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Still curious if MRSA and cellulitis are the same infection?

Still curious if MRSA and cellulitis are the same infection?

Condition vs cause: Mrsa is a bacteria. Cellulitis is a visible inflammation (itis) of skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria.If you have repeated episodes, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong! ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with MRSA in 2007 and still have it due to antibiotics not working and the fact that I have eczema. What are the long term effects of having MRSA for an extended period of time?

I was diagnosed with MRSA in 2007 and still have it due to antibiotics not working and the fact that I have eczema. What are the long term effects of having MRSA for an extended period of time?

MRSA worsens eczema: Assuming you "carry" MRSA and do not have a chronic infection, then probably the most urgent issue is that eczema is very difficult to control if the inflamed skin becomes infected. Strategies exist to reduce carriage and are particularly important for eczema sufferers. Those with whom you share a living space should be treated as well. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a person to eat Dicloxacillin antib that are given for staph bacteria when the staph has not been determined.

Is it ok for a person to eat Dicloxacillin antib that are given for staph bacteria when the staph has not been determined.

MD's do best: your doctor made an educated guess to target your infection with this medicine. It is often used for styes, skin infections, etc. if you are hesitant talk to whomever prescribed it. Happy healing and good luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sinus infection and if I should be on antibiotics?

What are the symptoms of a sinus infection and if I should be on antibiotics?

No: Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses inthe frontal and maxillary areas. Most cases will resolve without antibiotic treatment. Decongestants can be used for symptomatic treatment. Antibiotics are reserved only for the most severe or persistant infections. ...Read more

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Impetigo or intertrigo. I was wondering if they are the same skin disease?

Impetigo or intertrigo. I was wondering if they are the same skin disease?

No: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection caused by strep or staph germs. Intertrigo is a superficial inflammatory dermatitis caused by friction, heat, and moisture and involves area of skin apposition, e.g., neck skin folds. ...Read more

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If there is an infection under the skin that has opened and is draining, do you still need antibiotics?

If there is an infection under the skin that has opened and is draining, do you still need antibiotics?

Depends on : Where it is located and how long it has been there. Is the infection resolving, getting worse or staying the same? I would see my md/dermatologist and get a diagnosis then the appropriate treatment which may or may not include antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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If you were unknowingly infected with syphilis and taking penicillin for oral surgery could that inadvertently cure the syphilis infection?

If you were unknowingly infected with syphilis  and taking penicillin for oral surgery could that inadvertently cure the syphilis infection?

Couldn't hurt: Chances are that the antibiotic will help treat the problem; however, you probably need a longer and stronger dose to cure syphilis. The antibiotic circulates in your blood to fight bacteria. It doesn't really care where the bacteria is in your body. The real question is are you taking a strong enough dose? Only your md knows for sure. ...Read more

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What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

Bactoban&FudicicAcid: Most of timevyou need local trestment with Bactroban or Fudicik acid .and oral Antibiotcs like Dicloxacin.for MRSA you need Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) by mouth ...Read more

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Treating nares with bactroban again for staph colonization and facial outbreak. Doctor said since its just normal staph not MRSA that my immunity should eventually adapt and stop recurring as much. Is this true? Or will normal staph keep recurring?

Treating nares with bactroban again for staph colonization and facial outbreak. Doctor said since its just normal staph not MRSA that my immunity should eventually adapt and stop recurring as much. Is this true? Or will normal staph keep recurring?

Probably not: It is interesting as to why some people get staph colonization despite repeated treatments. I believe the problem is likely from immune defect in the nasal area thereby leading to recurrent infection. Although some staphs are normal residents on the skin (S epider-mides), others are not and only few are MRSA. Suggest that you try daily saline irrigation and avoid picking your nose. ...Read more

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If there is still infection after the root canal and antibiotics don't treat it, what are symptoms of it, and does that mean the infection has spread?

If there is still infection after the root canal and antibiotics don't treat it, what are symptoms of it, and does that mean the infection has spread?

Infection: Swelling/pain/fever are general signs of infection around the tooth or radiating to a adjacent area. Also a dental radiograph of the area would be very helpful to diagnose. ...Read more

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I can't get rid of a staph infection. I've been to the dr and they lanced it open and packed it. As well as been on many antibiotics. What to do?

Re evaluate totally: First your dr needs to be sure this is an infection by removing a piece of tissue from the wound to culture, look for other signs of infection like an elevated white blood count. If truly infected checking for a deeper abscess, bone infection, retained tooth fragment or suture be sure your nutrition is good with some extra zinc vitamin c. ...Read more

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If u have the mrsa infection or had the mrsa infection once is it eventually going to kill you?

If u have the mrsa infection or had the mrsa infection once is it eventually going to kill you?

MRSA is common: MRSA is the most common cause of skin infections and likely comes and goes in many of us (living in the nostrils). It used to be isolated to health care facilities, but is now out and about in most communities. It is certainly NOT a death sentence, although in people with other diseases or immune system challenges, it can be harder to fight off and cause blood or lung infections. Wash hands!! ...Read more

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Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?

Had an active MRSA infection and am now colinized w/ mrsa. May have to have surgery, what is the risk for reinfection?

You may give to othe: If precautions are not taken more chances are others get infected than you, ( you are a carrier ) alert your doctor in the colonization bugs are co existing on your skin nose etc with out giving true infection to you , you should able to under go the procedure with minimum risk ...Read more

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Are you contagious with MRSA once on antibiotics?

Are you contagious with MRSA once on antibiotics?

MRSA: Once on antibiotics for a few days, as long as the antibiotic is proven (lab sensitivity test) to be effective against your strain of mrsa, you should not be contagious. However, MRSA is very hard to eradicate and can recur, causing us to question whether it is really gone. Dilute bleach baths can help reduce re-infection and spread. ...Read more

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I had an allergic reaction for vancomycin IV when being treated for lymphadentis. What are my options in case i contract the infection again?

I had an allergic reaction for vancomycin IV when being treated for lymphadentis. What are my options in case i contract the infection again?

A few: Alternate antibiotics could include Linezolid or combination treatment based on culture and sensitivity, or possibly even vancomycin again after desensitization treatment, depending on severity of the infection. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis with an abscess. They cultured the abscess 3 days after starting the antibiotic. Would bacteria still be present?

I have cellulitis with an abscess. They cultured the abscess 3 days after starting the antibiotic. Would bacteria still be present?

Follow up: A bacterial culture can be negative if there has been correct antibiotic coverage for 3 days. Typically an initial culture is taken prior to antibiotic coverage and one or more follow up cultures are then taken depending on the outcomes. Sometimes the antibiotic needs to be changed based on the culture results. Continue with all antibiotics as prescribed and follow up with your provider! ...Read more

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How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

If you have it, very: If not, it is not something within your sphere of control unless you are likely to be hospitalized. You can request data from a hospital on the frequency with which they are seeing these organisms, and you can try hard not to be hospitalized, but sometimes these things are beyond your ability to manage. The risk is present and growing more so. ...Read more

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What are symptoms that females have after being treated for chlamydia? And is it possible to get a yeast infection from the antibiotics?

What are symptoms that females have after being treated for chlamydia? And is it possible to get a yeast infection from the antibiotics?

YesYouCanGetYeastInf: After being treated with Antibiotics for Chlamydia you dont have any symptoms.But it is possible to get Yeast Infection from the Antibiotic use. ...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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Is staph lugdunensis like MRSA in that i will be plagued with infections the rest of my life?

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

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more