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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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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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Can our body kill staphyloccocus aureus?

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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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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How do bacteria like klebsiella pneumoniae aquire resistant genes?

How do bacteria like klebsiella pneumoniae aquire resistant genes?

Plasmid/selection: Bacterial resistance is either transmitted between members by something called a plasmid, a small circle of dna that carries the resistance genes. This, coupled with selection from exposure to antibiotics, breeds populations of resistant bacteria. ...Read more

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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

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 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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Will cefixime (surpax) kill yersinia and proteus mirabillis bacteria?

Will cefixime (surpax) kill yersinia and proteus mirabillis bacteria?

It may: But you need to do sensitivity testing against the particular strain of organism isolated, and with the increasing frequency of resistance development this is an essential component of management. ...Read more

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Is salmonella bacteria killed by cooking ?

Is  salmonella bacteria killed by cooking ?

Yes, if well cooked: Salmonella is easily killed by heat but undercooked meats can allow salmonella to remain alive. Chicken and pork particularly should always be cooked thoroughly to ensure destruction of the bacteria. ...Read more

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Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all antimicrobials except penicillin and Ampicillin and certainly sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. However, especially when acquired in a hospital, klebsiella can be quite resistant to therapy including pip/tazobactam. ...Read more

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Can vagina bacteria cause staph?

Vaginal bacteria: Staphylococci are one form of bacteria, and there may be occasions in which these organisms can produce infection, but staphylococci are a very unusual cause of vaginal infection. ...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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Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (bubonic plague) transmitted by touching ?

No: Yersinia pestis is transmitted by the xenopsylla cheopis (rat flea)- the bubonic form. Also, it may be transmitted by inhalation - pneumonic form. Best to avoid individuals with the disease or areas of high infestations. Pt's with the pneumonic form will require respiratory isolation. ...Read more

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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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Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Can cooking e coli contaminated food kill the bacteria?

Yes, proper cooking: Thoroughly cooking foods, and proper food-safety habits, kills e. Coli bacteria. The "bad" e. Coli in food poisoning at first causes intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. If it goes on to damage the blood and the kidneys, more organs get affected, and skin rashes looking like tiny blood spots or like bruises can appear. This second, serious stage of the illness is called hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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How could antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis bacteria evolved?

How could antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis bacteria evolved?

Natural selection: Even the creationists acknowledge this kind of micro-evolution. The molecular mechanisms are well-established. Here's the latest stuff http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v46/n3/full/ng.2878.html ...Read more

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The bacteria is staph its in the vigina?

The bacteria is staph its in the vigina?

Please re-ask.: I am sorry but I don't understand what you are asking. Please consider clarifying and re-asking this question. ...Read more

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Is it ok for a person to eat Dicloxacillin antib that are given for staph bacteria when the staph has not been determined.

MD's do best: your doctor made an educated guess to target your infection with this medicine. It is often used for styes, skin infections, etc. if you are hesitant talk to whomever prescribed it. Happy healing and good luck! ...Read more

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How to disinfect touchscreen cellphones and remotes to eliminate bacterias like staph etc? What to use and how to use? Can I wipe them with dettol?

How to disinfect touchscreen cellphones and remotes to eliminate bacterias like staph etc? What to use and how to use? Can I wipe them with dettol?

Any anti-bacterial: wipes will work. If dettol is anti-bacterial I'm sure it will take care of normal staph bacteria. Make sure the phone is powered off and left to dry before turning on again. Do not soak the phone! ...Read more

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Where are staph bacteria located?

Home of the Staph: All the different varieties of staph bacteria live all over us. Some people who are more prone to staph infections carry populations in their nostrils, called nasal carriage. This is why your doctor may tell you to use Mupirocin (bactroban) in your nostrils. ...Read more

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What do you have to take to get rid of staph bacteria?

What do you have to take to get rid of staph bacteria?

Decolonize: Many people who have MRSA or mssa infections are colonized with this bacteria in the nares and in areas of the skin especially in the axillae, groins and perianal areas. Colonization can be transient or prolonged. In many cases colonization can be eradicated by topical treatment ie. Mupirocin ointment and hibiclens soap sometimes combined with oral antibiotics such as Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more

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Is linox 600 effective for cellulitis and to fight staph bacteria.pls help.

Frequently: Yes, it can be effective, but many other factors go into how well an infection responds besides just the antibiotic. Diabetes, nutrition and the location and size of the infection all are important factors to consider. Sometimes other treatments, like surgery also help. ...Read more

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If any bacteria enters in blood like staph aureus. Do we get any sign symptoms?

If any bacteria enters in blood like staph aureus. Do we get any sign symptoms?

Bacteremia symptoms: A healthy patient should notice bacteria entering the blood stream in the form of shaking chills followed by fever. The problem of bacteria in the blood stream is severe, so the body should react with a strong response. The problem comes in when the patient is weaker and maybe cannot respond so well. There may be no fever at all in fact for very weak pts. Best way to check is with blood cultures. ...Read more

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Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like MRSA) from me or vice versa?

Cat to human most li: Cats, especially those with claws, have been known to transmit bacteria to their human masters. Bacteria like MRSA are everywhere. Generally, humans don't transmit to cats because cats are "clean" compared to humans & we don't scratch our pets, generally. Aside from MRSA, cat-scratch disease (Bartonella bacteria), Pasturella, & other bacterial trasmission has been reported in medical journals.TTYD ...Read more

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Can vagina bacteria cause staph?

Vaginal bacteria: Staphylococci are one form of bacteria, and there may be occasions in which these organisms can produce infection, but staphylococci are a very unusual cause of vaginal infection. ...Read more

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How does a man contract a coagulase negative staph as an uti? In other words.. How does a man contract this bacteria? Please list possibilities

How does a man contract a coagulase negative staph as an uti? In other words.. How does a man contract this bacteria? Please list possibilities

The don't: Usually they don't. It's far more likely that the penis wasn't cleaned adequately before urine collection and/or that the urine sample wasn't a midstream sample. ...Read more

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How can I prevent staph bacteria from entering my vagina?

How can I prevent staph bacteria from entering my vagina?

Staph Lives on you: You cannot. That is impossible. Now to keep the bacteria from infecting the skin you use normal warm soap and water, avoid trauma to the skin, and anything else that can lead to an infectious state. ...Read more

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Staph bacteria in urine, small amount, doc said he isnt worried about it but i am.How do you get that n your bladder?

Staph bacteria in urine, small amount, doc said he isnt worried about it but i am.How do you get that n your bladder?

Depends: Staphylococcus hemolyticus is a common cause of uti. Staphylococcus aureus truly in the urine is a potential harbinger of bad news. Other staph in urine may or may not be significant. Difficult subject to discuss in this space. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of having staph bacteria in the vagina would it show up on a pap smear?

See below: It would be very unusual for staph to be in the vagina. Bacteria in general do not show up in a pap smear hpv does as does other viarl infections like herpes but unless there is a huge amount of bactersia it does not show up. ...Read more

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After a staphylococcal infection with a clindmycin 6-day treatment, do I still have staph bacteria on my skin?

After a staphylococcal infection with a clindmycin 6-day treatment, do I still have staph bacteria on my skin?

You could: Clindamycin will not eradicate staph. Aureus colonization of the skin or nares. Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment in the nares and hibiclens soap showers and shampoos are used for decolonization. ...Read more

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