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Doctor insights on: Different Kinds Of Staph Infections

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

What is the different between a staph and a MRSA infection?

Similar: Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to some of the common anti-staph drugs, such as methicillin and cephalosporins. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no: They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young ...Read more

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If someone breaks a bone, can they get a staph infection or some other type of infection? Can this be fatal?

If someone breaks a bone, can they get a staph infection or some other type of infection? Can this be fatal?

Yes and yes: Depending on your comorbidities (other diseases) that may cause immunocompromised states, you COULD get a bone infection after a break which COULD result in bacteremia (blood infection) which COULD result in death. This is rather uncommon but does happen in extreme cases, usually bone infections need surgical treatment and long term antibiotics. www.bmednyc.om ...Read more

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I wanted to know if my staph infection is showing some type of improvement on my face. I have been going to emurgent care for treatment.

I wanted to know if my staph infection is showing some type of improvement on my face. I have been going to emurgent care for treatment.

Need an exam: It would be difficult to take the responsibility of giving you advice without knowing the details of your illness and examining your face. If you have doubts about wether or not your infection is improving you best see a physician. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. ...Read more

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I have a lot of very deep scars on my face. They are from a type of staph infection that eat away tissue.What can I do the most affective for the price?

I have a lot of very deep scars on my face. They are from a type of staph infection that eat away tissue.What can I do the most affective for the price?

May help: Lots of options for acne scars. Unfortunately no one treatment is perfect and they are difficult to treat. Three basic approaches: surface treatments, "resurfacing" (ie laser or dermabrasion), volume treatments (injectable fillers to "plump up" the depressed areas) and excisional treatments as for for localized areas or through stretching the skin as with a form of facelift. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has been in a county detention center for a little over a month and I've heard that staph infections are common there. He has had multiple boils on his armpit, some have drained but more keep appearing in different sizes. He says it hurts to

My boyfriend has been in a county detention center for a little over a month and I've heard that staph infections are common there. He has had multiple boils on his armpit, some have drained but more keep appearing in different sizes. He says it hurts to

Serious problem: He has to get medical help ASAP. He is at high risk to himself and any close contacts for significant illness if not treated appropriately now. He should make contact with someone in charge at the Center and if not successful he or a family member should contact an attorney to intervene especially if what you say is true that staph infections are common at the Center. ...Read more

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What are staph infections?

What are staph infections?

Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing! ...Read more

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Do staph infections ever go away?

Of course: If they are treated appropriately staph aureus infections are curable. But this depends in part on the type of infection (they cause almost anything) and the manner of therapy and the attempts to eradicate the carriage state. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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How can staph infections be treated?

How can staph infections be treated?

Oral antibiotics: See your md for an appropriate antibiotic and/or culture. Topical treatments won't do much for a true cellulitis (which is bacterial infection under the skin). Iv treatments are overkill for uncomplicated infections in healthy individuals. ...Read more

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How much time staph infections last?

Quite variable: Which type of staph? Is the person receiving appropriate therapy? Are there complications? What is the person's base line health? ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting staph infections ?

Why do I keep getting staph infections ?

Immune system: Staph is a normal colonizer of the skin in all people. It usually takes advantage of a break in the skin or the mucous membranes. If you are getting serious infections then you need to have your immune system checked out. Otherwise, scrub well daily with good antibacterial soap to reduce the skin colonies. Swish/swallow and spray in the nose 2-3 times daily silver shield brand colloidal silver. ...Read more

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Are there effects after staph infections?

Yes: But this depends in part on the type of staphylococcal infection experienced. If you are referring to boils on the skin, they may recur through several mechanisms, including persistent naso-pharyngeal and skin colonization with the risk of reinfection. If it is systemic it can be disastrous. Particularly if it gets onto the heart valves. ...Read more

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How come i keep getting staph infections?

How come i keep getting staph infections?

Staph infections: Once you have a staph infection, it is likely you continue to carry the bacteria in places like your nose and on your skin. If you then have any tiny breaks in the skin, such as a bug bite or even just a small irritant rash, the bacteria can enter in and cause infection. There are ways to decrease the amount of bacteria you carry around on your body and in your nose - talk to your doc about how! ...Read more

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Will dogs transmit staph infections to their owners?

Well...: Lots of dogs & humans have staphylococcus aureus bacteria on our skin. It is usually ok unless the immune system is compromised. It may enter the body through a wound. Mrsa (methicillin- resistant staphlococcus aureus) has been described that can be passed back & forth btwn a dog & a human. In this situation both pet owner & animal need to be treated. From reading, don’t think it’s common. ...Read more

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Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Not necessarily: Healthy young children are no more susceptible to staph infections than anyone else. Indeed, human immunity undergoes dips and blips throughout life, but i see no more staph infection in children than I do in adults if not more in the latter. ...Read more

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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