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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Overview)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of infections.


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Do lots of people get staphylococcal infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get staphylococcal infection, or is it unusual?

Yes lots: Staphylococcal infections are very common. Probably just about everyone has had numerous staph. Infections during a life time. Boils and skin pustules are invariable to to staph. Post operative wound infections most commonly due to staph. Worst, or most difficult to treat are mrsa, methicillin resistant staph. Aureus. Many of us have dormant staph. On our skin. Hence need for good hand washing. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
533 Doctors shared insights

Staphylococcal Infection (Overview)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of infections.


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What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

Depends: It depends on where the infection is; lung infection will cause pneumonia, the patient may have fever, cough, shortness of breath etc..., in the blood stream, patient may develop hypotension, fever, organs failure, on the skin redness of skin, fever, abcess etc..., . ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

Clinical history: The diagnosis of most skin infections is made by the pattern of symptoms and physical exam findings. However, it is not usually possible to know without cultur whether the infection is caused by the staph bacteria or another bacteria, like group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus (strep pyogenes). A culture of any weeping or abcess will help determine if staph is present. ...Read more

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What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

Culture: A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

Skin=staph: Staph is a ubiquitous organism on the skin...Everyone has it. It takes advantage of a small break in the skin or perhaps a plucked eyelash follicle to cause an infection. It is generally easy to treat. See your doctor for antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat staphylococcal infections?

How do doctors treat staphylococcal infections?

It depends: There are many different types of staph infections - some are serious & require hospitalization.Most staph infections are skin related. These can vary between simple pimples & boils to complex abscesses & cellulitis. A doctor can distinguish the complexity of the infection. Simple isolated staph boils can be cured with a drainage procedure by a provider. Antibiotics are needed for more complex cases. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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What is the treatment for staphylococcal infection?

What is the treatment for staphylococcal infection?

Depends: Depending on the severity and site of the infection (blood, lung, skin etc.) an antibiotics such amoxicillin, oxacillin, vancomycin, ect..., can be given,
sometimes only draining of pus collection or local treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

Yes: 3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein. The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria.
The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Is my newborn at higher risk for staphylococcal infections?

Depends: If you have a normal newborn, I don't consider it more at risk of staph than other kids or adults. If it has a rare immune defect (there are a few) it is possible. In fact most newborns acquire a friendly staph on their skin by the time they are a day old and regular hygenic practices like bathing and monitoring the cord stump seem to avoid any problems. A nasty staph could cause pbm at any age. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

Culture: A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

Depends: It depends on where the infection is; lung infection will cause pneumonia, the patient may have fever, cough, shortness of breath etc..., in the blood stream, patient may develop hypotension, fever, organs failure, on the skin redness of skin, fever, abcess etc..., . ...Read more

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Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

No: There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. ...Read more

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Can I get staphylococcal infection by eating soiled food?

Can I get staphylococcal infection by eating soiled food?

Possibly: Ingestion of large amount of any bacteria can cause diarrhea, staphylococcus included. However, this organism is usually found on the skin and tends to infect that area with boils and pimples. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get staphylococcal infection, or is it unusual?

Yes lots: Staphylococcal infections are very common. Probably just about everyone has had numerous staph. Infections during a life time. Boils and skin pustules are invariable to to staph. Post operative wound infections most commonly due to staph. Worst, or most difficult to treat are mrsa, methicillin resistant staph. Aureus. Many of us have dormant staph. On our skin. Hence need for good hand washing. ...Read more

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


Dr. Neal Kraus
343 Doctors shared insights

Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by bacteria commonly found on the skin ...Read more