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can you catch a staph infection through the air?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Staph infection: Staph is not passed via the air. It is spread by contact.
Dr. Marianna Post
Family Medicine 17 years experience
No: No, usually staph gets transmitted through the touch or by direct contact.

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How do you get a staph infection?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Staph infections.: Staphylococcus lives in our skin and nostrils. Any minor wound in the skin may cause it.Some pts are immunocompromised and present frequent staph infections. Staph may travel through the blood or by continuity to other parts like bone, the heart valves.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Yes: If a boil or abscess is present a specimen of the drainage or pus can be sent to the lab and a culture of the organisms is made. If staph aureus is grown on the culture then next it is grown on a culture with methicillin to see if the methicillin will inhibit growth of the staph. If growth not inhibited the staph aureus is methicillin .Resistant.
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What are the symptoms of staph infection?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Pain/redness: The signs of any bacterial infection are: redness, swelling, pain, heat. In medical school most of us learned the latin: rubor, tumor, dolor and calor (yes, doctors are nerds for the most part). :) these symptoms worsen along with the severity of infection (i.e. Dark fiery red is worse than light pink). If the infection gets more serious, you can have fevers as well.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: 3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein. The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general.
A 20-year-old member asked:

How common is it for a staphylococcal infection to become septic?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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It depends: There are multiple kinds of staphylococcal bacteria strains. Whether a person develops sepsis is dependent on the type of staph strain, as well as the overall condition of the patient. For example, even a "weak" staph strain can cause sepsis in somebody whose immune system is weak. We all are exposed to staph virtually every day. It is impossible to quote you a percentage for your question.

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