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Doctor insights on: Mrsa Staphylococcal Infection

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

MRSA: No, Gentamicin does not treat MRSA. Gent is used for "gram-negative" infections. ...Read more

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What causes a reaccurring MRSA staph infection? How can you prevent it?

What causes a reaccurring MRSA staph infection?  How can you prevent it?

Not known for sure: Some people get recurrent MRSA infections. Certain people carry MRSA on their skin , nails, and/or in their noses. (colonized), considered to be MRSA "carriers" and may be more likely to get infections. There is not enough data to recommend specific treatments that get rid of colonized mrsa. Some prescribe topical, intranasal, or systemic antimicrobial agents to patients with recurrent mrsa. ...Read more

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If someone has a penicillin-resistant staph infection, is that the same as mrsa?

Not always.: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. Methicillin is a type of penicillin. Many species of staph bacteria are resistant to some forms of penicillin, but are sensitive to methicillin. Those bacteria are not classified as mrsa. Conversely, staph species that are resistant to methicillin are nearly always resistant to all the other penicillins as well. ...Read more

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It is possible that a carrier of a staph infection reinfect my son who is MRSA colonized?

Staph aureus: Colonization is not infection. You can possibly interrupt the carriage state using nasal Mupirocin ointment twice a day and washing only with soap containing chlorhexadine for a month or more. This will reduce or clear carriage state in about 50% of persons. It can be gotten again from others who touch you when they are colonized. ...Read more

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Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Yes: Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) can be deadly if the bacteria enters the blood stream. This very sticky bacteria can travel to the heart and destroy heart valves and heart muscle. Each skin infection increases the chance of this bacteria getting into the blood stream. ...Read more

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Is staph lugdunensis like MRSA in that i will be plagued with infections the rest of my life?

S. lugdunensis: This coagulase-negative malignant organism possesses many of the severe disease creating mechanisms as staph aureus and is also a producer of biofilms. Proper management may save you from long term issues, but there are no guarantees in life. Good luck and hope you are cured and stay well. ...Read more

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My son's mosquito bites repeatedly end in bad infections (staph and MRSA). What could be causing this?

Mrsa: It appears that his skin is colonized by MRSA. A 10-14 day course of an effective antibiotic may clear the bacteria living on his skin. However, this should be discussed with a specialist in infectious diseases. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my school has had about 3-5 cases of MRSA staph infection. should we still be in school?

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Yes: Caveats will be avoiding a direct contact with other student with skin sore and not sharing contaminated towel. ...Read more

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Hello , i was found that I have MRSA staph infection . I was wondering how long does it take to get into bloodstream ?

It shouldn't.: If the MRSA was diagnosed by a skin culture it won't necessarily get into your blood. If it does you will get a fever and get very sick. ...Read more

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How do you get MRSA staph infection in nursing home?

MRSA: Mrsa is a form of staphylococcus bacteria that is resistant to a specific group of antibiotics. It is prevalent in all settings, not only the nursing home. Many people are colonized with the bacteria; this does not mean they are infected. Make sure that you do your best to wash your hands as frequently as possible. ...Read more

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What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

Similar: Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to some of the common anti-staph drugs, such as methicillin and cephalosporins. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

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