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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Symptoms: Redness, swelling and heat. There may be papules or streaks extending from a central area of reddness. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: If you think you have an infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
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
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
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