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How long does a staph infection last?

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

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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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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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 a staph infection in leg its healing but 3 inches above it the lymph node is still swollen which scares me is this normal? How long will last?

Lymph nodes: Rather than scaring you, an active lymph node doing it's job to fight off infection, should reassure and encourage you about your body's health. A reactive lymph node is working when it is swollen. It is doing it's job. It takes some time to return to a normal quiet state after the infection and all of the foreign material is taken care of. No reason to be scared for any reason here. ...Read more

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

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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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

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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 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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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 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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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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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?

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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Okay this is for my fiancee okay ppl say she either has a boil or a cist or a staph infection like it poped last night can some one help identify it.

Infection: Yes. A physician can examine this in person and identify it. If it is unidentifiable then a culture can be taken of the sore. This question will be answered in person and probably not on the internet. ...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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Is an untreated staph infection dangerous? I read they usually go away on their own, but not always. How long is safe to wait before going to the doctor? It’s just a boil, but i’ve had it for a week now.

Staph Infections: Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.
But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. ...Read more

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My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

My father was in the emergency room with an pussy skin staph infection. I have a baby, so how long do we have to avoid my father?

Several days: Avoid direct contact until infection resolves and he should wash his hands. Infection will improve in 2 days but he must complete course of antibiotics. It has a significant recurrence rate which can be diminished by bactroban (mupirocin) intranasal one week per month, lever 2000 soap and dilute clorox baths. ...Read more

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I'm worried that I might be developing a staph infection I recently got tattooed and over the last 24 hours I have been developing red sores that have become white heads in the middle. It started as one but now I have over 10 all in the area around my tat

I'm worried that I might be developing a staph infection I recently got tattooed and over the last 24 hours I have been developing red sores that have become white heads in the middle. It started as one but now I have over 10 all in the area around my tat

I: I think you may be right. Go see a doctor. Topical antibiotics have a limited use, especially when treating mrsa. You have to remember that antibiotics are not antiseptics. They do not kill bacteria on contact. They have to incubate with the bacteria to prevent the bacteria from having babies. The only interaction a topical antibiotic has with bacteria is a thin surface area, and any "incubation" only lasts 20 minutes or so. You should have these pustules cultured, and be taking an oral antibiotic.

You may also want to report your infection to the local health department. If the tattoo place is not sterilizing their instruments, you'll be helping countless others by reporting them. ...Read more

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How long can I use neosporin on my scrotum for to cover a draining staph infection? And should it be covered all day or let it breathe?

How long can I use neosporin on my scrotum for to cover a draining staph infection? And should it be covered all day or let it breathe?

Neosporin: There is no set time that you have to stop using neosporin, but most otc meds will have a comment that says if it does not go away within a few days or weeks, please see your doctor. If you thinks it's staph, make sure a doctor sees it. Also, neosporin can cause topical allergies in some people. ...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 just recovered from Staph infection not too long ago and now I have it again. I still have the cream they gave me that was used to kill the bacteria on my face. I don't have the pills they gave me before, and I feel like I have troubled my parents enoug

Call your MD asap: Call your doctor's office and speak with your parents right away. If you had a soft tissue infection serious enough to be treated with a course of antibiotics and it did not work the infection may be resistant and stronger you must contact your doctor as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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