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Is MRSA cultured in urine a contaminant?

Is MRSA cultured in urine a contaminant?

More info needed.: Why was the culture done? Was the person having any symptoms? Answer to your question will depend on whether or not the person was having urinary or systemic complain. MRSA in urine could be significant, or a contaminant depending on the clinical presentation. ...Read more

Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Is is possible to say that urine culture w/ mrsa is not true UTI if it doesn't fall on mcgeer's criteria?

Is is possible to say that urine culture w/ mrsa is not true UTI if it doesn't fall on mcgeer's criteria?

"McGeer Criteria"...: ...are used to judge who has certain infections (UTI and many others) among patients in long term health care, like nursing homes. If the patient doesn't live in such a place, McGeer criteria don't count. Regardless of McGeer, MRSA is always to be treated seriously and most such patients probably should be treated, but there may be exceptions. Check with the doctor in charge of the pateint's care. ...Read more

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I was told today that I have staph in my urine. I have had mrsa in the past and have tested positive for it. Could this be related to it?

Maybe: While it is possible that the MRSA you had before is still colonized in your nose or other body parts, it may or may not need treatment. If you have a history of urinary tract abnormalities, you may need treatment. Most urinary staph is just skin contaminant in the sample. ...Read more

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My brother has a transplant kidney and now has mrsa in his urine. How bad is this??

My brother has a transplant kidney and now has mrsa in his urine. How bad is this??

Depends: It all depends on his symptoms and overall work-up. It can be anywhere from a contaminant to a serious blood borne infection. MRSA is not commonly found in the urine otherwise. ...Read more

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

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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I work in a health care setting- if I got a cut that got MRSA in it would it show the symptoms?

I work in a health care setting- if I got a cut that got MRSA in it would it show the symptoms?

No: Mrsa is in the commuity we worry because it is tough to treat with regular antibiotics. Mrsa in wound bed we have healed. So even if you contracted MRSA in your cut local bactroban (mupirocin) works to remove this. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of mrsa?

What are symptoms of mrsa?

Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. MRSA merely means resistant to multiple antibiotics, non-res ones dominate. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. SA most commonly a commensal bacteria, but not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of mrsa?

Same as any other: Mrsa is just a different type of bacteria; its first symptoms are the same as with any bacterial infection, and depend on the site of the body that is infected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having mrsa?

What are the symptoms of having mrsa?

Non healing skin: Wound or rash. Always needs confirmed by your doctor. Don't assume anything or decide by yourself that's what it is. ...Read more

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Are there people walking around with mrsa, but have no symptoms and don't know they have it?

Yes: Mrsa can live dormant on your skin or elsewhere. Nostrils are a place where people can be colonized by MRSA or other bacteria. ...Read more

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My dog has a wound that was diagnosed to be infected with e coli and mrsa. Can my husband and I get it? What will our symptoms be?

My dog has a wound that was diagnosed to be infected with e coli and mrsa. Can my husband and I get it? What will our symptoms be?

Possibly: MRSA often causes skin infections, so would see an infected wound. Can usually be prevented with good hand washing (use soap, and sing "Happy Birthday" in your head while washing hands to insure adequate time) after caring for or touching dog's wound. Once antibiotics and dog's immune system get upper hand, should not be a problem. ...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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What are the symptoms of a MRSA infection?

Not specific: Symptoms will vary with the type of infection and are generally not different than with other similar organisms. If you are referring to skin infections these are usually red, raised, firm and tender to touch and may be capped by a pus pocket. There may be multiple lesions. But remember the same thing can happen with other organisms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of MRSA and mssa? Does it always start with a infected bump or absess?

Yes.: Mrsa and mssa share the same symptoms as any other skin infection. Redness, swelling, pus, pain and sometimes streaking and fever. The bug is the same type of bug the only difference is that one is sensitive to the penicillin antibiotics and the other is not. ...Read more

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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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My husband has mrsa. It was misdiagnosed for well over 2 years. He is having some serious symptoms of unexplained pain. Is ther any relationship?

My husband has mrsa. It was misdiagnosed for well over 2 years. He is having some serious symptoms of unexplained pain. Is ther any relationship?

Pain where?: Mrsa stats as skin infection that can spread internally. It needs to be treated with appropriate antibiotics and preventive measure to prevent recurrences. It may best to see infectious disease specialist to look for underlying problems with appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What are advanced symptoms of MRSA infection?

Varies: Symptoms will depend on the site of infection i.E, in the blood, in the skin, in the lungs etc..., skin infections may cause "boils", abscess, cellulitis (redness, edema, warmth to the skin), lungs infection may also progress into an abscess, fever, cough, pneumonia, in the blood, severe infection may cause low blood pressure, bleeding due to coagulopathy etc... ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of MRSA or similar staph infections?

Depends on: Location of infection. Mrsa is an invasive form of staph that is resistant to some of the commonly used antibiotics. Staph infections of skin and subcutaneous tissues happen frequently and can be treated with surgical drainage and antibiotics. If it is caused by mrsa, the infection can quickly become uncontrollable. ...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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Please tell me the symptoms of MRSA vs. A staph infection?

Please tell me the symptoms of MRSA vs. A staph infection?

Mrsa, a type of stap: Mrsa is a type of staph that is drug resistant. Staph/mrsa can cause a variety of things. Commonly, skin infections/boils.

They can get into the blood stream and cause infections. Once it gets into the blood stream, it can go anywhere and cause an infection at that site. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the symptoms of MRSA infection to show?

1-3 days: Mrsa (methicillin resistant staphylocoocus aureus) can "show" in 1-3 days. For skin infections my experience is that little cuts fester quickly and become painful quickly. I have also seen them take several days to become obvious. Mrsa is common today and any site that becomes painful and red or pus filled should be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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If I have a MRSA spine infection, will any symptoms besides soreness manifest and will it require surgery?

If I have a MRSA spine infection, will any symptoms besides soreness manifest and will it require surgery?

Spine infection: Any infection of the spine -- whether MRSA, non-MRSA staph, or anything else -- usually is severely painful, usually with fever, and most require surgery. Only a little "soreness" is unlikely to be an infection of any kind. But confirm all this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get MRSA from popping someone's else's infected lump? Was told it was "spider bite". No infected symptoms yet.

Can you get MRSA from popping someone's else's infected lump? Was told it was "spider bite". No infected symptoms yet.

Yes....and elsewhere: MRSA is now located almost anywhere we look. Door knobs. Banisters, shopping carts, etc. If a person has touched it, it may be contaminated with it. It accounts for up to 70% of the pustules/abscesses drained in outpatients. It is not a new AIDS or EBOLA and is relatively easily treated. You are likely exposed daily. If you start experiencing pustules, schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Will my ca MRSA kill me? Only symptoms I have are boils. I'm scared to get pneumonia or get in my blood. How will I know if it does? (only 20yrs old)

Probably not...: Most patients with community-acquired MRSA have the skin symptoms that you describe. With treatment, the infection is not likely to become a systemic infection so pneumonia and certainly death are not likely to occur. If the infection were to become systemic, you would experience fever, chills, etc. If you do develop these symptoms, see your doctor or go to the er, but this is unlikely w/ therapy. ...Read more

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I had MRSA endocarditis about a year ago is severe head ache a symptom that the MRSA has returned if not what are simptoms?

I had MRSA endocarditis about a year ago is severe head ache a symptom that the MRSA has returned if not what are simptoms?

Among others: Headache is one of many possible symptoms: vague general ones include fever, chills, poor appetite, weight loss, aches & pains, joint pain, night sweats, weakness & malaise. Cardiac symptoms may include shortness of breath, cough or chest pain. If all you have is headache, recurrent endocarditis would be unlikely, but you are right to consider the possibility. I would check with your doctor. ...Read more