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How staphylococcal entries can be prevented?

How staphylococcal entries can be prevented?

Staph: Staph is frequently found as part of the normal skin flora on the skin and nasal passages. It can cause minor skin infections, such as pimples, impetigo, boils, cellulitis to life threatening diseases such as endocarditis, toxic shock syndrome and sepsis. Methicillin- resistant s. Auras, abbreviated MRSA is a strain of staph that has become resistant to a number of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

Is staphylococcal pneumonia contagious in a dorm?

? treated in a dorm?: I can't imagine anyone with stap pneumonia being treated in a dorm. Most are isolated in a hospital room during the initial stage of treatment. Droplet precautions (masks and good hand washing) are recommended during the prolonged coughing phase after initial treatment. Staph are present in the environment continuously & a patient may carry the germ for months after successful resolution of the pne. ...Read more

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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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Which are the long term effects of staphylococcal food poisoning?

Which are the long term effects of staphylococcal food poisoning?

None: Usually, most patients recover from food poisoning in 5-10 days with no long term lasting effects. Your colon has millions of good bacteria that can regenerate fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Which staphylococcal skin infection is considered the most serious?

Toxic shock syndrome: It can cause death in hours. Read more about it here: www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001676/. ...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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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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Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

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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How prevalent are staphylococcal infections in the us?

Very common: Staph can be grown on anyone's skin. Infection occurs when the bacteria takes over. It can start with a scratch or pimple, a hangnail, ear infection, sore throat or sinus infection to name a few. Staph is not usually serious, a poor immune system, resistant bacteria or bad location can make it serious but most infections can be easily treated. ...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?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Staphylococcal infection?

What is the definition or description of: Staphylococcal infection?

Staph infection: 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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between pneumococcal pneumonia and staphylococcal pneumonia?

What's the difference between pneumococcal pneumonia and staphylococcal pneumonia?

Different bacteria: The names refer to two different types of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. Each has an optimal antibiotic regimen. ...Read more

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How serious is staphylococcal folliculitis for someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab)?

How serious is staphylococcal folliculitis for someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab)?

Potentially deadly: These agent suppress your natural immunity and make it more likely that the Staphylococcus aureus creating skin infection may extend into your body and cause sepsis. ...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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Will a staphylococcal infection kill me?

Depends: If you are really healthy not likely. Being immunosuppresed and having a severe staph infection can be life threatening. ...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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How common is it for a staphylococcal infection to become septic?

How common is it for a staphylococcal infection to become septic?

Rare: But it can happen easily depending on the type of strep. Some are more virulent. ...Read more

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Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Absolutely: This is a major etiologic agent of infectious endocarditis. ...Read more

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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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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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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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I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

I have cancer, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

If white blood count: If your white blood count is down, you are likely more susceptible to infections, including staphylococcal. Some cancers can lower your immunity, as does chemotherapy and radiation treatments. ...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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Can someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab) be admitted to hospital if they have staphylococcal folliculitis?

Can someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab) be admitted to hospital if they have staphylococcal folliculitis?

Folliculitis: Hi, if the problem is just Folliculitis and there is no systemic infection the best way to treat that person is as outpatient, because being in the hospital would put that person more at risk for more serious infection. ...Read more

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Why are staphylococcal infections common among hospital patients?

Why are staphylococcal infections common among hospital patients?

Equally common but..: Staph is not necessarily more common in hospitals. It is one of the most common causes of bacterial infection, in or out of hospitals. But it can be more severe in hospitals because some patients are at inreased risk of serious complications. Also more likely to be antibiotic resistant. Finally, staph is easily passed between patients, sometimes unwittingly by doctors and nurses. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

I am breastfeeding, am I at greater risk for staphylococcal infections?

Possibly: Mastitis is commonly due to staph from the baby's mouth. Best to ensure proper latch and avoid engorgement, and cracked nipples. See you OB or midwife if you notice redness of the breast, it is unusually hard and tender, or if you have a fever. ...Read more

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Is staphylococcal infection caused by a virus or bacteria?

Is staphylococcal infection caused by a virus or bacteria?

Bacteria: Staphylococcus is a genus of bacteria and is the cause of a wide variety of infections. ...Read more

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Can staphylococcal infection be associated with heart failure?

Can staphylococcal infection be associated with heart failure?

Maybe: If the heart is infected and goes untreated or not completely treated it can! ...Read more

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I have lung disease, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

I have lung disease, am I more susceptible for staphylococcal infections?

Hard to tell: I am not sure what lung disease you have. If that affects your immune system (either local or general), you may be susceptible to any type of infection, including staph one. Any structural abnormality of the lungs especially one that precludes good bronchial secretion evacuation seems to be a predisposing factor for lung infection development including staph. ...Read more

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