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Just diagnosed with a staph infection? Do I need to stop work as waitress?

Just diagnosed with a staph infection? Do I need to stop work as waitress?

Controversial, but..: I would say no, as long as you practice good hand hygiene and consider wearing gloves frequently at work. Staphylococcus is all around us and you won't pass it to others if you wash hands frequently with antibacterial soaps and/or use alcohol based hand disinfectant. ...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


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Just got diagnosed with a staph infection, what to do?

Just got diagnosed with a staph infection, what to do?

STAPH INFECTION: IF IT IS, INDEED, A STAPH INFECTION, SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY SO HE OR SHE CAN GIVE YOU AN ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIPTION. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions do I need to take?

I have been diagnosed with a staph infection in lungs. What precautions  do I need to take?

Pneumonia: Sounds like you have pneumonia, finish your antibiotics. Get a chest xray to make sure it cleared up in 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My daughter has red itchy bumps on her arms and feet. What could be the cause? She was diagnosed with a staph infection but the bumps persist. Bed bugs were mentioned but she is the only person being bitten. Could this be an allergic reaction to something

My daughter has red itchy bumps on her arms and feet. What could be the cause? She was diagnosed with a staph infection but the bumps persist. Bed bugs were mentioned but she is the only person being bitten. Could this be an allergic reaction to something

This : This is tough to answer without a picture. There are several possibilities including bites (fleas or other), eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, lichen planus, folliculitis (staph infection), and others. I doubt bed bugs given the location. I would recommend you try a moisturizer such as cerave cream twice daily and if not better after a few days consider a trip to the dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. Bites are common in kids so that is certainly a possibility. If they are bites, avoidance plus a steroid gel might be beneficial. I hope that 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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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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Does baneocin work on a staph infection?

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Does baneocin work on a staph infection?

It depends: While some strains of staph are susceptible to the two antibiotics found in baneocin, some strains are not susceptible or can develop resistance to the antibiotic ointment after use. I would talk to your doctor if you suspect you have a staph infection to determine what treatment will work best for the strain of staph infection you have some staph infections are very resistant ...Read more

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How do the doctors diagnose a staph infection?

How do the doctors diagnose a staph infection?

Staph infection: They send material( swab from infection sites, blood culture) for the infection and send it to the laboratory for culture/indetifiaction. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a staph infection when med's don't work?

Depends on the Med: I would ensure the right medications were used. If you have an abscess, it needs to be drained. Many staph are resistant to antibiotics, but there hasn't been a case of staph with proven resistance to everything. If you mean you keep getting recurrent staph infections, there are certain ways to attempt decolonization of your body of staph. Talk to your doc. ...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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How long does it take for antibiotics to work on a staph infection?

Depends: It depends on the type and the severity of the infection. You need to include more detail in your question. Some staphylococcus aureus infections require 4-6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Some simple skin infections can be cured by drainage alone or with a few days of oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with staph infection on bottom left lip Ive been using the ointment for three days but it looks worst then what it did before meds?

I was diagnosed with staph infection on bottom left lip Ive been using the ointment for three days but it looks worst then what it did before meds?

Ointments not right: Ointments for a staph infection? Did a physician recommend such a treatment. Regardless it is not working. You are experiencing treatment failure. Staph can turn dangerous very quickly. Ointments will not treat staph infection. Please get to a competent physician urgently. ...Read more

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When can I stop worrying about spreading a staph infection after a boil in the groin? When can I use my towel normally again without bleach afterward?

Decolonization: Staph aureus may colonize your nose and back of throat and then the skin surface. You should make an attempt to reduce or eliminate this by nasal bactoban and use of a Chlorhexidine containing soap. See your doctor about this. The obvious question, however, is who are you trying to prevent the spread to? If an intimate partner, they are probably already colonized. ...Read more

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A year ago, i was treated for a klebsiella sinus infection, now i've been diagnosed with a frontal sinus staph infection. Is this common/normal?

No: This is quite unusual. Either there is something amiss with your immune system, you have had chronic problems with your sinuses, have been treated with too many antibiotics, or have some other unusual problem. Sinus infections, when bacterial, are commonly due to the normal flora of the nasopharynx (pneumococci, strep, hemophilus, and so on). ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with staph infection (MSSA) in my nose 2x within the past 6 months. Treated with antibiotics but comes back. Will it ever go away?

Who's checking: Do you have frequent bouts of impetigo? Most doctors don't check their patient's noses for serious infections unless you show signs of serious illness. You might want to see an infectious disease maven. You live in NYC. You can always have a virtual consult if you want a more detailed discussion. ...Read more

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Can you place a heating pad on a staph infection sore to stop the burning?

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Can you place a heating pad on a staph infection sore to stop the burning?

Probably not: Infections tend to make the areas hyperesthetic - the burning sensation may intensify with heat. However, if the heating pad (with moderate, not scalding heat) makes you feel better, there shouldn't be harm associated with it. It won't treat the actual infection, however. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with staph infection, doctor suspects its from overactive colony in my nose that was reacting with small cuts from shaving and from acne in the area. Scared this means my immune system isn't strong. Can healthy people get staph from nose?

Diagnosed with staph infection, doctor suspects its from overactive colony in my nose that was reacting with small cuts from shaving and from acne in the area. Scared this means my immune system isn't strong. Can healthy people get staph from nose?

Common: This is common in healthy persons. Staphylococci bacteria reside in the nostrils and is spread to different parts of the body. So this is not abnormal. The fact that u have a staph skin infection does not make u have low immunity. Staph can take advantage of any break in the skin to cause an infection. Just keeping wounds clean and dry usually suffices. It may be worrisome only if recurrent. ...Read more

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I have a terrible staph infection after giving birth just over a month ago, could it have anything to do with giving birth?

I have a terrible staph infection after giving birth just over a month ago, could it have anything to do with giving birth?

Depends...: Pregnancy and delivery by itself does not make one at risk of developing a staph infection. Staphylococcus is a very prevalent bacteria that is found on our skin, on door knobs, at the gym, and in hospitals--just to name a few! the best way to prevent a staph infection around the time of pregnancy is good hand and personal hygiene. Make sure doctors and nurses wash well before caring for you. ...Read more

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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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Can't tell if I have staph infection. What can I do?

See your doctor: If you think you have an infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have staph infection and don't know what to do, help?

See doc: right away. Or you must be seeing one as you are diagnosed with such. Not sure what type of infection and what your concern is. Please elaborate. ...Read more

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Can i still take xinc oxide on staph infection?

Zinc oxide: Staph should be treated by specific antibiotics by mouth and sometimes also topically ...Read more

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Can i catch staph infection from kissing a guy ?

Staph infections: No. The likelihood of this is extraordinarily small. ...Read more

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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin ...Read more