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Can OTC first aid ointments treat my skin staph infection?

Can OTC first aid ointments treat my skin staph infection?

Partially: If you carry staph (or mrsa) then it's important to immediately wash all cuts/scrapes/abrasions with soap and water. Applying a topical antibacterial ointment couldn't hurt (as long as you're not allergic). However, there is no proven method to eradicate staph from your body completely.

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Will clotrimazole and betamethasone cream treat a staph infection of the skin?

Will clotrimazole and betamethasone cream treat a staph infection of the skin?

No: Clotrimazole fights fungus, not bacteria like staph. Betamethasone is a topical steroid, so it will make the area less red, but it does not fight bacteria causing redness. If you applied these, the symptoms might improve, but if it's a bacterial infection, the cause will remain and may worsen. Fortunately, healthy people's immune system can fight minor staph infections. If worse, see a doctor.

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I developed a staph infection after a hip replacement.....developed burning under the skin right after it was treated and left open to heaal itself. H?

I developed a staph infection after a hip replacement.....developed burning under the skin right after it was treated and left open to heaal itself. H?

Varies: There are a lot of possible causes. When your body tries to fight infection, it brings in a lot if inflammatory cells to help and this can often lead to quite a bit if scar tissue. The scar tissue can cause pain, and it can also entrap nerves in it that can cause pain as well. I would certainly make sure your surgeon is aware to make sure it is not a symptom of recurrent infection.

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Can clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream treat a skin staph infection?

Can clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionate cream treat a skin staph infection?

Absolutely Not: This medication will treat inflammation and a fungal infection. Totally wrong for staph. The betamethazone may help, but the antifungal is a waste. Talk to your doctor.

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What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

Bactoban&FudicicAcid: Most of timevyou need local trestment with Bactroban or Fudicik acid. And oral Antibiotcs like Dicloxacin. For MRSA you need Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) by mouth

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How long does it take an MRSA staph infection on the skin to develop in the blood?

How long does it take an MRSA staph infection on the skin to develop in the blood?

Maybe never: Hopefully the body will mount a strong defense and no blood infection occurs (the usual scenario).

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Can I get a staph infection or MRSA from my cat? Do all humans carry staph on skin?

MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether or not you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors.

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Painless, very itchy skin. Could this be a staph infection?

Painless, very itchy skin. Could this be a staph infection?

Staph infection: Staph infections are tender, painful, red swollen. There may be pus & blood. Fever can be high. See a dermatologist for your itchy skin. Antiseptics and antibiotics will make you worse.

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Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

Inflammation: A staph infection of the skin leads to a lot of inflammation under the surface. When inflammation occurs in the skin, the natural response is for the skin to thicken and then as the problem resolves, the thickened skin will start to dry and peel, giving it a rough texture.

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How can I help sensitive skin after a staph infection?

How can I help sensitive skin after a staph infection?

Lotion: Use a good moisturizing lotion to the skin.

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Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like.

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How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

Infection: Depends on the extent of infection and what is being done. A small amount of folliculitis can resolve with cleaning and topical antibiotic. If you have an abscess it needs drainage and often a few days of antibiotic.

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My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

Contagious after Rx: Usually, the a general guideline would be that a person is not contagious after 48 hours' worth of antibiotics. With strep throat, a general guideline is 24 hours. But this can vary depending on the disease.

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I have a pimple that looks like it has dead skin and a brown circle around it is this a staph infection?

I have a pimple that looks like it has dead skin and a brown circle around it is this a staph infection?

Hyper pigmentation: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is a darkening of the skin pigment due to increased amounts of melanin, usually occurs during the healing process after the treatment of a skin disease or acne. While most cases of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation disappear on their own after a few weeks some can last for weeks or months.

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How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

Basic healing: Infected wounds do not heal. If the wound is healing, then the infection is under control or gone. Avoid useing alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma.

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My immune system has change since a staph infection. My skin is really irritating in some areas, what can I use for my skin to calm the irritation?

Irritated skin: Hi there. Sometimes staph can secrete what is called a superantigen which can activate the immune system or possibly it is just that abnormal skin takes time to teal and you should take care of the skin by using moisturizers

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Is it common to have red itchy skin after a staph infection has resolved?

Is it common to have red itchy skin after a staph infection has resolved?

Rash After Staph: A rash is an abnormal condition and reaction of the skin. A rash can be a symptom of a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. A rash can result from infection, irritation, inflammation, allergy, insect bites and other abnormal conditions.

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Can I still play football with a skin staph infection?

Can I still play football with a skin staph infection?

Staph infection: As long as you are being treated, you can continue to play football if you feel up to it. You should keep the wound clean and covered during play.

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