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Is MRSA pneumonia contagious?

Yes: Although not that simple. When someone has MRSA pneumonia, the droplets that come out when they cough can contain MRSA. MRSA is not airborne except in droplets and it doesn't survive long outside. It is acquired by touching a person or object that has live MRSA bacteria on it. Hand washing is best for prevention. the patient with MRSA pneumonia should be isolated and wear a mask. ...Read more

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Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Eczema or Staph Infn: Eczema is not contageous, it is an infammatory disorder of the skin. Eczema can become secondarily infected with staphylococcus as it is a skin organism and the eczema represents breaks in our normal protection system of the skin. Staph is very contageous. It can be spread person-person, in foods and grom fomite (inanimage object) to human. Good handwashing prevents spread. ...Read more

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Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Is herpes meningitis contagious?

Yes: Patients with herpes meningitis should be under contact precautions, as it can be spread like the flu. ...Read more

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Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Is herpes zoster contagious airborne?

Zoster no, c'pox yes: People with their first infection with varicella zoster virus (VZV) (mostly kids w/ chickenpox) are infectious by respiratory secretions -- e.g. coughing on someone who previously never had chickenpox and were not vaccinated against VZV. However, herpes zoster (shingles) dosn't have virus in the respiratory tract -- rarely transmissible except by direct contact with the skin rash. ...Read more

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Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

Typically not: Herpes encephalitis is a rare condition- I do not know it to be contagious- it is very serious and needs to be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Is MRSA staff infection ever gone?

Is MRSA staff infection ever gone?

Yes: Some patients become colonized with MRSA and are at risk for recurrent infections. This can be overcome with a series of chlorhexidene gluconate cleansing treatments, mupiricin ointment to the nares for a number of days and antibiotics as indicated. 2 negative cultures of the nares are felt to indicate the MRSA is resolved. ...Read more

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Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Can be normal.: S. lugdunensis can be part of the normal bacteria which s found on the skin. In some cases, like other strep. germs it can also cause disease in some people, especially if there is a break in the skin or it gets into the blood.. It is very easily treated. Any skin germ can be transferred to another person. But it may not cause disease unless it also gets into the bleed or through the skin. . ...Read more

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Does HSV outbreaks respond to antibiotics?

Does HSV outbreaks respond to antibiotics?

No: Hsv (herpes simplex virus) will respond to antivirals such as valacyclovir or acyclovir. It will not respond to antibiotics, which would treat infections of a bacterial origin. ...Read more

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Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Here are some ...: Ordinary antibiotic like amoxacillin will not help heal the outbreak lesions of genital herpes except superimposed celluitis by amoxacillin sensitive bugs but that is very rare. So, don't take amoxacillin for herpex, but using anti-herpes drugs such as ancyclovir (Zovirax), which may shorten herpes course by almost 50% and lessening its recurrence. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks. ...Read more

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Are boils contagious?

Are boils contagious?

It depends: It depends if what you have truly are boils. ...Read more

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Are boils contagious?

Are boils contagious?

Sort of: Boils contain bacteria. They are contagious in the sense that another person could become infected from the bacteria, especially if they have a weak immune system or have an open skin area like a cut, etc. Keep boil covered and minimize contact with others. ...Read more

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Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph aureus: Yes, bacteria in the eschar (scab) from infection with staphylococcus aureus can be potentially transmitted to others, but that depends upon what you are doing with it. ...Read more

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Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

Could i spread the herpes simplex virus?

If you have herpes: Simplex 1 and 2 - it is possible to spread it. ...Read more

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Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Not really: You really need an antiviral cream or oral medication to be most effective. Over the counter abreva is better than carmex. ...Read more