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Mrsa Human Skin
Yes, but: Mrsa is easily transmitted by skin to skin contact. That being said, staph aureus normally lives on our skin, and for the most part, it causes no issues. If the recipient is already sick, immunosuppressed, or otherwise has a poor response to staph aureus in general, they are at higher risk of actually having invasive disease vs. Just colonization. ...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
Can be serious: Mrsa (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) can range from mild and annoying (skin abscesses) to life threatening (pneumonia and sepsis). Many people are colonized with the bacteria (harboring it on their bodies) but never get sick. It can be transmitted from human contact, including at gyms and saunas. ...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
A lot of damage: MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) can be very serious and cause serious short and long term problems. Within 10 days, the infection can go from a localized skin infection or boil/abscess to invading into the blood stream and causing serious infections throughout the body, like sepsis, endocarditis, kidney failure, brain infection or all organs at the same time. Very serious! ...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
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