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Staph infection in anal area what causes it?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Wrong place: Staph are normal skin flora. If there's skin trauma (scratch, ingrown hair, obstructed gland) the bacteria finds a nice warm spot w/lots of free food ; they can set up shop ; grow. Staph release toxins that allow them to break down skin ; make deeper homes ; more bacteria food. The process continues until the immune system kicks in, wound is opened/drained (o2 is toxic to staph), +/- antibiotics.
Answered on Dec 9, 2018

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