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How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic?  The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

Not: Staph is generally everywhere. There are various types: staph albus common on skin. Staph aureus -yellow more pathogenic. Usually not contagious like a virus or some bacteria. Clean and cover area and unlikely to be able to infect someone else. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is a condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more


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How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs, is itchy and a bit tender.

How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs, is itchy and a bit tender.

About 2 weeks: For most infections, antibiotics will clear it in about 2 weeks. However, if you are "colonized" with the staph bacteria, it is possible to keep re-infecting yourself in the same area. Ask your doctor about a culture taken from your nose (hey, it's where the staph lives!). You may need an antibiotic ointment to put inside your nose. ...Read more

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How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs. Is itchy and slightly tender.

How long a course of antibiotics does it take to heal staph folliculitis? Widespread across pubis and crease of thighs. Is itchy and slightly tender.

Depends: Your doctor will prescribe the antibiotic you need and the amount of days you need to take it. Different antibiotics can be taken once or twice daily from a few short days to occasionally a couple of weeks. If you have had a culture to identify it as staph, it will also tell you the sensitivity. If it is methicillin resistant, you will get a different antibiotic than if it is not. ...Read more

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OH got skin infec- folliculitis from cow, passed to me. First diagnosed as staph. Cow tested + for Listeria.3 weeks, 3 antibiotics, new sores still?

OH got skin infec- folliculitis from cow, passed to me. First diagnosed as staph. Cow tested + for Listeria.3 weeks, 3 antibiotics, new sores still?

Not good: How was diagnosis of staff made? Culture I assume. What kind of staff? What was did the sensitivity studies of the staff show re what antibiotics it is sensitive to? 3 weeks, 3 diff abx and still new lesions, you need to see infectious disease specialist. May not be bacterial at all with this history. Best of luck with this. ...Read more

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I've had really bad staph infections, with me getting boils everywhere. I recently got little white bumps on pubic area, is this folliculitis?

Possible: It is possible, but you really need to have this checked by your family doc, dermatologist, or infectious disease specialist...You need to find out the cause of the recurring infection...If that is what it really is.. ...Read more

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I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

Multiple answers: You really need to see a doctor to find out what is going on and get proper treatment, i would suggest seeing a dermatologist. ...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