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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. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Staphylococcus is a: Bacterium that can cause variety of infxns—skin, lungs, wounds, blood, etc. I suspect itching comes from alprim (sulfa-based antibiotics often cause itching) so tell doc so (s)he can change to different one. Your hx of kidney stone suggests problems with your urinary tract. The Keflex may be killing off more common causes of UTI so that more powerful bacteria can infect. See doc 4 complete workup ...Read more

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Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more

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My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

Several days: Avoid direct contact until infection resolves and he should wash his hands. Infection will improve in 2 days but he must complete course of antibiotics. It has a significant recurrence rate which can be diminished by bactroban (mupirocin) intranasal one week per month, lever 2000 soap and dilute clorox baths. ...Read more

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Can u get staph infection inside upper lip? From trying to pop under skin pimple?

Can u get staph infection inside upper lip? From trying to pop under skin pimple?

Yes!: Yes you can. If it doesn't get better in a day or two with hot packs, you'd better go see a doctor. Also, it it get's worse quickly, so see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks

Doxycycline: The treatment of choice for any staph infection is oral Doxycycline (or one of the other antibiotics indicated for staph). Topical creams such as neosporin or Bacitracin are relatively ineffective; they might have a small supplemental effect when used with an oral antibiotic, but should not be used by themselves for staph. ...Read more

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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


First Aid (Definition)

First aid is initial medical care that an injured ...Read more