Could my mother and I have caught MRSA from my dad?

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Q: I have just found out that my dad has MRSA in his lung, which has made me paranoid. He was in hospital a few weeks ago with a chest infection - former long term smoker, now with emphysema, and has just got the results of his bronchioscope test which showed the MRSA. His doctor has given him no further advice, other than giving him strong anti-biotics. I am now worried that myself and my mother may carry the infection - over the last few weeks we have both had excess mucus production, especially in the mornings, causing an irritating cough. Personally I have to clear my airway as soon as I get up in the morning. The mucus varies from clear to yellow, sometimes frothy and occasionally greenish or brownish but can be quite difficult to clear out of my system. The coughing and mucus can also be triggered by excessive talking!! I work in a call centre so talk a lot during the day, so can't avoid it. I have vomited on 2 occasions from gagging and or coughing so hard. We have both also had sore throats, although again this is more of an irritation, likely caused by the coughing. I have now developed what appears to be two insect bites on my back, and have read that MRSA rashes can start in this form. I have just caught my second cold in a month, which is unusual for me as I'm normally very healthy. I'm wondering should we go and get tested or I am just turning the sniffles into much more?

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