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Respiratory Mrsa Precautions
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
No sharing- towels, combs, brushes, clothes, bed, cups-wash always after sexual contact. Hibiclens (OTC)can be used to wash just avoid mucus membranes - vaginal area, gluteal fold, mouth (use reg soap). Use it 3 x a week, more often on hands. Check self for MRSA w/ nasal swab culture f/u/ w/doc/ health department
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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?
Incomplete: Eradication is common. We treat with phisohex, bacterium, bactroban, (mupirocin) 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 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 (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
I cared for pt w/ MRSA in saliva 2 days ago, on contact precautions, no mask required. She breathed on my face. Now I have a cold. Could it be MRSA?
MRSA is not likely to cause a cold. You may have picked up a viral infection.
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Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more
Mrsa infections repeating with all members of household. I just had surgery for broken finger, should I take more precautions other than keflex?
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 more
Mrsa treatment? A minor medical prescribed minocycline because my white count was in the 9000's. Is this the best treatment?
How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung? Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?
Not uncommon: In patients who have been in and out of the hospital. It still would not be considered "normal" colonization and could be an issue if the person becomes sick in other ways. ...Read more
No, it shouldn't: 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! ...Read more
Identify the source: 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, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) Mupirocin the nostrils and use hexachloraphene wash, locally. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Improve health best. Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. 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 more
Staph germ.: MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staph is present on everybody's skin. Sometimes it causes infections. If you have MRSA it is resistant to methicillin and other typically effective antibiotics, and is tougher to treat if it does cause an infection. It can be "contagious." We swap germs every time we shake hands or kiss, but it does not always make us sick. Depends. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Staphylococcus aureus frequently present human skin & respiratory passages, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of this bacteria, as with all, a function of 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 more
Antibiotic resistant: MRSA is a common infection (Staph) that is resistant to the most common anti-Staph antibiotics. It can spread from the location where it enters the body - sometime very rapidly - and cause large, non-healing wounds. The infection spreads by contact with an infected individual. Treatment requires aggressive treatment, antibiotics based on wound culture, debridement of necrotic tissue. ...Read more
Usually Benign Bact: Probably not, hygiene. Staphylococcus aureus frequently present skin & respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. 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 more
Consult with our doc: Have a discussion with your doctor and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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. See family doc. ...Read more
Yes: Yes it can get there by hematogenous spread, that is once it gets into your blood stream from either a cut, a wound, etc. It can get to any part of your body. Not because it is mrsa, as any other bacteria, fungus, etc. Can do just that. But if concerned ask your doctor, and don't just assume you have MRSA in your spine. ...Read more