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Doctor insights on: Staphylococcus Skin Infections

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Can pylonephritis cause staph aureus infection?

Hmm: If the pyelonephritis is due to bacteria Staph Aureus it can be the cause of the pyelonephritis . But having pyelonephritis does not mean you have or will cause staph aureus infection. ...Read more

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Can staphylococcus epidermidis cause urinary infection?

Can staphylococcus epidermidis cause urinary infection?

Some labs do not : Identify coagulase negative staph as a specific species and call them all 'epidermidis'. Staph saprophyticus does cause utis in young women. ...Read more

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How are fungal skin infections caught?

How are fungal skin infections caught?

Fungal Infections: A doctor can diagnose ringworm based on the appearance of the rash or reported symptoms. He or she will ask about possible exposure to people or animals with ringworm. The doctor may take skin scrapings or samples from the infected area and look at them under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Crust: Wound infections with strep are more likely to crust. It is often described as having a honey comb appearance. Staph blisters and then drains. Other organisms cause abscesses. So no, not always. All the best. ...Read more

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Are eyes prone to staph infection?

Are eyes prone to staph infection?

Yes: Common bacteria on lids, in some patients can cause corneal infections called staph marginal keratitis. ...Read more

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Mrsa staph infection skin problems normal in nursing homes?

Wrong word: "normal" isn't really the proper descriptor - serious infections are never normal. Mrsa is, however, a *common* problem in nursing homes -- unfortunately. Good facilities are always on the lookout for infections of any kind in their residents, and when they find them, they treat them promptly. ...Read more

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Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

They can be.: Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can cause either local or widespread infection. If staph infects the blood stream and causes damage of organs, this is called sepsis and it can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

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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Can streptococcus epidermis be bad infection?

Can streptococcus epidermis be bad infection?

Usually not: Streptococcus epidermis is a very common normal bacteria on the skin and usually does not cause problems in healthy people. It rarely can cause a problem in the heart for those with artificial valves. ...Read more

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Can staph infection cause hives?

Can staph infection cause hives?

Possibly: States of immune activation, such as infections, can lead to hives. Typically, we see viral infections in children lead to short-lived hives. However, there is evidence that people with hives have a higher incidence of colonization with staph (bacteria living on the skin but not causing infection). It's not clear how or why this occurs, but there does seem to be a link. ...Read more

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Can probiotics prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa infection?

Can probiotics prevent pseudomonas aeruginosa infection?

Probiotics Use: There is no evidence that probiotics can prevent a pseudomonas infection. ...Read more

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What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

What type of bacterial infection is methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (mrsa)?

A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read more

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Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

Does Gentamicin kill Staph infections including MRSA?

MRSA: No, Gentamicin does not treat MRSA. Gent is used for "gram-negative" infections. ...Read more

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Do staph infections cause tb?

Do staph infections cause tb?

No: Staphylococcus and tuberculosis are 2 unrelated bacteria species that have nothing to do with each other. ...Read more

Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more