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How Do You Get A Staph Infection In Your Throat
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
Yes -plenty of germs: Doctors can test for Group A Strep -which is only one specific germ that can cause a throat infection (or pharyngitis if you want to be technical). Different viruses are also implicated (like mono, adenovirus, etc) but certainly other bacteria are on the list. Pertussis (Whooping cough) and diphtheria are two important ones. Then there are other Strep species, 'mixed' infections like abscesses etc ...Read more
Comorbid conditions: Yeast infection in the blood or fungemia is most commonly cause by Candida. It is the 4th most common bloodstream infection among hospitalized patients in the United States. People at high risk for developing candidemia include: ICU patients, surgical patients, use of central venous catheters (esp. TPN), immune systems are weakened ( e.g. HIV/AIDS), and very low birth weight infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevention: Worthwhile asking your doctor; he/she may want to culture your nose to see if you are a carrier. Otherwise, wash your hands well and regularly with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds at a time. Avoid picking the nose. Disinfect surfaces with disinfectant spray. Wash clothes/sheets in hot water. Do not use anyone else's towels. Everyone in the household should follow these instructions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Throat culture: is the most specific means to determining the exact cause of a sore throat. Rapid tests such as throat swabs will detect Strep infections with 80% accuracy, but will provide no information about a specific viral cause. Blood tests may be helpful in determining if antibiotics are warranted. Be wary of those who diagnose a throat infection by sight alone. ...Read more
Soothe: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Please see a doctor: Some types of vaginal bacteria are normal, but you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing your infection, & to get the right treatment.This is very important as some infections can spread to other sites and make you very sick. Also please make sure you don't pass this to someone else. I would recommend you avoid sex until you get treated. Most bacterial infections require an antibiotic. ...Read more
Define blood infexn: When we say blood infection we are usually talking about sepsis, when the infection gets into your blood stream and your body is mounting a severe defense against it (called inflammation). The most severe one is usually caused by bacterial infection that has spread into the blood from skin or any organ (such as lung infection aka pneumonia). You could have a viral sepsis but it is rare. ...Read more
A number of ways: Most common stds are bacterial, so sexual transmission is one way; alternatively, you can have fecal contamination if fecal matter made its way to the vaginal vault. Anything that flushes external material into the vagina, such as douching, could lead to a bacterial infection as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not that fast!: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more
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