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Boil Staph Infection
Can clindamycin cream really help to lessen a staph infection/boil of skin when applied early on (as a small pimple or red bump?)
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
Boil staph may be: It seems to be boil and may be caused by staph or strep. ...Read more
When can I stop worrying about spreading a staph infection after a boil in the groin? When can I use my towel normally again without bleach afterward?
Decolonization: Staph aureus may colonize your nose and back of throat and then the skin surface. You should make an attempt to reduce or eliminate this by nasal bactoban and use of a Chlorhexidine containing soap. See your doctor about this. The obvious question, however, is who are you trying to prevent the spread to? If an intimate partner, they are probably already colonized. ...Read more
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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