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Dr. James Lin
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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


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My son continues getting staph infections, boils on the face and some parts of his body, we have tried antibiotics and natural remedies. What else?

My son continues getting staph infections, boils on the face and some parts of his body, we have tried antibiotics and natural remedies.  What else?

Sanitization: As you probably know, community acquired staph infections are wide spread and once a family member gets involved, they keep getting reinfected for a variety of reasons, One approach ofr this annoying problem, with some promise, is bleach bath. Mix 1/2 cup regular household beach in a quarter-ful bath tub with luke warm water and let the person sit in it for 15-20 min 2-3/wk for a month. ...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.

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

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?

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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If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

If you have a boil on your leg is it necessarily a staph or MRSA infection?

No.: If there is an infection, these are caused by bacteria. There are many types of bacteria. Staph aureus happens to be one of the most common organisms to infect skin and soft tissue. But, it doesn't have to be this. A wound culture taken by your doc can give you the answer, more importantly if the wound is infected you might need to be on an antibiotic or the wound drained. ...Read more

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Is an untreated staph infection dangerous? I read they usually go away on their own, but not always. How long is safe to wait before going to the doctor? It’s just a boil, but i’ve had it for a week now.

Staph Infections: Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections. But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

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


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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more