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Doctor insights on: Carrying Staph

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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


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What percent of people carry staph in their noses?

What percent of people carry staph in their noses?

Varies: This depends on the population examined. It is much higher (up to 70%) in individuals involved in health care, including nursing home personnel. Much less (15-20%) in the general population who have not been in the hospital as patients or exposed to friends and relatives who have recently been hospitalized. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you still carry GBS after pregnancy? If so can this cause staph infections etc?

Can you still carry GBS after pregnancy? If so can this cause staph infections etc?

GBS- YES; Staph-NO: Group B strep (GBS) is not an uncommon bacteria that is part of the normal bacterial flora one may find of the skin of many people. It's not a big deal until pregnancy when it's associated complications such as miscarriages. This bacteria will NOT cause a staph infection. An entirely different type of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, causes staph infections. ...Read more

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Could staph deplete your vision?

Could staph deplete your vision?

Unlikely: Most steph infections are on the skin, occasionally the lids but not in the eye socket or the eye itself. There would be discomfort and symptoms of infection that need treatment in these circumstances. Only if the infection got to the interior of the eye would there be any issue of vision changes. ...Read more

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Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Depends: On the type of staph species and if you are getting frequent skin infections. ...Read more

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Can i get staph by kissing?

Staphylococcus: You can become colonized with a staphylococcus from kissing, but unlikely to produce infection. All of us carry this organism in our GI tract and many in the nasopharynx and skin. They do not produce disease unless an opportunity presents itself. Enjoy your kissing and stop worrying about this. ...Read more

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What is cotrimoxazole staph?

Unclear: Cotrimoxazole is another term for trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole also called bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Staph or staphylococcus is a bacterium that may be treated with that antimicrobial. ...Read more

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Can you get staph from oral sex?

Can you get staph from oral sex?

Yes: Stap[h is a common skin bacteria and can mix with moth bacteria during oral sex, especially if there are any open sores or cuts. ...Read more

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How is a bladder staph epi treated?

How is a bladder staph epi treated?

Antibiotics: Usually responds to amoxiillin or augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Very often a contaminant, so that urine culture is worth repeating before starting antibiotic treament. ...Read more

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Information about staph on the face?

It's there.: Staph is a common skin contaminant. It occasionally causes skin infection and can sometimes be severe. ...Read more

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Does staph get better with neosporin?

It can...: Neosporin can be effective against staph. It is able to kill Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-sensitive strains, MSSA), and other bacteria, however, it is not able to kill certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus such as strains with methicillin-resistance (MRSA). For anything other than a minor wound, you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have boils does t mean I have staph?

If I have boils does t mean I have staph?

Maybe: Maybe not. Staph is very common and may be present in the boils. However, other bacteria may also be present. Best see a doctor if you aren't already. ...Read more

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