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MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) causes staphylococcal infection resistant to some antibiotics, making the treatment difficult. MRSA causes skin, lung, and other infections if acquired from the community outside the hospital set-up. In severe cases, it results in sepsis. In a healthcare environment, it causes infections in the blood, pneumonia, operational site infections. MRSA infection of skin manifests as reddish, inflamed, painful, swollen, and warm lump along with pus discharge and fever.

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What is the variety of MRSA treatments available to me?

Query: Hi doctor, I have struggled with staph for nine years. I have tested positive for MRSA on at least three occasions in the last 10 years and at least two other different strains of staph. I have taken Doxycycline several times, Bacetrine, and several other oral antibiotics in the past. I have also be...  Read Full »

Dr. Davie Wong

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your inquiry. Here are some strategies to minimize the risk of these recurrent MRSA skin infections. 1. Hygiene: The bacteria that cause skin infections are transmitted by skin contact. Wash your hands diligently and frequently to minimize the spread of ...  Read Full »

Why does my wife have a swelling around the left clavicle?

Query: Hello doctor, My 37 year old wife was infected by some virus a month ago. She ran a fever of around 100 to 102 F for four days. She was treated for the flu, so the fever went away on the fifth day, but she had a very noticeable swelling around the left clavicular area. Her blood work showed normal W...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it appears like a pyomyositis, a bacterial infection of muscle, probably of the pectoral muscle. It is usually seen in immunosuppressed patients. You mentioned she is receiving Prednisone, it could be due to this. What is the reason for ...  Read Full »

Does my throt swab show MRSA infection?

Query: Hello doctor, Is my throat swab wrong? Do I have MRSA? There is lymph node swelling and cobblestone appearance from 5 to 6 months. Tried different antibiotics but were not helpful.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is not MRSA at all. It is a staphylococcal infection (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  Read Full »

What precautions should individuals with MRSA take?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old healthy female with a height of 5 feet 8 inches and a weight of 165 lbs. I am allergic to macrobid and have not had any recent hospital admissions or surgeries. I do have routine hospital visits. I follow good hygiene practices, including regular showers, bedding, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concerns. I have answered your questions: 1. While recovering from MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), am I susceptible to other bacteria, such as VRSA(vancomycin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)? Respo...  Read Full »

Are carriers of MRSA contagious?

Query: Hi doctor, I had two boil-like things in my armpit that were drained and later diagnosed as MRSA. I began the protocol of showering with an antiseptic body wash and inserting Mupirocin into my nostrils every other week. Two months later I was tested via a nasal swab for MRSA and it came back negat...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your second sample (attachment removed to protect patient identity) (positive) one indicates that you have MSSA (methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus). It is the methicillin resistance that defines the MRSA. Our nasal cavity can harbor both MSSA and MRSA. The ...  Read Full »

What type of stitches should have been used if I was infected with MRSA?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with MRSA eight days after surgery. The surgery was performed to repair the complications from previous surgery. Eventually, I had to undergo a mesh removal procedure three months after the repair surgery. Now, my stitches from the second surgery are infected. My questio...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. Firstly, I would like to know how it was determined that you were infected with MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) prior to the current surgery? If this was known before the surgery, many alternative opti...  Read Full »

I have a bump after injury. Is it MRSA?

Query: Hello doctor, I thought I got bit by something three days ago. I went to the hospital yesterday morning at 5:00 AM and was told it was MRSA. I had MRSA a couple of times in the past 8 years. This is the worse case I ever had. The hospital gave me two antibiotics Cephalexin 500 mg 4 times a day and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and seen the attached pictures and can well understand your concern (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  Read Full »

I developed an MRSA infection on my skin after masturbating or nocturnal emission. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am reaching out in an attempt to see if any medical advice or doctors can point me in the right direction. I am a 24-year-old male, and I started having issues the past year where every time I masturbate or have a nocturnal emission. I end up developing an MRSA or Staph Infections absc...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and am sorry for such a medical scenario. Your medical query is • You develop abscesses under your skin on randomized regions of your body after natural emission or masturbation. • Recent symptoms include trouble breathing, Inability to tak...  Read Full »

How can I prevent recurrence of MRSA infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49-year-old woman and last month I was hospitalized with a necrotizing soft tissue infection on my thigh. I had two debridement surgeries and was discharged after 5 days. I was treated with about 4 IV antibiotics. I do not remember them all, I recall seeing Vancomycin and Penicill...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahwish Dildar Abbasi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to, I am sorry for what you have had to go through. As you previously did not have MRSA strains, it is possible that now you have hospital-acquired strains in your blood. It is a superbug and superdifficult to treat as it is resistant to drugs of choice so you have get cult...  Read Full »

What are the tests to be done to know whether I am MRSA positive?

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I was in contact with a MRSA patient. He put his hand on my head to pray for me about 3 minutes or so. He did not touch me anywhere else, and I had my gown and gloves on. He was diagnosed with MRSA by nasal swab. Am I infected? How can I get tested to find out if I am? I know t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Likely, you are not infected. Even if you are exposed, that does not mean infection. It depends on the immunity of the person. You are not immunocompromised, so even if you are exposed, the probability of developing the disease is very less. At this stage, no test can ...  Read Full »

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