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How do you tell the difference between shingles and MRSA

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How do you tell the difference between shingles and MRSA?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
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Expert:  DrOAB replied 8 years ago.



Shingles is a reactivation of a dormant varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus infection in the nerves, while MRSA is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Shingles lesions usually appear as clusters of clear-fluid blisters on one side of the body, while MRSA skin infection often causes white or yellow-green pustules and boils with no limitation to location. The Tzanck test (a scraping of the base of a lesion to look for cells possibly indicative of varicella-zoster virus) or a lesion fluid/scraping for viral culture may help to confirm a shingles diagnosis, while a bacterial culture of lesion fluid/pus may help to confirm MRSA infection.

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