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Doctor insights on: Mrsa Human Skin

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Is MRSA serious and can it be transmitted by human skin to skin contact?

Is MRSA serious and can it be transmitted by human skin to skin contact?

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 more

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Can i get a staph infection or MRSA from my cat? Do all humans carry staph on skin?

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

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Does MRSA always begin with a skin wound or some sort?

Does MRSA always begin with a skin wound or some sort?

Invasive vs colonize: There is a big difference between colonized MRSA which can be present and live on the ski surface without any immeasuate threat. However once a wound occurs the bacteria gain entrance to the body and cause significant disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get symptoms of skin MRSA after you have been exposed to it?

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

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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?

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

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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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Is MRSA and cellulitis the same skin problem?

Is MRSA and cellulitis the same skin problem?

No.: Mrsa is a type of bacteria that can cause cellulitis (skin infection) or an abscess. There are also other types of bacteria that can cause cellulitis. We hear a lot about MRSA because it is resistent to a lot of common antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could my daughter have gotten her MRSA pneumonia from the child with a skin MRSA ?

Could my daughter have gotten her MRSA pneumonia from the child with a skin MRSA ?

Maybe: Mrsa is everywhere. It is responsible for 60-70% of simple abscesses acquired through community exposure. If your child is exposed to other kids and or adults at day care, school or the local grocery store, she could pick up the strain through casual contact. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have had MRSA for 3 years, and have seen many doctors. All they do is put me on biotics, not even a skin test.It's getting very bad now, what to do?

See ID specialist: You need to consult an infectious disease specialist on this. In fact, you should question whether your problem is from mrsa. If necessary, go to a local university center. ...Read more

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Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis: Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound 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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Does skin MRSA look like a bruise after vancomycin?

To vague: Vancomycin if given to fast causes red man syndrome. The skin becomes red a bruise doesn't sound like this is related to vancomycin. ...Read more

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I have MRSA is there any type lotion i can use to keep my skin moisturizer?

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

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I know that MRSA and mssa bacteria lives on most peoples skin. Does soap kill the bacteria?

See below: Some soaps may kill the bacteria, but most likely the number of bacteria is simply reduced as it get washed off. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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