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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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


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How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis staph infection from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis staph infection from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?

Staph infection: Usually presents with pus while fungal infection generally presents as red, scaly superficial skin patch or lesion. See ur dr for any concern. Take care! ...Read more

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Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis: Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound care. ...Read more

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Can staph infection cause hives?

Can staph infection cause hives?

Possibly: States of immune activation, such as infections, can lead to hives. Typically, we see viral infections in children lead to short-lived hives. However, there is evidence that people with hives have a higher incidence of colonization with staph (bacteria living on the skin but not causing infection). It's not clear how or why this occurs, but there does seem to be a link. ...Read more

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Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Crust: Wound infections with strep are more likely to crust. It is often described as having a honey comb appearance. Staph blisters and then drains. Other organisms cause abscesses. So no, not always. All the best. ...Read more

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Can hives be a symptom of staph infection?

Can hives be a symptom of staph infection?

Maybe: In a 2007 turkish study of patients with chronic hives compared to subjects without hives staphylococcus was cultured more frequently from the noses of those with hives. To prove that staph causes hives though it's necessary to show that hives resolve with successful treatment of staph infection. That hasn't been reported yet. Up to 10% of acute hives are caused by streptococcal infection. ...Read more

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Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Hello. : Hello. There are a number of bacterial skin infections that can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Some can be transmitted by touching contaminated clothing. ...Read more

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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...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 yeast infection cause broken skin or redness on the vulva?

Can a yeast infection cause broken skin or redness on the vulva?

Yes: Some yeast infections will cause intense pruritus (itching) of not just the vagina but also the vulva - this is called vulvovaginal candidiasis. The itching can be so intense that the patient can literally break or injure the skin of the vulva due to extreme scratching, which is sometimes inadvertently done during sleep. The doc will note what are called excoriations (shallow tears or abrasions). ...Read more

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Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more

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Could skin fungal infection gain resistance?

Could skin fungal infection gain resistance?

Skin Fungal Infectio: The short answer is yes, it is possible. However, most skin fungal infections are easily treatable, and actually when they don't seem to respond - it is because they were misdiagnosed. Many types of skin conditions look very similar, and often are ultimately figured out after trying several different medications. Thus, if you are in doubt, go to your dermatologist or pcp for help! ...Read more

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Can a tick cause MRSA infection?

Tick + MRSA =Maybe: Alea, I do not know for sure. We know mosquitos may transmit disease by feeding on multiple hosts. Mrsa is a resistant form of a common bacteria that lives on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, 50% or more have some form of MRSA living on their skin. I think it more likely a tick might break the skin and allow entry and possible infection by the MRSA that was already living outside on the skin. ...Read more

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Need signs and symptoms of bacterial infection?

Need signs and symptoms of bacterial infection?

Location?: You will need to be more specific as to which area of the body you are referring to. One of us can then give you a good answer to your question. Bacteria causes different signs and symptoms in different locations of the body. ...Read more

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Staph infection in anal area what causes it?

Staph infection in anal area what causes it?

Wrong place: Staph are normal skin flora. If there's skin trauma (scratch, ingrown hair, obstructed gland) the bacteria finds a nice warm spot w/lots of free food ; they can set up shop ; grow. Staph release toxins that allow them to break down skin ; make deeper homes ; more bacteria food. The process continues until the immune system kicks in, wound is opened/drained (o2 is toxic to staph), +/- antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bacterial skin infection?

Depends on bug and: Location of infection. In general bacterial infections cause pus forming lesions, e.g., boils, cellulitis, skin abscess, infection of burns and other skin disease sites. Other lesions are impetigo, scalded skin, paronychia etc. Special cases include, anthrax, tuberculosis, entry lesions of plague and lyme disease; syphilis, and leprosy. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause flu like symptoms?

Can cellulitis cause flu like symptoms?

Not typically: Cellulitis is defined as a localized skin infection which should be diagnosed by warmth, redness, tenderness and possible swelling. Flu like symptoms would include generalized body aches, fever, fatigue, and possible cough or congestion. Flu (influenza) is a virus while cellulitis is typically bacterial. However if cellulitis spreads to the blood then some flu like symptoms could be possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more