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Can you have MRSA in the bloodstream without a fever? What are the symptoms of MRSA in the bloodstream?

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

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How can MRSA get in the bloodstream?

How can MRSA get in the bloodstream?

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

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How will I know if I have MRSA in my bloodstream?

How will I know if I have MRSA in my bloodstream?

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

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Are there any major signs or symptoms of having MRSA in your bloodstream? I had MRSA a couple weeks ago and feeling very run down

Not specifically: You can actually be asymptomatic and have MRSA bacteremia (bacteria in blood). This organism can produce infection in all organ systems. If you think you may be infected, see a doctor asap and be examined. The earlier the diagnosis the better the outcome. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having MRSA or staph in your bloodstream?

What are symptoms of having MRSA or staph in your bloodstream?

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

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Hello, I was found that I have MRSA staph infection. I was wondering how long does it take to get into bloodstream?

It shouldn't.: If the MRSA was diagnosed by a skin culture it won't necessarily get into your blood. If it does you will get a fever and get very sick. ...Read more

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I have MRSA (community instead of hospital). Diagnosed through skin culture. Treatment working. Will it enter my bloodstream? How to know ifin blood?

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

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Can bloodstream MRSA cause coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure?

Can bloodstream MRSA cause coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure?

No: Sepsis will not cause coronary artery disease. Embolism of infected clot to the coronary artery can cause a heart attack leading to congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How long does it take for MRSA to get in your blood stream?

How long does it take for MRSA to get in your blood stream?

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

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How do you know if you have MRSA in your blood stream but no symptoms?

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

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We think out kitten may have mrsa. What is the danger to the young kids in my house? Is there any? Please help.

We think out kitten may have mrsa. What is the danger to the young kids in my house? Is there any? Please help.

Culture: Kitten should be checked for MRSA by the vet. This bacteria can be contahious, especially to open wounds in kids. Careful hand washing and antibacterial soap until cat is cultured. ...Read more

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Why does quinolone users in danger of having mrsa?

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

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How is it that MRSA issuch a dangerous infection?

Because: The bacteria is resistant to the majority of the antibiotics we have available to treat it. Also the tissue destruction caused by the toxins causes more damage. ...Read more

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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 Transmission: 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

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I'm on clindamycin for MRSA. I'm aware it's a dangerous antibiotic, but is it safer via IV or orally?

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

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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

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Is it dangerous to get a tattoo if you're a MRSA carrier but don't have an active infection?

??? 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

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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?

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

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Can MRSA carrier infect other parts of the body? Mom was cultured and found to have MRSA in the nose! Can she infect other parts of her body? How dangerous it would be to infect other body parts (and what are they)? And how can she prevent such a thing (i

Yes.: Testing positive for MRSA doesn't mean you will get an infection. Good skin hygiene is important. Wash with soap and water, rinse well and use a moisturizer to keep skin supple to avoid tears and cracks that can lead to infected wounds. ...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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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?

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

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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?

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

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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 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

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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

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

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How serious is mrsa?

How serious is mrsa?

MRSA infection: 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