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My son carries the MRSA virus in his nose what precautions need to be taken around the other kids so they don't contract the virous?
MRSA is a bacteria: If it was my son i'd try to decolonize him with bactroban (mupirocin) (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. ...Read more
How long does the mersa virus last on counters, clothing, carpet, etc and is there anything that will kill it?
MRSA Bacteria: Viruses don't respond to antibiotics. Mrsa is a bacteria that can be treated with specific antibiotics. Depending on several factors including humidity, physical traffic on the counter (generally called a fomite), and others factors, MRSA can stay for hours to days. Bleach, detergents, ultraviolet light, and many other reagents can kill mrsa, but are not necessarily safe for humans to consume. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: You're right cefazolin is ineffective against mrsa. Sometimes when we suspect a patient has a staph.Aureus infection but do not have the sensitivities yet we will start vancomycin plus cefazolin because the cefazolin works better against methicillin sensitive staph. Aureus (mssa) while the vancomycin covers the patient for mrsa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung? Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?
MRSA infection: Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, teflaro, vancomycin, zyvox (linezolid) 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mrsa treatment: MRSA can be treated with topical treatments and sometimes antibiotics. Less severe infections can be cleaned, deeper abscesses drained. More serious infections require antibiotics that will be effective on a MRSA infection. Nasal treatment is often done adding mupirocin for a twice a day treatment for a week as MRSA often colonizes the nose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mostly: Mrsa is a staph bacteria resistant to the common antibiotics but still sensitive to a few more expensive ones and the use of high dose usually by IV solution if needed. It is prevalent and hospitals mostly take great pains to avoid transmission as the cure is expensive and lengthy in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer