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Mrsa In The Bloodstream Dangers
Can you have MRSA in the bloodstream without a fever? What are the symptoms of MRSA in the bloodstream?
Rarely: Very elderly and immunosuppressed patients can have severe infections without fever. This rarely occurs in immunocompetent young patients. Symptoms of MRSA blood stream infection are chills, fever, muscle and joint aching, signs of a skin infection or infection at another site. If left untreated it can lead to confusion, shock and death. ...Read more
Could this be ca-mrsa in the bloodstream? With pneumonia? I have just been diagnosed with ca-mrsa. Within 1 week I have had 2 breakouts, the second breakout is worse than the first. I am shaking a lot, have a fever, coughing, dizziness, shortness of brea
Mrsa: Possibly. You need to go to the ER right away for an evaluation with blood work and a chest xray. ...Read more
From skin: Mrsa is a type of staff aureus bacteria that is resistant to the penicillin type antibiotics. Staff aureus lives on everyone and usually just hangs out on the skin and nice warm moist spots like groin arm pits nose if the bacteria gets access to the blood stream like a bad skin infection or less commonly a cut on the skin it can get to blood stream and cause a blood infection. ...Read more
You'll know...: Mrsa bloodstream infections are serious, so your immune system will be on overdrive to fight the infection- early on, it may manifest flu- like symptoms. This may be followed by fever, low bp, sweating, others. Typically, you will look and feel really crappy. The exception is if you are on drugs for immunosuppression (transplant, rheum athritis, etc). Blood cultures will secure the diagnosis. ...Read more
Many: Symptoms may include fever, chills, if the infection is severe, hypotension may occur, bleeding due diseminated coagulation problems (dic); however, there are cases of transient bacteremia (bacteria in the bloodstream that do not stay in there for long) that do not cause any major symptoms. ...Read more
Hello, I was found that I have MRSA staph infection. I was wondering how long does it take to get into bloodstream?
Is it possible for MRSA to gain entry via a cut between the webspace of your right toe and travel via the bloodstream lodging in your right thigh?
Yes: It is possible for MRSA to enter your bloodstream through a break in the skin and go almost anywhere in the body. ...Read more
I have MRSA (community instead of hospital). Diagnosed through skin culture. Treatment working. Will it enter my bloodstream? How to know ifin blood?
It's not: Many people have this microbe on their skin, the majority with no ill effects. If you had a real active blood infection you would be obviously, seriously sick. Ignore the online sensationalist stuff on MRSA. ...Read more
Can MRSA be contracted via the bloodstream by unwashed/ungloved hands during a debridement b/ween small toe w/out signofinfectionatsiteofdebridement?
MRSA transmit: Possible but unlikely. Best to discuss with your treating docs. ...Read more
It depends: Many people have a skin infection or even just colonization with MRSA and it never reaches their bloodstream. Some can have a simple skin infection and have bacteria in the blood the same day or the next day--within hours. Other people will have a bone infection for days and days and never develop bacteremia (bacteria in the blood). If you have MRSA, consider seeing an infectious disease physician ...Read more
You don't: Mrsa bloodstream infections almost always cause symptoms and frequently the patient is quite ill and toxic. In an immunocompetent patient it would be exceedingly rate for MRSA blood stream infection to not cause symptoms. Transient bacteremias do occur but they are brief and asymptomatic and usually do not cause disease but the bacteria can seed various organs and then cause symptomatic infection. ...Read more
A lot of us: Are colonized but not sick. Ask your pediatrician. ...Read more
We think out kitten may have mrsa. What is the danger to the young kids in my house? Is there any? Please help.
MRSA/fluoroquinolone: Eradicating susceptible microorganisms colonizing skin and mucus membranes fluoroquinolones may open an ecologic niche, making a patient vulnerable to colonization and infection by resistant organisms, including mrsa. Because fluoroquinolone resistance is relatively rare among strains of mssa while MRSA isolates tend to be resistant, the net result could be the replacement of mssa by mrsa. ...Read more
A friend of mine, who we were going camping with for a month, was just diagnosed with mrsa. Being in such close quarters scares me for the fact my husband has chronic stage 4 sarcoidosis. I canceled the trip. Was it dangerous for my husband? He also has
Mrsa occurs through direct contact with:
someone who has an active infection
someone who is a carrier of the infection (colonized)
a contaminated object.
After a person comes into contact with a contaminated surface or object, he or she may become a carrier of the bacteria (colonized). An active infection with MRSA can develop when a person is colonized and has an open cut. ...Read more
I'm on clindamycin for MRSA. I'm aware it's a dangerous antibiotic, but is it safer via IV or orally?
Varies: I would not really say clindamycin is a dangerous antibiotic in general. The main issues in your case would be that a fair amount of Mrsa strains are resistant to clindamicin and also it can cause (as many antibiotics can) pseudo membranous colitis which is when antibiotics can kill normal bacteria in the gut and unhealthy bacteria can overgrow. Iv verse po each has their plusses and minuses. ...Read more
I have sinus mrsa. I was put on oral vancomycin. I heard that won't absorb. What can I do to get rid of it? I just had surgery. Is that dangerous?
See below: If you have an MRSA sinusitis you are correct that oral vancomycin is not absorbed and would be totally inappropriate treatment. Oral Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) which achieve good levels in sinus and nasal secretions and which are effective for 90% or so of MRSA strains would be my recommendation. I would also use Bactroban Nasal ointment for decolonization. ...Read more
??? Not really: As you are the one with the history of mrsa, so getting a tattoo should be fine. No one should get a tattoo after you with the same needle! If done correctly, and cleanly, by a certified tattoo artist you should be fine. ...Read more
I'm an SLP in a skilled nursing facility. Just received dx of MRSA on my skin, received topical bactroban; 13 weeks pregnant, is the MRSA dangerous?
MRSA skin infection: MRSA can certainly be a bane to health care workers like you. It sounds like your case is mild, since u were only given topical therapy. Bactroban is fine in pregnancy, so with this you'll be able to clear it up. MRSA sometimes can crop up later - but if so, I recommend reaching out to an Infectious Diseases doctor who can certainly guide you. Once I treated a whole family with MRSA. See doc if Qs ...Read more
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
I am very afraid of mrsa infection. Had groin infection confirmed two weeks ago, finished treatment of Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Am I a danger to family and spouse?
Not to worry: Probably your MRSA is already around your home and it's likely your spouse is already carrying it (from sharing a bed, etc). Maybe others in the house as well. But that's probably as far as it will go. It's normal to have staph on the skin, and mostly no infection results. You were unlucky, but that doesn't mean the others will be. MRSA is no more virulent than other staph, just harder to treat. ...Read more
Purple pimple in area of panty line/ pubic hair. Saw derm immed. He dx small furuncle. Rx'd Bactroban (mupirocin). Read boils in groin DANGEROUS. Scared! MRSA?
Bactroban (mupirocin) works well: On MRSA often, but in some cases oral antibiotics are necessary and or drainage. If not better in 48 hours call for oral meds, culture and possible drainage. ...Read more
If I'm on antibiotics for a mrsa infection how likely is it that it will move to other places on body or bloodstream?
If it is the correct: Treatment for appropriate duration of time (key aspect of treatment of MRSA!) then you should not get satellite infections or transmission to bloodstream. MRSA is difficult to treat because it generally requires the correct antibiotic that the MRSA is sensitive to, and a longer duration of treatment. For skin infections, typically 10 to 14 days and internal infections, 14-21 days. ...Read more
Could I have MRSA in my bloodstream along with pneumonia? I was diagnosed with MRSA a week ago when I went to urgent care for a boil behind my right ear. They cultured it and put me on antibiotics. Sure enough it was mrsa. It hasn't even been a full we
If: If you have fever, chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath in the setting of MRSA skin lesions, you should be seen and have a chest xray if your doctor feels the small risk of the xray in prenancy is warranted by your symptoms and exam. Mrsa can get in the blood if you have pneumonia and can be checked for with blood samples. ...Read more
Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, teflaro, vancomycin, zyvox (linezolid) or cubicin. Care takers whether in hospital or otherwise should follow contact precautions to avoid spread of infection.
Mrsa infection can occur in soft tissue infections, blood stream etc. Infections can be life threatening and serious. ...Read more
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