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Diagnosed with staph infection, doctor suspects its from overactive colony in my nose that was reacting with small cuts from shaving and from acne in the area. Scared this means my immune system isn't strong. Can healthy people get staph from nose?
Common: This is common in healthy persons. Staphylococci bacteria reside in the nostrils and is spread to different parts of the body. So this is not abnormal. The fact that u have a staph skin infection does not make u have low immunity. Staph can take advantage of any break in the skin to cause an infection. Just keeping wounds clean and dry usually suffices. It may be worrisome only if recurrent. ...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
What to do if I have a full blown staph aureus infection. my doctor is going to use a blood test to see if I'm cured.?
No blood test: There is no blood test for staph. You'll know you are cured when your symptoms, physical examination, and perhaps imaging (xrays, scans, etc) have returned to normal or stabilized. Of course staph aureus is a normal bacteria on the skin, so you could continue to be a carrier. If so, and if recurrent infections (with symptoms) are a problem, certain antibiotics may help reduce staph carriage. ...Read more
Staph infection: It depends on where the infection is, how severe it is and what are the characteristics of the organism. Basically it is a bad idea because the organism needs to be cultured. Internal systemic antibiotics many be needed. In the wilderness, collodial silver might help topically as well as otc antiseptics and antimicrobial ointments. However it is prudent to see a doctor for a staph infection. ...Read more
I have a staph infection in my vaginal area I need to know everything about it cuase my doctor isnt clear. Cana I give it to my partner? Ect.
Staph infection.: Staph is a common skin bacteria so these infections aren't particularly rare. There are antibiotics that should help clear this up. As far as transmission to a partner - generally not an issue unless your partner has an open area in his genital area. Also showering after sex should help reduce the chances of any spread. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is an untreated staph infection dangerous? I read they usually go away on their own, but not always. How long is safe to wait before going to the doctor? It’s just a boil, but i’ve had it for a week now.
Staph Infections: Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections. But staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IV antibiotics: This usually requires hospital stay with IV antibiotics. ...Read more
Typically No: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is a skin organism and also colonizes the nose and rectal area. Recent studies also show that it thrives in the mouth, hence, one can theoretically acquire Staph by kissing another individual ---- this however does not mean outright infection or disease. ...Read more
It depends: Treatment will depend on the site of the infection, the seriousness if the infection, the type of staphylococcus involved, and the age of the baby. Treatment could range from a simple antibiotic cream, to hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics for a serious infection in a younger baby. ...Read more
My daughter has MRSA she has not had any symptoms in over a year but now her grandma's doctor says that my daughter gave her a regular staph infection?
Not likely: Mrsa is everywhere, on everything. It is not possible to say where grandma got it from. Maybe she gave it to your daughter a year ago. It is one of the most frequent skin infections we see in the office. We don't even try to figure out who gave it to whom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a doctor willing to help me with a burn and staph infection in same area through messages and possibly pictures?
No: This website is not intended for making a diagnosis or treating patients. It's not for practicing telemedicine. If you have an infection, you should see a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Vaginal staph infection. Doc said it doesn't need treatment it will go on its own. Heads baffled. Any tips? Any over counter meds i could buy for it?
Please wait: If your physician says it is ok to wait, please wait and f-up in 1 week with the same physician no need to buy any medication otc. ...Read more
I'm currently in hospital and my doctors are advising me that my staph infection is in my actual lymph node. They want to remove my groin lymph node.
Staph aureus: If there is an abscess in your groin they may want to drain this. Staphylococcal infection localized to an inguinal lymph node is a very unusual situation. Since cannot see and examine you and have access to all findings there is no way to comment intelligently on the steps planned by your doctors. Good luck, ...Read more
I have been struggling for a few years with a staph infection on my face. I have had doctors tell me its staph, impetigo, and just acne. I have been o?
Get another opinion.: I suggest you find a doctor who can find the correct diagnosis. Seek a consultation with an internist, dermatologist and plastic surgeon. Be certain to tell them every medication you are taking. Ask them to run any needed tests to find the definitive diagnosis. Don't give up and get discouraged. ...Read more
I have a staph infection (my fourth in same leg) and the doctor didn't feel it should be incised yet. It is the size of a lemon inside my skin and the skin is taking on a blackish tint. Although I have had to be hospitalized for one of the prior infection
I've pus like sores at the corner and in my nose. Doc say its herpes brought on by stress this ocurr times before but could it be staph infection?
HSV or Staph: Sometimes it is hard to tell if it is hsv or staph, and sometimes it can be both--hsv lesions can get secondarily infected with staph. A simple swab culture could find the staph and a topical antibiotic like bactroban (mupirocin) can usually fix it. Hsv certainly can be triggered by stress. ...Read more
I've pus like sores at the corner and in my nose. Doc say its herpes brought on by stress this ocurr times before but could it be staph infection.
Probably right.: Your doctor is probably right -- those are the two principal possibilities. A couple of cultures (one bacterial and one viral) will answer the question and indicate the proper treatment. ...Read more