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How can you tell MRSA from a regular staph infection?

How can you tell MRSA from a regular staph infection?

Culture: A sample needs to be sent to a lab for testing to see which antibiotics successfully kill the bacteria. Mrsa means methicillin resistant staph aureus, methicillin is an antibiotic in the same class as penicillin. If methicillin doesn't work to kill the staph- it is labeled mrsa. ...Read more

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My daughter has MRSA she has not had any symptoms in over a year but now her grandma's doctor says that my daughter gave her a regular staph infection?

My daughter has MRSA she has not had any symptoms in over a year but now her grandma's doctor says that my daughter gave her a regular staph infection?

Not likely: Mrsa is everywhere, on everything. It is not possible to say where grandma got it from. Maybe she gave it to your daughter a year ago. It is one of the most frequent skin infections we see in the office. We don't even try to figure out who gave it to whom. ...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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Think I have staph, how will I know if its MRSA or not ? How long can I expect this intense body pain ? Thank you

Think I have staph, how will I know if its MRSA or not ? How long can I expect this intense body pain ? Thank you

Need to see a Doctor: Hi doug: in order to know for sure if you have a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) you will need to be evaluated by a physician, such as primary care doctor or a dermatologist. The diagnosis of MRSA is made based on a swab culture that is sent to a clia certified lab for evaluation. Mrsa can be a serious infection and you need to have it evaluated properly by a physician. ...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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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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I think I have a staph (maybe MRSA again?) in a personal female area. Can this wait till monday ? Do i see my pcp or gyno ?

MRSA: Staphylococcal infections can progress rapidly and without being able to visualize the nature of your infection would advise you to see a doctor asap. It may be possible to wait, but not the safest thing to do. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 year old was bitten by another child at preschool. The other child has had Staph and MRSA. Should I be worried about my child getting infected?

My 3 year old was bitten by another child at preschool. The other child has had Staph and MRSA. Should I be worried about my child getting infected?

Yes & no: This is common and seldom results in a significant problem.MRSA is everywhere, in your home, the stores,the schools, so the kids label has little to do with anything. Any wound should be monitored for signs of infection (redness,swelling,drainage) after initial cleaning. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. ...Read more

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What are diff types of staph infection, mrsa, etc?

See below: Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many infections. Mrsa are resistant to the semisynthetic penicillins like methicillin. Mssa are sensitive to these antibiotics. Coag neg staph include many species like staphylococcus epidermidis which colonize normal skin and infrequently cause disease. ...Read more

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What to do for staph infection that might be mrsa?

What to do for staph infection that might be mrsa?

Get medical care: At minimum you will need antibiotics. Physician can assess and treat properly. Do not wait. ...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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Is mrsa, mssa , staph a ß-lactamase producing strains , susceptible to third , fourth, and fifth cephalosporins?

Complex: Cannot answer this simply. Mssa should be sensitive to all cephalosporins. Mrsa will be resistant to all. Have no idea what else you are asking. ...Read more

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Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective. ...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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What to do if i think my boyfriend gave me a mrsa/staph infection, how should I approach him about it?

B sure & don't fus : Many people have mrsa, u r exposed 2 it every day from just being around people in general. The reason there is a false stigma placed on those who have it is sad. It more important 2 know u have it or r a carrier than not. It is important not to enter hospitals or wear a mask 2 visit & he should not feel bad about it. If he were a surgical candidate every 1 is tested & rx'd b4 surg infec du 2=bad. ...Read more

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For how long can staph/MRSA germs remaining active on surfaces like remotes, phones, tabletops, TV and clothes etc?

A long time: Depends on circumstances. These bacteria are common. If you are phobic you can be disabled by fear and should seek psychiatric help. We all encounter them as part of normal activities. Contact or carriage are not the same as infection. ...Read more

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Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Cat to human most li: Cats, especially those with claws, have been known to transmit bacteria to their human masters. Bacteria like MRSA are everywhere. Generally, humans don't transmit to cats because cats are "clean" compared to humans & we don't scratch our pets, generally. Aside from MRSA, cat-scratch disease (Bartonella bacteria), Pasturella, & other bacterial trasmission has been reported in medical journals.TTYD ...Read more

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I have staph/suspected MRSA on neck..Its covered, treated w meds topical n oral...C as n child sleep in same bed if I lysol sheets before?

I have staph/suspected MRSA on neck..Its covered, treated w meds topical n oral...C as n child sleep in same bed if I lysol sheets before?

Why take risks???: Mrsa aside, why are you sleeping with a child.Cosleeping with infants is associated with suffication deaths (see aap position statement pediatrics 11/11). By mid childhood this fosters dependence at a time when kids should begin to create their own individuality & accomplishments. ...Read more

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My 5yo trachee has been positive for esbl kleb o. Now each aspirate also is + for "staph" - is it MRSA & docs are evasive? Isn't MRSA just esbl staph

Colonizers?: The major question in trach cultures is always whether the organisms are causing illness. Sputum cannot be sterilized and always has colonizing organisms, with staph being most commonly found; resistance patterns in colonizers is less important. Discomfort with this complexity may account for the perception that a doc is not giving a "straight" answer. ...Read more