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Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


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I been DX with cellulitis and staph infection, the only medicine works is Vancomycin 1.2g.the dr won't listen to me about the meds that work for me.

I been DX with cellulitis and staph infection, the only medicine works is Vancomycin 1.2g.the dr won't listen to me about the meds that work for me.

Stick with vanco!: Your doctor is correct. What antibiotics "worked for you" in the past is irrelevant. Cure of infections depends only on the bacteria causing the problem and which antibiotics will kill it. Staph cellulitis can be very dangerous and you might have MRSA; vancomycin is normal treatment to start. Maybe possible to change antibiotic later if lab testing shows others to be active against your own staph. ...Read more

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I get facial& preorbital cellulitus a lot I have a sinus staph infection that is starting to worry me. What things are flags to go to the er?

I get facial& preorbital  cellulitus a lot  I have a sinus staph infection that  is starting to worry me. What things are flags to go to the er?

Pain and fever..: Increased pain and fever over 101 that doesn't come down with medication are signs of worsening infection. Seek a medical opinion. ...Read more

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How do i know if my staph infection is healing? Ive been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

How do i know if my staph infection is healing? Ive been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

No redness: it should get less red and less swollen. pain should go away as well. basically the skin will look more and more normal and any discomfort should go away. if it is not or it is getting worse/larger/spreading see your doctor. ...Read more

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Being treated for staph/cellulitis using sulfamethoxazole and clindamycin. Infection down but now running fever, achy, chills. Should I go back in?

Being treated for staph/cellulitis using sulfamethoxazole and clindamycin. Infection down but now running fever, achy, chills.  Should I go back in?

Yes Ma'am: Although your antibiotic regimen should be adequate to treat resistant Staph infections, fever and chills is concerning for systemic infection which may require IV medications. Please revisit your physician ASAP or consider a local urgent care center. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a mild staph infection?

What are the symptoms of a mild staph infection?

Redness: Mild staph infections would be skin/soft tissue ones, which may manifest as just redness and swelling at a site. Treatment would be to drain abscesses if present, and if it is just cellulitis, a short course of antibiotics. ...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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Can alcohol be used on a staph infection?

No: I assume you are talking about topical alcohol (rubbing alcohol) on top of the infection. Alcohol causes tissue damage, and hydrogen peroxide or betadine is a better cleansing agent for skin infections, followed by a topic antibiotic ointment. If it is a severe infection, you may need oral antibiotics (or even iv). See your doctor if the infection is worrying you. ...Read more

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Could my ongoing staph infection be a form of strep?

Could my ongoing staph infection be a form of strep?

No/Yes?!: The answer hinges on culturing the infected anatomy or fluid, in the right clinical setting. If the culture grows staph. Areus, it is a staph infection. If no cultures are done, then yes- certain infections such as cellulitis, can be due to strept but are presumptively diagnosed as staph. An experienced doctor in certain situations, can make this distinction. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by any one of the staphylococcus species of bacteria. These bacteria are part of the bioburden of the human body, so that the mere presence of these on the skin does not ...Read more


Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is a common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more