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Staph Infection Under Armpit
How to distinguish axillary lymphedenitis staph infection from intriginous yeast infection of armpit?
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
I had a bad staph infection under my arm that was treated yesterday. I have a burning pain shooting thru my shoulder arm and breast. Is this normal?
Staph infection...: ...and other severe skin infections take at least a few days for symptoms to improve after starting antibiotics. Sometimes the symptoms can get worse for a couple days before starting to improve. But to be safe, check with the doctor treating you. Good luck!
Staph infection on arm elbow has swollen slightly I need a home remedy girlfriend terrified of doctors no vinegar or tea tree oil at home?
Danger: Staph can be a very dangerous problem to ignore. It also can be diagnosed by eyesight. So going to the doctor to get the right treatment prescription should be easy for your girlfriend. She needs the right antibiotics.See 1 more doctor answer
Is keflex strong enough for staph infection n arm that is moving quickly. See line going from elbow up arm after only 12 hours of first symtoms?
Staph is dangerous: Nope. This is the worst drug to be prescribed for the current epidemic of drug resistant staph infections. If you have a line going up from your elbow on this drug you need to get urgent medical attention.
1. How to differentiate staph infection in arm pit to swollen lymph nodes? 2. What does a higher WBC mean when having undiagnosable luq pain with otherwise normal X-ray and blood tests
Staph: Infections are usually in the skin, whereas axillary lymph nodes are in deeper tissues. But you can have enlarged lymph nodes from skin infections. Elevated WBC count means infection, inflammation, drug effect or, in rare cases, malignancy. Ask your doctor for more specific answers in your case.See 1 more doctor answer
Hand Contact: Most staph. Infections are spread from person-to-person by hand contact. These infections start by introducing the germ to a new site; if the skin is intact, then no infection developes and the person may just harbor the organisim. Any break in the skin may introduce the germ into the deeper layers of the skin, thereby setting up the potential for a serious infection. Frequent handwashing helps.
Carriage: You have staph on the surfaces of your skin, probably conveyed there from nasal carriage. You can try to minimize this by using bactoban (mupirocin) in your nose and washing and bathing exclusively with chlorhexadine containing soaps, but this will only eliminate carriage in about 50% of cases. The other possibility is that combing aggressively or scratching, etc. Is producing breaks in skin.
I presume: You are being treated with intravenous antibiotics to clear this infection and a close follow-up that this is adequately treated.See 1 more doctor answer
Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like.
No: You can see your primary care physician and they can make that determination.
Vaginal flora: Staph is a normal colonizing agent of the skin and external vaginal mucosa. If there is a break in the skin or a hair follicle or gland (e.g.: bartholins gland) becomes inflamed these can become infected with staphylococcal organisms.
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?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
See below: If the drainage is stopped and the wound is healed and there is no redness or swelling.
Draining is good: If it is draining then that is a step in the right direction. However, this material should be cultured to determine the best medical treatment (i.E is this MRSA or not). It is also possible that this lesion needs to be opened up more to completely drain. See your doctor to determine how involved your treatment should be.
Umbilical infection: Keep it clean and dry. Use Neosporin over the wound. Keep your primary doctor in the loop. If reddening gets worse. Or fever...call your primary ASAP.