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Staph: Staph is frequently found as part of the normal skin flora on the skin and nasal passages. It can cause minor skin infections, such as pimples, impetigo, boils, cellulitis to life threatening diseases such as endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome and sepsis. Methicillin- resistant s. Auras, abbreviated MRSA is a strain of staph that has become resistant to a number of antibiotics. ...Read more
Very common: Staph can be grown on anyone's skin. Infection occurs when the bacteria takes over. It can start with a scratch or pimple, a hangnail, ear infection, sore throat or sinus infection to name a few. Staph is not usually serious, a poor immune system, resistant bacteria or bad location can make it serious but most infections can be easily treated. ...Read more
Clinical history: The diagnosis of most skin infections is made by the pattern of symptoms and physical exam findings. However, it is not usually possible to know without cultur whether the infection is caused by the staph bacteria or another bacteria, like group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus (strep pyogenes). A culture of any weeping or abcess will help determine if staph is present. ...Read more
Toxic shock syndrome: It can cause death in hours. Read more about it here: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001676/. ...Read more
No: There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. ...Read more
Many: Crusting, pain, redness, purulent drainage.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes lots: Staphylococcal infections are very common. Probably just about everyone has had numerous staph. Infections during a life time. Boils and skin pustules are invariable to to staph. Post operative wound infections most commonly due to staph. Worst, or most difficult to treat are mrsa, methicillin resistant staph. Aureus. Many of us have dormant staph. On our skin. Hence need for good hand washing. ...Read more
Staph infection: This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of infections. ...Read more
How serious is staphylococcal folliculitis for someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab)?
It depends: There are many different types of staph infections - some are serious & require hospitalization.Most staph infections are skin related. These can vary between simple pimples & boils to complex abscesses & cellulitis. A doctor can distinguish the complexity of the infection. Simple isolated staph boils can be cured with a drainage procedure by a provider. Antibiotics are needed for more complex cases. ...Read more
Yes: Hand wash and direct contact.Get a more detailed answer ›
Rare: But it can happen easily depending on the type of strep. Some are more virulent. ...Read more
Depends: If you have a normal newborn, I don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults. If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems. A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Can someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab) be admitted to hospital if they have staphylococcal folliculitis?
Equally common but..: Staph is not necessarily more common in hospitals. It is one of the most common causes of bacterial infection, in or out of hospitals. But it can be more severe in hospitals because some patients are at inreased risk of serious complications. Also more likely to be antibiotic resistant. Finally, staph is easily passed between patients, sometimes unwittingly by doctors and nurses. ...Read more