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Mrsa Human Skin
YES and YES: Mrsa is a bacteria that is resistant to a number of previously effective antibiotics by mouth to treat "staph" infections. Mrsa can be aggressive and cause severe soft tissue infections and can kill a patient if not treated in a timely fashion with the appropiate antibiotics. Mrsa is commonly found on the skin of certain people can spread by skin-to-skin (direct) or by fomite (indirect) contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether or not you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors. ...Read more
Usually three days: If you have not heard back from your doctor office, call them. ...Read more
No one knows...: The answer lies in understanding how MRSA can cause skin infections. Mrsa can be on the skin for a long time, and not cause an infection unless it has an opportunity to get past the outer layer of the skin- it is only then that MRSA can begin to cause disease that manifests as symptoms. Situations that allow MRSA to do that includes nicks when razoring, ingrown hair, scratch.. ...Read more
Hi I was told I had mrsa on my skin & have been told to decolonisation for 5 days. The swab was taken 3 weeks ago. Could it if spread by then. And doe?
Not a diagnosis: Swabs from normal people often culture these bacteria. We begin with a diagnosis and then might take a culture to help decide on exact therapy. Do you have an infection on your skin? Where? What matters is the appearance and symptoms, not so much the culture. The culture was done 3 weeks ago? Whatever it was should be healed. ...Read more
Once you have MRSA once, does it stay dorment on your skin forever? I am getting different answers from medical professionals...
Not quite: MRSA often takes up residence in your nose--it lives happily there without causing problems. So even if you take antibiotics to treat an infection elsewhere, it may not kill the MRSA in your nose. But nothing is forever! If you've had more than one MRSA infection, or it "runs in the family," you might be a candidate for *intranasal* antibiotics to try to get rid of it. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more
Do MRSA infections on skin grow or can they just be a small scratch that's not getting worse but taking a long time to heal?
No: Many people have MRSA on their skin but this does not always caused infection. If it does cause an infection such as cellulitis which is skin infection it does need special antibiotics to treat. If you ever get an infection you want to tell your doctor that you have history of mrsa. There are medications to eradicate the MRSA from the skin but this is generally unsuccessful and not necessary. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: Where do you have the skin infection? You could wash your skin with an anti microbial soap such as dial or hibiclens and then put on any moisturizer that you like. Use a new tube or bottle of it so that the moisturizer is uncontaminated. More importantly, MRSA is not a permanent condition (eg. Like herpes) so it can be cured. Some people are carriers of MRSA in the nose which requires treatment. ...Read more
Hi, after being burnt on my head from a hair colour, i've know been told I have mrsa, i'm a bit worried as i feel i'm getting a cold, i'm on antibiotic et?
My dermatologist did a swab test from the flakes on my skin since it was peeling and they said I have MRSA. They gave me Bactrim. Is it Effective?
For what?: It is effective for various things. Growing MRSA from flakes of skin is NOT a diagnosis. Such a culture will grow mrsa from many normal people. ASK THE DERMATOLOGIST TO EXPLAIN THE DIAGNOSIS and for details about exactly what you should expect. ...Read more
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