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According to a new study, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a strain of staph infection, is becoming a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes. Little is known about how to prevent its spread among nursing home residents because most studies have been done in hospital settings. MRSA spreads easily and antibiotics like penicillin are ineffective against it. Elders in nursing home settings are vulnerable because MRSA infection is acquired more easily by elderly people and it is carried and spread quickly by skin contact. According to the study, living in close quarters, taking multiple medications, and issues such as pressure sores and catheters all make nursing homes key breeding places for MRSA. However, nursing homes haven't been an area of concentrated education on the subject. "Many different ways of preventing the spread of MRSA have been studied, particularly in hospitals; however, we found no studies that looked at...
According to the CDC (2014), it is estimated that Americans of all ages visit the doctor more than 12 million times per year for skin infections that are typical of staph (staphylococcus bacteria). More than half of those visits are for MRSA, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.
As the weather changes and students return to the locker rooms and you return to the gym, it is important to understand how staph is spread, what the signs and symptoms of the infection are, and what to do if you suspect you may have a staph infection.
Staph bacteria can be spread by having direct contact with another person’s infection (think contact sports). Staph can also be spread by sharing personal items such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin. Another way to contract staph is to touch a surface contaminated with the bacteria (think gym mats or exercise equipment). Staph can al...
Abscess - Bartholin's; Infected Bartholin's gland
Soaking in warm water four times a day for several days usually provides some relief and causes the abscess to open and drain on its own. However, the opening is usually very small and closes quickly, before drainage is complete.
A small surgical cut can completely drain the abscess. This provides the greatest relief and the fastest recovery. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia in a doctor's office. A catheter (tube) may be used to continue to allow draining while the area heals.
Antibiotics may be prescribed, but they are not usually needed if the abscess is drained properly.
Women who have repeated abscesses may consider a procedure called marsupialization. The procedure involves surgically creating a small, permanent opening to help the gland drain. Women with large, persistent Bartholin's cysts may also have this procedure.
Your health care provider may reco...
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