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Is it possible to get a staph infection from a cat scratch?

Is it possible to get a staph infection from a cat scratch?

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 more

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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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


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Does staph itch?

Does staph itch?

Maybe: See your doctor if you think you have an infection. It can cause red streaking and can also be uncomfortable. You may need an antibiotic or be having a rash which may need a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can i get staph from my cat?

Can i get staph from my cat?

Possible: If cat has staph then you can get it from them. However, you have staph all over you already and it is hard to blame the cat for that. ...Read more

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How do I treat staph. Hominus?

Culture : When an infection is suspected a culture is taken. The culture identifies not only what bacteria is involved but also what medications the bacteria is susceptible to. This allows selection of the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Could staph deplete your vision?

Could staph deplete your vision?

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

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How long has staph been a problem?

Forever : Staph has been around as long as we humans have and probably a lot longer. ...Read more

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What are the first symtoms of staph?

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

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What is myco and staph? What cures it?

Bacteriology: 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

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What does staph look like? And feel like?

What does staph look like? And feel like?

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

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What does the beginning of staph look like?

Pustule(s): A staph infection typically begins as a pustule or group of pustules, and later becomes a 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

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If staph was never treated almost a year later?

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

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What steps can I take at home to decolonize staph?

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

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Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Is decolonization recommended for a person with staph?

Depends: On the type of staph species and if you are getting frequent skin infections. ...Read more

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Is it neccessary to treat scanty growth of staph. Aureus?

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

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Should I use peroxide on staph while changing the dressing?

Should I use peroxide on staph while changing the dressing?

Hydrogen peroxide: No hydrogen peroxide on wounds as it destroys good cells needed for healing. How do you know that you have a staphylococcus infection? ...Read more

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Staph wound hurting like crazy, what can I do for the pain?

Staph wound hurting like crazy, what can I do for the pain?

Has the wound : Been cleaned? Are you on antibiotics? Was a tetanus booster shot indicated? Has your conditioned worsened? Nsaid's can help with pain - but get medically checked if needed. ...Read more

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What happens if there was a known case of staph at your childrens' schoolwould you send them?

What happens if there was a known case of staph at your childrens' schoolwould you send them?

Depends: If the center had other issues that raised concerns I might reconsider.Your kids are exposed to staph every day of their life on multiple surfaces in your home, out of doors, and anywhere you go.Normal hand washing and hygienic practices will usually contain it. ...Read more

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I have a bad problem with staph in my house and need to know why we have it about once every couple of months?

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

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Normal staph aureus or contracted? Before and after culture would grow different species?Where can I find information on species to determine origin?

Don't try: Don't try to figure out where you caught a staph infection. One person's normal body flora is another person's deadly flesh-eater. This will lead only to grief and confusion. Practice good hand-washing -- this is the best weapon we have against these troublesome microbes. ...Read more