is not very good and have had 9 active MRSA infections SF?

MRSA: as long you don't have active lesions you should be fine. If any active lesions you need to treat before going back to work. ...Read more

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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?

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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If mrsa swab of infected area is negative after infection, is mrsa gone? Does an infection mean I am a carrier? Do I need to follow up w/ nasal swab?

MRSA carriage : There is s lot of media attention and literature on MRSA in recent yrs. resulting in some confusion. If you had MRSA diagnosed before, thud chances are that you are colonized with it. Thx good news is that you can decrease colonization with proper monitoring and treatment as indicated. ...Read more

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It is possible that a carrier of a staph infection reinfect my son who is MRSA colonized?

It is possible that a carrier of a staph infection reinfect my son who is MRSA colonized?

Staph aureus: Colonization is not infection. You can possibly interrupt the carriage state using nasal Mupirocin ointment twice a day and washing only with soap containing chlorhexadine for a month or more. This will reduce or clear carriage state in about 50% of persons. It can be gotten again from others who touch you when they are colonized. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get a tattoo if you're a MRSA carrier but don't have an active infection?

???Not really: As you are the one with the history of mrsa, so getting a tattoo should be fine. No one should get a tattoo after you with the same needle! if done correctly, and cleanly, by a certified tattoo artist you should be fine. ...Read more

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If MRSA is living in your nose (carrier), how does it not get into your lungs and give you pneumonia? What is mode of entry for MRSA pneumonia?

If MRSA is living in your nose (carrier), how does it not get into your lungs and give you pneumonia?  What is mode of entry for MRSA pneumonia?

MRSA: Many of the organisms populating your nose and throat have the potential to produce pneumonia, but you have many defense mechanisms that prevent this. It is not until these mechanisms are compromised or the number of organisms is overwhelming that they will produce clinically relevant disease. ...Read more

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I had a mrsa infection about 3 months ago but was never tested to see if I'm a carrier. I want to get my nose pierced, is that safe?

I had a mrsa infection about 3 months ago but was never tested to see if I'm a carrier. I want to get my nose pierced, is that safe?

No. : The nose is one area where MRSA hides. I would recommend getting checked to see if you are a carrier. Even if you are not a carrier, I would be very cautious about piercings. ...Read more

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Can u get MRSA in ur sinuses i'm a active carrier my left face is swollen painful been getting bad headaches lately eye swollen shut just about?

Can u get MRSA in ur sinuses i'm a active carrier my left face is swollen painful been getting bad headaches lately eye swollen shut just about?

Staph Aureus,: The MRSA bacteria, is normally found in the nose. So, yes, you can have MRSA in the sinuses, especially if you are a carrier. The swelling of you eye is very concerning. You should seek attention immediately. ...Read more

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