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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


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Are staph infections contagious after being treated at a hospital?

Are staph infections contagious after being treated at a hospital?

see below: Staphylococcus aureus colonization can be spread from a patient with a recent infection to others by direct contact or by indirect environmental contamination. Colonization can later cause infection. ...Read more

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Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Eczema or Staph Infn: Eczema is not contageous, it is an infammatory disorder of the skin. Eczema can become secondarily infected with staphylococcus as it is a skin organism and the eczema represents breaks in our normal protection system of the skin. Staph is very contageous. It can be spread person-person, in foods and grom fomite (inanimage object) to human. Good handwashing prevents spread. ...Read more

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Is staph infection contagious? Are there any potential ramifications of breast feeding with a staph infection?

Staph and breast fee: Staph infections are definitely contagious.If you are breast feeding you need to be doubly cautious.If you want to continue you to breast feed you must be seen by a physician. You can be placed on an antibiotic that wont harm you or your baby. Above all you must be scrupulous about hand washing as well as breast care to include washing of breasts before and after feeding. ...Read more

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How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

How long does a staph infection stay contagious?

Until it is gone: The duration of a staph infection depends on where the infection is located and if it is sensitive to antibiotics. Infections can be a small skin infection or involve the heart, lungs, GI tract or brain. The length of the infection depends on the sensitivity, host and location. ...Read more

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What is staph infection? How contagious is staph infection?

Very to some: For some patients staph is very contagious. Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others. ...Read more

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Staph infection urinary is contagious or not?

Staph infection urinary is contagious or not?

Staph UTI: This is not communicable to others. A lot will depend upon the staph species. If this is staph aureus would recommend you be seen by an infecitous diseases expert asap. ...Read more

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I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

I have second degree burn with staph infection is it contagious?

It can be..: If the staph is MRSA it may be more contagious than a simple infection. Everyone should wash their hands and clean surfaces like countertops with a disinfectant. Keep the burn area covered with clean dry dressings. ...Read more

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My brother in law has a staph infection. Is it contagious to me, my 5 year old and newborn?

My brother in law has a staph infection. Is it contagious to me, my 5 year old and newborn?

Depends : Staph is present around us 24/7 & takes no special agent to get to you. We all carry some staph on our skin surfaces & some will have strains that invade hair follicles or wounds & produce infection. Infected folks often carry it in their noses & poor hygiene can spread it around.If brother in law is under rx, he is likely less a source than others.Direct contact with infected debris would be pbm. ...Read more

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Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Not usually: But the bug is on and around the infected person.Wash your hands carefully to prevent spread. ...Read more

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Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph aureus: Yes, bacteria in the eschar (scab) from infection with staphylococcus aureus can be potentially transmitted to others, but that depends upon what you are doing with it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no: They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young ...Read more

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If someone had surgery, as a result got a staph infection afterwards. Are they contagious? Safe to hug or kiss them?

Its safe: Yes..its safe. Believe it or not..most people nowadays are colonized with what you would refer to as "regular" staph...and many of us even MRSA. Just use universal precautions and hand washing. ...Read more

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Is staph infection no longer contagious after 48 hours on antibiotics?

Depends.: On where the infection is and how sensitive it is to antibiotics. In particular, staph aureus in the nose only responds to nasal Mupirocin ointment, not oral drugs. ...Read more

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Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Tell me how contagious is a staph infection?

Not contagious: Staph is part of the normal bacteria that reside on our skin. If someone gets a staph infection, it's because there was a breach of the normal body defense mechanisms, such as a wound, surgery, immune deficiency, etc. Healthy people do not get infected from someone who has a staph infection. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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How contagious is a kidney staph infection?

How contagious is a kidney staph infection?

Not very: It is very unlikely that any urine infection will be passed from one person to another. Nonetheless, and especially with certain kinds of staph, it is prudent to wash your hands whenever in contact with an infected person as the same staph may be present on the person's skin that is in the urine. ...Read more

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I have staph infection in both toes is this contagious.

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. ...Read more

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