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What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

What is being done about MRSA infections associated with influenza?

Many things: #1 is prevention of influenza with vaccination, proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Early diagnosis of flu & treatment within the first 48 hours of symptoms may help.Knowing if you are colonized with mrsa/mssa & attempting de-colonization may help.Early recognition & appropriate antibiotics for mrsa/mssa following flu is crucial. In the future: an anti-toxin against mrsa/mssa pvl-toxin may help? ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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I was treated for H influenza Bacteria in my sinuses. Now I have NON MRSA staph in my sinuses. How did I get staph when already on antibiotics?

I was treated for H influenza Bacteria in my sinuses. Now I have NON MRSA staph in my sinuses. How did I get staph when already on antibiotics?

Where was culture?: It is not possible to know if the culture was taken from the sinuses, unless you had an operative procedure. The only entrance to the sinuses is in the lateral wall of the nose. Was the culture taken from the nose. What antibiotic were you taking? Even the nostril possesses S. aureus. Also the antibiotic may not have been effective against S. aureus. Need to know more. ...Read more

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I was diagnosis with endoscapy/culture for H influenza Bacteria . Now I have NON MRSA staph. How did I get staph in my sinuses when already on antibiotics?

I was diagnosis with endoscapy/culture for H influenza Bacteria .  Now I have NON MRSA staph. How did I get staph in my sinuses when already on antibiotics?

Different antibiotic: for different bacteria. Different bacteria often require different antibiotics to control their growth. Non-MRSA staph in the nose is not a disease and may not require any treatment depending on your health conditions. ...Read more

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Can Swab test result prove whether a child has an infection, like influenza? Can it also done in adult and to find other medical issue with someone?

Can Swab test result prove whether a child has an infection, like influenza? Can it also done in adult and to find other medical issue with someone?

Nasal swab: There is a nasal swab test for influenza. It is not incredibly reliable (meaning it can be negative but still have the flu). These tests are specific in what they test for - I'm not sure what "other medical issue" you want to rule out but a flu swab isn't going to be the test to do it. ...Read more

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What can be done to minimize the large scars from MRSA infections from the face?

What can be done to minimize the large scars from MRSA infections from the face?

Scar fade...: And other silicone products are easy and may help. Scars are scars, caused by MRSA or anything else. If there is severe scarring you should see a facial plastic surgeon to discuss things. Other treatment options may exist. ...Read more

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I tested positive for active MRSA infections have done a course of clindamycin am still getting infections. What are other options for treatment?

I tested positive for active MRSA infections have done a course of clindamycin am still getting infections. What are other options for treatment?

Wrong Treatment?: I am sorry, but you have a treatment failure. I am not sure that Clindamycin even treats mrsa. When a treatment fails one is to contact their physician for the next option. ...Read more

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I m on the 13th antibiotic since jan 2012 my sinus infection continues to return. 3 different doctors- nobody has done a culture could this be mrsa?

I m on the 13th antibiotic since jan 2012 my sinus infection continues to return. 3 different doctors- nobody has done a culture could this be mrsa?

13 Abx: Hello, was any of the doctors an ENT physician? I would think a ct scan, an endoscopic culture, possible allergy testing and an immune evaluation are in order. The culture for MRSA is a good idea. ...Read more

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I had lab test done on my eye were i had a staph infection.. I receive the call that told me that i had mrsa... They didn't seem to concerned about it?

I had lab test done on my eye were i had a staph infection.. I receive the call that told me that i had mrsa... They didn't seem to concerned about it?

MRSA: Mrsa means methicliin resistant staph aureus. This is a baceria that has developed resistance to the common antibiotics that kill it. However it has not developed resistance to all antibiotics. Perhaps your doctor is treating you withone of the antibiotics that can kill this germ. ...Read more

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I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

I'm curious if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

No: Exercises won't focus the area in which you lose weight, but will firm and tone muscles in a specific area. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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