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08/30/2008 12:18 PM

How long is the person carrying MRSA contagious?

therup
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My sister was recently hospitalized with MRSA. Her son had also had it about 2 months prior to her. The doctors think she contracted it from a visit to our Grandmother who had it but had not yet been placed in isolation. My sister does also work in the offices of a hospital. She is home now an been placed out of work for 3 weeks. We were told she would carry this with her the rest of her life. My kids and I wanted to visit her but are concerned about her being contagious. Can anyone shed some light on this for me.
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09/29/2008 11:04 AM
saralaurie
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once you have mrsa you always have it. when you have an open wound or another person has one you are most contagious. it can also be spread airborne such as sneezing or coughing..............most people probably has mrsa from what i know it affects everyone differently.
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09/29/2008 11:06 AM
saralaurie
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once a carrier always a carrierDevil there is protection available at health care facilities to protect visitorsWink
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10/01/2008 07:49 PM
seg
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You can decolonize and become a non carrier of MRSA. My family are just at the beginning of this process. You have to wash daily with chlorahexidine and apply bactroban ointment to your nose 3 times per day and do this for a week. We have been in touch with an infectious disease doc who has helped us a lot!!
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10/15/2008 06:29 AM
bsweari1
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I have to agree with Seg, I have had MRSA and now have VRSA. I have been dealing with this problem for three years. My son is ten and has had three to four sores that have had to be lanced over the last three years. My husband, on the other hand, has never had one! So, I think alot of it has to do with each individuals immune system. My immune system, for example, is very low due to all the antibiotics I have had to take. I bathe in Phisohex or Phisoderm twice a week, never use BAR soap, use liquid antibacterial soap, NEVER use your towels more than once, wash your clothes separatly, use bleach and other baterial killers all over your house. Now, with all of that being said, I still get the sores and have to go on the regumine of strong antibiotics which burn my mouth and everywhere else. I do all of these things more for my familys protection than my own. I am currently waiting for Disease Specialist to contact me with an appointment in UMC, our states Medical Center. The CDC couldn't help me with anything! So, don't even try them. Kind of stupid, but they offered NO HELP! Any questions, just ask. I'm almost a pro at this now. I am the 3rd person in the USA with VRSA. Lucky me huh.
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11/03/2008 07:34 PM
seg
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Just an update on my family. We were all carriers with reappearing skin infections. We did the decolonizing process and are all NEGATIVE!!! No more MRSA!!!! Cannot tell you how extactic we all are!
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12/29/2008 03:46 PM
mitzigirl
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HEY EVERYONE,

My name is MITZIGIRL a.k.a.(Viv)I have now had MRSA going on 3 years in my lungs and have also had it on my skin....I am now your new group leader and would like to get to know eack of you and talk to you. Feel free to pm me and I will get back..I have been to Mayo Clinic after I was first diagnoised with it and they said it came about probably from the nursing home I had been in. When I was sent there my immune system was really low and they think that is when I first contacted it. Like you Bsweari1 I now have VRSA and they cannot cure me only treat me. Mine being in my lungs it is only contagious when I get sick and cough alot or sneeze alot..It can colonize and stay that way and you never have anymore problems and from what they explained to me that has to do with your immune system and how good it is..What they explained to me is to make sure I do not drink or eat from anyone or kiss no one in the mouth. When sick I either wear maskes when pwople are around or I have them wear them. Good handwashing is really important and do not leave towels out that everyone else drys on....I use paper towels usually and throw them right away. When I get skin lesions if they are leaking it is important to keep them covered and wash your hands really well before you clean it and after you touch it. Any dressings that come off should go in a tie up trash and go right out. Also you dont have to wash your clothes seperatly from what they told me the water and heat from the dryer will kill the germs. They do not live through it. I have several people around me at times and no one has ever gotten it.....Most people have it on their bodies and never know it unless your immune system gets down or you have some sort of surgery or something... If I can be of any help to anyone feel free to contact me at any time. Just pm me and I will get back.

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06/09/2009 06:28 PM
mitzigirl
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Thanks for the information that is true..There are over a hundred different strains now..
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09/12/2009 04:49 PM
mitzigirl
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That is so true just because the wound heals doesn't mean anything..I have several and I do mean several purple scars from where some have healed but I keep getting more back...

I have had MRSA for over 4 yrs now and know some who have had negative test only for it to return again..So it is wish to get the 3 negative ones..

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02/07/2010 09:45 PM
postman

This is a great place to draw on the real life experiences of others. Some questions such as this have a point and a counter point. Join in, after all in the end the decisions are yours.

As for the answer to this question. As long as the patient screens positive for the bacteria, or is presenting symptoms the MRSA is highly contagious, and should if admitted, be placed in isolation respecting contact if not droplet protocols. At risk are those with a compromized immune system including the flu. These people are themselves at risk of succumbing to other infections. To be considered clear of the MRSA infection the person must test negative 3 consecutive times.

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