Holy Fucking God

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    Nov 03, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    My roommate got diagnosed with staph today! icon_eek.gif

    Ugh, when I'm in the apartment I have to put this "Bactroban" cream up my nose to reduce my chances of catching it too.

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    Nov 03, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    oh sorry to hear.. staphilococcis are dangerous..
    hope he'll cure soon ..
    take care of him... and yourself.icon_sad.gif
  • MarkX

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    Nov 04, 2007 4:27 AM GMT
    Bummer. Take care of each other. Stay well.

    I always take postings like this as an opportunity for a little self-education.
    (Seems that unlicensed tattoo artists are at fault for many cases.)

  • GQjock

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    Nov 04, 2007 9:55 AM GMT
    I'm assuming that he was diagnosed with the strain of staph that is resistant to almost all antibiotics
    It's called MSRA or methicillin resistant staphylococcus

    and it's a by-product of years of use of antibiotics against staph...now it has become through selection able to withstand most of our drugs against it

    while having a roommate with it is serious (I don't know if he's got it in his skin or in his system)
    Staph germs are everywhere...but the thing is that they need an in...into our body to cause an infection
    cuts scrapes or any opening in the skin is how they usually enter our bodies

    it would be a good idea to clean the place esp the kitchen and bathroom with a good disinfectant
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    Nov 05, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) is a problem, but part of that depends on where it was acquired and the actual resistance pattern. It used to be seen almost exclusively in chronically ill people, or those who had been hospitalized (and in health-care workers). However, in the past couple years MRSA has become fairly common in the general population as well. The community-acquired MRSA still tends to be sensitive to several common antibiotics that can be taken by mouth. There is some disagreement in the infectious disease (ID) field about treating contacts with nasal antibiotic ointment (like Bactroban). Again, when MRSA was less common, it was aggressively promoted as a way of preventing spread. However, now that it is so common, some ID specialists are saying the antibiotic ointment doesn't make any difference. It is easy, cheap, and can't hurt, though.