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Can you get a staph infection from a blood transfusion?

Can you get a staph infection from a blood transfusion?

Infection and blood: Yes, there is risk for bacterial infection associated with blood product transfusion- especially with platelet transfusion as it is stored in a room temperature. However, your risk to have staph infection coming from your own skin or upper respiratory tract is way way more common than from blood product transfusion- which is almost always. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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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 get extremely painful bumps filled with pus and blood in my vagina hairs every couple of months. I have been compressing them with a warm wash cloth but I'm not exactly sure what that does. I also just recently found out I had a staph infection aka MRSA

I get extremely painful bumps filled with pus and blood in my vagina hairs every couple of months. I have been compressing them with a warm wash cloth but I'm not exactly sure what that does. I also just recently found out I had a staph infection aka MRSA

There may be an: There may be an association between the MRSA and the recurrent infection in the vaginal hairs (folliculitis). If you're being treated appropriately with the antibiotics for the MRSA, that might help clear up the folliculitis. Be aware tho that any bacteria still hiding in the follicles may cause a flair up. Talk with your doctor about that & that other hygiene measures to help prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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How does someone know if they have staph infection that spread to the blood?

How does someone know if they have staph infection that spread to the blood?

Finding: Blood cultures positive for the coccus or finding secondary sites that occurred from the bacteremia. ...Read more

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Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Not usually: But the bug is on and around the infected person. Wash your hands carefully to prevent spread. ...Read more

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What do doctors do about staph infection in the blood?

What do doctors do about staph infection in the blood?

IV antibiotics: This usually requires hospital stay with IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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What blood test tests for staph infection in the blood?

What blood test tests for staph infection in the blood?

Blood Cultures: This is not a common question or situation and am not sure why you would ask. But, there are blood cultures. Staph is usually diagnosed by examination or direct wound culture. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about staph infection in the blood? Is it fatal?

Can you tell me about staph infection in the blood? Is it fatal?

Called sepsis: This is a very dangerous infection that is treated in hospital with IV antibiotics. It can be fatal. ...Read more

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How long does it take an MRSA staph infection on the skin to develop in the blood?

How long does it take an MRSA staph infection on the skin to develop in the blood?

Maybe never: Hopefully the body will mount a strong defense and no blood infection occurs(the usual scenario). ...Read more

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Is there really no issue for my mom to be in the delivery room if she has staph infection in her blood?

Is there really no issue for my mom to be in the delivery room if she has staph infection in her blood?

Confusing question: If your mom truly has a staph infection in her blood, I would expect her to be in an ICU bed on IV medication. If she is prone to boils, sties or other staph infections simple hand washing techniques and having her mask during the event will limit the risk. We all have some staph on our skin starting a few hours after birth. I don't see excluding everyone that might, or no one would be there. ...Read more

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My dr told me I have staph infection in my blood. Lately been having pains in my stomach and feeling weak. Is this bec the infection. Shld I call dr?

My dr told me I have staph infection in my blood. Lately been having pains in my stomach and feeling weak. Is this bec the infection. Shld I call dr?

Staph infection: Staphylococcus is a common bacterium in our environment, but if you have it in your blood that is significant. There is an increasing incidence of resistant staph bacteria, so hopefully you are on the correct antibiotics for this infection. Weakness can certainly be related to the infection, and abdominal pain is potentially a concern as well. You should see your doctor for an exam and discuss meds. ...Read more

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I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs?

Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved — the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more

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1. How to differentiate staph infection in arm pit to swollen lymph nodes? 2. What does a higher WBC mean when having undiagnosable luq pain with otherwise normal X-ray and blood tests

1. How to differentiate staph infection in arm pit to swollen lymph nodes?  2. What does a higher WBC mean when having undiagnosable luq pain with otherwise normal X-ray and blood tests

Staph: Infections are usually in the skin, whereas axillary lymph nodes are in deeper tissues. But you can have enlarged lymph nodes from skin infections. Elevated WBC count means infection, inflammation, drug effect or, in rare cases, malignancy. Ask your doctor for more specific answers in your case. ...Read more

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How do you get a staph infection?

How do you get a staph infection?

Staph & Skin: Most staphylococcal infections are opportunistic infections meaning they take the opportunity to cause a problem if they can. Most of these infections occur in the skin and are due to the fact that something in the skin, an opportunity, allowed the normally present bacteria to have a party... At your expense. Infections such as pimples, boils, and rashes are common and can recur is some people. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from kissing?

Can you get a staph infection from kissing?

Yes: You have risks from many things. So you need to identify the high risk activities. But kissing the right person at the right time has its rewards. ...Read more

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How do you get a staph infection in your kidney?

How do you get a staph infection in your kidney?

Two ways: It can ascend up the ureter but often gets there through the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from having a massage?

Unlikely: This is unlikely to occur, since staph is normal flora of the skin even if you did it would be difficult to determine whether the infection was from your own skin or outside contact. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to you when you get a staph infection?

Depends: It all depends on the severity of the infection, the type of staph infection and the location of the infection. Most people do fine if treated appropriately. However, people can and have died from staph infections. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from a popped pimple?

Staph: Staph and other bacteria frequently take advantage of a disruption in skin integrity (a scratch, sore or puncture) and cause infection. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection on your penis?

Yes: You can get a staph infection on any part of your skin, including the penis. ...Read more

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How soon after a boil happens will you get a staph infection or mrsa?

Already infected.: A boil IS an infection. You may already have staph (whether it is MRSA or regular staph) which could have caused it. There are other causes. Staph is present on everyone's skin. You can get MRSA from others if you don't have it now. You could have a non-MRSA staph causing your boil, and if it is open or draining can catch MRSA if you do not keep it covered and clean & safe from more germs. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from someone who is a healthy person that doesn't have an infection but carries the staph bacteria. (not mrsa).

Possibly: Staph lives on our skin and we have differing immune capabilities. If you are compromised you may have the chance of infection through a cut or sore. ...Read more

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Can you get a staph infection from a venous ulcer?

Can you get a staph infection from a venous ulcer?

Yes you can.: Venous ulcers are due to a breakdown of the skin usually overlying the medial or lateral ankle due to venous hypertension due to, usually, venous valvular reflux in the saphenous system of veins. These are very prone to bacterial infection and staph can be a component of the infecting organisms. Often times, multiple bacterial will be cultured from these ulcers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a staph infection internally?

Is it possible to get a staph infection internally?

Yes: Such an infection would be called either bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) or sepsis (bacteria + other signs and symptoms). Either would be very serious, and generally requires hospitalization. If you are concerned about either of these, please see your provider. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a staph infection from a cat scratch?

Is it possible to get a staph infection from a cat scratch?

Yes: Disruption of the skin surface by a scratch, cut, abrasion, etc. Opens the underlying tissue to invasion by bacteria. Staph is just one of the possible germs that can cause an infection. Simple cleaning with soap & water and disinfecting the area should prevent a problem. ...Read more

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Can a person get a staph infection in the kidneys?

Yes: Staph infection can result in a kidney function (pyelonephritis). When this is the case, it is possible that the infection spread from the bloodstream to the kidney ("hematogenous spread") instead of the usual means of infection ("ascending", via bacteria entering the urethra). ...Read more

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Can I get a staph infection or MRSA from my cat? Do all humans carry staph on skin?

MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a staph infection from a splinter?

Yes: While this would be uncommon, it is possible, especially if the wound has gotten dirty or exposed to the staph bacterium. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin ...Read more