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Golden Staph Treatment
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
Confusion: Cotrimoxazole is an antibiotic which is a combination of trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (smx/tmp). Staph stands for staphylococcus, a genus of bacteria. Sometimes smx/tmp will be used in the treatment of staphylococcal infections. The treatment of these infections depends upon the sensitivity of the species and its varients causing the infection. ...Read more
Staph aureus: A combination of Mupirocin ointment in the nares twice a day for a month, combined with bathing solely with a soap containing hexachlorophine (if you use another soap you will wash off the thin layer it creates on the skin and render it ineffective) to try and eliminate the skin surface contamination. This is only effective in slightly more than half of patients, but worth trying. ...Read more
Not significant: Coagulate negative staph in normal host is without any significance. If person has prosthetic implant in body, pacemaker, hd catheter, or any other device than you need to correlate symptoms with that particular patient and come to conclusion. In that scenario you need to see infectious disease physician. ...Read more
I'm infected with Staph aureus. I know, my bf may be colonized with a Staph by kissing. Can I get infected again by him when my treatment is over?
Wish I could tell: You no but yes you can get the bacteria to live on your skin again, which is impossible to guard against. You should not get infections all the time, unless there is something not 100% with your immune system -- but Staph is known to live on human skin, most of the time not causing any problems. Hopefully you will not get infections again. ...Read more
I am pretty much 100 percent sure that I have Staph infection and would like second opinion and get on treatment asap?
Staph infection: I assume you talking about treatment of skin and soft tissue due to MRSA. It depends on how severe the infection is. With small skin abscess I& D is enough. If it is a big boil then it needs I&D and oral antibiotics. In case the infection is more extensive then IV antibiotics must be used. Choice of antibiotics depends on local resistance, labs and culture results and preference of the physician. ...Read more
Would depend: On what the wound looked like. You would also want to know if just staph or mrsa....And things of that nature. ...Read more
Please clarify: Please let us know what type of information we can provide you with. What is the treatment plan that the doctor has offered you? ...Read more
No, with exceptions: Typically it is necessary to be treated with antibiotics if a staph infection occurs. However, exceptions include 1) a small abscess that can be easily and completely drained, and 2) an infection that is completely removed from the body such ad an amputation of an infected toe, with only healthy tissue remaining. ...Read more
Staph: If is the MRSA strain then Bactria is a good choice if it is not MRSA strain then ke flex will work well ...Read more
4 to 5 times a day: Clean finger, apply 4 to 5 times a day. No qtips. Do it for at least a week or 4 days past complete lack of symptoms. ...Read more
Can you please: Resubmit and clarify. I don't follow what you are saying. Thanks. ...Read more
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
After treatment of culture growth of staph (sti) I still have some discharge, . Is this normal? Am scared I just want to know if anything else is wrong
See your Doctor: Sorry, this is the kind of problem that really needs to be seen to know what to do. Continued discharge after treatment of a bacterial infection is not a good sign. You should see your doctor as soon as possible to know what is happening. Good luck to you. ...Read more
My nasal swab returned positive for staph coag negative with one practitioner wanting to treat for MRSA and another saying no treatment at all I have?
Staph in nose: Not an uncommon finding. Why was the culture done. If no obvious infection, antibiotics not likely needed. ...Read more
No: Bcg toxicity is generally not associated with staph infections but rather toxicity from the BCG itself. This is form of tuberculosis which may cause tuberculosis type symptoms which is direct result of absorption of the BCG itself. ...Read more
Urine/smear with staph haemolyticus (10³), 2-3 leukos. 1 doc prescribed moxiflox (10 days). 2nd recommends no treatment. What should I do?
May: Go with no t/t if got worse or any sx then may take anti bx ...Read more
Recurring staph infections (6 to be exact) in my right middle finger, over the last 5yrs. It goes away with treatment, but always returns. Mrsa?
Is it Staph?: Have you ever been cultured to be sure it is staph? If you had the infection cultured it would been determined whether you had MRSA or not. Given the recurrences and the specificity of the location of the recurrences you may need to get it evaluated that there is not any foci to cause the recurrences as that is not typical. ...Read more
Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?
Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more
My blood test came back with my white blood cell count at a 12.3. I was diagnosed with staph 6 yrs ago. Can it be getting to my blood? No treatment
Repeat the test: Many causes for high WBC include smoking, infections, bad teeth, lab error, etc. Repeat the test & consult your dr. ...Read more
Vaginal staph infection. Doc said it doesn't need treatment it will go on its own. Heads baffled. Any tips? Any over counter meds I could buy for it?
Please wait: If your physician says it is ok to wait, please wait and f-up in 1 week with the same physician no need to buy any medication otc. ...Read more
Cousin has staph bacteria on his wound on toe. He is diabetic. There is fluid that comes from some rashes he got in his skin. What is treatment now!!
Diabetic ulcer: Staph wound infection especially in a diabetic is very serious and requires immediate treatment. If he has more lesions which are draining he needs to be seen by his doctor right away. IV antibiotics may need to be started and sometimes surgery to remove dead skin or even amputation may need to be done. Delay can result in blood infection or septicemia which can be life threatening. ...Read more
My scalp folliculitis has large white pustules, a swab said no staph/strep. Stress related breakouts. I use mild shampoo. Treatment? Contrl w/ mino
My DR said I have staph infection on my eye lids and prescribed Clindamycin HCL, 300 MG, 2X day for 5 days. Is this the best treatment?
Hard to say: Your doctor has more information than either of us about your condition. You could consult another doctor or trust the one you have. ...Read more
Change Doctor: I would advise a change in physicians. Anyone still treating patients with Erythromycin for any infection does not have the best interest of the patient at heart. Erythromycin, because it has so many intolerable side effects, is not a good treatment in general. And, Erythromycin does not treat the common forms of staph that are plaguing our societies. More effective antibiotics are available. ...Read more
Staph infections: It makes me nervous as a doctor to try and deviate from known, effective ways of killing bacteria, especially Staph. They are some of THEE most dangerous germs out there, and can cause havoc. I would want to know more specifically what the problems were, dare I try anything 'natural' that may or may not work. Best to seek out treatment under the guidance of an ID doc who knows what Staph is. Sorry ...Read more
Staph Infection: When using antibiotics, your best treatment outcome includes getting a susceptibility test (or an antibiotic sensitivity test). This test will determine what antibiotics actually work against your infection. This test will guide your doctor to the best antibiotic choice. ...Read more