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Staph: Staphylococcal disease of the skin usually results in a localized collection of pus, known as an abscess, boil, or furuncle, depending upon the exact type of lesion that is present. The affected area may be red, swollen, and painful. Drainage or pus is common. When staph is in the blood (bacteremia or sepsis), it can cause high fevers, chills, and low blood pressure. ...Read more
Many: Symptoms may include fever, chills, if the infection is severe, hypotension may occur, bleeding due diseminated coagulation problems ( dic); however, there are cases of transient bacteremia ( bacteria in the bloodstream that do not stay in there for long) that do not cause any major symptoms. ...Read more
Pain/redness: The signs of any bacterial infection are: redness, swelling, pain, heat. In medical school most of us learned the latin: rubor, tumor, dolor and calor (yes, doctors are nerds for the most part). :) these symptoms worsen along with the severity of infection (i.e. Dark fiery red is worse than light pink). If the infection gets more serious, you can have fevers as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Finding: Blood cultures positive for the coccus or finding secondary sites that occurred from the bacteremia. ...Read more
What are the possible effects all over the body after an invasive staph infection in my back bone?
I had bacteremia and wonder how long can it be in blood before it gets bad? I was feeling ill and losing hair for over a month before diagnosis
Dangerous situation: Bacteria in the blood stream is never a good thing. Depending on the organism, the germ, there may be different lengths of time this might have gone on. For example, Staph aureus is very aggressive, and surely you would know to get to the hospital within 12-24 hrs. Something 'milder' such as Enterococcus could float around in the blood stream for days to weeks. The longest case I've seen was 1 yr. ...Read more
If someone breaks a bone, can they get a staph infection or some other type of infection? Can this be fatal?
Yes and yes: Depending on your comorbidities (other diseases) that may cause immunocompromised states, you COULD get a bone infection after a break which COULD result in bacteremia (blood infection) which COULD result in death. This is rather uncommon but does happen in extreme cases, usually bone infections need surgical treatment and long term antibiotics. www.bmednyc.om ...Read more
Blood culture after surgery yielded moderate growth of staph aureus.(ap, tet, cam, stp, fortum =r)(gent, flox, ctz =s++)s=sensitivity +=degree r=resistance?
Staph aureus: This is very serious. Either the s. Aureus came from the surgical site, or more likely was IV line infection. You will need at least a two week course of antibiotics IV if not longer, while at the same time a thorough evaluation for the primary source of the bacteremia (bacteria in blood), endocarditis and distal foci of metastatic infection. The antibiotic will depend on the sensitivities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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