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Is MRSA in the ear contagious?

Yes: If you colonize MRSA in your ear, touch it, and touch somebody else, they can colonize mrsa. ...Read more

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I have MRSA in both ears, which i've had for a long time. How can I get rid of it? Dr tried many meds already. And, is it dangerous or contagious?

I have MRSA in both ears, which i've had for a long time. How can I get rid of it? Dr tried many meds already. And, is it dangerous or contagious?

Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment: For symptomatic patients I have actually filled their ear canals with bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. After several days the ointment warms up and slowly comes out of the canal. This improves the canal skin and should cure the mrsa. You will need to find an ENT to help you with this. ...Read more

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Does MRSA cause sharp pains in your ears?

Does MRSA cause sharp pains in your ears?

MRSA: Mrsa is a bacterial infection of the skin. Unless you have MRSA in your ears, you should not be getting pain in your ears from a MRSA infection elsewhere. Your doc may want to take a quick look in there to see that all is ok. ...Read more

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My 12 year old son wants to get his ear pierced, he had a positive swab for MRSA when he was born although no clinical infection. ?

My 12 year old son wants to get his ear pierced, he had a positive swab for MRSA when he was born although no clinical infection. ?

Similar risk to all: I would not assume that that swab in infancy has anything to do with whats on his body today. We all go through waves of skin germs that transiently occupy our body surface.MRSA was uncommon decades ago but dominates the scene today.As many as 70% of simple skin abscesses today are MRSA.Proper care at the time of and after the piercing should reduce risk. ...Read more

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I was just recently told i may have had MRSA and was treated. now my femoral lymph nodes and a node begind my right ear are painful what can this be?

Possibly infection: You don't say where your MRSA was located, but it is possible that the lymph nodes could be either reactive from the infection, or they could be infected also. They frequently improve spontaneously. If they get worse, you need to go back to your doctor. ...Read more

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So if I had mrsa in my nose a little over a month ago, and I want to get a tragus (ear) piercing, should I be okay to get it?

So if I had mrsa in my nose a little over a month ago, and I want to get a tragus (ear) piercing, should I be okay to get it?

Yes: As long as you are not currently sick with an infection (meaning symptoms such as fever), you're ok for piercing provided you get it done by someone trained, using proper sterile techniques. If it becomes infected, MRSA may be present which makes treatment more difficult and longer. ...Read more

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Hi I had ear surgery jan14 I have been unwell since on and off but I have now had a ear infection labyrinths since 20 dec I'm now on 3rd meds mrsa?

Hi I had ear surgery jan14 I have been unwell since on and off but I have now had a ear infection labyrinths since 20 dec I'm now on 3rd meds mrsa?

Ear infection: resistance is certainly a concern after the third infection. It would be prudent to have a culture of the fluid iif possible. I would discuss this with an ENT physician. ...Read more

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I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

See ENT : This could be a chronic otitis externa (outer ear infection) or otitis media (middle ear infection). Treatment can include local care with suctioning of the ear frequently. It will often require both oral and topical antibiotics. Sulfa based antibiotics and Clindamycin work well, but lab sensitivities are necessary from culture . Middle ear infections may require surgery in some cases. ...Read more

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I'm sorry, I have a abscessed tooth on the left lower side, ear ringing & left neck pain, can a abscessed tooth activate my MRSA? Should I go to ER?

I'm sorry, I have a abscessed tooth on the left lower side, ear ringing & left neck pain, can a abscessed tooth activate my MRSA? Should I go to ER?

Tooth infection: This should be immediately treated by your dentist. The ER may not have a dentist on staff and will only prescribe antibiotics, but the meds will not solve your dental issues. ...Read more

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I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work. ?

I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat.  This started with a cold.  I have had two ear infections since.  They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared.  CT scan is clear.  Prilosec did not work. ?

Phlegm: It sounds like you still have sinus inflammation with mucous draining down into your throat. Try a nasal steroid like Flonase for maintenance therapy or an antihistamine like Claritin. If symptoms persist, oral antibiotics or low dose oral prednisone may help. An ENT consult may be needed. ...Read more

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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?

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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My 4 yr old daughter complained about pain on her head. I opened up her hair and found white looks like a white pimple. I'm afraid it might be MRSA ?

My 4 yr old daughter complained about pain on her head. I opened up her hair and found white looks like a white pimple. I'm afraid it might be MRSA ?

Don't worry.: If it looks like a pimple it probably is. These can sometimes occur on the head. Pimples do not generally need any treatment. Will heal on its own. If it gets large- more like a boil - it may need treatment. MRSA gets a lot of media attention but it is just staph aureus with resistance to some traditional antibiotics. The clever physician understands this and uses appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Small boil red penny size similar after two days. Had a head on it yesterday. Clinic said not mrsa: not worse after 2 days not hard pussy sound ok?

Small boil red penny size similar after two days.  Had a head on it yesterday.  Clinic  said not mrsa: not worse after 2 days not hard pussy sound ok?

Cultured? drained?: If the boil has not been cultured I do not know how they can say with certainty that it is not mrsa. That being said MRSA does tend to make more painful and rapidly increasing lesions. Interestingly, just draining them can frequently be adequate treatment however if antibiotics are not used then they do tend to recur. ...Read more

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Red penny size skin area, pimple in middle, no boil, on thigh, day 2, clinic removed crust where head was, said little infection but not mrsa, sound ok?

Red penny size skin area, pimple in middle, no boil, on thigh, day 2, clinic removed crust where head was, said little infection but not mrsa, sound ok?

Probably ok: Hopefully the clinic took a wound culture and placed you on antibiotics. You should follow up in a few days if it does not improve. ...Read more

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Hard lump on pubic mound 2 days. ER= too soon to lance. No head, no heat, tender. Satellite eruptions on butt clearing up. RX= Keflex Scared of MRSA?

Simple tests: A surface culture and PCR analysis of the local area or skin scrapings would help to identify the presence of MRSA, versus MSSA( multiply-sensitive Staph Aureus), but this needs to be performed by a licensed OB-GYN, who can examine the pubic area for telltale signs of infection and help in your treatment ...Read more

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I have a reoccurring staph infection, mrsa. It keeps comming back every month and jumping locations, from rear to breast to back of head.

I have a reoccurring staph infection, mrsa. It keeps comming back every month and jumping locations, from rear to breast to back of head.

Infectious diseaseMD: Is it cultured MRSA or regular staph. You should speak to an infectious disease md for treatment. Do you scratch yourself? Itch? Possibly at night? You may have MRSA under the nails and seeding the skin. Normlly you treat MRSA and it resolves you have to culture it find out what it is sensitive to and use those antibiotics. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds, and zyvox is made specifically for mrsa culture your nose too. ...Read more