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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


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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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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