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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?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Peter Wiggin
Wound care

In brief: Already is

Usually a recurrent infection is a symptom of other medical problems.
More aggressive infectious disease management seems appropriate with a possible need for cleaning and hygiene away and at home.

In brief: Already is

Usually a recurrent infection is a symptom of other medical problems.
More aggressive infectious disease management seems appropriate with a possible need for cleaning and hygiene away and at home.
Dr. Peter Wiggin
Dr. Peter Wiggin
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Dr. Ray Holt
Family Medicine

In brief: Possibly

For unknown reasons, sometimes MRSA sticks around in the body and can flare up with these types of infections.
Sometimes trying a different antibiotic or a more prolongued course will eradicate it. Sometimes you have to find where it's hiding for example in the nose is a possibility. There is an antibiotic gel you can put in the nose from a doctor that can treat that.

In brief: Possibly

For unknown reasons, sometimes MRSA sticks around in the body and can flare up with these types of infections.
Sometimes trying a different antibiotic or a more prolongued course will eradicate it. Sometimes you have to find where it's hiding for example in the nose is a possibility. There is an antibiotic gel you can put in the nose from a doctor that can treat that.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt
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Dr. Omega Edwards, m.d.
You may be an asymptomatic carrier who is at risk of having recurrent infections. You may need to be decolonized. Bactroban ointment combined with hibiclense showers can break the cycle. Ask to be referred to an Infectious Diseases Specialist.
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