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How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

Skin=staph: Staph is a ubiquitous organism on the skin...Everyone has it. It takes advantage of a small break in the skin or perhaps a plucked eyelash follicle to cause an infection. It is generally easy to treat. See your doctor for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Infection (Definition)

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Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

No: There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. ...Read more

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Will a staphylococcal infection kill me?

Depends: If you are really healthy not likely. Being immunosuppresed and having a severe staph infection can be life threatening. ...Read more

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I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

Yes: 3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein. The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general. ...Read more

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What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

Culture: A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

Depends: It depends on where the infection is; lung infection will cause pneumonia , the patient may have fever, cough, shortness of breath etc..., in the blood stream, patient may develop hypotension, fever, organs failure, on the skin redness of skin, fever, abcess etc..., . ...Read more

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Can I get staphylococcal infection by eating soiled food?

Can I get staphylococcal infection by eating soiled food?

Possibly: Ingestion of large amount of any bacteria can cause diarrhea, staphylococcus included. However, this organism is usually found on the skin and tends to infect that area with boils and pimples. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get staphylococcal infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get staphylococcal infection, or is it unusual?

Yes lots: Staphylococcal infections are very common. Probably just about everyone has had numerous staph. Infections during a life time. Boils and skin pustules are invariable to to staph.. Post operative wound infections most commonly due to staph.. Worst, or most difficult to treat are mrsa, methicillin resistant staph. Aureus. Many of us have dormant staph. On our skin. Hence need for good hand washing. ...Read more

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Is mastatitis is a form of staphylococcal infection that effect breastfeeding women. Is it dangerous?

Is mastatitis is a form of staphylococcal infection that effect breastfeeding women.  Is it dangerous?

Relatively Benign: It is common for the breast to get infected by the local bacteria during breastfeeding. You should continue to breast feed during this time. Your doctor may choose to prescribe an antibiotic during this time to aid in the recovery process. ...Read more

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Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Depends: If you have a normal newborn, i don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults.If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems.A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more

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I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

If white blood count: If your white blood count is down, you are likely more susceptible to infections, including staphylococcal. Some cancers can lower your immunity, as does chemotherapy and radiation treatments. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

Possibly: Mastitis is commonly due to staph from the baby's mouth. Best to ensure proper latch and avoid engorgement, and cracked nipples. See you OB or midwife if you notice redness of the breast, it is unusually hard and tender, or if you have a fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) (Definition)

A chronic irritation of the eyelids, which causes redness and matting of the eyelids. It has a variety of causes, ranging from allergy and infection to irritation, as well as skin cancers. It is the most common eye disease. ...Read more


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