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Are all boils caused by staph virus?

Are all boils caused by staph virus?

No.: Staph (short for staphylococcus) is a genus of bacteria and is not a virus. Cutaneous abscesses (boils) can be caused by / associated with staph infections, but not all cutaneous abscesses are staph related. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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If I have boils does t mean I have staph?

Maybe: Maybe not. Staph is very common and may be present in the boils. However, other bacteria may also be present. Best see a doctor if you aren't already. ...Read more

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Are boils the same as staph?

No: A boil is a skin infection. Staph is a type of bacteria. It is short for staphylococcus.

Boils are most often caused by staph but they can be caused by other types of bacteria. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you were to get staph, how much later would you get a boil/abcess?

I'm just wondering, if you were to get staph, how much later would you get a boil/abcess?

Unclear?: If you mean what. Our bodies almost always carry staph on our skin. So it's always around. Do u mean a pimple, this is a very superficial infection and do not turn into boils. They r deeper & r usually an infected hair follicle or cyst, or r blood bourn and just decide 2 set up their home in an area an as they multiply exponentially, they can appear as a rapid onset. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Staph. 3 days ago. Since then my older boils have grown quite large, and new ones all over fever is 99.5. Are the meds working?

I was diagnosed with Staph. 3 days ago. Since then my older boils have grown quite large, and new ones all over fever is 99.5. Are the meds working?

Check with doctor: This depends on size of the boils, where on your body, and maybe on the exact antibiotic you are taking. Boils can progress for a day or two after starting effective treatment, but 3 days is getting a bit too long and many staph strains are resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Recheck with the doctor treating you. It's the weekend, but if your doc isn't available, probably someone is on call. ...Read more

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Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Cat to human most li: Cats, especially those with claws, have been known to transmit bacteria to their human masters. Bacteria like MRSA are everywhere. Generally, humans don't transmit to cats because cats are "clean" compared to humans & we don't scratch our pets, generally. Aside from MRSA, cat-scratch disease (Bartonella bacteria), Pasturella, & other bacterial trasmission has been reported in medical journals. TTYD ...Read more

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Can staph infected boils be deep in the skin where you can't see them but only feel them? Will you always be able to visibly see boils on the skin?

Not staph: A lump under the skin, not breaking through to the surface, almost certainly is not a boil or any other kind of staph infection. See your doctor if the lump persists or you otherwise remain concerned, but no worries about staph. ...Read more

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I have these bumps on my private area been to two different docs. One said staph. The other said boils. They itch like crazy. Help please.

I have these bumps on my private area been to two different docs. One said staph. The other said boils. They itch like crazy. Help please.

Same: The diagnose are the same. One told you the cause, one told you the disease. I believe both doctors must prescribed antibiotics for you. So take them. If do not help, go back for switch to another antibiotics. Sometimes you may have drug resistance. ...Read more

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Okay this is for my fiancee okay ppl say she either has a boil or a cist or a staph infection like it poped last night can some one help identify it.

Okay this is for my fiancee okay ppl say she either has a boil or a cist or a staph infection like it poped last night can some one help identify it.

Infection: Yes. A physician can examine this in person and identify it. If it is unidentifiable then a culture can be taken of the sore. This question will be answered in person and probably not on the internet. ...Read more

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Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Peroxide is better: Alcohol is very toxic to skin, especially damaged skin. Hydrogen peroxide works well to kill any residual germs while causing less tissue damage. An antibiotic ointment may help as well (triple antibiotic ointments are available as generics equivalent to neosporin). Many experts believe thorough washing with good old soap and water (not briefly!) is as good or better than abx ointments. ...Read more

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How soon after a boil happens will you get a staph infection or mrsa?

Already infected.: A boil IS an infection. You may already have staph (whether it is MRSA or regular staph) which could have caused it. There are other causes. Staph is present on everyone's skin. You can get MRSA from others if you don't have it now. You could have a non-MRSA staph causing your boil, and if it is open or draining can catch MRSA if you do not keep it covered and clean & safe from more germs. ...Read more

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Could keflex still be working for my staph infection even if a new boil has popped up?

Cannot say: Since I do not know how long you have been on the Keflex it is hard to say. If you have only been on it for a few days then it is possible for new lesions to occur. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no: They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young ...Read more

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I have a terrible staph infection and just got a new boil after being on keflex for 3 days, does this mean it's resistant?

Probably: Most boils these days are caused by mrsa, which is resistant to Keflex and related antibiotics. A culture of the pus will confirm this. ...Read more

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Why do I have reoccurring boils on inner buttocks? No staph. 24, f, smoker, no children, married. They never pop on their own. Have to get them lanced.

Colonization: You may have staph colonization of the nose or other areas. See a physician to culture the lesions and start an oral antibiotic and topical bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. These boils can occur from friction and sweating as well, so wear loose clothing during exercise and shower immediately afterwards with hibiclens or dial. Use bactroban (mupirocin) one week each month on nostrils and fingernails. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does cephalexin treat boils? And if you have a boil how do you know if it's staph or not?

Yes: Simple boil can be treated with cephalexin. If it is not responding very well or if it is getting worse, it is either the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic or there is pus that needs to be drained ...Read more

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My boyfriend has this boil looks like staph it has red and yellow pulse comes out it has heat around it it blood red around the surface?

Staph/boils: Staph is a common skin bacteria so it is possible that it is. Some Staph is resistant to common antibiotics - MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph aureus). It sounds like it needs to be drained and your BF started on oral as well as topical antibiotics - time to see his doctor Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had really bad staph infections, with me getting boils everywhere. I recently got little white bumps on pubic area, is this folliculitis?

I've had really bad staph infections, with me getting boils everywhere. I recently got little white bumps on pubic area, is this folliculitis?

Possible: It is possible, but you really need to have this checked by your family doc, dermatologist, or infectious disease specialist...You need to find out the cause of the recurring infection...If that is what it really is.. ...Read more

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16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil. Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. F/U with your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, oral antibiotics may be needed. GET THE AREA CULTURED TO EVALUATE FOR MRSA. ...Read more

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My father has an infected boil on his bad, it's causing him severe pain, could this be staph infection?

My father has an infected boil on his bad, it's causing him severe pain, could this be staph infection?

Yes, it can: Any skin lesion that is causing severe pain should be shown to a dermatologist right away. If a dermatologist is not available, see your primary care doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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In 2009 I had surgery 4 a staph infection mnth ltr I devlop sputum have it nw 4 3yrs, had pneumonia nw I hve boils, pimpl & kidny cyst chst hrts?

In 2009 I had surgery 4 a staph infection mnth ltr I devlop sputum have it nw 4 3yrs, had pneumonia nw I hve boils, pimpl & kidny cyst chst hrts?

See a Doctor Now!: It appears that you have had recurrent infections in the past, have had chronic symptoms involving multiple organ systems. This will require immediate evaluation for detailed work up, including that for a primary or acquired immune deficiency. Please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Past yr I keep getting boils/staph infect. Had 1-2 in my entire life, now getting 3-4 every 2-4 mts! WHY?? Can I prevent it? I bathe with hibiclens.

Past yr I keep getting boils/staph infect. Had 1-2 in my entire life, now getting 3-4 every 2-4 mts! WHY?? Can I prevent it? I bathe with hibiclens.

Hard to say: Some patients will unfortunately have Staph on their bodies, nasal passage ways, underneath their finger nails and in the razor blades. I would see your doctor consider bactroban nasal. Consider a NON concentrated bleach bath. Always use new razor blades. See your doctor for more answers. Good luck ...Read more

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Had a boil lanced on my face about a week ago. Was tested positive for staph. The incision is healing nice. But under the skin is hard where is was

Had a boil lanced on my face about a week ago. Was tested positive for staph. The incision is healing nice. But under the skin is hard where is was

Boil: Assume you were treated with clindamycin and other appropriate antibiotic. Can apply hot moist compresses to area to attempt to soften. It will take 6 months to two years to soften up as much as possible. If cosmetically unacceptable, let it calm down for 4-6 months and have excised. kenalog injection can also be performed but wait at least 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Can I be sure I don't have staph? Had boil on inner buttocks lanced&sent to lab to test for staph. It came back negative. I have reoccurring boils. Why?

Negative?: Context may be missing- 1) you may not have mrsa, but you may still have "staph", 2) not all boils are caused by staph, but others can also be involved such as fecal bacteria that grows in the absence of oxygen (anaerobes). 3) if you were on antibiotics against staph when the boil is lanced, a negative culture can occur. If possible, get a copy of the culture result. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more