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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Can staph infection travel to your brain?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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Can staph infection travel to your brain?

Unfortunately yes: Staph typically will present as a brain abscess, an infected mass that swells and compresses nearby brain tissue, and may cause headache, stiff neck, fever, blurred vision, and focal neurological signs. Occasionally, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
31 years in practice
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What if staph infection gets to the brain?

Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What if staph infection gets to the brain?

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! ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Board Certified, Rheumatology
33 years in practice
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How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

Until it is gone: The duration of a staph infection depends on where the infection is located and if it is sensitive to antibiotics. Infections can be a small skin infection or involve the heart, lungs, GI tract or brain. The length of the infection depends on the sensitivity, host and location. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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What is the name of the staph infection is it mercia?

Dr. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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What is the name of the staph infection is it mercia?

MRSA: Staph is a common germ, lives on skin, in nose, elsewhere-ubiquitous. When get where they don't belong, cause infection including pus pockets (abscesses). Some strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. One such strain is MRSA (methicillin resistant staph. Aureus); can be a big deal id there's infection with limited antibiotc available to rx. Don't want it to spread in hospitals, a big deal. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How do you get a staph infection?

Dr. Joseph De Santi
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Staph & Skin: Most staphylococcal infections are opportunistic infections meaning they take the opportunity to cause a problem if they can. Most of these infections occur in the skin and are due to the fact that something in the skin, an opportunity, allowed the normally present bacteria to have a party...At your expense. Infections such as pimples, boils, and rashes are common and can recur is some people. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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What are the symptoms of staph infection?

Dr. Mike Bowman
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What are the symptoms of staph infection?

Pain/redness: The signs of any bacterial infection are: redness, swelling, pain, heat. In medical school most of us learned the latin: rubor, tumor, dolor and calor (yes, doctors are nerds for the most part). :) these symptoms worsen along with the severity of infection (i.e. Dark fiery red is worse than light pink). If the infection gets more serious, you can have fevers as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Can staph infection spread thru the air? Any answers appreciated!

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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No: Staph infections are only spread by direct contact. This can be with the infection on the person, or in contact with things like towels and soiled clothes. Good hand washing will prevent spread to you. Clean out tubs and showers with a bleach solution to kill bacteria on surfaces. ...Read more

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Dr. Mazen Kherallah
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How long does it take staph infection to heal?

Dr. Mazen Kherallah
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Depends: It depends on the clinical syndrome caused by the staphylococcus aureus. Skin infections may require drainage only without antibiotics and heal within 7-10 days.. ...Read more

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Dr. James Eitner
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When you have a staph infection, can you get a massage?

Dr. James Eitner
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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When you have a staph infection, can you get a massage?

Generally No: Assuming that you are talking about a staph infection of the skin, most massage techniques should be avoided when a contagious skin infection (herpes, shingles, chicken pox, mrsa, etc.) is present. Some rom stretching techniques can be used, as well as, a few lymphatic techniques. However, what most people consider a massage (rubbing of the skin and muscles) should definitely not be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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What is the definition or description of: staph infection?

Dr. Scott Bolhack
Board Certified, Wound care
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What is the definition or description of: staph infection?

Staph Infection: An infection caused by any one of the staphylococcus species of bacteria. These bacteria are part of the bioburden of the human body, so that the mere presence of these on the skin does not equate into an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is also known as Staph Infection. Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more


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