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What is the best way of healing a staph infection abcess that has been drained by the er? Er follow-up said epsom salts baths md said keep covered

What is the best way of healing a staph infection abcess that has been drained by the er? Er follow-up said epsom salts baths md said keep covered

Soaks: The best treatment for an abscess is drainage. Warm soaks will keep the area open an allow drainage of any residual pus in addition to increasing the blood supply to the area for quicker healing. Covering the area may also keep the wound from closing prematurely and address continuing moist drainage. Once the drainage has stopped no dressing is needed. ...Read more

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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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Today discovered I have a staph infection. What are the best treatments for this?

Today discovered I have a staph infection. What are the best treatments for this?

Antibiotics: Staph infections can grow quickly warm soaks help bring blood to the infection and keeping it clean as well using iodine as a topical agent. However if this is a true staph infection you will require oral antibiotics so see your MD ...Read more

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I have a friend who she and her boyfriend have been diagnosed with staph infection with open pus pockets. 6month baby in house they have a 7month year old baby should two people with staph infectionbe aroun d their 7month infacnt in't that dangerous? Wha

I have a friend who she and her boyfriend have been diagnosed with staph infection with open pus pockets. 6month baby in house they have a 7month year old baby should two people with staph infectionbe aroun d their 7month infacnt in't that dangerous? Wha

You: You are correct in being concerned for this baby. Staph infections are highly contagious, and if the proper precautions are not taken, the baby can contract the bacteria. You can help by informing them that hygiene is key. They should always wash their hands thoroughly before handling the baby, the wound (pus pockets) should be covered at all times, towels or sheets should not be shared, and most importanty the parents need to be under the care of a physician for this problem (being treated).

To further answer your question, the dangers for the infant are possible skin infection, eye infection, stomach (GI) infection, blood infection, urine infection, and even pneumonia.
So as you see, it is important to keep the baby safe by taking the above precautions.

If the parents become concerned that the baby has contracted a staph infection they should take her to her doctor right away. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

Would depend: On what the wound looked like. You would also want to know if just staph or mrsa....And things of that nature. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to prevent a staph infection?

See doc: See infectious disease doctor. Wash with hibiclens soap and take bleach bath at least twice a week. 1/2 cup bleach in full tub of water. ...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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What is the best anti biotic to take for staph infection? Tried Augmentine before.

What is the best anti biotic to take for staph infection? Tried Augmentine before.

No "ONE" best: There are many different types of staph, and they are sensitive and resistant to may different antibiotics. Even from one infection to another, what works can change. Best advice is to culture the drainage from the source of the staph, and have a lab do a "sensitivity" test, which determines not only what antibiotics work, but how big of a dose you may need. It is the only correct answer here! ...Read more

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My son had an open wound from a staph infection and it has a green tint to it. Is that a sign the infection is coming back?

Green tint: The green tint may be a sign that another type of bacteria called pseudomonas may be present. I would recommend contacting your son's treating physician. ...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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What are the best treatments for staph infection caused by the wires in a pacemaker?

What are the best treatments for staph infection caused by the wires in a pacemaker?

Varies: Often Staph infections under the skin are due to spread from the skin. If it was simply outside, oral antibiotics would be given but internal infections usually require antibiotics by vein. Common medications are clindamycin and vancomycin, but your individual treatment would depend on what cultures your would grew and to what they were sensitive. ...Read more

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Are oral antibiotics the best treatment for a staph infection on the face?

Are oral antibiotics the best treatment for a staph infection on the face?

See below: It depends what type of staph infection you are referring to. An abscess would need drainage. A cellulitis or soft tissue infection could be treated with oral antibiotics but if severe or associated with fever and toxicity intravenous antibiotics would be better until the sepsis was controlled. Mrsa infection would require different antibiotics than methicillin sensitive staph infection. ...Read more

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Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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I can't get rid of a staph infection. I've been to the dr and they lanced it open and packed it. As well as been on many antibiotics. What to do?

I can't get rid of a staph infection. I've been to the dr and they lanced it open and packed it. As well as been on many antibiotics. What to do?

Re evaluate totally: First your dr needs to be sure this is an infection by removing a piece of tissue from the wound to culture, look for other signs of infection like an elevated white blood count. If truly infected checking for a deeper abscess, bone infection, retained tooth fragment or suture be sure your nutrition is good with some extra zinc vitamin c. ...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?

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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I developed a staph infection after a hip replacement.....developed burning under the skin right after it was treated and left open to heaal itself. H?

Varies: There are a lot of possible causes. When your body tries to fight infection, it brings in a lot if inflammatory cells to help and this can often lead to quite a bit if scar tissue. The scar tissue can cause pain, and it can also entrap nerves in it that can cause pain as well. I would certainly make sure your surgeon is aware to make sure it is not a symptom of recurrent infection. ...Read more

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My DR said I have staph infection on my eye lids and prescribed Clindamycin HCL, 300 MG, 2X day for 5 days. Is this the best treatment?

My DR said I have staph infection on my eye lids and prescribed Clindamycin HCL, 300 MG, 2X day for 5 days. Is this the best treatment?

Hard to say: Your doctor has more information than either of us about your condition. You could consult another doctor or trust the one you have. ...Read more

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How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

Basic healing: Infected wounds do not heal. If the wound is healing, then the infection is under control or gone. Avoid useing alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. ...Read more

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If you have already been sexually active in the past and its not your first tme, can you still get the staph infection if using condoms, no open cuts.

If you have already been sexually active in the past and its not your first tme, can you still get the staph infection if using condoms, no open cuts.

Yes you can: Most staph infection is skin infection you cannot cover with condom it usually happen by rubbing skin to skin. The recommendation to clean with wet towel before and after. ...Read more

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Staph infection found after sergery placing pacemaker and wiring. Puse on wiring and open wound on site of sergery. How did it get there. 4 sister?

Common bacteria: Staph is a common skin bacteria. It is not unusual for a surgical wound to get infected. If the pacemaker is also contaminated this can be a big problem and may require removal of the device to clear the infection. Talk to the doctor who implanted the pacemaker. ...Read more

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What is the healing time with staph infection after open heart surgery?

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Depends: It depends on how deep the infection is; a superficial infection can often be cleared in a couple of weeks. The deeper the infection, the longer the antibiotic course/risk of complications. The other variable would be if this is a mssa or a MRSA infection, and the choice of antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

Varies: Depends on the site of infection (mediastinum, sternum, superficial soft tissue, vein harvest site, central line, lung, bladder, etc), immunosuppression, nutrition, and treatment. ...Read more

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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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How can I know if I have a staph infection?

How can I know if I have a staph infection?

Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue. ...Read more

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How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

Antibiotics: Depending what the staph is sensitive to various antibiotics can be used. Surgical soap may be helpful in decreasing the bacteria to decrease chances reinfection. ...Read more

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How do I spread a staph infection on my butt?

Hand Contact: Most staph. Infections are spread from person-to-person by hand contact. These infections start by introducing the germ to a new site; if the skin is intact, then no infection developes and the person may just harbor the organisim. Any break in the skin may introduce the germ into the deeper layers of the skin, thereby setting up the potential for a serious infection. Frequent handwashing helps. ...Read more

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Can I pick up a staph infection at home or work?

Can I pick up a staph infection at home or work?

More likely w/ MRSA: Staph is all over. There is usually an intrinsic or extrinsic inciting event. If the innate immune system is healthy it usually wards staph off. But if there is a breach in the skin barrier, a staph infection may ensue, but walled off quickly by the immune system. If its a more virulent form of staff such as community acquired mrsa, the chance of an "staph infection" such as an abscess is higher. ...Read more

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How will I know if my staph infection is healed?

How will I know if my staph infection is healed?

Symptoms clear: You will know when the original symptoms are clear and you finish your antibiotic course. What exactly to look for depends on the source and location of the infection in question. ...Read more

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What can I do to naturally cure a staph infection?

Let me help: The best way to cure infection by practice could hygiene and stay away from people have that infection. ...Read more

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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