|I think I have been exposed!
Jul 27, 2007
I am pretty sure that I have been exposed to MRSA. What is that and how would I know if I have been infected?
| Response from Dr. Conway
MRSA is a resistant bacteria that is often carried on the skin. Even if you were in contact with someone who had it, you may not have become colonized with it. The way we most often test for colonization is by doing a culture of your nasal lining. Even if it were positive, this indicates thatt you are carrying it, and does not mean you are infected by it. Most often, we do not intervene to eliminate colonization unless you are at high risk of serious infections yourself or are in close contact with someone who is.
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