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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.
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Staph & Skin: Most staphylococcal infections are opportunistic infections meaning they take the opportunity to cause a problem if they can. Most of these infections occur in the skin and are due to the fact that something in the skin, an opportunity, allowed the normally present bacteria to have a party...At your expense. Infections such as pimples, boils, and rashes are common and can recur is some people.
Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Staph: Every one has staph bacteria on the skin. If your immunity decreases or if these bacteria gets into the body either through skin or other routes, it can cause infection. As simple as superfial skin pimple to life threatening.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Another person: From another person however there is a strain on everybody's skin.
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We're covered w/staph & our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut & if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing decr's spread.

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Do you get staph infection when someone sneezes on you?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Sneeze: You are more likely to get viral exposure if some sneezes on you.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get a staph infection at a gym?

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Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland
Dermatology 37 years experience
Absolutely: Staphylococcus is a bacteria that is often found in gyms. Make sure you clean the equipment before and after using it. Most gyms now provide antibacterial wipes.
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What could cause you get staph infection?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Some thoughts...: Some people have staph bacteria colonizing their skin or nose and have no obvious symptoms. During times of illness, stress, skin breakdown (cuts, scrapes) or immunosuppression, the bacteria can cause infection. You can also get it from coming into contact with it in the environment or with a person who has an active staph lesion.
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Can you get a staph infection from kissing?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Staph from Kissing: Staphulococcus aureus is a germ, often called staph, and is normally found on the body in 20-30% of the healthy people. It is passed from person to person by contact with someone who is colonized with it. It is spread through nose but you can also catch it through kissing.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get a staph infection internally?

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Dr. David Liu
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Such an infection would be called either bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) or sepsis (bacteria + other signs and symptoms). Either would be very serious, and generally requires hospitalization. If you are concerned about either of these, please see your provider.

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