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Are all boils caused by staph virus?

Are all boils caused by staph virus?

No.: Staph (short for staphylococcus) is a genus of bacteria and is not a virus. Cutaneous abscesses (boils) can be caused by / associated with staph infections, but not all cutaneous abscesses are staph related. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Can herpes and staph mix together and cause new viruses?

Can herpes and staph mix together and cause new viruses?

No: Herpes is a virus, while staph(short for staphylococcus) is a bacteria. They cannot mix together. They can both infect a person at the same time though. There are viruses - like the flu - that can "combine" when infected the same cell to form "super" viruses. ...Read more

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Can herpes and staph mix together and cause new viruses?

Can herpes and staph mix together and cause new viruses?

In brief. NO. !: No! Staph infections are bacteria. Herpes infections are virus. The two can coexist on one patient. There' s no known way Staph and herpes virus can mix to produce a new germ. ...Read more

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How long does it take a staph infection to show symptoms of actually having the virus?

How long does it take a staph infection to show symptoms of actually having the virus?

Staph: Staphylococci are not virus, they are bacteria, onset of symptoms varies depending on the site of infection. ...Read more

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May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

May have Herpes Simplex Virus developed a recurrent Herpetic Whitlow, sometimes confused with a staph infection. How can I prevent it?

Valacyclovir: If these recurrences occur excessively frequently you may be able to extend the symptom-free duration of time by taking prophylactic valacyclovir. See your PCP and discuss with them. ...Read more

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What ithe different between staphylococcus and herpes simplex virus? Both also will have blister?

What ithe different between staphylococcus and herpes simplex virus? Both also will have blister?

Bacteria vs virus: Staph is a bacterial infection - treat with antibiotics. Herpes simplex is viral - treat with an antiviral. But yes both can present as blisters. ...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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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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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