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How does Dr. K know for certain that all these bites people describe as spider bites are MRSA if he hasn't cultured them or preformed a gram stain?

How does Dr. K know for certain that all these bites people describe as spider bites are MRSA if he hasn't cultured them or preformed a gram stain?

MRSA: Because there is an epidemic happening in the world. MRSA lesions are abscesses. Sitting at home with an abscess is unwise. MRSA has an appearance that is classic. And this classic appearance is described nearly identically by patients in my office, by email, online, and by the phone. Regular skin cellulitis or staph is not described as bites. Go to the doctor. Let them examine and test you. ...Read more

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Gram Stain (Definition)

The two major families of common bacteria are distinguished by the chemistry of their walls, specifically the ability of iodine to mordant their staining with crystal violet and prevent its being removed with strong solvent. Gram positives include staph and strep, while gram negatives include e. Coli. The stain has been in use for around 150 years and remains the ...Read more


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What gram-positive bacteria grows in chains and acts like mrsa? Why would somebody infected with this bacteria need to have their limb amputated?

Strep. pyogenes: Group a beta hemolytic streptococci or streptococcus pyogenes is a common cause of necrotizing fasciitis "flesh eating bug" infection. The treatment involves debridement of all necrotic fascia and other necrotic soft tissue and sometimes requires limb amputation. ...Read more

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I know Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic killing gram neg. & pos. bacteria. What are the most common infections does it treat? & does it kill MRSA

I know Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic killing gram neg. & pos. bacteria. What are the most common infections does it treat?  & does it kill MRSA

Not good for MRSA.: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a fluroquinolone (FQ) drug that is mostly used for Gram neg. infections that affect the GI tract, bladder, & some special infections that affect the head, neck, & respiratory tract. While it is effective againt some special, unusual Gram pos. bacteria, it does a poor job against Staph (like MRSA) or Strep. In fact, some evidence shows MORE nasal penetration by Staph when pts take FQ Abx. ...Read more

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What does MRSA look like when healing?

Same as non MRSA: Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that resides on the skin of most persons. It is not more likely to cause infection but it may not respond as well to many antibiotics. The look and nature of the wound would vary widely depending on the location and degree of infection. But, in general, skin infections should look the same as a regular staph infection as it heals. ...Read more

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What does MRSA look like?

Skin Infection: It is very difficult to differentiate MRSA from other types of infections without cultures. Clinically many physicians will treat with two type of antibiotics to cover both MRSA and other type of skin infections. ...Read more

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What does MRSA poision ivy look like?

What does MRSA poision ivy look like?

Two different proble: Poison ivy causes allergic skin reaction with urticaria, itching. But MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) infection can cause skin abscesses, cellulitis or even deep seated infections and also bacteremias. ...Read more

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What does MRSA in the throat look like?

What does MRSA in the throat look like?

Sore throat: It usually looks like a strep infection, but it does not clear up with the routine antibiotics that are given. A culture at that time will usually turn up the mrsa. Some people are colonized with MRSA and have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Does skin MRSA look like a bruise after vancomycin?

To vague: Vancomycin if given to fast causes red man syndrome. The skin becomes red a bruise doesn't sound like this is related to vancomycin. ...Read more