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Does a particular pathogen cause impetigo?

Does a particular pathogen cause impetigo?

Yes: Impetigo is caused by one of two bacteria-staphlococcus or streptococcus. It is contagious to others. It is either treated with a cream or antibiotic pills depending on how bad it is. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more


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What causes a fever? Bacteria or virus? I know its a germ that causes sickness but what causes a fever, bacteria or virus? .

What causes a fever? Bacteria or virus? I know its a germ that causes sickness but what causes a fever, bacteria or virus? 

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Both: Bacterial and viral infections can cause fevers, in fact they are hallmark symptoms. Viral fevers tend to be lower grade as a rule, and bacterial higher. It is one way the body fights back, by basically "cooking" the pathogen in an attempt to kill it off. The mechanisms are too lengthy to describe here, but the answer is both. ...Read more

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How does staphylococcus aureus cause disease or sickness?

How does staphylococcus aureus cause disease or sickness?

Usually doesn't: A common bacteria found on the skin of the body. Can cause infection if it gets into a cut or wound. ...Read more

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What is walking pneumonia? Is it caused by a specific kind of bacteria or virus? How is it different from regular pneumonia?

What is walking pneumonia? Is it caused by a specific kind of bacteria or virus? How is it different from regular pneumonia?

Mild pneumonia: It is just a non medical term for a pneumonia mild enough that patients can walk around with it. It really is not used by physicians and is more of a lay persons term. It does not say anything about the cause of the infection. ...Read more

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When you have a bacterial infection, say gonorrhea, does that mean you're infected with a single bacterium or many bacteria?

When you have a bacterial infection, say gonorrhea, does that mean you're infected with a single bacterium or many bacteria?

See below : You would usually be infected with only one strain of a bacterial species but thousands or millions of individual bacteria cells would be present at the site of infection. ...Read more

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What does haemophilus influenzae on a nasal swab mean? Does it mean bacterial infection?

What does haemophilus influenzae on a nasal swab mean? Does it mean bacterial infection?

Nasal Swab: The three most common bacterial pathogens causing upper respiratory infection in adults are Moraxella catarrhalis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae. A nasal swab is performed to culture and see what pathogen is causing problems. Haemophilus is a normal colonizer, but when isolated from sputum during infection it can indicate colonization has morphed to pathogenicity. ...Read more

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Is rifaximin a board spectrum rx? How likely can it cause a clostridium diffclie infection? Head it can treat it?

Is rifaximin a board spectrum rx? How likely can it cause a clostridium diffclie infection? Head it can treat it?

Low risk for C. Diff: Rifaximin is a semisynthetic antibiotic based on rifamycin, which has a broad spectrum. After initial decrease in the GI flora (enterococcus, escherichia coli, lactobacillus, bacteroides and clostridium perfringens), normalization is seen after 1 month. In one study of 211 patients given Rifaximin chronically for 8 months, no patient tested positive for c. Difficle, but the possibility exists. ...Read more

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Is bacteroides fragilis considered a regular bacteria that can get anyone, or an opportunistic pathogen?

Is bacteroides fragilis considered a regular bacteria that can get anyone, or an opportunistic pathogen?

Somewhere in between: B fragilis is somewhat rare among gut flora- namely the bacteria that usually live in the gut, often less than 1% of the total types of bacteria. It is not opportunistic in the sense that it needs HIV or chemotherapy to do its work, but does need to take advantage of another injury or infection, such as an anal burn, an abcess or an intestinal rupture to cause serious infections. ...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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What is the genus species name for streptococcus? What body system does it affect the most/ is there a treatment or cure?

What is the genus species name for streptococcus? What body system does it affect the most/ is there a treatment or cure?

Numerous: The organism causing strep throat is streptococcus pyogenes. There are many other species of streptococci that can produce a wide variety of diseases in humans, too many to enumerate here. ...Read more

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How often does meningitis present without a fever?

How often does meningitis present without a fever?

Bacterial meningitis: Most cases of bacterial meningitis present with fevers. Viral causes may not present with fever. In particular, herpes simplex encephalitis may not have fever associated with it until late in the course. ...Read more

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Why is there a pseudamonas in a childs gut flora isn't it infectious? Does it grow there and can it infect other parts?

Why is there a pseudamonas in a childs gut flora isn't it infectious? Does it grow there and can it infect other parts?

They ate it: The gut has many germs as transient hitch hikers.E.coli, yeast, group B strep, pseudomonas, etc.The all get there by being ingested at random. As long as the person is not immune compromised, the germ (s) will travel through and cause no problems. Pseudomonas in a normally sterile space like the blood or spinal fluid is always an infection & dangerous. ...Read more

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What can trigger an infection in a strep a carrier?

What can trigger an infection in a strep a carrier?

Low immune status: Any thing that stresses your immune status: lack of sleep, another infection or disease state, alcohol or drugs, stress, etc. ...Read more

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Why does ampicillin cause a rash in many EBV infected patients?

Why does ampicillin cause a rash in many EBV infected patients?

I don't know why but: It is a well known reaction that pts with EBV - virus that causes mono - and take a penicillin antibiotic will break out with a rash. This is not an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. ...Read more

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How to identify that a genital rash is herpes or not?

How to identify that a genital rash is herpes or not?

Painful Blisters: Herpes is a rash of painful small blister usually in clusters. It is often recurrent. Have you had blisters in the area previously? You should see a doctor ASAP for diagnosis because they are treatable but need to start treatment early in course. The diagnosis is paramount for future treatment and to prevent spread to partner and especially regarding implications of herpes and future pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is a yeast infection? Where does it occur?

What is a yeast infection? Where does it occur?

See below: A yeast infection is an infection with one of the pathogenic yeast species usually candida sp. They can occur in many parts of the body, most commonly in the mouth-thrush and the vagina-vaginitis. Yeasts can also cause invasive infections with candidemia from IV catheters and in cancer patients on chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?

Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?

Bacteria: Impetigo is usually either strep or staph skin germs. Hs1 is a dna virus that often triggers cycles of skin disruption in specific places like the "cold sore". A swab of a hs1 site can often be contaminated with skin bacteria, but they are not the trigger, they are just feasting on any serum left around the site. There can be some similarities in how the two look. ...Read more

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What bacteria is most likely to cause a burn blister infection?

What bacteria is most likely to cause a burn blister infection?

Infected/burn/bliste: Most likely Staph epididemis or strep. Rare Pseudomonas. ...Read more

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Does a particular pathogen cause impetigo?

Yes: Impetigo is caused by one of two bacteria-staphlococcus or streptococcus. It is contagious to others. It is either treated with a cream or antibiotic pills depending on how bad it is. ...Read more

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Does impetigo cause scarring?

Does impetigo cause scarring?

Generally not: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection, when healed you are left with a mild redness for a couple of weeks. Unless the infection is deep, such as carbuncles or inflamed cysts, scar generally does not result. Impetigo, by definition, is superficial, thus does not generally leave scars. ...Read more

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How many different germs commonly cause impetigo?

How many different germs commonly cause impetigo?

Usually staph/strep: The two most common causes of impetigo are stahyloccocus (usually staph aureus) and streptococcus. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis cause someone to get impetigo after touching?

Can folliculitis cause someone to get impetigo after touching?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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What causes impetigo?

What causes impetigo?

A skin infection: Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It is usually caused by either streptococcal and/or staphylococcal bacteria. It can be treated with an oral antibiotic or a topical antibiotic like muciporcin. ...Read more

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What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

Skin infection: Impetigo is a term used to describe a superficial skin infection that causes painful redness, occasionally blisters and hallmark has " honey-crusted" lesions. It is highly contagious through skin contact and is usually caused by staph aureus and occasionally streptococcus. It is treated with antibiotics - usually oral and topical along with keeping lesions clean with soap and water. ...Read more

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Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?

Bacteria: Impetigo is usually either strep or staph skin germs. Hs1 is a dna virus that often triggers cycles of skin disruption in specific places like the "cold sore". A swab of a hs1 site can often be contaminated with skin bacteria, but they are not the trigger, they are just feasting on any serum left around the site. There can be some similarities in how the two look. ...Read more

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I had bullous impetigo around my upper thigh and near my vagina last year. Now I have genital sores. Could the outbreak last year be the cause ?

Probably not: Its possible that the impetigo has come back. Its also possible that you have something else. The best thing to do in this situation is to get an exam and find out. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How does impetigo spread?

Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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How can you get impetigo?

Bacteria: This is caused bya bacterial infection caused by staph or strep. You can get itfrom someone else of you have a cut in your skin. ...Read more

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How do you catch impetigo?

How do you catch impetigo?

Germs get into skin: Impetigo appears after germs get access to the deeper layers of the skin surface. Often a kid with contaminated fingers will scratch a bite or itchy place & open the deeper skin layers where the germs can live off the moisture & serum oozing into the scratch. The germs often produce chemicals that get into the skin & spread redness & germ growth.Some germs are more likely than others to cause it. ...Read more

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How can I treat my impetigo?

How can I treat my impetigo?

Impetigo: Impeitgo is a skin infection usually caused by strp and staph bacteria. It is contagious and if untreated, may cause significant complications. If you only have a few spots, the surer way of trreatment is mupirocin, prescribed by your doctor, to apply on the sores. More widespread lesions should be treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can impetigo last for weeks?

Can impetigo last for weeks?

Yes,: if inappropriately treated, or not treated at all! ...Read more

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Is impetigo a painful disease?

Is impetigo a painful disease?

Yes: The infected areas are swollen and usually open/ blistered - and that swelling/ infection irritates the pain nerve receptors... The pain is usually best treated by #1 - treat the infection - topical / oral antibiotics, warm wet clean compresses can soothe, and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of impetigo bad?

Generally No: Infected skin rash that can itch, burn or be sore. Usually some sort of antibacterial is needed, since the infection is often caused by staphylococcus or strep bacteria.Annoying but usually not horrible. ...Read more

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What is the medical name for impetigo?

What is the medical name for impetigo?

That's it: That is the medical name. It's mostly caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus. Impetigo is classified as either nonbullous (impetigo contagiosa) or bullous ...Read more

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What are possible complications of impetigo?

Usually none: Impetigo usually resolves completely with proper treatment. Without treatment, it can spread to other parts of the body. Scarring of the skin is uncommon, but can happen. When strep is the cause of the infection, a very rare kidney problem can develop. Taking antibiotics for the infection can help prevent these complications. ...Read more

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