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I have a mild nasal staph infection. Would it be safe for me to get a tattoo.

I have a mild nasal staph infection. Would it be safe for me to get a tattoo.

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

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 do not have any cold symptoms or infection signs but I keep having a shooting pain in my nasal cavity that travels down to my neck.

I do not have any cold symptoms or infection signs but I keep having a shooting pain in my nasal cavity that travels down to my neck.

Is something stuck: Sounds like you should see ENT doctor to R/O anything serious. He can see if something is stuck, if pus is coming out an orafice. He should be able to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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I think I may have got a PC of rice or something stuck in my nasal cavity (sinus?) a few days ago. Should this concern me? When would infection start?

I think I may have got a PC of rice or something stuck in my nasal cavity (sinus?) a few days ago. Should this concern me? When would infection start?

Food particles can..: Hide in the nose for a long time but the nose reacts by producing mucous which helps to cleanse things. If you are not having excess or foul smelling drainage it may be gone (you may have swallowed in your sleep). If you are still concerned there are a number of saline irrigation devices you can try. If your still worried see your ent. ...Read more

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Was drinking water (well water) and coughed and some water went into my nasal cavity. Does this put me at risk for meningits infection?

Was drinking water (well water) and coughed and some water went into my nasal cavity. Does this put me at risk for meningits infection?

Unlikely: Even when one has documented infection within the paranasal sinuses the risk of meningitis is low. This sort of episode would be a remarkable occurrence. Stay well. ...Read more

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Staph infection result from nasal swab what is it?

Staph infection result from nasal swab what is it?

Nothing special: The presence of staph on a nasal swab means only that you are carrying a strain in the lush mucoid environment where it can thrive. It doesn't do well on the dry skin surface for long periods of time. With it in your nose you could spread it to bug bits by scratching with contaminated fingers, or to door handles or other objects. Since most have no symptoms, nasal carriage allows it to spread. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection make your face tingle? The right side of my face is tingling but the left side where my nasal cavity is has swelled up

Can a sinus infection make your face tingle? The right side of my face is tingling but the left side where my nasal cavity is has swelled up

It can...: But usually it causes pain and pressure. I have had patients describe a numbness in the affected side, so that is similar to a tingling sensation. My out may have an infection in both sinuses, but the left is more swelled than the rt. Only an exam can help determine that. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Is it possible for a nonmedicated saline nasal spray to get stuck in the nasal cavity and cause of ear infection in a five-year-old?

Ear infection causes: Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses. Noses are full of bacteria anyway. Saline rinses away a few bacteria; if the bottle is dirty, saline may add a few bacteria to the nose, but they won't often travel to the ear because the Eustachian tube is a tiny passage, esp in children. Droplets of water sprayed in nose are only in the nose a few minutes. Squeeze bottle irrigation CAN hurt ears. ...Read more

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Can a staph infection occur in your nose?

Can a staph infection occur in your nose?

Absolutely: And you can also just be a carrier of staph in your nose, get culture and if positive a topical called mupirocin should be put up your nostrils ...Read more

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What causes a staph infection in your nose?

What causes a staph infection in your nose?

Colonization: Staphylococcus aureus colonizes the nares of about 25% of normal people. Any minor trauma inside the nose, like pulling out a hair, can cause an infection of the nose. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to get rid of a staph infection in your nose?

What is the fastest way to get rid of a staph infection in your nose?

Antibiotic: There are a couple antibiotic ointments your doctor can prescribe. You put them in your nose with a q-tip. ...Read more

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I had a staph infection and I really want to get a small nose piercing, what to do?

I had a staph infection and I really want to get a small nose piercing, what to do?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. ...Read more

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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

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Treated my facial staph infection in October, and its back already in January. I'm 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. I'm 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

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Could a sore inside front of nose be from staph infection?

Could a sore inside front of nose be from staph infection?

Possibly...: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Staph infection on nose around piercing is still growing, how long will it take to see improvement on antibiotics?

Staph nose infection: An infection can sometimes be hard to clear when there is a "foreign body" present. That's because the germs use it to their advantage-- kind of like a fortress to them. Given that this infection is on your face you may want to just remove the jewelry and try later after it is healed. Staph are very dangerous bacteria- I don't play around with them! Sorry. ...Read more

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I kissed my boyfriend on the lips today at lunch and he now thinks the "zit" he had under his nose is a staph infection. Ugh! Will I get it?!?!

I kissed my boyfriend on the lips today at lunch and he now thinks the "zit" he had under his nose is a staph infection. Ugh! Will I get it?!?!

Maybe: Be aware that staph germs are everywhere in the environment. This contact may have exposed you to staph, but you also touched a doorknob or banister or open surface that likely had it too. If you wash your hands on a regular basis then you cut down on some of your exposures. However, every time you touch your face with contaminated fingers you expose yourself as much as that kiss. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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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.?

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 not: When you hear hoof beats in the distance, it is probably a horse coming your way. It might be an antelope, or a zebra, but probably not. Herpes outbreaks in and around the nose are common can appear exactly as your described. Staph, though possible, is less common. I would trust your md, but if it persists beyond 2 weeks or gets more complex, no one is offended by a second opinion or further tests. ...Read more

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Can staph infection be confused with hsv2 on a lab test? I have recently been contracting what the doctors say are "boils", in my pelvic area, buttocks, under my arms and even on my nose in some instances. They say it's a form of stapholycoccus and treat

Can staph infection be confused with hsv2 on a lab test? I have recently been contracting what the doctors say are "boils", in my pelvic area, buttocks, under my arms and even on my nose in some instances. They say it's a form of stapholycoccus and treat

The: The short answer here is you need to be tested for herpes. In addition, if you get a "boil" have a herpes culture done on the actual lesion.
As far as your boyfriend is concerned, he may have tested positive for hsv 2, however it is possible that he never had a lesion before. He was likely exposed to it at some point in his life.
Take care. ...Read more

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What happens to dead tissue on my nose after staph infection clears up. This is days 6 of antibiotic. Infection is almost gone. 1/2"sq black spot left?

What happens to dead tissue on my nose after staph infection clears up. This is days 6 of antibiotic. Infection is almost gone. 1/2"sq black spot left?

See remark: As a physician, I say give it"tincture of time"...meaning this should subside with time. The so called dead tissue will will eventually comes out as you blow your nose.
If it does not, let us know ...Read more

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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

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How will I know if my staph infection is healed?

Symptoms clear: You will know when the original symptoms are clear and you finish your antibiotic course. What exactly to look for depends on the source and location of the infection in question. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I have staph infection. What can I do?

See your doctor: If you think you have an infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have staph infection and don't know what to do, help?

See doc: Right away. Or you must be seeing one as you are diagnosed with such. Not sure what type of infection and what your concern is. Please elaborate. ...Read more

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Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Is there a test to see if I have MRSA or a staph infection

Yes: A culture can identify the bacteria that is causing your infection. Staph and strep are common bacteria found with skin infections. After the lab identifies the bacteria that is causing your infection, testing is done to see which antibiotics would work best for your specific infection. Mrsa is a type of staph that is resistant to the drug methicillin, but other antibiotics are effective. ...Read more

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Today discovered I have a staph infection. What are the best treatments for this?

Antibiotics: Staph infections can grow quickly warm soaks help bring blood to the infection and keeping it clean as well using iodine as a topical agent. However if this is a true staph infection you will require oral antibiotics so see your MD ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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