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How Long Has Staph Been A 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a bad problem with staph in my house and need to know why we have it about once every couple of months?
Question unclear: I think you are asking why persons in your household get recurrent episodes of staph cellulitis, rather than disinfecting your house (which is not the problem). Your doctor can use a combination of Mupirocin (bactroban) in your nose and daily washings with a soap containing Chlorhexidine (but you cannot wash with anything else), and every carrier will have to do this, only 50/50 success rate. ...Read more
UTI or septicemia: If you have urinary symptoms ie. Burning, urgency, frequency, flank pain, fever you and if you have wbc's in your urine you haave a urinary tract infection with s. Aureus. As persons with s. Aureus in their blood will frequently have the organism spread to their kidneys and appear in the urine you shoul have blood cultures done before antibiotic treatment and be checked for signs of systemic inf. ...Read more
I get staph infections very regularly. Since they are very common for me is it possible for them to cause more problems internally?
Skin Staph infection: Staph can potentially cause internal infections as well. Recurrent staph infections likely means that you are colonized with staph. Staph lives in certain areas of the body without causing infection then periodically comes out and causes folliculitis or abscesses. More common in people with diabetes. To reduce colonization, areas must be treated with Mupirocin cream. ...Read more
Getting recurrent staph infection with the hidradenitis suppurativa, can that accumulate any further serious problems with the body?
Question vague: Any staphylococcal infection carries with it the potential to spread and become not only serious, but life-threatening. That having been said, it is not the cause of hydradinitis and although it can secondarily infect these areas if properly managed unlikely to produce major problems. Hope have answered you satisfactorily. Best. ...Read more
Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more
If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?
Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more
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