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Hi, my name is Kris, my question is about MRSA,

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

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Practicing since :2007

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Posted on Mon, 4 Feb 2019 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hi, my name is Kris, my question is about MRSA, I had an outbreak a couple months ago in the form of folliculitis, on both calves, thighs and an area on my stomach, it came on suddenly and spread quickly, I was treated and my symptoms have seemed to resolve, I also had a nasal swab done that tested negative, I've also followed decolonization procedures very thoroughly, I'm now using prebiotics and probiotics as well, still showering twice a day and using hibiclens, but I'm now paranoid about every bump or spot I see on my body, I'm noticing every little detail on my skin, I notice quickly when I have a pimple on my back or wherever, I've also dealt with mild acne since my teenage years, that doesn't help matters, the question I have is will MRSA typically always come about quickly and aggressively like it did when I had it previously, with pain, redness, and warmth and a large pustule, or can it take a sort of acne like form where it's more like a normal pimple that resolves on it's own? I've had a couple decent size pimples on my back recently, not really painful or anything, seems like nothing out of the ordinary, but I can't help but wonder if it's the MRSA and it's just not acting as aggressively? Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
MRSA associated with pain, swelling & redness, doesn’t occur as pimples

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome to ask a doctor service
I have gone through your query and understand your concern.
MRSA usually occurs in the form of painful pustules which are usually associated with pain, swelling, redness and warmth.
It won’t occur in the form of acneform papules and pustules.
The pimples on your back must be acneform eruption and not MRSA.
Don’t worry and relax.
Regards
Dr Asmeet
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