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Respiratory Mrsa Precautions
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?
Incomplete: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Precautions: 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. ...Read more
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 (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
Pulmonary doctor: You should be seen and evaluated by a pulmonologist (lung expert). You may have either persistent infection or structural changes in your lung which predispose to recurrent disease (bronchiectasis, etc.). Hope you get well soon. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of this bacteria, as with all, a function of the immune system. Sa is most commonly a commensal bacteria, but that 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
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
I have recurring MRSA that just won't stop. Contracted it 5 yrs ago had outbreaks ever since. Why won't it go away? Please help.
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Mrsa: There are two types of mrsa infections. Hospital mrsa is different than mrsa skin infections prevalent in communities. Mrsa infections on the skin are quite contagious and are passed by direct contact between athletes, spouses, siblings. Some need to be seen by a physician to have the infection drained. Some need antibiotics. The nose often harbors mrsa and should be treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers