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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17-11-2015 13:13 #1
17-11-2015 13:18 #2
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.
17-11-2015 15:09 #3
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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