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Fingernail Staph Infection
Son has dark greenish substance under fingernail, its swollen and hurts him when I try to clean it out. He has eczema so could it be staph infection?
Possible: Would urge that you bring him to the pediatrician. Do note however that even though people with eczema are often colonized with staph, infection under the nail is unusual. ...Read more
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
Staph Infection: Staphylococcal bacteria commonly inhabit the skin and interior of the nose. Microscopic or visible breaks in the surface barrier of the body--the skin and mucous membranes--provide an opportunity for these bacteria to cause localized infections. Complications arise when the staph bacteria spread beyond the initial site of infection to the bloodstream and interior body tissues. ...Read more
Bacteria: Many people carry staph bacteria and never develop staph infections. If you have a staph infection, there's a good chance that it stemmed from bacteria you've been carrying around for some time. These bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person. Because staph bacteria are so hardy, they can live on inanimate objects such as pillowcases or towels long enough to transfer to the next person. ...Read more
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
The signs of any bacterial infection are: redness, swelling, pain, heat. In medical school most of us learned the latin: rubor, tumor, dolor and calor (yes, doctors are nerds for the most part).
these symptoms worsen along with the severity of infection (i.e. Dark fiery red is worse than light pink). If the infection gets more serious, you can have fevers as well. ...Read more
Staphylococcus: Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We're covered w/staph & our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut & if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing decr's spread. ...Read more
Sure.: Staph lives all over (ubiquitous), common skin germ; certainly can cause skin infection on buttock. Not a likely bowel germ, so not likely to be "in" butt, unless spread from skin source or spread from elsewhere. Can get perianal abscess (pus pocket) from inflamed/infected anal glands-usually not staph though. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on where the infection is. For example if it is a skin infection, you may have fever, redness, swelling, pain, pus etc. If it is a blood infection, you will have fever, chills, and possibly seeding of the bacteria in other organs, with signs and symptoms specific to that organ. ...Read more
Appropriate antibiot: It needs to be treated with apprropriate antibotics. If in the form of a cyst or blister it needs to be opened and drained, . ...Read more
MRSA: Staph is a common germ, lives on skin, in nose, elsewhere-ubiquitous. When get where they don't belong, cause infection including pus pockets (abscesses). Some strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics. One such strain is MRSA (methicillin resistant staph. Aureus); can be a big deal id there's infection with limited antibiotc available to rx. Don't want it to spread in hospitals, a big deal. ...Read more
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
Staph Infections: Yes, staphylococcus infections can be deadly. There are certain strains that can be very aggressive and cause significant disease in the skin, tissues, and heart valves. Just because staph is cultured from a wound does not necessarily mean that you will die (the chances in this scenario is very small). The strains and circumstances of the 'deadly' staph is very unique. ...Read more
Very to some: For some patients staph is very contagious. Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others. ...Read more
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
It depends a subtle early staph can be treated conservatively warm soaks antibiotic ointments but if it get larger, hotter, painful than you will need antibiotics.
At times staph can cause sepsis and get into the blood stream if not treated properly.
If you have diabetes, cancer, on chemo, immunocomprimised then you must see a doctor and forgo the conservative plan. ...Read more
Mrsa abscesses can look a little like hives but often contain pus, are painful, can be very large, and usually only a small number are present. Hives usually follow exposure to antibiotics (sometimes the cause is in not known) or certain foods such as strawberries, are usually multiple small raised very itchy spots and tend to be multiple.
As always, see your doctor for any serious illness ...Read more
Yes, depends where.: Any infection of the middle ear or inner ear can cause dizziness. (location is key... A minor superficial toe infection might not cause dizziness). A systemic serious infection can cause dizziness by fever, or toxins, or metabolic changes... Or worst yet, meningitis. ...Read more
Depends on where: Antibiotics are usually needed to get rid of staph infections, which are usually pus-forming. There are different kinds of staph bacteria, with some being more resistant to antibiotics (such as MRSA strains) than others, and with some being more dangerous than others. The location and the background health of the patient also determines the kind of antibiotic treatment, so a doctor is needed. ...Read more
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
Some people carry staph in their nasal passages. This is usually easily treated if present. If you are having recurrent staph skin infections, ask your doctor about treating your nose too.
Staph can also cause sinus infections, but this is usually only true in people with chronic sinus disease, not your average sinus infection. ...Read more
Not very: It is very unlikely that any urine infection will be passed from one person to another. Nonetheless, and especially with certain kinds of staph, it is prudent to wash your hands whenever in contact with an infected person as the same staph may be present on the person's skin that is in the urine. ...Read more
Carriage: You have staph on the surfaces of your skin, probably conveyed there from nasal carriage. You can try to minimize this by using bactoban (mupirocin) in your nose and washing and bathing exclusively with chlorhexadine containing soaps, but this will only eliminate carriage in about 50% of cases. The other possibility is that combing aggressively or scratching, etc. Is producing breaks in skin. ...Read more
Depends: In the genitals, its from the warm and moist environment. Over the counter antifungal creams are usually enough to cure them. In general, it's from the fungus (tinea or candida) and normal skin bacteria (staphylococcus) that are allowed to attack through a break in the skin or a disease (like diabetes, etc). ...Read more
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