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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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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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Help! could staph aureus be transmitted through kissing?

Help! could staph aureus be transmitted through kissing?

Yes : if you kiss the Staph ? By the way you need not be worried as staph is every where ...Read more

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Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more

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Is staph a living organism?

Is staph a living organism?

Yes: Staph is short for staphylococcus. Staphylococcus is a genus of bacterium and includes many different species of bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms. ...Read more

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Can our body kill staphyloccocus aureus?

Of course!: Our immune systems are designed to fight off most infections, including s. Aureus. This is a very common bacterium on our skin and is generally kept in check by our immune systems. ...Read more

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Can staphyloccocus aureus curse miscarriage?

Can staphyloccocus aureus curse miscarriage?

Rarely.: Many pathogens (bacteria, viruses) can affect the pregnancy; s. Aureus can cause an ascending intrauterine infection and miscarriage in rare circumstances. ...Read more

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Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

? treated in a dorm?: I can't imagine anyone with stap pneumonia being treated in a dorm. Most are isolated in a hospital room during the initial stage of treatment. Droplet precautions (masks and good hand washing) are recommended during the prolonged coughing phase after initial treatment.Staph are present in the environment continuously & a patient may carry the germ for months after successful resolution of the pne. ...Read more

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Is MRSA a rare strain of bacteria?

Is MRSA a rare strain of bacteria?

MRSA: MRSA is methicillin resistant staph aureus. It is not as rare as it used to be. Due to over utilization of antibiotics, many harmless bugs became smarter and figured how to stay alive despite taking powerful antibiotics. The only way to know you may have it, is to be tested with a swab. If it's positive, the patient needs to be on a different antibiotic such as a sulfur compound. Be careful. ...Read more

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What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?

Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read more

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Are school-children a high-risk group for staphylococcus aureus infection or mrsa?

Are school-children a high-risk group for staphylococcus aureus infection or mrsa?

Yes: All staph infections, including mrsa, are spread through skin contact. Because of their close proximity to each other, kids in school are a high risk group over-all, and the younger ones are more at risk as they tend to touch each other more and wash their hands less. ...Read more

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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

MRSA: No, Gentamicin does not treat MRSA. Gent is used for "gram-negative" infections. ...Read more

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Is mrsa, mssa , staph a ß-lactamase producing strains , susceptible to third , fourth, and fifth cephalosporins?

Complex: Cannot answer this simply. Mssa should be sensitive to all cephalosporins. Mrsa will be resistant to all. Have no idea what else you are asking. ...Read more

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Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Is staphylococuss lugdunensis contagious?

Can be normal.: S. lugdunensis can be part of the normal bacteria which s found on the skin. In some cases, like other strep. germs it can also cause disease in some people, especially if there is a break in the skin or it gets into the blood.. It is very easily treated. Any skin germ can be transferred to another person. But it may not cause disease unless it also gets into the bleed or through the skin. . ...Read more

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Can a staph infection spread by kissing?

Can a staph infection spread by kissing?

Staph infection: Unlikely to be spread by kissing, but once you have been colonized with this by kissing or other nose-to-hand-to-nose activities, the organism colonizes your skin and subsequent breaks in skin can lead to infection. ...Read more

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Coagulase negative staph in urine contageous?

Coagulase negative staph in urine contageous?

No: Coagulase negative staphylococcus species are normal inhabitants of everyone's skin. A bladder infection with these bacteria is not contageous. ...Read more