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How dangerous is a staph infection on a five year olds ear and face?

How dangerous is a staph infection on a five year olds ear and face?

Staph: If it is just a superficial staph infection--impetigo--then it is not usually dangerous and can be treated with topical antiobiotic like mupirocin. If it is a deeper--swollen, red, tender infection with fever, then it should be treated with oral antibiotics and monitored by your pediatrician for improvement. ...Read more

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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I have a reoccurring staph infection, mrsa. It keeps comming back every month and jumping locations, from rear to breast to back of head.

I have a reoccurring staph infection, mrsa. It keeps comming back every month and jumping locations, from rear to breast to back of head.

Infectious diseaseMD: Is it cultured MRSA or regular staph. You should speak to an infectious disease md for treatment. Do you scratch yourself? Itch? Possibly at night? You may have MRSA under the nails and seeding the skin.
Normlly you treat MRSA and it resolves you have to culture it find out what it is sensitive to and use those antibiotics. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds, and zyvox is made specifically for mrsa
culture your nose too. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a staph infection?

How can I know if I have a staph infection?

Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue. ...Read more

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How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

Antibiotics: Depending what the staph is sensitive to various antibiotics can be used. Surgical soap may be helpful in decreasing the bacteria to decrease chances reinfection. ...Read more

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How do I spread a staph infection on my butt?

Hand Contact: Most staph. Infections are spread from person-to-person by hand contact. These infections start by introducing the germ to a new site; if the skin is intact, then no infection developes and the person may just harbor the organisim. Any break in the skin may introduce the germ into the deeper layers of the skin, thereby setting up the potential for a serious infection. Frequent handwashing helps. ...Read more

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I keep getting staph infection on my scalp?

I keep getting staph infection on my scalp?

Carriage: You have staph on the surfaces of your skin, probably conveyed there from nasal carriage. You can try to minimize this by using bactoban (mupirocin) in your nose and washing and bathing exclusively with chlorhexadine containing soaps, but this will only eliminate carriage in about 50% of cases. The other possibility is that combing aggressively or scratching, etc. Is producing breaks in skin. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a staph infection or diskitis?

I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated. ...Read more

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Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like. ...Read more

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If I think I have a staph infection should I go to the er?

No: You can see your primary care physician and they can make that determination. ...Read more

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How would I know a staph infection of the toe is cured?

See below: If the drainage is stopped and the wound is healed and there is no redness or swelling. ...Read more

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My staph infection ruptured and is draining, what do I do?

Draining is good: If it is draining then that is a step in the right direction. However, this material should be cultured to determine the best medical treatment (i.E is this MRSA or not). It is also possible that this lesion needs to be opened up more to completely drain. See your doctor to determine how involved your treatment should be. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can virgins have vaginal staph infection?

Vaginal flora: Staph is a normal colonizing agent of the skin and external vaginal mucosa. If there is a break in the skin or a hair follicle or gland (e.g.: bartholins gland) becomes inflamed these can become infected with staphylococcal organisms. ...Read more

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Can I still play football with a skin staph infection?

Can I still play football with a skin staph infection?

Staph infection: As long as you are being treated, you can continue to play football if you feel up to it. You should keep the wound clean and covered during play. ...Read more

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I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

It can be..: If the staph is MRSA it may be more contagious than a simple infection. Everyone should wash their hands and clean surfaces like countertops with a disinfectant. Keep the burn area covered with clean dry dressings. ...Read more

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Does BCG treatment make it more likely that i'll have a staph infection?

Does BCG treatment make it more likely that i'll have a staph infection?

No: Bcg toxicity is generally not associated with staph infections but rather toxicity from the BCG itself. This is form of tuberculosis which may cause tuberculosis type symptoms which is direct result of absorption of the BCG itself. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to oral antibiotics, how can I get rid of staph infection?

If I am allergic to oral antibiotics, how can I get rid of staph infection?

Two possibilities: It is very likely that there is an alternative antibiotic that you are not allergic to. However, if for some reason the organism that you have is only sensitive to a particular antibiotic that you happen to be allergic to, an allergist trained to perform drug desensitization can assist you doctor to treat you. ...Read more

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I have a mild nasal staph infection. Would it be safe for me to get a tattoo.

Very low risk: Staph infection of nose likely due to colonization of staph bacteria in skin, so there is a chance tattoo procedure can cause exposure of the bacteria to blood resulting dissemination of bacteria through blood to different organ. However, that is very rare. Probably you can have tattoo if you accept low risk. Alerternately, you can decolonize the infection with antibiotic soap ...Read more

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How do I know if my staph infection is healing? I've been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

How do I know if my staph infection is healing? I've been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

No redness: It should get less red and less swollen. Pain should go away as well. Basically the skin will look more and more normal and any discomfort should go away. If it is not or it is getting worse/larger/spreading see your doctor. ...Read more

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Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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I get facial& preorbital cellulitus a lot I have a sinus staph infection that is starting to worry me. What things are flags to go to the er?

I get facial& preorbital cellulitus a lot I have a sinus staph infection that is starting to worry me. What things are flags to go to the er?

Pain and fever..: Increased pain and fever over 101 that doesn't come down with medication are signs of worsening infection. Seek a medical opinion. ...Read more

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I found out today I could possibly have staph infection on my hand. Could I have spread it to my daughter? I held her an hour today while she slept.

I found out today I could possibly have staph infection on my hand. Could I have spread it to my daughter? I held her an hour today while she slept.

Yes: Staph infections are spread by touch. The best way to avoid spreading staph is good hand washing. If you have an open and/or oozing infection, keep the site covered. ...Read more

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I have a staph infection on my arm. The doctor drew a line on my arm to watch, prescribed cephelexan for 10 days and sent me home. Is this enough?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Cephalexin is a good antibiotic to battle possible strep or staph which typically cause skin infections. The Dr drew a line to see whether the infection worsens and spreads outside of the line. He probably told you to call him with follow-up of what is going on with the rash and whether it improves or actually spreads. ...Read more

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In 2009 I had surgery 4 a staph infection mnth ltr I devlop sputum have it nw 4 3yrs, had pneumonia nw I hve boils, pimpl & kidny cyst chst hrts?

In 2009 I had surgery 4 a staph infection mnth ltr I devlop sputum have it nw 4 3yrs, had pneumonia nw I hve boils, pimpl & kidny cyst chst hrts?

See a Doctor Now!: It appears that you have had recurrent infections in the past, have had chronic symptoms involving multiple organ systems. This will require immediate evaluation for detailed work up, including that for a primary or acquired immune deficiency. Please see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Son has dark greenish substance under fingernail, its swollen and hurts him when I try to clean it out. He has eczema so could it be staph infection?

Son has dark greenish substance under fingernail, its swollen and hurts him when I try to clean it out. He has eczema so could it be staph infection?

Possible: Would urge that you bring him to the pediatrician. Do note however that even though people with eczema are often colonized with staph, infection under the nail is unusual. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin ...Read more