MRSA Infection FAQs
Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
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Q:MRSA describes a specific type of bacteria that are resistant to certain antibiotics. True or False?
Q:Is MRSA contagious?
Q:The term "superbug" is a commonly used word to describe MRSA. True or False?
Q:Where are MRSA bacteria most likely found?
A:MRSA is the most common cause of Staph infections in hospitals.
Q:Some of us carry MRSA bacteria on our bodies. Where?
A:The nose, armpits, groin, and buttocks are areas of our skin that contain large amounts of Staph bacteria.
Q:What is the best defense against MRSA?
A:Using good hygiene, frequently washing hands, and avoiding contact with people known to have MRSA are the best ways to avoid the disease.
Q:MRSA most often enters the body through droplets from coughing or sneezing. True or False?
Q:MRSA can cause sepsis, which is an infection of the blood. True or False?
Q:A MRSA skin infection can often mimic a spider bite. True or False?
Q:What are complications of a MRSA infection?
A:Severe and rapidly spreading Staph infections of the skin can result in "flesh-eating" disease (necrotizing fasciitis).
Q:The skin condition cellulitis can be caused by MRSA or by other bacterial types. True or False?
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