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Are Staph Infections And Shingles Related
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
Chicken or the egg: Shingles is a viral condition that travels down a nerve and causes severe pain along the nerve root path. Staph is a bacterial infection that grows anywhere. The immune system becomes weakened as it fights both infections allowing other secondary infections and concerns. Treat both asap to prevent further complications. ...Read more
29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?
Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health. ...Read more
Immune system: Staph is a normal colonizer of the skin in all people. It usually takes advantage of a break in the skin or the mucous membranes. If you are getting serious infections then you need to have your immune system checked out. Otherwise, scrub well daily with good antibacterial soap to reduce the skin colonies. Swish/swallow and spray in the nose 2-3 times daily silver shield brand colloidal silver. ...Read more
Infection: The area infected will become reddened, swollen, hot and painful. If you treat early with antibiotics the infected area will remain localized. If the infection is not treated early, the area will become larger. You will see red streaks radiating from the original site. Lymph nodes draining the infected area will become enlarged and you may develop a fever. ...Read more
I've had 2 staph infections and I'm on my way to getting more staph infections. Why is this happening?
Some R staph carrier: Most of us carry staph on our skin & some more than others. Can b related to hygiene, so wash ur hands & shower @ least daily with good old soap & water. If this does not solve the problem check with ur pcp about a rx soap for a more staph control. ...Read more
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
Bacteria: Many people carry staph bacteria and never develop staph infections. If you have a staph infection, there's a good chance that it stemmed from bacteria you've been carrying around for some time. These bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person. Because staph bacteria are so hardy, they can live on inanimate objects such as pillowcases or towels long enough to transfer to the next person. ...Read more
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
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
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
Sure.: Staph lives all over (ubiquitous), common skin germ; certainly can cause skin infection on buttock. Not a likely bowel germ, so not likely to be "in" butt, unless spread from skin source or spread from elsewhere. Can get perianal abscess (pus pocket) from inflamed/infected anal glands-usually not staph though. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on where the infection is. For example if it is a skin infection, you may have fever, redness, swelling, pain, pus etc. If it is a blood infection, you will have fever, chills, and possibly seeding of the bacteria in other organs, with signs and symptoms specific to that organ. ...Read more
Appropriate antibiot: It needs to be treated with apprropriate antibotics. If in the form of a cyst or blister it needs to be opened and drained, . ...Read more
MRSA: Staph is a common germ, lives on skin, in nose, elsewhere-ubiquitous. When get where they don't belong, cause infection including pus pockets (abscesses). Some strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. One such strain is MRSA (methicillin resistant staph. Aureus); can be a big deal id there's infection with limited antibiotc available to rx. Don't want it to spread in hospitals, a big deal. ...Read more
Don't know: Percentages, but likely very small as most infections are staph and not everyone has amputations. ...Read more
Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read more
Staph Infections: Yes, staphylococcus infections can be deadly. There are certain strains that can be very aggressive and cause significant disease in the skin, tissues, and heart valves. Just because staph is cultured from a wound does not necessarily mean that you will die (the chances in this scenario is very small). The strains and circumstances of the 'deadly' staph is very unique. ...Read more
Herpes and staff: This would be an extreme rarity. There are various changes in the skin produced by each of these conditions, and you do not describe any of those, so I cannot help you at this time. I would advise you to see a dermatologist when the lesions are present, and the diagnosis can be cultured and made. ...Read more
Proper hygiene: The best way to prevent a staph infection is through proper, frequent handwashing, and hygiene. If someone in the household has had an infection, make sure everything is properly washed and sterilized. Towels should not be reused. Bedding and clothing should be washed. Surfaces should be cleaned with bleach or lysol. If you have expereienced recurrent infxn, nasal Mupirocin is also helpful. ...Read more
It depends: While some strains of staph are susceptible to the two antibiotics found in baneocin, some strains are not susceptible or can develop resistance to the antibiotic ointment after use. I would talk to your doctor if you suspect you have a staph infection to determine what treatment will work best for the strain of staph infection you have some staph infections are very resistant ...Read more
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
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more
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