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How long do you need to cover staph lesions

A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Matos
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
When healed: Usually when the redness and oozing is gone, then you are no longer contagious.

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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Neosporin: There is no set time that you have to stop using neosporin, but most otc meds will have a comment that says if it does not go away within a few days o ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
37 years experience Rheumatology
Staph infection: Staph. Is a bacteria that lives on all of us and is not usually a problem. It is only a problem if it is resistant to antibiotics and causing an infe ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Not enough informati: "Staph" is a bacterial species, not a diagnosis. Cultures from perfectly normal people often grow these bacteria. If he had impetigo or cellulitis you ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
7-10 days: For an abscess of the face drainage is needed. For a soft tissue infection or cellulitis 7-10 days is usually enough. For a staph. Aureus bloodstrea ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
7-14 days: With treatment.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
A lifetime, as usual: Staph bacteria are naturally with us, every single one of us. We are born without bacteria, and start getting bacteria the moment we come out. We get ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Weeks to months: Staph can be carried on most parts of the body, especially the nostrils, armpits, nails including artificial and acrylic nails, hands, and private par ... Read More
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Dr. Srdjan Prodanovich
18 years experience Dermatology
Need to see a Doctor: Hi doug: in order to know for sure if you have a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) you will need to be evaluated by a physician, suc ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland
36 years experience Dermatology
Quickly if treated: If it is a skin staph infection, with appropriate topical and /or systemic antibiotics the infection will typically clear within 7-14 days.

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