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Can staph infections trigger shingles or vice versa?

Can staph infections trigger shingles or vice versa?

Chicken or the egg: Shingles is a viral condition that travels down a nerve and causes severe pain along the nerve root path. Staph is a bacterial infection that grows anywhere. The immune system becomes weakened as it fights both infections allowing other secondary infections and concerns. Treat both asap to prevent further complications. ...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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Are staph infections and shingles related?

Are staph infections and shingles related?

No: Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster virus), which is an entirely different organism from staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria. However, shingles lesions can get superinfected, and the most common cause for this is staph. Aureus. ...Read more

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29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health. ...Read more

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Do staph infections ever go away?

Of course: If they are treated appropriately staph aureus infections are curable. But this depends in part on the type of infection (they cause almost anything) and the manner of therapy and the attempts to eradicate the carriage state. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Not necessarily: Healthy young children are no more susceptible to staph infections than anyone else. Indeed, human immunity undergoes dips and blips throughout life, but I see no more staph infection in children than I do in adults if not more in the latter. ...Read more

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What symptoms are typically associated with staph infections?

What symptoms are typically associated with staph infections?

Symptoms: Redness, swelling and heat. There may be papules or streaks extending from a central area of reddness. ...Read more

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What does staph infection look like?

What does staph infection look like?

Many shapes: Skin infections with staph can take many shapes. It could be flat redness or a pus filled boil or just a red bump. ...Read more

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Could you home remedies for a staph infection?

Could you home remedies for a staph infection?

Severity: It depends a subtle early staph can be treated conservatively warm soaks antibiotic ointments but if it get larger, hotter, painful than you will need antibiotics.
At times staph can cause sepsis and get into the blood stream if not treated properly.
If you have diabetes, cancer, on chemo, immunocomprimised then you must see a doctor and forgo the conservative plan. ...Read more

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Can staph infections be transmitted by kissing?

Unlikely: Whereas staph aureus infection can be transmitted by skin to skin contact, the higher concentrations of staph are in areas such as inside the nose, moist areas of the skin where two skin surfaces meet such as underarms or groin. In addition the protective benefit of saliva also decreases the possibility of lips as a source. ...Read more

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How will I know if my staph infection is healed?

Symptoms clear: You will know when the original symptoms are clear and you finish your antibiotic course. What exactly to look for depends on the source and location of the infection in question. ...Read more

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Need some good tips for treating a staph infection?

How bad: Initial warm soaks and keeping the area clean but most staph infections will require antibiotics. Ointment antibiotics are only good for simple small cuts and bruises a staph infection will most likely need oral meds so see a doctor ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from having a massage?

Unlikely: This is unlikely to occur, since staph is normal flora of the skin even if you did it would be difficult to determine whether the infection was from your own skin or outside contact. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I have staph infection. What can I do?

See your doctor: If you think you have an infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have staph infection and don't know what to do, help?

See doc: Right away. Or you must be seeing one as you are diagnosed with such. Not sure what type of infection and what your concern is. Please elaborate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a staph infection from a splinter?

Yes: While this would be uncommon, it is possible, especially if the wound has gotten dirty or exposed to the staph bacterium. ...Read more

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Are the elderly more likely to suffer from staph infections?

Yes: Any age can get infections, but the youngest and oldest tend to have weaker immune systems, thus less able to fight off infections. ...Read more

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How can I explain to my son about preventing staph infections?

Depends on…: …how old your son is. Gear the explanation to his level of understanding. If he's young, explain the importance of proper handwashing, cleaning wounds, having wounds looked at. Tell him about germs that can make him sick if he is careless about injuries. Stress importance of handwashing after coughs/sneezes/blowing nose. Older? Look up staph on google with him to get the facts. ...Read more

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Can staph infection spread thru the air? Any answers appreciated!

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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Could you tell me what happens to you when you get a staph infection?

Depends: It all depends on the severity of the infection, the type of staph infection and the location of the infection. Most people do fine if treated appropriately. However, people can and have died from staph infections. ...Read more

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Do staph infections cause tb?

Do staph infections cause tb?

No: Staphylococcus and tuberculosis are 2 unrelated bacteria species that have nothing to do with each other. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read more

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Can a staph infection be deadly?

Staph Infections: Yes, staphylococcus infections can be deadly. There are certain strains that can be very aggressive and cause significant disease in the skin, tissues, and heart valves. Just because staph is cultured from a wound does not necessarily mean that you will die (the chances in this scenario is very small). The strains and circumstances of the 'deadly' staph is very unique. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a staph infection?

Staph: By giving antibiotic that the staph is sensitive to, if the skin/nostril is colonized by staph, good hygiene and the use of local antibiotic to the nostril (mupirocin/bactroban) can help. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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


Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more