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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can staph infection travel to your brain?

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.

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What if staph infection gets to the brain?

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!

Dr. Casey Younkin Dr. Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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How can I know if I have a staph infection?

How can I know if I have a staph infection?

Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

Antibiotics: Depending what the staph is sensitive to various antibiotics can be used. Surgical soap may be helpful in decreasing the bacteria to decrease chances reinfection.

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Dr. Robert Winters Dr. Winters
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
31 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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How do I spread a staph infection on my butt?

How do I spread a staph infection on my butt?

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.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I keep getting staph infection on my scalp?

I keep getting staph infection on my scalp?

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.

Dr. Nelson Nicolasora Dr. Nicolasora
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
Remedios T. Romualdez Medical Foundation
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What to do if I have a staph infection or diskitis?

I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated.

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. John Rowlett Dr. Rowlett
Emergency Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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If I think I have a staph infection should I go to the er?

No: You can see your primary care physician and they can make that determination.

Dr. Joseph Eastern Dr. Eastern
Dermatology
40 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Can I use hibiclens for staph infection on my face?

Can I use hibiclens for staph infection on my face?

Surface only: Hibiclens will kill staph bacteria on the surface of the skin - but any infection involving tissue below the surface needs a systemic (oral or injectable) antibiotic.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I'm worried about vaginal staph infection treatment?

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?

Dr. Kevin Daly Dr. Daly
Emergency Medicine
years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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I have staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

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.

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Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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How would I know a staph infection of the toe is cured?

See below: If the drainage is stopped and the wound is healed and there is no redness or swelling.

Dr. Donald Shenenberger Dr. Shenenberger
Dermatology
21 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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My staph infection ruptured and is draining, what do I do?

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.

Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have staph infection in my newly pierced navel. What do I do?

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.

Dr. Rhett Griggs Dr. Griggs
Surgery - Hand Surgery
15 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Dr. Arthur Balin Dr. Balin
Dermatology
43 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What should I do about a staph infection without going to a doctor?

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.

Dr. Kathleen Mullane Dr. Mullane
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Hello docs. I was wondering can virgins have vaginal 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.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Erik Suh Dr. Suh
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have pneumonia, finish your antibiotics. Get a chest xray to make sure it cleared up in 6 weeks.

Dr. Neal Kraus
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