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Staph Aureus Infections New York

Decolonization after Recurrent Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA Infections or rashes

If you have recurrent Staphylococcus aureus infections, whether it’s MRSA or regular Staphylococcus (MSSA), there is no perfect method to eliminate your risk. However, there are steps you can take that may help lessen your risk of recurrence. These preventive measures are highly suggested by our Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Stephen Comite, of SkinProvement Dermatology New York in New York, New York.

Please consider the below solutions to reduce the potential risk of MRSA decolonization following recurrent staphylococcus aureus infection or MRSA infections and rashes:

  1. Rinse the body with 4% chlorhexidine (such as Hibiclens) during daily bathing or showering. You can also consider dilute bleach baths (see our website for details). If time does not permit this bathing, you can try CLN wash.
  2. Use 0.12% chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily.
  3. Use prescription 2% mupirocin twice daily into your nostrils

Do #s 1, 2, and 3 for five days, twice monthly for six months.

  • Wash your hands immediately every time they touch your wound/rash or anything that has had contact with your wound with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing any items that may be contaminated, such as towels, clothing, bar soap, bedding, razors, and athletic equipment.
  • Clothing that comes into contact with wound drainage or rash should be laundered, preferably on a hot cycle, and dried thoroughly.
  • Environmental surfaces, with which you and multiple individuals have bare skin contact with, should be cleaned with an OTC cleanser with active ingredients against Staph aureus. Cross-transmission of Staph aureus between humans and pets have been described.
  • Consider having family members or roommates tested with a bacterial culture. They will need to set up an appointment at our office.
  • Consider having family or roommates do numbers 1, 2, and 3 and follow the rest of the guidelines, especially if Staph aureus is found upon them via culture.
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Whether you have chronic rash infections or are at a higher risk for MRSA infections, Dr. Stephen Comite suggests considering the above preventive solutions to reduce the chance of reinfection or reoccurrence.

If you have any questions, we invite you to call SkinProvement Dermatology New York in New York, NY, by phoning (212) 933-9490 and visiting the office at 110 East 40th Street, Suite #402.

Dr. Stephen Comite is a Board-certified dermatologist serving patients in and around New York, New York.

Stephen L. Comite, M.D.
F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist,
Clinical Professor of Dermatology.

SuperDoctors, New York Times, Best Dermatologists: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024.

Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, Best Dermatologists: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024.

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SKINPROVEMENT DERMATOLOGY In New York is committed to providing patients world-class treatments for skin, hair, and nails. They understand and acknowledge the diversity among all patients to treat them more efficiently using state of the art technology and decades of professional expertise.

DR. STEPHEN COMITE Is a board-certified Dermatologist with an impeccable academic background and he is valued as one of the best Dermatologists in NY due to his expert skills and his compassionate nature towards all of his patients.
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Dr. Comite is a compassionate and caring doctor who has done an excellent job as my dermatologist. His advice is always thoughtful and he works with me to find the best treatment options. He is highly motivated and extremely helpful. My skin has drastically improved since I started seeing him. I would highly recommend Dr. Comite to anyone seeking dermatology care.

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