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Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Hmm: If the pyelonephritis is due to bacteria Staph Aureus it can be the cause of the pyelonephritis . But having pyelonephritis does not mean you have or will cause staph aureus infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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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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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

MRSA: No, Gentamicin does not treat MRSA. Gent is used for "gram-negative" infections. ...Read more

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Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

Piperacillin/tazobactam IV will kill klebsiella pneumonia bacteria?

It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all antimicrobials except penicillin and Ampicillin and certainly sensitive to piperacillin/tazobactam. However, especially when acquired in a hospital, klebsiella can be quite resistant to therapy including pip/tazobactam. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Is cellulitis a staph infection?

Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read more

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What are the differences between MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) or c-diff (clostridium difficile)?

Totally different: They are totally different bacteria. Mrsa causes disease by invading the body, multiplying and causing tissue injury. Clostridium difficile causes disease by overgrowth in the intestinal lumen and producing toxins that injure the colonic mucosa causing diarrhea and colitis. ...Read more

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How could antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis bacteria evolved?

How could antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis bacteria evolved?

Natural selection: Even the creationists acknowledge this kind of micro-evolution. The molecular mechanisms are well-established. Here's the latest stuff http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v46/n3/full/ng.2878.html ...Read more

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Can staphylococcus epidermidis cause urinary infection?

Can staphylococcus epidermidis cause urinary infection?

Some labs do not : Identify coagulase negative staph as a specific species and call them all 'epidermidis'. Staph saprophyticus does cause utis in young women. ...Read more

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What is methicillin resistant staph?

What is methicillin resistant staph?

See below: Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many infections. Mrsa are resistant to the semisynthetic penicillins like methicillin. Mssa are sensitive to these antibiotics. Coag neg staph include many species like staphylococcus epidermidis which colonize normal skin and infrequently cause disease. ...Read more

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Will bacteum treat a MRSA urinary tract infection?

Will bacteum treat a MRSA urinary tract infection?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Is a antibiotic commonly used to treat MRSA infections. Need to check the sensitivities though to be sure. ...Read more

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What is staph infection? How contagious is staph infection?

What is staph infection? How contagious is staph infection?

Very to some: For some patients staph is very contagious. Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others. ...Read more

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Can probiotics prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa infection?

Can probiotics prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa infection?

Probiotics Use: There is no evidence that probiotics can prevent a pseudomonas infection. ...Read more

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Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more

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Is MRSA staff infection ever gone?

Yes: Some patients become colonized with MRSA and are at risk for recurrent infections. This can be overcome with a series of chlorhexidene gluconate cleansing treatments, mupiricin ointment to the nares for a number of days and antibiotics as indicated. 2 negative cultures of the nares are felt to indicate the MRSA is resolved. ...Read more

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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more

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Could staph deplete your vision?

Could staph deplete your vision?

Unlikely: Most steph infections are on the skin, occasionally the lids but not in the eye socket or the eye itself. There would be discomfort and symptoms of infection that need treatment in these circumstances. Only if the infection got to the interior of the eye would there be any issue of vision changes. ...Read more

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Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Depends: On the type of staph species and if you are getting frequent skin infections. ...Read more

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What is cotrimoxazole staph?

Unclear: Cotrimoxazole is another term for trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole also called bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Staph or staphylococcus is a bacterium that may be treated with that antimicrobial. ...Read more

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What are the chances of staph in bloodstream?

Known as sepsis: Staph in the blood stream is called sepsis, and it is a very serious infection. Needs immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bacteremia and septicemia?

What are the differences between bacteremia and septicemia?

Bacteria vs Toxins: Septicemia is defined as the presence of bacterial toxins in the blood stream while bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the blood stream. ...Read more

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Staph on scalp?

Staph on scalp?

Staph on a Scalp?: Yes...Staph can live in symbiosis or as a virulent bug infecting us humans. Staph can be found nearly everywhere in nature. This dangerous bacteria can be deadly when it is infecting skin and other organs. I would love to know more about what is behind your question. ...Read more

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Can caladryl clear staph?

No: Caladryl is a combination of calamine lotion and topical benadryl (diphenhydramine). It is meant to calm itch, but does not contain an antibiotic that can clear a staph infection. Please see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What are staph infections?

What are staph infections?

Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing! ...Read more

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Is staph a living organism?

Is staph a living organism?

Yes: Staph is short for staphylococcus. Staphylococcus is a genus of bacterium and includes many different species of bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms. ...Read more

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Is staph and eczema related?

Is staph and eczema related?

Staph can infect it: Eczema is a skin condition marked by thickening scaly areas that is often marked by inflammation & a breakdown in the skin barrier.Staph germs can get under the scales & into the oozing areas and cause secondary infection. Staph does not cause eczema but can aggravate the condition. ...Read more

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Are boils the same as staph?

No: A boil is a skin infection. Staph is a type of bacteria. It is short for staphylococcus. Boils are most often caused by staph but they can be caused by other types of bacteria. ...Read more

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Where are staph bacteria located?

Home of the Staph: All the different varieties of staph bacteria live all over us. Some people who are more prone to staph infections carry populations in their nostrils, called nasal carriage. This is why your doctor may tell you to use Mupirocin (bactroban) in your nostrils. ...Read more

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Do staph infections ever go away?

Of course: If they are treated appropriately staph aureus infections are curable. But this depends in part on the type of infection (they cause almost anything) and the manner of therapy and the attempts to eradicate the carriage state. See an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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What is methicillin resistant staph?

See below: Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many infections. Mrsa are resistant to the semisynthetic penicillins like methicillin. Mssa are sensitive to these antibiotics. Coag neg staph include many species like staphylococcus epidermidis which colonize normal skin and infrequently cause disease. ...Read more

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How can staph infections be treated?

Oral antibiotics: See your md for an appropriate antibiotic and/or culture. Topical treatments won't do much for a true cellulitis (which is bacterial infection under the skin). Iv treatments are overkill for uncomplicated infections in healthy individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Bacteria In The Blood (Definition)

When bacteria moves into the bloodstream, sepsis or septicemia occurs which can cause major organ damage and ...Read more