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Staph Infection Behind The Ear
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
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
Staph infection or fungus for months I had a lesion on top of my head where I fell & hit the blacktop. It did not get better but near the 1st of dec it started running and hair falling out in large chunks. I also started having an ear infection. With no I
Have it evaluated.: Hair falling out in large chunks is not normal... Have it evaluated. ...Read more
How long could a minor staph infection on penis last? Does it require medication? And could masturbation make it worse if it is right below penis head
I am taking clinadmyacin and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a staph infection on the back of my head. What progress should I see? How long should the progress take?
Shrinking bumps: As you complete your treatment course the lesions should decrease in size, and you should feel better (no fevers, chills, etc). ...Read more
I have a reoccurring staph infection, mrsa. It keeps comming back every month and jumping locations, from rear to breast to back of head.
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
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
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
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
Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like. ...Read more
No: You can see your primary care physician and they can make that determination. ...Read more
See below: If the drainage is stopped and the wound is healed and there is no redness or swelling. ...Read more
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
Possible: See dermatologist or primary doc to find out. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 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
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
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
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
Will Cephalexin treat staph infection? If so what dosage? I believe I have staph and cant get to the md until late next week and have some in my home.
Yes but: It may not treat MRSA so definitely follow up with your doctor asap ...Read more
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
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