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Preventing Staph Infection
Going on a trip where I will get dirty and have no showers for a week. How do i to prevent staph infection from reoccurring which I had before?
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
Depends on…: …how old your son is. Gear the explanation to his level of understanding. If he's young, explain the importance of proper handwashing, cleaning wounds, having wounds looked at. Tell him about germs that can make him sick if he is careless about injuries. Stress importance of handwashing after coughs/sneezes/blowing nose. Older? Look up staph on google with him to get the facts. ...Read more
Proper hygiene: The best way to prevent a staph infection is through proper, frequent handwashing, and hygiene. If someone in the household has had an infection, make sure everything is properly washed and sterilized. Towels should not be reused. Bedding and clothing should be washed. Surfaces should be cleaned with bleach or lysol. If you have expereienced recurrent infxn, nasal Mupirocin is also helpful. ...Read more
Not known for sure: Some people get recurrent MRSA infections. Certain people carry MRSA on their skin , nails, and/or in their noses. (colonized), considered to be MRSA "carriers" and may be more likely to get infections. There is not enough data to recommend specific treatments that get rid of colonized mrsa. Some prescribe topical, intranasal, or systemic antimicrobial agents to patients with recurrent mrsa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you acquire staph infection? Daughter has suddenly came down with staph was wondering wher you get such and how to prevent a reoccurance?
It is everywhere: Staph are germs in the environment.They can be found on the skin surface, door knobs,banisters, tables,shopping carts, etc. Some are non-invasive strains, some can cause infections.Good handwashing & antiseptic lotions can help limit exposure.People often acquire & lose staph germs every day & if under your fingernails you plant them where you scratch. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below:: Washing with soap & water is proven to be best way of minimizing the transfer of bugs (germs) from one surface to another, or from one person to another. These bugs are everywhere and under nails, so frequent washing helps to minimize the risk of transmitting infection. Some people normally carry the staph germs on their skin/under nails. By touching anything/anybody can pass bugs to your hands. ...Read more
May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?
Boil,red skin: Most staphylococcus aureus infections are in the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The skin is red, hot, swollen and tender. There could be drainage of pus if the infected area drains. If it's more severe there could be red streaks running up the arm or leg, fever and chills. ...Read more
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