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Staph Infection Healing Process
I am pretty much 100 percent sure that I have Staph infection and would like second opinion and get on treatment asap?
Staph infection: I assume you talking about treatment of skin and soft tissue due to MRSA. It depends on how severe the infection is. With small skin abscess I& D is enough. If it is a big boil then it needs I&D and oral antibiotics. In case the infection is more extensive then IV antibiotics must be used. Choice of antibiotics depends on local resistance, labs and culture results and preference of the physician. ...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
Please clarify: Please let us know what type of information we can provide you with. What is the treatment plan that the doctor has offered you? ...Read more
How do you know if a lanced staph infection is healing well? What are signs of it not getting better? ?
Abscess I/D: The primary care for abscess is drainage. Studies show us its even more important than antibiotics. If after lancing (incision & drainage) the wound is becomming more painful, red, hot or swollen, increasing drainage, becomes discolored or you feel ill w/evers, body aches, sweats, or lightheadedness, you need to go back & see your doctor. Local application of warm packs may increase healing. ...Read more
I wanted to know if my staph infection is showing some type of improvement on my face. I have been going to emurgent care for treatment.
Need an exam:
It would be difficult to take the responsibility of giving you advice without knowing the details of your illness and examining your face. If you have doubts about wether or not your infection is improving you best see a physician.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. ...Read more
Would depend: On what the wound looked like. You would also want to know if just staph or mrsa....And things of that nature. ...Read more
No, with exceptions: Typically it is necessary to be treated with antibiotics if a staph infection occurs. However, exceptions include 1) a small abscess that can be easily and completely drained, and 2) an infection that is completely removed from the body such ad an amputation of an infected toe, with only healthy tissue remaining. ...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
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
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
Can you please: Resubmit and clarify. I don't follow what you are saying. Thanks. ...Read more
How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.
Basic healing: Infected wounds do not heal. If the wound is healing, then the infection is under control or gone. Avoid useing alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. ...Read more
See below: It depends what type of staph infection you are referring to. An abscess would need drainage. A cellulitis or soft tissue infection could be treated with oral antibiotics but if severe or associated with fever and toxicity intravenous antibiotics would be better until the sepsis was controlled. Mrsa infection would require different antibiotics than methicillin sensitive staph infection. ...Read more
Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?
Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more
Change Doctor: I would advise a change in physicians. Anyone still treating patients with Erythromycin for any infection does not have the best interest of the patient at heart. Erythromycin, because it has so many intolerable side effects, is not a good treatment in general. And, Erythromycin does not treat the common forms of staph that are plaguing our societies. More effective antibiotics are available. ...Read more
I have a staph infection in leg its healing but 3 inches above it the lymph node is still swollen which scares me is this normal? How long will last?
Lymph nodes: Rather than scaring you, an active lymph node doing it's job to fight off infection, should reassure and encourage you about your body's health. A reactive lymph node is working when it is swollen. It is doing it's job. It takes some time to return to a normal quiet state after the infection and all of the foreign material is taken care of. No reason to be scared for any reason here. ...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
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