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what does a scab infected with staph look like?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
May not be different: Without being able to see and culture this area there is no way to be sure that this is infected with staphylococcus aureus.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Not possible: "scabs" are composed of fibrin, platelets and red blood cells that are dead and dried. It cannot get infected. Remember that an important part of healing is inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) so if this is present it means you may be healing. Infected wounds get worse, pain increases and there may be pus. If not getting worse but is inflammed, it is getting better.

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How long has staph been a problem?

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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 infection. Staph. Has caused infections since before there were antibiotics "blood poisoning" could be from staph. Like all normal bacteria most staph is not a problem.
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What are symptoms of having MRSA or staph in your bloodstream?

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What are the differences between strep tts and staph tts?

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Staph/strep TSS: Even though both can cause toxic shock syndrome.Staph is more likely to cause it and is more severe than strep causing tss.
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What are the main signs and symptoms of staph?

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Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue.
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A 43-year-old female asked:

I have a bad problem with staph in my house and need to know why we have it about once every couple of months?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Question unclear: I think you are asking why persons in your household get recurrent episodes of staph cellulitis, rather than disinfecting your house (which is not the problem). Your doctor can use a combination of Mupirocin (bactroban) in your nose and daily washings with a soap containing Chlorhexidine (but you cannot wash with anything else), and every carrier will have to do this, only 50/50 success rate.

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