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Whats The Difference Between Cellulitis And Mrsa
Drug resistance: Cellulitis is an infection (usually staph) of the fat underneath the skin and can initially involve a small area on the hand or foot but then spread very quickly to involve the entire arm or leg and usually responds to normal antibiotics. Mrsa is a type of staph infection that is resistant to normal antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
The majority of cellulitis infections are caused by infection with either strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus) bacteria.
The most common bacteria that cause cellulitis are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f). A form of rather superficial cellulitis caused by strep is called erysipelas. However, MRSA cellulitis is on the rise. ...Read more
Condition vs cause: Mrsa is a bacterium. Cellulitis is a visible inflammation (itis) of skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacterium that lives on the skin. If you have a break/cut in skin you might get infection from mrsa. Cdiff is a different bacterium that might live in your colon. When you take antibiotics for another infection like cellulitis, you can kill off good bacteria in your colon that keeps cdiff in check and allow it more "housing space" to thrive and cause infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had cellulitis almost 3weeks ago. They drained it then 5 days later it came back as MRSA. Now the wound is about a size of a button. GETTING Better?
Better is good: Because ongoing drainage is important after an abscess is opened, the wound is not sutured closed so will take 3 – 6 weeks to heal depending on size, often longer especially in diabetes. Signs of re-infection include spreading redness, worsening pain, an enlarging mass, thick white/yellow/brown discharge, or fever. Otherwise, a long and gradual course of healing is expected. ...Read more
Nerve injuries are classified as follows:
a first-degree injury, or neurapraxia, will recover within days after the injury, or it may take up to three months. The recovery will be complete with no lasting muscle or sensory problems.
A second-degree injury, or axonotmesis, also will recover completely; however, the recovery will take much longer than with a first-degree injury. ...Read more
Are there other resistant bacteria (Other than MRSA) that could cause a deep, persistent cellulitis (being in my 5th week of 4 antibiotics)? The wounds are open & 2 drain very thick gray pus. Dead tissue has had to be removed from 3 of them.
I have had 3 bouts of mrsa, face n throat (along w cellulitis), once in lip absess and once in neck absess. Will this be a continual problem for me?
Try decolonization : It could be a recurrent problem as you are probably colonized with mrsa. See your doctor about an attempt at decolonization with Bactroban Nasal ointment, hibiclens soap shower and shampoo and possibly one of several antibiotics that obtain high nasal secretion levels such as minocycline, septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or rifampin. Intimate contacts should have nasal MRSA screens and decolonization if positive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have cellulitis on my lower abdomen. Had it drained by dr and put on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 7 days. Could this be MRSA?
Yes, maybe MRSA: In otherwise healthy people, non-rectal/genital cellulitis and skin abscesses (that's probably what required drainage) are caused by strep or staph, and many staph infections are MRSA. So it's definitely possible. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is the recommended antibiotic because it covers them all, including MRSA. Most likely a culture test was done and will tell whether it's MRSA. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Mostly different.: Cellulitis is a skin infection causing redness, swelling, and/or pain. It can be caused by MRSA rather than typical staph (MSSA) or strep in certain settings. C diff is not directly related to the other two unless of course antibiotics are taken for cellulitis/MRSA which can lead to alteration of gut flora and C diff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?
What's the cause ?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eye infection: Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbit posterior to the orbital septum. Usually from a sinus infection. It can cause limited eye movement, bulging eyes and even blindness. It needs to be traded aggressively with antibiotics and possible surgical drainage if an abscess is present. A lid abscess is a localized collection of pus in the eyelids anterior to the orbital septum. Not as serious. ...Read more
The best thing :
To do is to tap the joint. Negatively birefridegant crystals is diagnostic of gout.
Blood tests can be helpful. An elevated Uric acid level would be more associated with gout than cellulitis. An elevated white count could occur in both. An elevated ESR could occur in both.
Gout typically is monoarticular, extremely painful this is part of the giveaway. ...Read more
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