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What Does Mrsa Look Like When It Starts
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
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
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
Can mrsa look like a bruise? I've had mrsa a couple times before and it never has before. But I have what looks like bruise on my inner thigh
I have MRSA bumps all over my back, which look like pimples but are tender and some puss filled. I just started antibiotics. It's probably been 2 weeks since the first bump appeared. Did I catch it soon enough? I was never swabbed for it. Should I be?
MRSA: Most MRSA infections are diagnosed by culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing of staphylococcus aureus bacteria isolated from an infected site; a pcr test is also available. Some MRSA strains are susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), Doxycycline (vibramycin), and Clindamycin (cleocin); although reports suggest Clindamycin resistance is increasing rapidly. ...Read more
Resistant bug: Mrsa stands for "methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus". Most infections causes by staph are treatable with multiple types of antibiotics. However, MRSA is a strain of staph that is mutated somehow so that it does not respond to the usual antibiotics. There is still a way to treat it, though the choices are limited. Many types of bacteria, not only staph can become resistant. ...Read more
More dangerous staph: Mrsa stands for mehticillin resistant stapholoccus aureus. A staph that is resistant to many common antibiotics. Often it is also more aggressive than other staph germs. It must be cultured and treatment guided by the antibiotics the lab shows will work. It is often spread to others in the household and they should be looked at. ...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
Antibiotics: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. It's a stronger strain of bacteria that is resistant to penicillin and related drugs. There are alternative antibiotics which can treat MRSA but sometimes it requires IV antibiotics (given thru the vein and not by mouth) and can be resistant to many of the more common antibiotics. If given the proper antibiotics MRSA can be cured. ...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
Mrsa infections can be treated with appropriate antibiotics like clindamycin, sulfa, teflaro, vancomycin, zyvox (linezolid) or cubicin. Care takers whether in hospital or otherwise should follow contact precautions to avoid spread of infection.
Mrsa infection can occur in soft tissue infections, blood stream etc. Infections can be life threatening and serious. ...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. ...Read more
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