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My brother in law has a staph infection. Is it contagious to me, my 5 year old and newborn?

My brother in law has a staph infection. Is it contagious to me, my 5 year old and newborn?

Depends: Staph is present around us 24/7 & takes no special agent to get to you. We all carry some staph on our skin surfaces & some will have strains that invade hair follicles or wounds & produce infection. Infected folks often carry it in their noses & poor hygiene can spread it around. If brother in law is under rx, he is likely less a source than others. Direct contact with infected debris would be pbm. ...Read more

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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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


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I have a friend who she and her boyfriend have been diagnosed with staph infection with open pus pockets. 6month baby in house they have a 7month year old baby should two people with staph infectionbe aroun d their 7month infacnt in't that dangerous? Wha

I have a friend who she and her boyfriend have been diagnosed with staph infection with open pus pockets. 6month baby in house they have a 7month year old baby should two people with staph infectionbe aroun d their 7month infacnt in't that dangerous? Wha

You: You are correct in being concerned for this baby. Staph infections are highly contagious, and if the proper precautions are not taken, the baby can contract the bacteria. You can help by informing them that hygiene is key. They should always wash their hands thoroughly before handling the baby, the wound (pus pockets) should be covered at all times, towels or sheets should not be shared, and most importanty the parents need to be under the care of a physician for this problem (being treated).

To further answer your question, the dangers for the infant are possible skin infection, eye infection, stomach (GI) infection, blood infection, urine infection, and even pneumonia.
So as you see, it is important to keep the baby safe by taking the above precautions.

If the parents become concerned that the baby has contracted a staph infection they should take her to her doctor right away. ...Read more

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What can be done for a staph infection in an infant?

What can be done for a staph infection in an infant?

Antibiotics: Treatment varies depending on the age of your infant, and the location and extent of the infection. In an older infant, if an abscess is present, it most likely will require incision and drainage followed by oral antibiotics and proper wound care. Mrsa infections would require certain antibiotics for cure. In young infants, IV antibiotics may required. See your dr! ...Read more

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What is the staph infection risk for a premature infant?

What is the staph infection risk for a premature infant?

Higher than usual: Premature infants are at higher risk for infection in general because their immune systems are weaker and less developed. In the nicu, strict vigilant hand washing is a must and is taken very serious to reduce this risk. At home with a premie, you should do the same. If the baby is breast feeding, there is added protection for the baby. Wash you hands regularly. ...Read more

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A friend had stomach surgery, is now back in hospital with staph infection. How long does it take to clear? Is it contagious? - as I have a newborn.

A friend had stomach surgery, is now back in hospital with staph infection. How long does it take to clear? Is it contagious? - as I have a newborn.

Leave newborn home: You should not bringing a newborn anywhere near large crowds and especially the hospital. The child's immune system is not mature and if baby has a fever there needs to be a big work-up due to the possibility of infection from the womb. ...Read more

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Is someone who just had a staph infection dangerous around a 6 month old baby?

Is someone who just had a staph infection dangerous around a 6 month old baby?

Potentially: The obvious answer is careful and redpeated handwashng with one of the many commercikally available skin disiinfectants. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a staph infection on a five year olds ear and face?

How dangerous is a staph infection on a five year olds ear and face?

Staph: If it is just a superficial staph infection--impetigo--then it is not usually dangerous and can be treated with topical antiobiotic like mupirocin. If it is a deeper--swollen, red, tender infection with fever, then it should be treated with oral antibiotics and monitored by your pediatrician for improvement. ...Read more

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Is an untreated staph infection dangerous? I read they usually go away on their own, but not always. How long is safe to wait before going to the doctor? It’s just a boil, but i’ve had it for a week now.

Is an untreated staph infection dangerous? I read they usually go away on their own, but not always. How long is safe to wait before going to the doctor? It’s just a boil, but i’ve had it for a week now.

Staph Infections: Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.
But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. ...Read more

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Recently on staph infection antibiotics +birthcontrol (backup method too) and I'm now on week two of my period. Should I be concerned?

Recently on staph infection antibiotics +birthcontrol (backup method too) and I'm now on week two of my period. Should I be concerned?

About what?: Pregnancy? Little chance of that - you have two reliable methods and are currently menstruating. This bleeding may be related to your contraceptive. If your cycle does not end soon discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Dr told me to take Clorox bath for two months for staph infection I forgot how long to sit in it?

Dr told me to take Clorox bath for two months for staph infection I forgot how long to sit in it?

MRSA: Hi, mix 1/2 cup of Clorox in your lukewarm water of tub, bathe for 5 minutes twice a wk. ...Read more

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My 1 yr old has a case of staph infection I think, I covered either bandaid after cleaning him, and now it seems the bandaid made it spread.

My 1 yr old has a case of staph infection I think, I covered either bandaid after cleaning him, and now it seems the bandaid made it spread.

Bandage sensitivity?: Bandages, when replaced regularly, generally would not cause an infection to spread. More likely scenarios would include a) a hypersensitivity to the bandage material itself or b) natural progression of the infection. Your pediatrician should be able to help you sort this out! Best wishes... ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a baby with a staph infection?

How do doctors treat a baby with a staph infection?

It depends: Treatment will depend on the site of the infection, the seriousness if the infection, the type of staphylococcus involved, and the age of the baby. Treatment could range from a simple antibiotic cream, to hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics for a serious infection in a younger baby. ...Read more

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My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

Several days: Avoid direct contact until infection resolves and he should wash his hands. Infection will improve in 2 days but he must complete course of antibiotics. It has a significant recurrence rate which can be diminished by bactroban (mupirocin) intranasal one week per month, lever 2000 soap and dilute clorox baths. ...Read more

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I have a staph infection on my vagina, if my period comes, will it get in my bloodstream and become dangerous?

Diagnosisi: First one has to make a correct diagnosis, by taking a culture from the vagina or surrounding skin area where one has a boil. It is still a very uncommon infection in the vagina, though many women colonize staph in the vagina. One has to have an open area like an ulcer before it gives problem. We can treat with antibiotics once we prove the diagnosis and sensitivity to antibiotics. ...Read more

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I think (staph) infection in toe. Pus from the toe just squirted into my eye (don't ask :/). Is this dangerous for my eye? What should I do?

I think (staph) infection in toe. Pus from the toe just squirted into my eye (don't ask :/). Is this dangerous for my eye? What should I do?

Probably OK: The eye is terrific at cleaning itself out. The pus that squirted in was mostly blinked out and the rest flushed out by cleansing tears. Only if you find over the next several days that the eye gets red and irritated should you seek medical attention. I am guessing you flushed your eye out with clean water right after the exposure. ...Read more

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What to do for a staph infection as a 50 yr old man who goes to gym daily?

Prevent Spread: Exact tx based on extent of infection with minimal tx including topical antibiotic therapy and cleaning w/ hibiclens/betadine. See physician if fever or abcess. Keep lesions covered in public. No shared towels, contact surfaces or personal use items. Commercial surface cleaners approved for staph protection available for fitness facility. ...Read more

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29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health. ...Read more

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What are some common ways for a baby/toddler to develop staph infection on their bottom and genital region?

What are some common ways for a baby/toddler to develop staph infection on their bottom and genital region?

Staph infection baby: The bacteria lives on our skin and waits for a chance to grow such as a break in the skin as in a diaper rash ...Read more

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Can a staph infection on a 4 yr olds ankle be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and soap?

Infections: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean openings in the skin such as wounds or surgical sites. While it can kill bacteria, if an area has already developed an infection, the safest thing to do would be a course of antibiotics to ensure that the infection doesn't spread. ...Read more

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My 9 month old taking amoxicillin has ended up with a staph infection in the diaper area & buttocks. Did amox. Cause this? He has had a history of thi

My 9 month old taking amoxicillin has ended up with a staph infection in the diaper area & buttocks. Did amox. Cause this? He has had a history of thi

No: The germs in his diaper area did. There are staph germs everywhere and almost none are killed by amoxicillin. Whether it came from contaminated hands of a caregiver, or surfaces the kid touched, it picked up staph witch grew where it found moisture & food, ...Read more

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What are the signs of staph infection in a child?

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

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What does a staph infection round anus look like? 10 yr old has very painful rash with pinprick size heads

What does a staph infection round anus look like? 10 yr old has very painful rash with pinprick size heads

Likely not staph: Staph would not be my first choice for that area. Group a strep or yeast would be a more likely agent. I would have your doc assess the area as the strep would have the same risk of problems as a strep throat.I have used the simple office strep test from an anal swab to confirm my suspicions. ...Read more

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My 21 year old son has staph infection in cut on finger and got a tetanus shot & an antibiotic shot (2 part) yesterday... plus prescribed 2 broad-spe?

My 21 year old son has staph infection in cut on finger and got a tetanus shot & an antibiotic shot (2 part) yesterday... plus prescribed 2 broad-spe?

Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you need to provide enough background information for site docs to review. You must also submit a question that reflects the info submitted. I see no question here. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete, We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. Please start over with info & question. ...Read more

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Man admitted to hosp with severe back pain. Found to have staph infection. Two toes amputated. Back pain & staph related? Now has distended abdomen

Man admitted to hosp with severe back pain. Found to have staph infection. Two toes amputated. Back pain & staph related? Now has distended abdomen

Why Family Doctor: There is just way too much missing here for specific commentary. We need the scan reports, blood test results, a description of the physical exam and the diagnoses. But, that does not matter. This is the very reason you have a family physician. Your family doctor can interpret or explain anything missing or being misunderstood in your communications with the specialist. ...Read more

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I am 15 weeks pregnant with a developing staph infection. What will happen?

Treat it: If you get it treated appropriately, you should heal from it without complication; this highly depends on where the infection is, however. (i am assuming a skin infection, and not a serious deep infection such as endocarditis). ...Read more

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Why are my antibiotics not clearing my staph infection which I have had for 4 weeks now and im on IV antibiotics now?

Why are my antibiotics not clearing my staph infection which I have had for 4 weeks now and im on IV antibiotics now?

Antibiotic: Resistance, You should have an ID consult, Have cultures and sensitivities been done. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Going on a trip where I will get dirty and have no showers for a week. How do I to prevent staph infection from reoccurring which I had before?

Dirty: I would advise you not to go on a trip where you think you will get staph infection.
I know that you would miss this but your health and well-being is much more important.
Think of somewhere else to go and enjoy the activity. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with a staph infection for over 14 weeks, it's healed but I'm itching and staph has spread. Meds makes me itch more. What can I do?

I've been dealing with a staph infection for over 14 weeks, it's healed but I'm itching and staph has spread. Meds makes me itch more. What can I do?

See a dermatologist: How do you know it is staph?? Exactly which "meds"? Your question is too vague. Boils and impetigo are painful, not itchy. Bacitracin, neosporin, and triple antibiotic are all useless. Worse, they are common sensitizers, causing itchy allergic rashes. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with staph infection of the lungs? This person has been on life support for 2 1/2 weeks

Can not say but poor: Can not comment without knowing more details but prognosis is poor but not hopeless if that's all the person has. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I got a lil splinter in my thumb. I was unable to remove the splinter. Now a bump has formed under my thigh. Do I have a staph infection?

Possible: If this has been 3 weeks ago and it is not painful and draining pus then probably not. Your body is certainly reacting to it and creating a small scar around it. It is probably not a bad idea to see someone to perhaps have it removed. ...Read more

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Niece has mrsa. I'm 18 weeks pregnant. Contact with her ok or no contact. Her most recent staph infection was within past week. Want to visit 7/4.

OK: There is MRSA randomly in your surroundings daily. A patient that has been identified and treated is actually less likely to "expose" you than you are to be exposed randomly. This is not e.Bola virus or the plague, although the press often plays it up to be. Normal hygeinc practices limit your risk of acquiring it. ...Read more

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Do you think a staph infection is a possibility if the lobe looks totally healed for a couple of days / week and then it reappears?

That is one: Possibility. Are we talking about a piercing sight? Was a diagnosis of Staph established (by culture)? Contact Dermatitis should be considered, espically if the earring was worn after the first recovery. ...Read more

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Elevated igG, CRP, CCP and normal RF. What does that indicate.? . I feel tired everyday and had staph infection in my face and had an abortion 33 weeks

Elevated igG, CRP, CCP and normal RF. What does that indicate.? . I feel tired everyday and had staph infection in my face and had an abortion 33 weeks

Possibly RA: This CRP measures inflammation and can be elevated if there has been a recent infection or even surgery. You didn't mention when the abortion was. If it was in the past 1-2, weeks that might cause the CRP to go up. If the CCP is significantly (+) it is finding seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis. It can turn (+) even before onset of arthritis. If you start having joint pain you should see your MD. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

Ask your OB doc: I am not aware of any antibiotic recommendations for staph exposure in a healthy pregnant woman, but your circumstances may be high risk for reasons I am not aware of. My suggestion is to consult with your obstetrician about the reasons why he/she thinks antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a staph infection and how does someone get it?

Bacterial infection: A staph infection is a bacterial infection caused by one of several species of staphylococcus bacteria. The bacteria are everywhere and don't always cause an infection. However, when a person is infection, he/she requires antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I am looking for ointment for a staph infection, I was using staph-a-setic from walmart but I can't find it anymore thank you?

Staph aureus: What type of infection are you trying to treat? If these are boils they need moist heat and drainage without squeezing them. If you have had more than one you may consider a course of nasal Mupirocin (bactroban) and bathing regularly and solely with a Chlorhexidine containing soap. See an id doctorl. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more