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Doctor insights on: What Causes Recurring Staph Infections

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29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

29 year old female with reocurring shingles or staph infection can't tell which they look a lot alike. What would cause them to reocurr for 8 years?

Get seen: This is the 21st century and even in our dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to know which of these two very different illnesses you have -- or whether it's something else entirely. Recurring staph is a danger to life; recurring shingles to long-term health.

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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I get staph infections very regularly. Since they are very common for me is it possible for them to cause more problems internally?

I get staph infections very regularly. Since they are very common for me is it possible for them to cause more problems internally?

Skin Staph infection: Staph can potentially cause internal infections as well. Recurrent staph infections likely means that you are colonized with staph. Staph lives in certain areas of the body without causing infection then periodically comes out and causes folliculitis or abscesses. More common in people with diabetes. To reduce colonization, areas must be treated with Mupirocin cream.

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What could cause you get staph infection?

What could cause you get staph infection?

Some thoughts...: Some people have staph bacteria colonizing their skin or nose and have no obvious symptoms. During times of illness, stress, skin breakdown (cuts, scrapes) or immunosuppression, the bacteria can cause infection. You can also get it from coming into contact with it in the environment or with a person who has an active staph lesion.

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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.

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Is there an infection besides staph that can be caused by a tampon being left for 5-6 weeks?

Is there an infection besides staph that can be caused by a tampon being left for 5-6 weeks?

TSS: Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Often TSS results from toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, but the condition may also be caused by toxins produced by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria and some others. As you suspected, this is often caused by a tampon left in the vagina. See Dr. If your case.

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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.

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What causes rid of a staph infection?

Staph: By giving antibiotic that the staph is sensitive to, if the skin/nostril is colonized by staph, good hygiene and the use of local antibiotic to the nostril (mupirocin/bactroban) can help.

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Staph infection in anal area what causes it?

Wrong place: Staph are normal skin flora. If there's skin trauma (scratch, ingrown hair, obstructed gland) the bacteria finds a nice warm spot w/lots of free food ; they can set up shop ; grow. Staph release toxins that allow them to break down skin ; make deeper homes ; more bacteria food. The process continues until the immune system kicks in, wound is opened/drained (o2 is toxic to staph), +/- antibiotics.

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What causes rid of a staph infection when med's don't work?

Depends on the Med: I would ensure the right medications were used. If you have an abscess, it needs to be drained. Many staph are resistant to antibiotics, but there hasn't been a case of staph with proven resistance to everything. If you mean you keep getting recurrent staph infections, there are certain ways to attempt decolonization of your body of staph. Talk to your doc.

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Will a staph infection left untreated for 2 months cause a rare immune disease?

Will a staph infection left untreated for 2 months cause a rare immune disease?

Unlikely: Typically severe, recurrent or unusual infections are the result of an impaired immune system and not the cause of the problem. The most common adult onset immune system problem is called: common variable immune deficiency. Typical infections are recurrent sinus infections, pneumonia, "pink eye" etc. A physician can order a few simple tests to evaluate for immune problems.

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Could a postoperative staph infection cause calcifications to deposit in my body?

Could a postoperative staph infection cause calcifications to deposit in my body?

Yes: Calcifications can be attributed to many causes. Any time there is a foreign body within the body, the body's immune system tries to control it by directly killing the foreign body, surrounding & forming a barrier around it, and "remembering" it in the event of a repeat exposure in the future. Part of the healing process may involve forming a calcification, a kind of "internal scar.".

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How bad is a staph infection in your sinuis? And what other problems will it cause?

How bad is a staph infection in your sinuis? And what other problems will it cause?

Sinusitis: Staph is a very common pathogen in a sinus infection. Treatment is not particularly complicated for this bacteria.

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What causes a staph infection in your nose?

What causes a staph infection in your nose?

Colonization: Staphylococcus aureus colonizes the nares of about 25% of normal people. Any minor trauma inside the nose, like pulling out a hair, can cause an infection of the nose.

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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.

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Are hives caused by staph infection?

No: Mrsa abscesses can look a little like hives but often contain pus, are painful, can be very large, and usually only a small number are present. Hives usually follow exposure to antibiotics (sometimes the cause is in not known) or certain foods such as strawberries, are usually multiple small raised very itchy spots and tend to be multiple. As always, see your doctor for any serious illness

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Can staph infection cause dizziness?

Can staph infection cause dizziness?

Yes, depends where.: Any infection of the middle ear or inner ear can cause dizziness. (location is key... A minor superficial toe infection might not cause dizziness). A systemic serious infection can cause dizziness by fever, or toxins, or metabolic changes... Or worst yet, meningitis.

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What causes a yeast/staph infection in men?

What causes a yeast/staph infection in men?

Depends: In the genitals, its from the warm and moist environment. Over the counter antifungal creams are usually enough to cure them. In general, it's from the fungus (tinea or candida) and normal skin bacteria (staphylococcus) that are allowed to attack through a break in the skin or a disease (like diabetes, etc).

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Can staph infection cause hives all over body?

NO: Hives are caused by type 1 hypersensitivity reactions or allergies. Staph. Aureus skin infections can occur in many areas of the body especially with impetigo but these are not hives.

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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