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How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

Until it is gone: The duration of a staph infection depends on where the infection is located and if it is sensitive to antibiotics. Infections can be a small skin infection or involve the heart, lungs, GI tract or brain. The length of the infection depends on the sensitivity, host and location. ...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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How contagious is a staph infection? And if treated with medication will this take long to over come if the patient is diabetic?

How contagious is a staph infection? And if treated with medication will this take long to over come if the patient is diabetic?

Contagious: Staph infection can be contagious especially if you have troubles with immune system. Diabetes is a contributor to that. Treatment may take longer than in someone without immune compromise. ...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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I have staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

I have staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

Skin infection: We all have staph normally on our skin. There is a certain type of staph called MRSA though which is resistant to many antibiotics and can be easily spread with contact. It often causes clusters of people to get skin or other infections in certain settings like gyms or nursing homes. ...Read more

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Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Not contagious: Staph is part of the normal bacteria that reside on our skin. If someone gets a staph infection, it's because there was a breach of the normal body defense mechanisms, such as a wound, surgery, immune deficiency, etc. Healthy people do not get infected from someone who has a staph infection. ...Read more

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What is staph infection? How contagious is staph infection?

Very to some: For some patients staph is very contagious. Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others. ...Read more

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Staph infection urinary is contagious or not?

Staph infection urinary is contagious or not?

Staph UTI: This is not communicable to others. A lot will depend upon the staph species. If this is staph aureus would recommend you be seen by an infecitous diseases expert asap. ...Read more

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Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Eczema or Staph Infn: Eczema is not contageous, it is an infammatory disorder of the skin. Eczema can become secondarily infected with staphylococcus as it is a skin organism and the eczema represents breaks in our normal protection system of the skin. Staph is very contageous. It can be spread person-person, in foods and grom fomite (inanimage object) to human. Good handwashing prevents spread. ...Read more

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Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph aureus: Yes, bacteria in the eschar (scab) from infection with staphylococcus aureus can be potentially transmitted to others, but that depends upon what you are doing with it. ...Read more

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How contagious is a kidney staph infection?

Not very: It is very unlikely that any urine infection will be passed from one person to another. Nonetheless, and especially with certain kinds of staph, it is prudent to wash your hands whenever in contact with an infected person as the same staph may be present on the person's skin that is in the urine. ...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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I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

Infection: You are unlikely to be infectious but the only way you could infect someone is by direct contact with the wound ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no: They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young ...Read more

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If someone had surgery, as a result got a staph infection afterwards. Are they contagious? Safe to hug or kiss them?

Its safe: Yes. Its safe. Believe it or not. Most people nowadays are colonized with what you would refer to as "regular" staph...and many of us even MRSA. Just use universal precautions and hand washing. ...Read more

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Is a sty contagious? If stys form because of staph, can someone else get a staph infection or MRSA by being in contact with someone with a sty?

Is a sty contagious? If stys form because of staph, can someone else get a staph infection or MRSA by being in contact with someone with a sty?

Can be: General contact is not enough, but if secretions from that eye are transferred to another person they can get an infection. Understand that styles are not generally infectious, but result when the oil producing glands in the lid get obstructed, and expand because they can not empty themselves and may actually split open, releasing the oil the produce into the soft tissues of the lid. ...Read more

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I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

It can be..: If the staph is MRSA it may be more contagious than a simple infection. Everyone should wash their hands and clean surfaces like countertops with a disinfectant. Keep the burn area covered with clean dry dressings. ...Read more

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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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My 8wo had pead check up, he said she not to visit my friend who has internal staph infection from surgery. She says she not contagious, plse explain?

My 8wo had pead check up, he said she not to visit my friend who has internal staph infection from surgery. She says she not contagious, plse explain?

Extra cautious?: I think the pediatrician is just being extra cautious. Even with "internal" infection, your friend could have staph on skin or in the environment in her home. OTOH, we're all exposed to staph. Other friends, you, and your family could have it at any time, and sooner or later your baby will be exposed to it. The doc may just want to avoid particularly heavy exposure until more mature immune system. ...Read more

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Is staph infection contagious? Are there any potential ramifications of breast feeding with a staph infection?

Staph and breast fee: Staph infections are definitely contagious. If you are breast feeding you need to be doubly cautious. If you want to continue you to breast feed you must be seen by a physician. You can be placed on an antibiotic that won't harm you or your baby. Above all you must be scrupulous about hand washing as well as breast care to include washing of breasts before and after feeding. ...Read more

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How long does a staph infection stay in the body?

Until treated: Staphylcoccus aureus is a bad actor. Once it sets up infection in one location it has a propensity to extend itself both locally and systemically. It must be treated aggressively and the patient assessed to be certain it has been eliminated. It will persist until this has happened. ...Read more

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How long does a staph infection last?

Depends where it is: What staph infection? Staph can cause infections virtually anywhere in your body. Some can kill you within 24 hours.

If it's a staph skin infection, it can stay with you indefinitely until it's treated. If you keep getting staph infections after they've been treated, go away, then come back, you probably have staph germs lurking inside your nose. Have your nostrils cultured for staph. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does a staph infection last post op Achilles tendon debridement?

Depends: Was the staph infection before or after the debridement.
Antibiotics will usually clear it up in 1-3 weeks depending on the depth and structures that are infected. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait after a staph infection before I can shave?

Until treated: Staphylcoccus aureus is a bad actor. Once it sets up infection in one location it has a propensity to extend itself both locally and systemically. It must be treated aggressively and the patient assessed to be certain it has been eliminated. It will persist until this has happened. You can shave when it is resolved. ...Read more

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Hello, I was found that I have MRSA staph infection. I was wondering how long does it take to get into bloodstream?

It shouldn't.: If the MRSA was diagnosed by a skin culture it won't necessarily get into your blood. If it does you will get a fever and get very sick. ...Read more

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How long can an elderly person with an untreated case of a staph infection live?

How long can an elderly person with an untreated case of a staph infection live?

Depends: Depends on what kind of staph, where the site of infection is, whether bacteria is present in blood, where the bacteria was acquired, and the patients comirbid conditions. ...Read more

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How long after having a staph infection lesion incised should there be a marked improvement in swelling?

How long after having a staph infection lesion incised should there be a marked improvement in swelling?

It depends upon: The initial and baseline size of the lesion. The swelling may take few days to several weeks to subside. Sometimes there could be a residual lump or swelling which is from scarring and this is not uncommon. Along with the antibiotics, applying warm packs and taking nsaids/ Ibuprofen may facilitate the healing process. Follow up with ur dr for any concern. Take care! ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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