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Blood Test For Staph Infection
Blood Cultures: This is not a common question or situation and am not sure why you would ask. But, there are blood cultures. Staph is usually diagnosed by examination or direct wound culture. ...Read more
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
I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?
Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more
What to do if I have a full blown staph aureus infection. My doctor is going to use a blood test to see if I'm cured.?
No blood test: There is no blood test for staph. You'll know you are cured when your symptoms, physical examination, and perhaps imaging (xrays, scans, etc) have returned to normal or stabilized. Of course staph aureus is a normal bacteria on the skin, so you could continue to be a carrier. If so, and if recurrent infections (with symptoms) are a problem, certain antibiotics may help reduce staph carriage. ...Read more
1. How to differentiate staph infection in arm pit to swollen lymph nodes? 2. What does a higher WBC mean when having undiagnosable luq pain with otherwise normal X-ray and blood tests
Staph: Infections are usually in the skin, whereas axillary lymph nodes are in deeper tissues. But you can have enlarged lymph nodes from skin infections. Elevated WBC count means infection, inflammation, drug effect or, in rare cases, malignancy. Ask your doctor for more specific answers in your case. ...Read more
IV antibiotics: This usually requires hospital stay with IV antibiotics. ...Read more
Called sepsis: This is a very dangerous infection that is treated in hospital with IV antibiotics. It can be fatal. ...Read more
Finding: Blood cultures positive for the coccus or finding secondary sites that occurred from the bacteremia. ...Read more
Maybe never: Hopefully the body will mount a strong defense and no blood infection occurs (the usual scenario). ...Read more
Infection and blood: Yes, there is risk for bacterial infection associated with blood product transfusion- especially with platelet transfusion as it is stored in a room temperature. However your risk to have staph infection coming from your own skin or upper respiratory tract is way way way more common than from blood product transfusion- which is almost always. ...Read more
Is there really no issue for my mom to be in the delivery room if she has staph infection in her blood?
Confusing question: If your mom truly has a staph infection in her blood, I would expect her to be in an ICU bed on IV medication. If she is prone to boils, sties or other staph infections simple hand washing techniques and having her mask during the event will limit the risk. We all have some staph on our skin starting a few hours after birth. I don't see excluding everyone that might, or no one would be there. ...Read more
My dr told me I have staph infection in my blood. Lately been having pains in my stomach and feeling weak. Is this bec the infection. Shld I call dr?
Staph infection: Staphylococcus is a common bacteria in our environment, but if you have it in your blood that is significant. There is an increasing incidence of resistant staph bacteria, so hopefully you are on the correct antibiotics for this infection. Weakness can certainly be related to the infection, and abdominal pain is potentially a concern as well. You should see your doctor for an exam and discuss meds. ...Read more
If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?
Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more
I get extremely painful bumps filled with pus and blood in my vagina hairs every couple of months. I have been compressing them with a warm wash cloth but I'm not exactly sure what that does. I also just recently found out I had a staph infection aka MRSA
There may be an: ...association between the MRSA and the recurrent infection in the vaginal hairs (folliculitis). If you're being treated appropriately with the antibiotics for the MRSA, that might help clear up the folliculitis. Be aware tho that any bacteria still hiding in the follicles may cause a flair up. Talk with your doctor about that & that other hygiene measures to help prevent recurrences. ...Read more
Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective. ...Read more
Test results said I have slight staph infection, how bad is this. I was prescribed an anti biotic taravid 200mg but had some cheese pizza does this?
All depends. Many: People carry Staph. Aureus in nose & various places on skin without problems. Where sample taken from, nature of test, accuracy, clinical significance, etc. Are all key importance issues. Anti-bio-tic means against-life-thing, i.e. a poison for certain living cells. Is this or Taravid relevant/useful for your situation? Too little information to judge. Cheese pizza unlikely of much relevance. ...Read more
I was. Prescribed an anti. Biodic thinking I had staph infection. Test. Came back negative should I still. Take. It?
Yes: Check with your prescribing physician.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you test negative for staph what does that mean? Does that mean you are not colonized and will never get a staph infection?
Depends on test: Testing for staph aureus can be done to diagnose active infection, and can also be used as screening method to see if a person is colonized. A negative nasal screen means no staph was detected in the nose. But people can still be colonized with staph at other body sites. Good hand hygiene is important. For recurrent staph infections, a decolonization regimen can be considered. ...Read more
Can you get a vaginal staph infection again? Or could it be something else? All std test came back negative both times can it be a false negative?
YES: Not that uncommon; however, I suggest repeating all bacterial and STD cultures. ...Read more
Semen test says coagulase negative staph specie. Have had urinary tract pain/irritation. 65 year old male. Is this an actual staph infection?
It's possible: You may want to be treated with a course of antibiotics and see if your symptoms improve. ...Read more
I had lab test done on my eye were I had a staph infection. I receive the call that told me that I had mrsa... They didn't seem to concerned about it?
MRSA: Mrsa means methicliin resistant staph aureus. This is a baceria that has developed resistance to the common antibiotics that kill it. However it has not developed resistance to all antibiotics. Perhaps your doctor is treating you withone of the antibiotics that can kill this germ. ...Read more
Can staph infection be confused with hsv2 on a lab test? I have recently been contracting what the doctors say are "boils", in my pelvic area, buttocks, under my arms and even on my nose in some instances. They say it's a form of stapholycoccus and treat
The short answer here is you need to be tested for herpes. In addition, if you get a "boil" have a herpes culture done on the actual lesion.
As far as your boyfriend is concerned, he may have tested positive for hsv 2, however it is possible that he never had a lesion before. He was likely exposed to it at some point in his life.
Take care. ...Read more
My blood test came back with my white blood cell count at a 12.3. I was diagnosed with staph 6 yrs ago. Can it be getting to my blood? No treatment
Repeat the test: Many causes for high WBC include smoking, infections, bad teeth, lab error, etc. Repeat the test & consult your dr. ...Read more
It depends a subtle early staph can be treated conservatively warm soaks antibiotic ointments but if it get larger, hotter, painful than you will need antibiotics.
At times staph can cause sepsis and get into the blood stream if not treated properly.
If you have diabetes, cancer, on chemo, immunocomprimised then you must see a doctor and forgo the conservative plan. ...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