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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Side Effects of Doxycycline, Which I Took for UTI

Query: Hello doctor, I have been sick with side effects from Doxycycline for two weeks. I had a UTI which has cleared. I have been to the doctor twice, they checked my urine, and there is no infection. I feel tired, have chills, I feel cold, have a back and joint pain. I do not have a fever. I have read t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you had a urine test, but there are different types of urine test like a dipstick, which is done at the office, a complete analysis, which is done in the laboratory and a urine culture. I am more interested in the last two. With all du...  Read Full »

How to get rid of recurrent blisters on the cheek?

Query: Hi doctor, I was told that this thing on my cheek is a cold sore (photo attached). It comes in the same spot on my cheek every time. It has been coming and going for several years. Now, it showed up last week and progressed to this level. What is your opinion on this? I know you probably cannot tell...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history and clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the diagnosis would be more in favor of a furuncle (Staph infection) or acne with secondary infection. It does not appear to be eczema or contact dermatitis. It seems infective rather...  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 »

What are the clinical features of MRSA infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am very concerned about contracting MRSA. I was in a public bathroom, and I washed my hands and absent-mindedly touched the public door handle, and later I washed my hands, after which I picked inside my dry, irritated nose. I know this is very unsanitary, and now I am concerned I m...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. Your statement is very much concerned about contracting MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) by picking your nose after touching the public toilet door handle. Clinical features of MRSA infection are pa...  Read Full »

Why is there blistering skin lesion after exposure to MenB vaccination?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a 16-year-old boy who developed blistering skin lesions straight after having the MenB vaccination with active mono after just leaving the hospital. For the lesions he was put on steroids, while being investigated, he was then diagnosed with linear IgA bullous dermatosis. He wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Pathave

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for allowing me to treat your skin problem. Thank you also for providing information. Kindly hold on a minute; I am typing a detailed answer and explanation of your query. The clinical picture you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity) l...  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 »

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 »

I have MRSA and severe spinal stenosis. Are they related?

Query: Hello doctor, I have MRSA and severe spinal stenosis. I was in hospital 8 months ago. Since leaving the hospital I have had rashes, burning, itchy and twitching in my face and neck areas. About 5 months after hospital visit I had severe burning feeling in muscles and major muscle atrophy and increa...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to MRSA occurs asymptomatically as a carrier in many people. MRSA is not related to your spinal stenosis problem. Kindly tell the exact MRI report as if there are no hyper intensities in spinal cord we will not suspect autoimmune etiology also. Spinal stenosis is commo...  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 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 Bacti...  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 »

Why does my wife have a swelling around her left clavicular area?

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 »

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