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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. Creighton Wright
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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

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Could you tell me if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

Could you tell me if influenza is a viral infection, how come it goes away?

Influenza: Yes it is viral. Every year the federal government looks to see the most common 3 types of virse from china. That is how they prep next year virus. ...Read more

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Death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...Correct?

Death associated with influenza usually occurs with an infection with the normal floral microbe, staphylococcus pneumoniae...Correct?

In whom?: In the elderly and those with underlying comorbities such as chronic heart, kidney or lung disease, superinfection with bacteria causing pneumonia is common but in young otherwise healthy people, acute fulminant deaths from influenza are likely due to primary flu pneumonia. ...Read more

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I was diagnosis with influenza a yesterday. Today my mucus is yellow/green with occ brown. Is this a sign of my infection getting worse or is this normal?

I was diagnosis with influenza a yesterday. Today my mucus is yellow/green with occ brown. Is this a sign of my infection getting worse or is this normal?

Probably normal: If the mucus is from your nose, this is probably the normal progression of your illness. Most viral illnesses start with clear nasal dc x 2-3 days, then colored dc x 2-3 days, then clear dc. If the colored nasal dc persists more than 10-14 days, you may have a secondary bacterial infection and should call your doctor for addtional instructions. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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A sinuse culture showed Beta lactamase positive H influenza w/o white blood cells. Could I have an infection w/o white blood cells?

A sinuse culture showed Beta lactamase positive H influenza w/o white blood cells. Could I have an infection w/o white blood cells?

It's possible.: It depends on how the specimen was obtained and processed. If you have several of headache, face pain, purulent nasal drainage and fever a course of treatment with Ceftin, (cefuroxime) Augmentin or other antibiotic with activity against H. flu would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I have constant, haemophilius influenza bacterial infection in lungs and bronchiectasis, can I clear the bacteria infection . ?

I have constant, haemophilius influenza bacterial  infection in lungs  and bronchiectasis, can I clear the bacteria infection . ?

Underlying: We now realize that even a healthy lung is colonized by some bacteria. However with bronchiectasis, it is even more difficult to clear out the bacteria. Some have found postural drainage with assist beneficial. In appropriate cases, the bronchiectasis area , if limited, can be resected. You should consult a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying? URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying?  URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

Immune problem: You may have an impaired immune system making it difficult to you to fight off infections. Consider an allergy consult to find out what the problem may be. ...Read more

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I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

Reactive airways: Hello Tarek, Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air. If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough. Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

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How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

How to avoid the viral infection? The other answers are correct. Are you looking for examples? Some viral infections clear up on their own and the body builds antibodies and rids itself of the virus, as is the case with influenza (the flu), colds, and int

See below: Viral infections can be very mild in healthy individuals. They can almost "fly under the radar screen" in that they may only last for a day or two. To avoid infections or to have the infections pass quickly it is recommended to get plenty of sleep, eat healthfully and drink alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

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I am a 29 yr old female that is suffering from an ear infection and very blocked ear after influenza B I have been prescribed kenacomb and I am still suffering from a very blocked ear I have been using it for 2 d

I  am  a  29  yr  old  female  that  is  suffering  from  an  ear  infection  and  very  blocked  ear  after  influenza  B  I  have  been  prescribed  kenacomb  and  I  am  still  suffering  from  a  very  blocked  ear  I  have  been  using  it  for  2  d

Cream?: Kenacomb cream is good for superficial skin infections or inflammation from different causes. If your ear is blocked internally, at the level of the Eustachian tubes, you may need decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications to help you. ...Read more

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

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Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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