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How long does it take staph infection to heal?

How long does it take staph infection to heal?

Depends: It depends on the clinical syndrome caused by the staphylococcus aureus. Skin infections may require drainage only without antibiotics and heal within 7-10 days.. ...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 long does it take for staph infection to heal?

Healing depends...: Healing an infection depends on several things; 1.The host: immune system intact /not? 2. The organisms:? Hyper-virulent organism or not, if the infection requires antibiotics is the organism susceptible to the antibiotics being used, and has the site of infection been adequately drained and all devitalized tissue removed and cleared away. 3. Size of the infection. Small days/large weeks. ...Read more

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Husband has staph infection on the back of the leg. It is draining with a smell. Already had a course of antibiotics. How long should it take to heal?

Husband has staph infection on the back of the leg. It is draining with a smell. Already had a course of antibiotics. How long should it take to heal?

More quickly: Drainage and smell should have improved significantly after completed course of antibiotic. The treating physician needs to be updated if not already. The infection may need to be imaged and possibly treated surgically. A major concern is if the infection is able to spread to bone, which makes treatment significantly more difficult. ...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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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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If what I have is staph infection after taking cephalexin 500mg tid how long would it take to clear up and how long should I take the cephalexin?

Staph infection: Your question cannot be answered without knowing what type of infection you have, the sensitivity of the organism, and whether it is in an area in which Cephalexin penetrates well. In addition it may be necessary to take this more than three times a day. Need far more info. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antibiotics to work on a staph infection?

Depends: It depends on the type and the severity of the infection. You need to include more detail in your question. Some staphylococcus aureus infections require 4-6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Some simple skin infections can be cured by drainage alone or with a few days of oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take a staph infection to show symptoms of actually having the virus?

Staph: Staphylococci are not virus, they are bacteria, onset of symptoms varies depending on the site of infection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

Infection: Depends on the extent of infection and what is being done. A small amount of folliculitis can resolve with cleaning and topical antibiotic. If you have an abscess it needs drainage and often a few days of antibiotic. ...Read more

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My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

Contagious after Rx: Usually, the a general guideline would be that a person is not contagious after 48 hours' worth of antibiotics. With strep throat, a general guideline is 24 hours. But this can vary depending on the disease. ...Read more

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Endocartitus staph infection 5 debridements flap surgery what precautions to take to heal?

Endocartitus staph infection 5 debridements flap surgery what precautions to take to heal?

More information: Sorry to hear about that, but if you can give us more information, you will get a more intelligent answer. ...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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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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Staph infection on nose around piercing is still growing, how long will it take to see improvement on antibiotics?

Staph nose infection: An infection can sometimes be hard to clear when there is a "foreign body" present. That's because the germs use it to their advantage-- kind of like a fortress to them. Given that this infection is on your face you may want to just remove the jewelry and try later after it is healed. Staph are very dangerous bacteria- I don't play around with them! Sorry. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

Varies: Depends on the site of infection (mediastinum, sternum, superficial soft tissue, vein harvest site, central line, lung, bladder, etc), immunosuppression, nutrition, and treatment. ...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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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 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

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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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Can I still take xinc oxide on staph infection?

Zinc oxide: Staph should be treated by specific antibiotics by mouth and sometimes also topically ...Read more

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Do people ever heal from a staph infection, my sister says they dont. I know someone who has one and was wondering if they can get rid of it. So do th?

Of course they do!: I've treated hundreds of cases of Staph infection and absolutely most of them get better and completely resolve. There is something called a 'carrier state' which is where your sister might be getting confused. If you know someone with a Staph infection- I would direct them to an Infectious Diseases doctor who would be best able to help them (and any contacts who are concerned). Hope this helps. ...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

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Is it okay for me to take Ciprofloaxin and sulfameth trimethoprim for my staph infection?

Is it okay for me to take Ciprofloaxin and sulfameth trimethoprim for my staph infection?

Need more info: These are prescription medications. Your physician who prescribed them has made the decision to prescribe these two drugs based on the kind of germs causing your infection. I feel that if you are concerned about these two drugs given together you should ask your physician for clarification. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have pneumonia, finish your antibiotics.

Get a chest xray to make sure it cleared up in 6 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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