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I was wondering what MRSA is and what are the symptoms of it? How do you get? How do you get rid of it if you or someone you know has it? How do you prevent getting it again? Who is most likely to get it?

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Asked by indygirl44 at 7:23 PM on Jan. 26, 2009 in Health

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  • It's a bacterial infection. One of the most common symptoms is a sore that people think is a spider bite - but they don't remember ever being bitten by a spider. You can get it just like any bacterial infection - being touched by someone who has it, touching surfaces contaiminated with it. The best prevention is to wash your hands often. Anti-baterial soaps are NOT needed or recommended, plain old soap and water is best. The people most likely to get it are people who have been hospitalized though it is becoming more common in the everyday population. There are drugs that will treat it - barely. It is very drug resistant. If you get it, everyone in your household will be tested. And everyone who is given antibiotics needs to take them EXACTLY as prescribed for as many days as prescribed.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:39 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

  • How can you keep things from getting even worse? Don't ask the doctor for antibiotics. If you need them for something, he will give them to you. If he does give them to you, take them just as prescribed. Do NOT keep any leftovers "just in case". People asking for them to treat colds, people not using them correctly, people stopping taking them too soon - these have been major causes of the MRSA explosion.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:39 PM on Jan. 26, 2009

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