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I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

Infection: You are unlikely to be infectious but the only way you could infect someone is by direct contact with the wound ...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 staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

I have staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

Skin infection: We all have staph normally on our skin. There is a certain type of staph called MRSA though which is resistant to many antibiotics and can be easily spread with contact. It often causes clusters of people to get skin or other infections in certain settings like gyms or nursing homes. ...Read more

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Why are my antibiotics not clearing my staph infection which I have had for 4 weeks now and im on IV antibiotics now?

Why are my antibiotics not clearing my staph infection which I have had for 4 weeks now and im on IV antibiotics now?

Antibiotic: Resistance, You should have an ID consult, Have cultures and sensitivities been done. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have a staph infection I can't get rid of. What antibiotics would you reccomend?

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I have a staph infection I can't get rid of. What antibiotics would you reccomend?

See a doctor: Staph infections are hard to self-diagnose; all you can really say is that you have an inflamed area, be it from infection, venous stasis, or other reasons. If the doctor diagnoses you with a staph infection, make sure the antibiotic given has MRSA coverage, and is appropriately dosed for that. ...Read more

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I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic. What will happen to pus around it?

I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic. What will happen to pus around it?

Body should reabsorb: Your body should reabsorb it. But if the collection grows again (and the mass/lumb gets bigger and painful again) may need to go back and redrain it. Sorry. Hope this heals up for you without further issues. Dr R ...Read more

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Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Not contagious: Staph is part of the normal bacteria that reside on our skin. If someone gets a staph infection, it's because there was a breach of the normal body defense mechanisms, such as a wound, surgery, immune deficiency, etc. Healthy people do not get infected from someone who has a staph infection. ...Read more

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How contagious is a kidney staph infection?

Not very: It is very unlikely that any urine infection will be passed from one person to another. Nonetheless, and especially with certain kinds of staph, it is prudent to wash your hands whenever in contact with an infected person as the same staph may be present on the person's skin that is in the urine. ...Read more

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Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Not usually: But the bug is on and around the infected person. Wash your hands carefully to prevent spread. ...Read more

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Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Eczema or Staph Infn: Eczema is not contageous, it is an infammatory disorder of the skin. Eczema can become secondarily infected with staphylococcus as it is a skin organism and the eczema represents breaks in our normal protection system of the skin. Staph is very contageous. It can be spread person-person, in foods and grom fomite (inanimage object) to human. Good handwashing prevents spread. ...Read more

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Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph aureus: Yes, bacteria in the eschar (scab) from infection with staphylococcus aureus can be potentially transmitted to others, but that depends upon what you are doing with it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no: They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young ...Read more

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If someone had surgery, as a result got a staph infection afterwards. Are they contagious? Safe to hug or kiss them?

Its safe: Yes. Its safe. Believe it or not. Most people nowadays are colonized with what you would refer to as "regular" staph...and many of us even MRSA. Just use universal precautions and hand washing. ...Read more

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How contagious is a staph infection? And if treated with medication will this take long to over come if the patient is diabetic?

Contagious: Staph infection can be contagious especially if you have troubles with immune system. Diabetes is a contributor to that. Treatment may take longer than in someone without immune compromise. ...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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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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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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Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Staphylococcus is a: Bacterium that can cause variety of infxns—skin, lungs, wounds, blood, etc. I suspect itching comes from alprim (sulfa-based antibiotics often cause itching) so tell doc so (s)he can change to different one. Your hx of kidney stone suggests problems with your urinary tract. The Keflex may be killing off more common causes of UTI so that more powerful bacteria can infect. See doc 4 complete workup ...Read more

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How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

Until it is gone: The duration of a staph infection depends on where the infection is located and if it is sensitive to antibiotics. Infections can be a small skin infection or involve the heart, lungs, GI tract or brain. The length of the infection depends on the sensitivity, host and location. ...Read more

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Staph infection urinary is contagious or not?

Staph UTI: This is not communicable to others. A lot will depend upon the staph species. If this is staph aureus would recommend you be seen by an infecitous diseases expert asap. ...Read more

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What antibiotics are taken for staph infection?

A number of...: Antimicrobials can be used for staph based on whether the patient is penicillin allergic and is the organism is MRSA or not. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antibiotics to work on a staph infection?

Depends: It depends on the type and the severity of the infection. You need to include more detail in your question. Some staphylococcus aureus infections require 4-6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Some simple skin infections can be cured by drainage alone or with a few days of oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a staph infection to become resistant to antibiotics?

Is it possible for a staph infection to become resistant to antibiotics?

Yes: Unfortunately almost all bacteria are able to develop resistance to an antibiotic. Particularly when used unnecessarily. Check with your doctor if this is a concern. ...Read more

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Can you still have a staph infection after taking the antibiotics you were given?

Can you still have a staph infection after taking the antibiotics you were given?

Wrong question: "Staph infection" is not a diagnosis. What are you on antibiotic for? What is the diagnosis? ARE THE SYMPTOMS GONE? That is the issue. If the staph bacteria are sensitive to your antibiotic they may be gone. Ask the DR. Who is treating you. ...Read more

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When should you seek medical attention for a staph infection? Are antibiotics totally necessary? (it's just so expensive just to get a $4 rx)

When should you seek medical attention for a staph infection? Are antibiotics totally necessary? (it's just so expensive just to get a $4 rx)

Probably: You don't know you have a staph infection. You don't know if you even have an infection, much less the exact bacteria which might be causing it. And physicians are here to help you. But it remains a business which requires money to operate. So if you have an infection which requires antibiotics, go and see a doctor. B/c if you become septic from an untreated infection, you could die. ...Read more

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Can a staph infection return after treatment w antibiotics?

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Can a staph infection return after treatment w antibiotics?

Yes: If the dose of antibiotics was insufficient or the course was not long enough, yes, staph infections can recur. The other concern would also be if the bacteria developed resistance while on therapy. However, there is always a chance that some other organism has caused the infection; it depends on the site and the timing. I would discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a sty contagious? If stys form because of staph, can someone else get a staph infection or MRSA by being in contact with someone with a sty?

Is a sty contagious? If stys form because of staph, can someone else get a staph infection or MRSA by being in contact with someone with a sty?

Can be: General contact is not enough, but if secretions from that eye are transferred to another person they can get an infection. Understand that styles are not generally infectious, but result when the oil producing glands in the lid get obstructed, and expand because they can not empty themselves and may actually split open, releasing the oil the produce into the soft tissues of the lid. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more