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Dr. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can you tell me about a staph infection in the lower spine?

Can you tell me about a staph infection in the lower spine?

This a very braoad : Question. Is this a disc space infection that has occurred with no surgery of the spine or is this post op wound infection? There are so many potential variables like involve nerve issues , is the patient diabetic, a smoker etc. In any case, all spine infections must be considered serious ; dealt with immediately with some requiring surgery but all requiring usually weeks of antibiotics ; care. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Thomas Dowling Dr. Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
36 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Does doxycycline treat staph infection on hardware in spine?

Does doxycycline treat staph infection on hardware in spine?

It is very hard to m: Get rid of a spine infection with hardware present without washing out wound several times and being on IV antibiotics usually for 6 weeks. Sometimes a patient is transitioned onto oral antibiotic but just taking oral antibiotic will most likely not cure the infection but may suppress it while remaining on the antibiotic. It depends on whether an organism was identified & if sensitive to drug. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Harold Fields Dr. Fields
Family Medicine
57 years in practice
University of Glasgow Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
Dermatology
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the possible effects all over the body after an invasive staph infection in my back bone?

Staph infection: It can be in your blood or on your skin but i don't understand what you mean by infection in back bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser Dr. Aufseeser
Podiatry
5 years in practice
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
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My son had an open wound from a staph infection and it has a green tint to it. Is that a sign the infection is coming back?

My son had an open wound from a staph infection and it has a green tint to it. Is that a sign the infection is coming back?

Green tint: The green tint may be a sign that another type of bacteria called pseudomonas may be present. I would recommend contacting your son's treating physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

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

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Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I've been diagnosed with staph infection (MSSA) in my nose 2x within the past 6 months. Treated with antibiotics but comes back. Will it ever go away?

I've been diagnosed with staph infection (MSSA) in my nose 2x within the past 6 months. Treated with antibiotics but comes back. Will it ever go away?

Who's checking: Do you have frequent bouts of impetigo? Most doctors don't check their patient's noses for serious infections unless you show signs of serious illness. You might want to see an infectious disease maven. You live in NYC. You can always have a virtual consult if you want a more detailed discussion. ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Treated my facial staph infection in October, and its back already in January. Im heartbroken, will I have ongoing facial staph infections recur for the rest of my life? I decolonized my nose with bactroban, but its back.Can it ever be treated fully?

Treated my facial staph infection in October, and its back already in January. Im heartbroken, will I have ongoing facial staph infections recur for the rest of my life? I decolonized my nose with bactroban, but its back.Can it ever be treated fully?

Get it treated and?: It is not that common to have recurrent ataph infections of the face. Recurrence occurs in people Who have weak immune system People who have eczema People who have diabetes Those who are chronic carrieirs of staph in their nose I suggest you treat the present infection and discuss with your doctor to test you for Diabetse and immune system if it keeps recurring Do you pick on your face constsnt? ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz Dr. Fromowitz
Dermatology
15 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos Dr. Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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A friend had stomach surgery, is now back in hospital with staph infection. how long does it take to clear? is it contagious?- as I have a newborn.

A friend had stomach surgery, is now back in hospital with staph infection. how long does it take to clear? is it contagious?- as I have a newborn.

Leave newborn home: You should not bringing a newborn anywhere near large crowds and especially the hospital. The child's immune system is not mature and if baby has a fever there needs to be a big work-up due to the possibility of infection from the womb. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I have a sore raised spot under my nostril. A clear fluid comes out and so has white stiff. How can I tell if staph infection. Fluid comes back quick ?

Worsens: if infected with staph, then expect the spot to continue to grow and to become more painful. if it is not changing significantly and begins to improve within 2-3 days, will probably resolve. Sometimes a dab of neosporin or bacitracin ointment will help. Follow your instincts. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Messina Dr. Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
31 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs ?

I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs ?

Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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12 big red bites on my upper legs, back they itch and swollen. Looks like a yellow pimple inside Could it be mosquito bite,I had staph infection 2011?

12 big red bites on my upper legs, back they itch and swollen. Looks like a yellow pimple inside Could it be mosquito bite,I had staph infection 2011?

Several red bites : with a small pimple(pustule)in the center describes a fire ant bite.Any possible exposure?Soy sause takes away the sting(also works for bee/wasp stings).Must also consider cellulitis.If gets worse,c ur doc. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Ok so I went to the doctor they said I have a staph infection. But they itch and there are little red numbs on my stomach my thigh and back and arms?

Ok so I went to the doctor they said I have a staph infection. But they itch and there are little red numbs on my stomach my thigh and back and arms?

Other suggestions: If you were diagnosed with a skin staph infection, an antibiotic is indicated. If you have itching while on the antibiotic, you may have a form of an allergic reaction. I would advise letting your physician know, and a virtual appt may be booked online to review the rash. www. healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Husband has staph infection on the back of the leg. It is draining with a smell. Already had a course of antibiotics. How long should it take to heal?

Husband has staph infection on the back of the leg. It is draining with a smell. Already had a course of antibiotics. How long should it take to heal?

More quickly: Drainage and smell should have improved significantly after completed course of antibiotic. The treating physician needs to be updated if not already. The infection may need to be imaged and possibly treated surgically. A major concern is if the infection is able to spread to bone, which makes treatment significantly more difficult. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Man admitted to hosp with severe back pain. Found to have staph infection. Two toes amputated. Back pain & staph related? Now has distended abdomen

Man admitted to hosp with severe back pain. Found to have staph infection.  Two toes amputated.  Back pain & staph related? Now has distended abdomen

Why Family Doctor: There is just way too much missing here for specific commentary. We need the scan reports, blood test results, a description of the physical exam and the diagnoses. But, that does not matter. This is the very reason you have a family physician. Your family doctor can interpret or explain anything missing or being misunderstood in your communications with the specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
530 doctors shared insights

Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

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