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What is methicillin resistant staph?

What is methicillin resistant staph?

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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This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


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Has anyone ever had the super bug ( staph ) and treated it with amoxacillin?

Has anyone ever had the super bug ( staph ) and treated it with amoxacillin?

AMOXICILLIN/STAPH IN: Amoxicillin is a drug of choice for beta lactamase negative bacteria, and is quite effective normally when we suspect staph infetion we do not use Amoxicillin because we do not know if the it is staph coagulase neg or positive but in reality it is a good antibiotic for coagulase negative staph. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus really is?

Can you clarify what methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus really is?

What it says: Mrsa is exactly what it says it is: a strain of staph. Aureus that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin. The reason this is such a big deal is that methicillin was, for many years, the sovereign treatment for staph aureus - and when a strain emerged that was resistant to it, it caused quite a stir. But there are (for now) effective treatments, including Doxycycline and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

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Could methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus(mrsa) be deadly?

Yes it can be: It can be deadly if not treated properly and it spreads in the blood stream and in immunocompromised patients as well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?

Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read more

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Best way to cure methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus?

Best way to cure methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus?

MRSA: This depends upon where the infection is located and its sensitivity to specific antibiotics and the length of time that will be necessary to treat the particular type of infection it is causing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus?

What is the definition or description of: methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus?

Resistant to therapy: Mrsa is a form of staph aureus that can come in 2 forms, community aquired and hospital acquired. The bacteria will be resistant to penicillins that are used to treat MRSA including methicillin and oxacillin. There can still be oral choices for treatment as long as the infection is not severe. ...Read more

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Is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus contagious and if so, for how long?

Is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus contagious and if so, for how long?

Yes it is contagious: Mrsa is contogious as long as there is open wound or it has colonised in nose.It has to be treated with local antibiotics like bactroban (mupirocin) in nose and parentral antibiotics for infected wounds or cellulitis. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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Could i get a boob job if I have nonactive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

Could i get a boob job if I have nonactive methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

MRSA : Mrsa once was a rare finding most often seen in the hospital setting. This is not the case, as MRSA is now almost universal. Many people are chronic carriers of the MRSA organism. If you are non-active, i feel that you could have breast augmentation. Pre-op you should consider nasal swab antibiotics, PO antibiotics and antibacterial body washes. This should reduce your chances for infection. ...Read more

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Methicillin my fiance was diagnosed with methicillin two years ago. He now has a small infected site on his knee and I am freaking out i will catch it. I read on webmd the major issues with it, ie med resistant, can affect organs etc. Is hygiene the bi

Methicillin my fiance was diagnosed with methicillin two years ago.   He now has a small infected site on his knee and I am freaking out i will catch it.  I read on webmd the major issues with it, ie med resistant, can affect organs etc. Is hygiene the bi

Before : Before trying to answer this, would like to clarify. Was your fiance diagnosed to be a carrier of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureous who was healthy? Did your fiance have a serious infection with methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureous ? Or was your fiance successfully treated with an antibiotic called methicillin? Each of this scenarios is quite different. ...Read more

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Results after a cystoscopy showed I have staphylococcus in my bladder wall, what type of staph bug is likely to grow there? My dr just said 'staph'

Results after a cystoscopy showed I have staphylococcus in my bladder wall, what type of staph bug is likely to grow there? My dr just said 'staph'

Several: There are several types of Staph that may grow from urine (Aureus, epidermidis, others). However, keep in mind that staph is a normal skin contaminant and often times staph in the urine is due to contamination rather than infection. ...Read more

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My 35 yo hubby has a skin staph infctn over a year. 4-5 antibiotic rounds & has been sick all year! this yr he catches every bug an they hang on.Help?

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My 35 yo hubby has a skin staph infctn over a year. 4-5 antibiotic rounds & has been sick all year! this yr he catches every bug an they hang on.Help?

See ID specialist: There may be several reasons that the staph infection returns - 1) that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotics given (particularly true with methicillin resistant staph aureus - also known as mrsa); 2) that there is an underlying site or foreign body that is causing the infection to return after antibiotics are done; or 3) have an underlying immune defect (for example, job syndrome). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a staph infection to become resistant to antibiotics?

Yes: Unfortunately almost all bacteria are able to develop resistance to an antibiotic. Particularly when used unnecessarily.Check with your doctor if this is a concern. ...Read more

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

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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Is there a methicillin resistant pneumococcus?

No: You don't treat pneumococcus with methicillin, so it's not relevant. ...Read more

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