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I'm suffering from chronic abscess and/or staph infection! what to do?

I'm suffering from chronic abscess and/or staph infection! what to do?

MD today: IF you have an abscess that will not go away or get better it needs to be drained. See either your doctor ER or local surgeon. Likely you will need drainage and possibly antibiotics ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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What is the best way of healing a staph infection abcess that has been drained by the er? Er follow-up said epsom salts baths md said keep covered

What is the best way of healing a staph infection abcess that has been drained by the er?  Er follow-up said epsom salts baths  md said keep covered

Soaks: The best treatment for an abscess is drainage. Warm soaks will keep the area open an allow drainage of any residual pus in addition to increasing the blood supply to the area for quicker healing. Covering the area may also keep the wound from closing prematurely and address continuing moist drainage. Once the drainage has stopped no dressing is needed. ...Read more

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On antibiotics for a staph infection on my leg. Only have taken 2 doses so far, but abscess is growing and now hot to touch. Should i lance&drain it?

On antibiotics for a staph infection on my leg. Only have taken 2 doses so far, but abscess is growing and now hot to touch. Should i lance&drain it?

No: Don't try to drain it yourself. Go to the emergency room and get treatment . You probably need IV antibiotics and I&D drainage of the abscess. You may have a MRSA staph infection which is resistant to oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is secondary staph infection?

What is secondary staph infection?

Staph Infection: Staphylococcal bacteria commonly inhabit the skin and interior of the nose. Microscopic or visible breaks in the surface barrier of the body--the skin and mucous membranes--provide an opportunity for these bacteria to cause localized infections. Complications arise when the staph bacteria spread beyond the initial site of infection to the bloodstream and interior body tissues. ...Read more

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How can a staph infection be cured?

How can a staph infection be cured?

With antibiotics : Staph is a bacteria and can be killed by antibiotics and cleaning of the pus. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a staph infection?

What are symptoms of a staph infection?

Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of staph infection?

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. ...Read more

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How to get staph infection and what is it?

How to get staph infection and what is it?

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. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of staph infection?

Staph infection: Signs include redness, the area will feel hot and swollen. You may also have a fever. If the infection spreads, you will see redness radiating from the original area. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by any one of the staphylococcus species of bacteria. These bacteria are part of the bioburden of the human body, so that the mere presence of these on the skin does not ...Read more