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Can MRSA start in the mouth?
Started by Momof3
Posted: October 26, 2007 at 23:24
I have been to the doctor with numerous canker sores in my mouth this week. He drew blood and said it was just a virus but, could it be MRSA?
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Re: Can MRSA start in the mouth?
Reply #1 by Mandy
Posted: November 10, 2007 at 23:36
Hi. I have been asking the same question recently because my 12 yo son was diagnosed with mrsa boil,and my 9 yo son got an abcessed tooth with a gum boil at the same time. I have looked and looked and read research studies and it appears that mrsa colonizes the mouth frequently. But I cant find any accounts of actual boils in the mouth. So, my young son was not cultured and had his tooth pulled on Wed. So far so good. Also, research studies have shown that Listerine antibacterial (with 27% alcohol) kills the colonization, as well as a chlorhexidine mouthwash (Peridex I think.) Hope this helps.
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Reply #2 by Nancy R
Posted: November 11, 2007 at 02:24
No. It cannot be MRSA. MRSA is a bacteria, not a virus.
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Re: Can MRSA start in the mouth?
Reply #3 by Winnie
Posted: November 12, 2007 at 18:43
My doctor gave me (among other meds) a Chlorhexidine oral rinse. This makes me think the answer might be yes, but I'm not a doctor.
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