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I'm having knee surgery and I am paranoid about MRSA. I

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I'm having knee surgery and I am paranoid about MRSA.
I signed several papers stating I had never had it. I have heard that lots of hospital workers are positive for it and it lives in the nostrils. Is this true and if so will coating the inside of my nostrils with neosporin be a good precaution?
mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

I understand your fear.

mysticdoc :

Yes that is partially correct information.

mysticdoc :

Some hospital workers and also other patients may carry MRSA in their nostrils as they tend to colonize their.

mysticdoc :

Now, this does not mean you will get the infection if your immunity is strong.

mysticdoc :

You will also get IV antibiotics before and after surgery as per protocol to prevent MRSA or any other bacterial infection.

mysticdoc :

Neosporin does not help with the MRSA infection anyway.

mysticdoc :

You can however, get tested for MRSA with nasal swab.

mysticdoc :

If that comes back positive, then Mupirocin nasal ointment is recommended to decolonize the nostrils.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

mysticdoc :

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