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Mrsa If my mom has a boil and has MRSA

By Anonymous June 18, 2018 - 9:54am
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If my mom has a boil and is diagnosed with MRSA and I have had a total hip replacement can I be in danger of catching the MRSA in my hip replacement? Or if I have any open sores on me?

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

In many cases, a person has surgery, their immune system is compromised until they recover.

An MRSA infection can spread through several mechanisms:

Contaminated surfaces
From one area of the body to another

To help reduce your chance of getting an MRSA infection, take the following steps:

Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water.
Keep cuts and wounds clean and covered until healed.
Avoid contact with other people’s wounds and materials contaminated by wounds.
If you are hospitalized, visitors and healthcare workers may be required to wear special clothing and gloves to prevent transmission.

Anon, it's best not to have close contact with anyone who has MRSA, even if your surgical wounds are covered. As mentioned above, any contact with a person who has this infection -or anything they touch - could risk the spread of the infection.

June 18, 2018 - 10:41am
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