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Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Depends: If you have a normal newborn, i don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults.If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems.A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

Possibly: Mastitis is commonly due to staph from the baby's mouth. Best to ensure proper latch and avoid engorgement, and cracked nipples. See you OB or midwife if you notice redness of the breast, it is unusually hard and tender, or if you have a fever. ...Read more

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Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

No: There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. ...Read more

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Will a staphylococcal infection kill me?

Depends: If you are really healthy not likely. Being immunosuppresed and having a severe staph infection can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent staphylococcal infections?

Is it possible to prevent staphylococcal infections?

Sadly probably not: We are exposed to staph frequently (other people, household objects, even pets) so it is very difficult to avoid it completely. If the opportunity arises, the staph on our body can cause infection. But, good hand hygiene (washing frequently and using hand sanitizers), avoiding touching our faces/noses, and being careful with personal items (combs, towels, etc) probably help. ...Read more

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How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

Dual inflammation: Staph infections can cause primary inflammation and then secondary reaction to the staph toxin especially from this bacteria. The eyelid margin skin is very thin and super-sensitive to irritants and infection. ...Read more

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I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

Not much: Depends on the type of cancer and whether there's severe loss of white cells / immunoglobulins. The severe fast-acting staph infections are rare but much-feared. You can't avoid all staph but it's great to wash your hands often. A bacterial infection is often the final event in cancer but happens when it's clear the end is near -- let's hope instead you get a good outcome. ...Read more

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I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

Yes: 3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein. The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more