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How long does it take antibiotics to show improvement for staph?

How long does it take antibiotics to show improvement for staph?

Depends...: It depends on the antibiotics and the extent of the infection as well as sensitivity of the staph to the antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant staph, such as mrsa, are also common.

But usually there should be a visible improvement in most cases of staph aureus skin infections after 1 to 2 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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35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

Ask your OB doc: I am not aware of any antibiotic recommendations for staph exposure in a healthy pregnant woman, but your circumstances may be high risk for reasons I am not aware of. My suggestion is to consult with your obstetrician about the reasons why he/she thinks antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Can low-positive ANA and mild symptoms occur after short but heavy antibiotic treatment for severe staph infection from three months ago?

Can low-positive ANA and mild symptoms occur after short but heavy antibiotic treatment for severe staph infection from three months ago?

Unrelated: But would you kindly be more specific about what kind of symptoms, antibiotics wouldn't affect ana testing ...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 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 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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When taking antibiotics for a staph infrction how long does it take to clear up?

When taking antibiotics for a staph infrction how long does it take to clear up?

Staph Infection: Staph infections have been increasing resistant to certain antibiotics, it is important to tell your doctor about your results so that they can prescribe you different antibiotics since your specific staph infection may be resistant to the antibiotic that you are currently taking. Results will vary for each antibiotic you take. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with staph on the side of my breast. I'm on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic will this heal and how long does it take to heal?

I was diagnosed with staph on the side of my breast. I'm on bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) antibiotic will this heal and how long does it take to heal?

Depends: Did you have a culture of the wound? If a culture showed infection with mrsa, it may take several weeks to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs, is itchy and a bit tender.

How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs, is itchy and a bit tender.

About 2 weeks: For most infections, antibiotics will clear it in about 2 weeks. However, if you are "colonized" with the staph bacteria, it is possible to keep re-infecting yourself in the same area. Ask your doctor about a culture taken from your nose (hey, it's where the staph lives!). You may need an antibiotic ointment to put inside your nose. ...Read more

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How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs. Is itchy and slightly tender.

How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs. Is itchy and slightly tender.

Depends: Your doctor will prescribe the antibiotic you need and the amount of days you need to take it. Different antibiotics can be taken once or twice daily from a few short days to occasionally a couple of weeks. If you have had a culture to identify it as staph, it will also tell you the sensitivity. If it is methicillin resistant, you will get a different antibiotic than if it is not. ...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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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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I have staph, klebsiella, and ecoli. What antibiotic should I take? Also am I contagious

I have staph, klebsiella, and ecoli. What antibiotic should I take? Also am I contagious

Polymicrobial: Well. First....all of us likely have those same bacteria somewhere on our bodies too. Your not contagious to anyone. Unless its MRSA and we have that as commensuals too. Recommending antibiotics won't do any good here because I doubt you really have 3 active bacteria causing infection in the same area. Have your GP send you to an infectious disease physician like myself...he'll help out. ...Read more

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How long should antibiotics for staph be taken for?

7-10 days: For an abscess of the face drainage is needed. For a soft tissue infection or cellulitis 7-10 days is usually enough. For a staph. Aureus bloodstream infection 4 weeks of IV antibiotics are usually required. ...Read more

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I have staph in my kidneys what is the best antibiotic to take for this?

Dangerous: An infection in the kidneys needs to be handled carefully. Make sure you have had a urinalysis and culture- which is a test of your urine. This will identify the organism as well as what antibiotic is best. Please see a nephrologist or a urologist immediately. ...Read more

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Is staph infection no longer contagious after 48 hours on antibiotics?

Depends.: On where the infection is and how sensitive it is to antibiotics. In particular, staph aureus in the nose only responds to nasal Mupirocin ointment, not oral drugs. ...Read more

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How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

Not: Staph is generally everywhere.
There are various types:
staph albus common on skin.
Staph aureus -yellow more pathogenic.
Usually not contagious like a virus or some bacteria.
Clean and cover area and unlikely to be able to infect someone else. ...Read more

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I am 8 weeks pregnant and was just found to have staph B. The doctor has me on oral antibiotics. Do I need to take them if I am having a cesarean?

I am 8 weeks pregnant and was just found to have staph B. The doctor has me on oral antibiotics. Do I need to take them if I am having a cesarean?

YES!: If you have vaginal infection to UTI; it needs to be treated. Otherwise it can lead to loss of pregnancy by inducing premature labour. C section is long time away as you are only 8 weeks pregnant. Untreated infection can become serious and become systemic infection. That requires IV antibiotic and hospitalization etc. So listen to your doctor. ...Read more

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My dtr is on her second round of antibiotics for staph on her legs and groin. She is 17. What can I do and will this be a life long problem?

My dtr is on her second round of antibiotics for staph on her legs and groin. She is 17. What can I do and will this be a life long problem?

She is a: Carrier of staph on her skin, so anytime the skin is broken, like when shaving, the bacteria gets under the skin leading to an infection. She needs decolonization treatment to decrease the staph on her skin. Speak with your doctor or see an id doctor. ...Read more

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Can a triple antibiotic ointment help a staph infection? Will it help with the pain? Wat can I do to take some of the soreness out of it?

Danger: Most of the common staph infections out there that are causing the epidemic are resistant to the medications in the triple antibiotic ointments and often get much worse when one uses these ineffective over the counter medications on their skin. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more