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    DS had surgery last week and he came up with this spot on his nose. I took him to doctor and he swabbed it and has given me ointment saying it could be golden staff or mrsa 😱😱

    Totally freaking out. What does it mean? I worked in aged care and I had to suit up basically every time we took care of those patients!!

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    Staph aureus (aka golden staff) is bacteria that is actually very common. About 40% of adults carry it in their nose. I wouldn't freak out unless it doesn't respond to treatment. Just make sure you keep up good hygiene practises (ie. Wash hands regularly).

    I imagine you would have to suit up in an age care environment because you are likely dealing with a lot of elderly people with decreased immune systems so are much more likely to develop an infection than in the general public.

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    MRSA is carried by lots of people. ..you would never know unless you took a swab for it. MRSA is only a problem if there is immune compromise, such as in the hospital environment where people are unwell or have surgical wounds. If the swabs do show MRSA it is called "community - acquired MRSA" and is treated with daily body washes and a cream put in the nostrils. Don't stress. .just practice hygiene and the GP will follow up with the treatment required if it is MRSA.


 

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