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What Causes Staph Infections In Humans
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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
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
MRSA: Many, but not all humans carry staph aureus in their nasopharynx and on their skin. All have the organism in their GI tract. You can become contaminated and colonized from the cat, but whether or not you become infected will depend upon multiple different factors. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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