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Can Staph Infection Travel To Your Brain
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
Why do you ask?: It would be very bad, but it's not a common problem. My guess is that if you're capable of logging on to your computer, signing on to healthtap, and asking a question, you don't have staph in your brain!
Hand Contact: Most staph. Infections are spread from person-to-person by hand contact. These infections start by introducing the germ to a new site; if the skin is intact, then no infection developes and the person may just harbor the organisim. Any break in the skin may introduce the germ into the deeper layers of the skin, thereby setting up the potential for a serious infection. Frequent handwashing helps.
Carriage: You have staph on the surfaces of your skin, probably conveyed there from nasal carriage. You can try to minimize this by using bactoban (mupirocin) in your nose and washing and bathing exclusively with chlorhexadine containing soaps, but this will only eliminate carriage in about 50% of cases. The other possibility is that combing aggressively or scratching, etc. Is producing breaks in skin.
I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated.See 1 more doctor answer
Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like.
No: You can see your primary care physician and they can make that determination.
Please clarify: Please let us know what type of information we can provide you with. What is the treatment plan that the doctor has offered you?
Skin infection: We all have staph normally on our skin. There is a certain type of staph called MRSA though which is resistant to many antibiotics and can be easily spread with contact. It often causes clusters of people to get skin or other infections in certain settings like gyms or nursing homes.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: If the drainage is stopped and the wound is healed and there is no redness or swelling.
Draining is good: If it is draining then that is a step in the right direction. However, this material should be cultured to determine the best medical treatment (i.E is this MRSA or not). It is also possible that this lesion needs to be opened up more to completely drain. See your doctor to determine how involved your treatment should be.
Umbilical infection: Keep it clean and dry. Use Neosporin over the wound. Keep your primary doctor in the loop. If reddening gets worse. Or fever...call your primary ASAP.
Possible: See dermatologist or primary doc to find out.
Staph infection: It depends on where the infection is, how severe it is and what are the characteristics of the organism. Basically it is a bad idea because the organism needs to be cultured. Internal systemic antibiotics many be needed. In the wilderness, collodial silver might help topically as well as otc antiseptics and antimicrobial ointments. However it is prudent to see a doctor for a staph infection.
Vaginal flora: Staph is a normal colonizing agent of the skin and external vaginal mucosa. If there is a break in the skin or a hair follicle or gland (e.g.: bartholins gland) becomes inflamed these can become infected with staphylococcal organisms.
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.
Pneumonia: Sounds like you have pneumonia, finish your antibiotics. Get a chest xray to make sure it cleared up in 6 weeks.
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