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Had a staph infection lanced. Can I use peroxide to clean it when I change bandages?

Had a staph infection lanced. Can I use peroxide to clean it when I change bandages?

No: It is not recommended to use peroxide for these infections. Simply use warm water and soap before applying a dry dressing to keep the area clean. Change the dressing regularly so the wound heals properly. Read more

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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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My 1 yr old has a case of staph infection I think, I covered either bandaid after cleaning him, and now it seems the bandaid made it spread.

My 1 yr old has a case of staph infection I think, I covered either bandaid after cleaning him, and now it seems the bandaid made it spread.

Bandage sensitivity?: Bandages, when replaced regularly, generally would not cause an infection to spread. More likely scenarios would include a) a hypersensitivity to the bandage material itself or b) natural progression of the infection. Your pediatrician should be able to help you sort this out! Best wishes... Read more

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Son has dark greenish substance under fingernail, its swollen and hurts him when I try to clean it out. He has eczema so could it be staph infection?

Son has dark greenish substance under fingernail, its swollen and hurts him when I try to clean it out. He has eczema so could it be staph infection?

Possible: Would urge that you bring him to the pediatrician. Do note however that even though people with eczema are often colonized with staph, infection under the nail is unusual. Read more

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Can a staph infection on a 4 yr olds ankle be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and soap?

Can a staph infection on a 4 yr olds ankle be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and soap?

Infections: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean openings in the skin such as wounds or surgical sites. While it can kill bacteria, if an area has already developed an infection, the safest thing to do would be a course of antibiotics to ensure that the infection doesn't spread. Read more

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Does staph infection itch?

Does staph infection itch?

It may: Itching is a subliminal form of pain and may be due to inflammation of many sources, and that could include infection. Read more

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Can staph infection be airborne?

Can staph infection be airborne?

Staph Infections: Staph, or staphylococcus, is a family of bacteria that is very virulent, contagious, and even possibly infectious. What makes staph so dangerous is that it is very resistant to antibiotics. Though staph is not generally considered an air-borne disease, there is some debate that mrsa, thought it usually is spread through contact with open sores, can remain viable on dry counters. Read more

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What is a light staph infection?

What is a light staph infection?

Staph aureus: Not sure what is referred to as "light staph infection", but perhaps just skin lesions (boils). This organism has the potential to produce severe devastating life-threatening infection and should never be taken lightly. Read more

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How do you get a staph infection?

How do you get a staph infection?

Staph & Skin: Most staphylococcal infections are opportunistic infections meaning they take the opportunity to cause a problem if they can. Most of these infections occur in the skin and are due to the fact that something in the skin, an opportunity, allowed the normally present bacteria to have a party...At your expense. Infections such as pimples, boils, and rashes are common and can recur is some people. Read more

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What is secondary staph infection?

What is secondary staph infection?

Staph Infection: Staphylococcal bacteria commonly inhabit the skin and interior of the nose. Microscopic or visible breaks in the surface barrier of the body--the skin and mucous membranes--provide an opportunity for these bacteria to cause localized infections. Complications arise when the staph bacteria spread beyond the initial site of infection to the bloodstream and interior body tissues. Read more

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How can a staph infection be cured?

How can a staph infection be cured?

With antibiotics: Staph is a bacteria and can be killed by antibiotics and cleaning of the pus. Read more

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How to cure a staph infection asap!?

Antibiotics: See your doctor and if it is a staph infection you will need antibiotics to cure it. Read more

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What does staph infection look like?

What does staph infection look like?

Many shapes: Skin infections with staph can take many shapes. It could be flat redness or a pus filled boil or just a red bump. 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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Why do I have staph infection my butt?

Why do I have staph infection my butt?

Bacteria: Many people carry staph bacteria and never develop staph infections. If you have a staph infection, there's a good chance that it stemmed from bacteria you've been carrying around for some time. These bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person. Because staph bacteria are so hardy, they can live on inanimate objects such as pillowcases or towels long enough to transfer to the next person. Read more

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What are symptoms of a staph infection?

What are symptoms of a staph infection?

Staphylococcus: Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing! Read more

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Will staph infection go away on its own?

NO: A true staph infection would most likely require antibiotics to get treated and eradicated. Best wishes. Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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