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QA39: My child has had several MRSA infections, how can I prevent more outbreaks?

Recurrent MRSA infections are unfortunately quite common. Your child may be ‘colonized’ by the bacteria that cause MRSA infections. These bacteria frequently reside in the nose and on the skin. Applying Bactroban Ointment inside the nose daily for several weeks and taking bleach baths ( 1/3 cup bleach in a tub full of water ) several times a week for a month may also help get rid of that. UNFORTUNATELY, the MRSA bacteria are EVERYWHERE, so as soon as you successfully decontaminate your self or your child, it is only a matter of time before you are colonized again. Sorry. -by Bob Ledwith, PA and Steve Mendes, MD, MPH

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