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What precautions should a person take who had MRSA in the past? Can it come back?

Precautions: Wash all contaminated clothing with hot water. Use an antibacterial soap for washing especially after exercise (unless you are prone to eczema). Use bactroban (mupirocin) ointment nightly for one week each month under fingernails and on inner rim of nostrils. Wear weight gloves and use clean towels on gym equipment at health clubs, swimming pools and gym locker rooms. ...Read more

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I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

I have tested positive for MRSA in the past from an abscess on my inner thigh area. Does this mean I will always have MRSA? Dr was very uninformative.

Not necessarily: once the infection is adequately treated you will not have an active MRSA infection. your skin has been colonized with MRSA and no one can really know if you will always have it. there are eradication protocols for people who carry MRSA in their nares. i would say that about 1/3 of the people i see in the hospital have MRSA. it's not something to be ashamed of. ...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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I have an abcess under my arm since I have been diagnosed with MRSA in the past will an abcess always be MRSA I have hidradenitis i get a lot of abces?

Not always: But it is very likely that your abscess will be due to the same bacteria as before. It needs to be drained and cultured and treated appropriately, no matter what the etiology. ...Read more

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I have an abcess on my lower leg I have tested positive for MRSA in the past I have chills and it hurts to stand what can I do to feel better?

Go to Hospital: Is this a test? There is only one possible answer. Mrsa can be deadly. It is not advised to sit at home and just wait till you die. You must get medical attention and urgently. ...Read more

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I had a MRSA infection? In the past?What kind of test do I need to get cleared for surgery?

I had a MRSA infection? In the past?What kind of test do I need to get cleared for surgery?

Mention to doc: Sometimes a surgeon might check if your a carrier by taking a nasal swab of your nose. However, more often than not, nothing will be done but if they they prophylaxis you with an antibiotic they might chose one that covers mrsa, similiarly if you develop an infection they would gear it against mrsa. ...Read more

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What is mrsa?

More dangerous staph: Mrsa stands for mehticillin resistant stapholoccus aureus. A staph that is resistant to many common antibiotics. Often it is also more aggressive than other staph germs. It must be cultured and treatment guided by the antibiotics the lab shows will work. It is often spread to others in the household and they should be looked at. ...Read more

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