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Is MRSA always in your system?
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Mrsa can be carried in the nose.
If the culture from a nasal swab shows the presence of mrsa, it can be eradicated with Mupirocin ointment. For MRSA abscesses, it is important to avoid contact with the pus; wash hands frequently, keep the wound covered, wash any clothes that have had contact with the pus in hot water, disinfect any surfaces in contact with the pus.

In brief: Not necessarily
Mrsa can be carried in the nose.
If the culture from a nasal swab shows the presence of mrsa, it can be eradicated with Mupirocin ointment. For MRSA abscesses, it is important to avoid contact with the pus; wash hands frequently, keep the wound covered, wash any clothes that have had contact with the pus in hot water, disinfect any surfaces in contact with the pus.
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Dr. John Leander Po
Not necessarily eradicated. It can hide out not just in the nose but in the throat, groin and perianal regions. At any given time, it can be isolated in one or more anatomical sites other than the nares. Besides that, even it were eradicated, one can still re-acquire it from the environment.
Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No-On YOU not system
In many cases, MRSA can get on the skin, stick around for a few hours, and goes away.
However, in patients who get recurrent MRSA infections, their body's environment permits bacteria to grow on them, without issue unless it bypasses our normal defenses (e.g. Cut in skin). And can then gets into our "system" (blood infection) which is life threatening.

In brief: No-On YOU not system
In many cases, MRSA can get on the skin, stick around for a few hours, and goes away.
However, in patients who get recurrent MRSA infections, their body's environment permits bacteria to grow on them, without issue unless it bypasses our normal defenses (e.g. Cut in skin). And can then gets into our "system" (blood infection) which is life threatening.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
In brief: No.
Mrsa is a strain of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.
A MRSA infection is the same as any other staph infection, only harder to treat. But once it's gone, it's gone.

In brief: No.
Mrsa is a strain of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to multiple antibiotics.
A MRSA infection is the same as any other staph infection, only harder to treat. But once it's gone, it's gone.
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
In brief: MRSA
No MRSA is not always in your system.

In brief: MRSA
No MRSA is not always in your system.
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