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Yes: Disruption of the skin surface by a scratch, cut, abrasion, etc. Opens the underlying tissue to invasion by bacteria. Staph is just one of the possible germs that can cause an infection. Simple cleaning with soap & water and disinfecting the area should prevent a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: Most steph infections are on the skin, occasionally the lids but not in the eye socket or the eye itself. There would be discomfort and symptoms of infection that need treatment in these circumstances. Only if the infection got to the interior of the eye would there be any issue of vision changes. ...Read more
Staphylococcus : Staphylococcus is the genus, the species most commonly affecting humans is aureus. It is part of most of our normal flora and causes infection only when provided the opportunity. The symptoms will depend upon the particular organ system involved. There is nothing very specific about it. ...Read more
Myco may refer to mycobacteria - a whole suite of bacteria that have a greasy outer coat and are associated with lung infections.
Staph refers to Staphylococcus species, usually Staph aureus being the major 'germ'. Staph is typically associated with large boils, carbuncles, wound infections - that kind of thing... Hopefully this helps. An ID doctor may be able to help more specifically with Qs. ...Read more
Pustule(s): A staph infection typically begins as a pustule or group of pustules, and later becomes an inflamed, tender nodule. However, other infections can present that way too, and staph can present in atypical ways sometimes. The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor and have a culture done. ...Read more
What is the question: The question is unanswerable because you do not tell us the location of the Staph, nor whether or not it is resistant to methicillin or amoxacillin, nor do you tell us if you have had any infection. S. aureus may be a normal bacterial organism on the skin, the vestibule of the nose for example. We need more specific information to answer your query. ...Read more
Staph aureus: The best thing to do is to be tested for MRSA carriage and if positive have your doctor attempt decolonization. Staph is seldom transmitted from inanimate objects so normal cleansing of your home should be adequate. One is unlikely to eliminate staph aureus entirely. It is often part of our normal bacterial flora and does not produce infection unless circumstances predispose. ...Read more
Staph aureus: This depends upon where the culture was taken from and what the patient's symptoms are. If the staph aureus was isolated from an otherwise sterile site, then yes, it will probably need to be treated. ...Read more
I have a bad problem with staph in my house and need to know why we have it about once every couple of months?
Question unclear: I think you are asking why persons in your household get recurrent episodes of staph cellulitis, rather than disinfecting your house (which is not the problem). Your doctor can use a combination of Mupirocin (bactroban) in your nose and daily washings with a soap containing Chlorhexidine (but you cannot wash with anything else), and every carrier will have to do this, only 50/50 success rate. ...Read more