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Dr. Monib Zirvi answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

my son carries the mrsa virus in his nose what precautions need to be taken around the other kids so they dont contract the virous?

MRSA is a bacteria

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If it was my son I'd try to decolonize him with bactroban (mupericin) ointment into the nose twice a day for 7-10 days and Hibiclens soap shower and shampoo daily for 10-14 days. To prevent spread he should not touch his face, then others. He should wash his hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. He should not share towels, clothing or personal hygene items with others.
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When a person test positive for MRSA them tests negative how is it possible for them to test postive again? What precautions need to be taken?

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eradication is common. We treat with phisohex, bacterium, bactroban, then we test the nares or the throat. We can miss it if temporarily it is eradicated in the areas we test, or the load is less and we miss it from swabbing. Good hygiene, good hand washing is utmost in preventing spread.
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Dr. Henry Bloom answered:

What is MRSA?

More dangerous staph

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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.
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What is mrsa ?

MRSA

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methicillin resistant staph aureus- ever growing difficult to treat bacterial infection
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Dr. Lisa Persaud answered:

Does mrsa itch?

No, it shouldn't

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Infection with MRSA shouldn't cause itching. It more likely causes pain and discomfort.However, if you have an itchy rash caused by something else, too much scratching of your of skin can increase risk of infection by bacteria such as Staph or even MRSA.MRSA itself is not the reason for the itch.People that are carriers for MRSA also don't experience itching usually.Hope this helps!
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How is MRSA cured?

Antibiotics

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MRSA stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. It's a stronger strain of bacteria that is resistant to penicillin and related drugs. There are alternative antibiotics which can treat MRSA but sometimes it requires IV antibiotics (given thru the vein and not by mouth) and can be resistant to many of the more common antibiotics. If given the proper antibiotics MRSA can be cured.
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How can MRSA spread?

By contact

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MRSA can be spread from one part of your body to another, it is often found colonizing in the nose. It can be spread from one person to another by contact or touch. It can be picked up from inanimate objects such as the doorknob, sinks, linens, telephones.
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Dr. Gutti J. Rao answered:

How serious is MRSA?

MRSA infection

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MRSA infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, teflaro, vancomycin, zyvox 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.
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How do you get MRSA?

Identify the source

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Nasal carriage? Sibling? Fomite? What would happen in the case of recurrent MRSA - It may not easliy resolve so treatment must be aggressive EG, I&D (with C&S), start Septra, Mupirocin the nostrils and use hexachloraphene wash, locally.
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