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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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Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

Mrsa pneumonia is contagious for how long?

MRSA: Communicability of MRSA is usually lesion to hand to hand to area where it can created disease, but respiratory transmission is not likely. If the patient is not coughing and the potential individual to whom it is going to be transmitted does not touch the patient they are unlikely to become infected. ...Read more

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Because my daughter has MRSA pneumonia at the age of one, what are some future concerns we may have for her?

Pulmonary eval.: The lung is growing as your daughter grows, and any damage caused by the infection, may diminish over time. Keeping her vaccinations current is important as well.
She should be followed by your pediatrician for signs of any breathing difficulty. When she is older, pulmonary function testing may be performed to evaluate her lung function.
Prmg/peds can review records faxed to 858 259 9689 for ?S. ...Read more

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How do u get pneumonia mrsa?

How do u get pneumonia mrsa?

UsuallyBenign But...: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs, non-res dom. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly commensal bacteria, but reality not c/w marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. Can be bad. ...Read more

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My child was around a child with MRSA and my son now has pneumonia could he have gotten it from this child?

My child was around a child with MRSA and my son now has pneumonia could he have gotten it from this child?

MRSA over kill: Mrsa is just the replacement for prsa. Staph germs were initially killed with penicillin but became resistant after a few years. Mrsa staph is everywhere & 70% of outpatient pustules & abscesses are MRSA & responsive to regular treatment. It't time we quit looking at MRSA as the new aids & just delt with our germs as we always do. If your kid got pneumonia from it he would be in an icu. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my son pneumonia MRSA was given to him by the hospital?

How can I tell if my son pneumonia MRSA was given to him by the hospital?

Hard to tell: It's very hard to tell if he contracted it from the hospital. Risk factors including recent surgery, illness requiring a ventilator or chronic illness requiring frequent hospitalization might help suggest the MRSA is hospital acquired. However, on a case-by-case basiss it is hard to link them. I hope he is getting better. ...Read more

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Could my daughter have gotten her MRSA pneumonia from the child with a skin MRSA ?

Could my daughter have gotten her MRSA pneumonia from the child with a skin MRSA ?

Maybe: Mrsa is everywhere. It is responsible for 60-70% of simple abscesses acquired through community exposure. If your child is exposed to other kids and or adults at day care, school or the local grocery store, she could pick up the strain through casual contact. ...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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If MRSA is living in your nose (carrier), how does it not get into your lungs and give you pneumonia? What is mode of entry for MRSA pneumonia?

MRSA: Many of the organisms populating your nose and throat have the potential to produce pneumonia, but you have many defense mechanisms that prevent this. It is not until these mechanisms are compromised or the number of organisms is overwhelming that they will produce clinically relevant disease. ...Read more

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My 2 year old was around another 2 year old my son now has pneumonia and red raised bumps on his arm and this child has MRSA could my child have this?

My 2 year old was around another 2 year old my son now has pneumonia and red raised bumps on his arm and this child has MRSA could my child have this?

It's possible...: ...Particularly if any of the "red raised bumps" are pustules ("white-heads"). If so, ask your doctor to unroof one of them and culture the contents. Mrsa will usually require extra treatment, over & above whatever is being used to treat the pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have MRSA in sinus how contagious am i?

MRSA: This organism is transferred to others hand to nose to hand to nose and not casually through the air. ...Read more

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Are MRSA lesions / boils that are unopened contagious?

Are MRSA lesions / boils that are unopened contagious?

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

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Mrsa how do you give it to some one when your not contagious?

Mrsa how do you give it to some one when your not contagious?

MRSA: Mrsa even after treatment may linger on in the nasal cavity when it is called carrier stage. You can spread this infection unknowingly. It can be detected with a culture of nasal swab and treated with Mupirocin ointment if positive. ...Read more

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I work in a home where someone has found out they have MRSA should I be concerned is it very contagious as I am worried and im trying to have a baby?

Worry doesn't help.: Good hand washing and avoiding skin contact with actively infected persons is the best way to prevent infection. But, MRSA can be on your skin and not cause a skin infection. It simply lives on our skin and in our nasal passages. ...Read more

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Is MRSA in the ear contagious?

Yes: If you colonize MRSA in your ear, touch it, and touch somebody else, they can colonize mrsa. ...Read more

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How contagious is mrsa?

How contagious is mrsa?

Quite: Though not as bad as viral respiratory diseases, MRSA is contagious since it is spread by direct contact (skin-to-skin) with a person colonized or infected with the bacteria, or by contact with an inanimate object (a "fomite") that has MRSA on it such as soiled clothing that has come in direct contact with a person with mrsa. ...Read more

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How long is MRSA contagious?

MRSA: Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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How long is MRSA contagious for?

Always: Mrsa is a bacteria and can be spread through skin contact, so it is aways contagious. ...Read more

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How long I am contagious with mrsa?

MRSA: As long as you are a carrier. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more

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How long after antibiotic is started is MRSA contagious?

MRSA treatment: I am not clear about the question. Mrsa may be found on a healthy skin, nose, ... Having the germ by itself is not going to be an infection. It is called colonization. When it is in the wound or circulation then that would be different. ...Read more

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My daughter had MRSA when she died 2 months ago. How contagious would her mattress, etc, be now?

MRSA prevention: My heartfelt condolences for your terrible loss. MRSA, unfortunately, can live on surfaces for months. If exposed, either encase in plastic covering with zipper or throw away.Bleach linens and wash in hot water with full dryer cycle. Wash hands after.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19354027

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2006/11/fomites-and-infection-transmission.as ...Read more

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My son has had MRSA twice in a month. How contagious is it? What are chances of re-occurance? Prevention?

MRSA is contagious: Mrsa is contagious and can be easily transmitted? The germ is harbored in the nose. To prevent spread., dab an antibiotic ointment in your child's nose 4times a day. Have him bathe in warm soapy water to which you have added 3-4 tbls of bleach. Keep his towel separate, and of course, make sure you wash everybody's hands with soap and warer. ...Read more

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I was around my dad that had MRSA pheunomia. But was IV treated 5 days before i was around him .How contagious is it?

Contagious: You need to observe universal precautions when your are around patient with mrsa. Tell your primary care physician , who can do tests to determine if you are having dormant infection. ...Read more

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