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Common bacteria: I assume a culture was performed. This bacteria is very common and can be found on many surfaces including skin. It becomes a problem when it gets passed the barrier of the skin and often causes boils and skin infections. With anitbiotics it can be treated but is quickly becoming resistant to them. Sensitivities are often performed so your provider can chose the drug best suited. ...Read more
How important is a small amount of MRSA in your lung? Can it be considered normal as is regular s. Aureus?
Not uncommon: In patients who have been in and out of the hospital. It still would not be considered "normal" colonization and could be an issue if the person becomes sick in other ways. ...Read more
Taking Doxy for Urethritis due to S. Aureus. I'm on day 7. Should I still feel some burning after pee? When will symptoms go away?
Return to doctor: Very unusual. S aureus rarely causes urethritis; in 40 years in the STD business, I have never seen or heard of it. And if staph is the cause, doxy would not normally be the recommended treatment. Even if present (e.g. positive culture), staph may not be the cause of the urethritis. Were you tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas? Doxy is excellent for chlamydia but not the others. ...Read more
What is the antibiotic of choice for ttt of infection with s.Aureus and g-anaerobes eikenella corrodens in pt allergic to penecillin?!
Depends: The choice is subject to the sensivity of the staph in the test tube, the area of the infection being treated and whether there is loculation of infection that needs surgical drainage. Eikenella is usually present in the oral cavity and is also a rare cause of infective endocarditis. Need much more information to give you a meaningful response. ...Read more
I got culture 3 m ago that detected s. aureus in my nose, more. 3 weeks of amoxicillin with clavulate but a culture 3 weeks later came up the same. I read mupirocin is best but can't buy paraffin based in my country. What to do?
Why eradicate?: Eradication (decolonization) is only necessary in certain situations. Please check with your doc to make sure that you really need to be treated. If so the best plan would indeed be to use topical agents including mupirocin and chlorhexidine plus or minus orals. Mupirocina / Bactroban is available in Mexico. ...Read more
Chronic lumbar back pain MRI normal, high WBC 15.1, lymphocytes, and neutrophils high. S.Aureus in nose, boils in groin. What's going on? What next?
Can be many things,,: There are many possibilities here. There might be a straight-forward infection causing high WBC and neutrophils with a nasal infection, and/or there may be a viral issue like a cold which could explain the high lymphocytes. The groin issue could mean a venereal disease, like chlamydia or a local infection, or there might be a blood disease like leukemia. More tests (blood smear) may be needed. ...Read more
Staph aureus: Staph aureus is a common bacteria that practically all of us have on our skin. This is called colonization. There are some staph that are more resistant to antibiotics and these are categorized as MRSA or methicilin resistant staph aureus. These can also be colonized on your body. Either type (s) can cause disease and it can be very severe depending on the location, even causing death from sepsis. ...Read more
Reverse is true: Staph. Is a very common bacteria found in our everyday environment. Some people even carry it in their nose and don't even know it! It doesn't become a problem until it gets into a break on the skin and causes infection. An infected wound won't heal until the body's immune system can kill and remove all bacteria which is dramatically improved with antibiotics. ...Read more
Diffusion: Thank you for being candid about your writing a science paper. This is a very basic question about microbiology, and you'd be doing yourself a favor to go to a good textbook of microbiology and learn the essentials rather than try to get answers piecemeal from physicians. ...Read more
Many foods: Staph aureus food poisoning diarrhea and severe abdominal pain, starting within 30 minutes to 8 hours of eating the contaminated food and lasting about 1 day. Common foods at risk are salads made with mayonnaise and eggs, cream filled pastries, but any food that is not served at the recommended temperature can harbor the bacteria. ...Read more
Common skin germ: Staph aureus is just a common skin germ that is often found in abscesses or pustules. It is considered more invasive or aggressive than many other skin germs. MRSA is one strain of this germ. ...Read more
Not immune: Unfortunately we do not become immune to staphylococus aureus ...Read more
Staph: Staph aureus is a normal microbe on human skin. At times it causes infections. You cannot totally eradicate it. ...Read more
Is everywhere: The bacteria is a natural "inhabitant" of the skin. Sometimes it overgrows (for lack of hygiene, decrease in the natural defense of the body, or having a more agressive mutation of the bacteria) and it produces infection. Most commonly these infections are in the skin but it can affect almost every organ (bone, heart, blood infections, ect). ...Read more
Too late: Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common bacteria there is on the planet earth. There is no question that it can be found on almost every surface including the two you mentioned. The question is, does the mere presence mean anything? The answer is no. Unless you have a bad immune system, or one of the more serious subtypes, the mere presence means you are alive here on earth with me. ...Read more
MRSA inconclusive: Usually, unresolved results due to PCR inhibition are inconclusive. Consider repeat the test if clinically indicated. Ask your PCP for more information. ...Read more
S aureus: Staph aureus is a bacterial infection that can be spread in many different ways, including physical contact. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my culture report shows the growth of staphylococcus aureus after 24 hrs aerobic incubation at 37'c.?
Bacterial infection: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you did not state what was cultured. If an abscess was cultured, it is compatible with bacterial abscess. ...Read more
Moderate growth of staphylococcus Aureus was found in my HVS culture, just after I was recently treated for heavy growth. What can I do?
I'vebeen diagnosed with perioral dermatitisa & staphylococc aureus nearly 2 years. Tried taking anatbiotics which helps only when I take it. What to do?
Of course!: Our immune systems are designed to fight off most infections, including s. Aureus. This is a very common bacterium on our skin and is generally kept in check by our immune systems. ...Read more
Yes it can: Yes it can and is treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more
Staph aureus: This depends upon where the culture was taken from and what the patient's symptoms are. If the staph aureus was isolated from an otherwise sterile site, then yes, it will probably need to be treated. ...Read more
MRSA: This depends upon where the infection is located and its sensitivity to specific antibiotics and the length of time that will be necessary to treat the particular type of infection it is causing. ...Read more
What it says: Mrsa is exactly what it says it is: a strain of staph. Aureus that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin. The reason this is such a big deal is that methicillin was, for many years, the sovereign treatment for staph aureus - and when a strain emerged that was resistant to it, it caused quite a stir. But there are (for now) effective treatments, including Doxycycline and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more