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Are oral antibiotics the best treatment for a staph infection on the face?

Are oral antibiotics the best treatment for a staph infection on the face?

See below: It depends what type of staph infection you are referring to. An abscess would need drainage. A cellulitis or soft tissue infection could be treated with oral antibiotics but if severe or associated with fever and toxicity intravenous antibiotics would be better until the sepsis was controlled. Mrsa infection would require different antibiotics than methicillin sensitive staph infection. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is the best anti biotic to take for staph infection? Tried Augmentine before.

What is the best anti biotic to take for staph infection? Tried Augmentine before.

No "ONE" best: There are many different types of staph, and they are sensitive and resistant to may different antibiotics. Even from one infection to another, what works can change. Best advice is to culture the drainage from the source of the staph, and have a lab do a "sensitivity" test, which determines not only what antibiotics work, but how big of a dose you may need. It is the only correct answer here! ...Read more

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What antibiotics are taken for staph infection?

What antibiotics are taken for staph infection?

A number of...: Antimicrobials can be used for staph based on whether the patient is penicillin allergic and is the organism is MRSA or not. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antibiotics to work on a staph infection?

How long does it take for antibiotics to work on a staph infection?

Depends: It depends on the type and the severity of the infection. You need to include more detail in your question. Some staphylococcus aureus infections require 4-6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Some simple skin infections can be cured by drainage alone or with a few days of oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a staph infection to become resistant to antibiotics?

Is it possible for a staph infection to become resistant to antibiotics?

Yes: Unfortunately almost all bacteria are able to develop resistance to an antibiotic. Particularly when used unnecessarily. Check with your doctor if this is a concern. ...Read more

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Can you still have a staph infection after taking the antibiotics you were given?

Can you still have a staph infection after taking the antibiotics you were given?

Wrong question: "Staph infection" is not a diagnosis. What are you on antibiotic for? What is the diagnosis? ARE THE SYMPTOMS GONE? That is the issue. If the staph bacteria are sensitive to your antibiotic they may be gone. Ask the DR. Who is treating you. ...Read more

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When should you seek medical attention for a staph infection? Are antibiotics totally necessary? (it's just so expensive just to get a $4 rx)

When should you seek medical attention for a staph infection? Are antibiotics totally necessary? (it's just so expensive just to get a $4 rx)

Probably: You don't know you have a staph infection. You don't know if you even have an infection, much less the exact bacteria which might be causing it. And physicians are here to help you. But it remains a business which requires money to operate. So if you have an infection which requires antibiotics, go and see a doctor. B/c if you become septic from an untreated infection, you could die. ...Read more

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Why are my antibiotics not clearing my staph infection which I have had for 4 weeks now and im on IV antibiotics now?

Antibiotic: Resistance, You should have an ID consult, Have cultures and sensitivities been done. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Can a staph infection return after treatment w antibiotics?

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Can a staph infection return after treatment w antibiotics?

Yes: If the dose of antibiotics was insufficient or the course was not long enough, yes, staph infections can recur. The other concern would also be if the bacteria developed resistance while on therapy. However, there is always a chance that some other organism has caused the infection; it depends on the site and the timing. I would discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a staph infection I can't get rid of. What antibiotics would you reccomend?

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I have a staph infection I can't get rid of. What antibiotics would you reccomend?

See a doctor: Staph infections are hard to self-diagnose; all you can really say is that you have an inflamed area, be it from infection, venous stasis, or other reasons. If the doctor diagnoses you with a staph infection, make sure the antibiotic given has MRSA coverage, and is appropriately dosed for that. ...Read more

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I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic. What will happen to pus around it?

I was told that there re still pockets of pus near the area where Dr lanced staph infection & was put on antibiotic. What will happen to pus around it?

Body should reabsorb: Your body should reabsorb it. But if the collection grows again (and the mass/lumb gets bigger and painful again) may need to go back and redrain it. Sorry. Hope this heals up for you without further issues. Dr R ...Read more

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If I am allergic to oral antibiotics, how can I get rid of staph infection?

If I am allergic to oral antibiotics, how can I get rid of staph infection?

Two possibilities: It is very likely that there is an alternative antibiotic that you are not allergic to. However, if for some reason the organism that you have is only sensitive to a particular antibiotic that you happen to be allergic to, an allergist trained to perform drug desensitization can assist you doctor to treat you. ...Read more

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How do I know if my staph infection is healing? I've been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

How do I know if my staph infection is healing? I've been on antibiotics for about three days. It was either cellulitus or impetigo.

No redness: It should get less red and less swollen. Pain should go away as well. Basically the skin will look more and more normal and any discomfort should go away. If it is not or it is getting worse/larger/spreading see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Dr found staph infection in my urine. Put me on 7 day course antibiotics (alprim) what's a staph infection? Make your skin itch? How did I get it : (

Staphylococcus is a: Bacterium that can cause variety of infxns—skin, lungs, wounds, blood, etc. I suspect itching comes from alprim (sulfa-based antibiotics often cause itching) so tell doc so (s)he can change to different one. Your hx of kidney stone suggests problems with your urinary tract. The Keflex may be killing off more common causes of UTI so that more powerful bacteria can infect. See doc 4 complete workup ...Read more

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Staph infection on nose around piercing is still growing, how long will it take to see improvement on antibiotics?

Staph nose infection: An infection can sometimes be hard to clear when there is a "foreign body" present. That's because the germs use it to their advantage-- kind of like a fortress to them. Given that this infection is on your face you may want to just remove the jewelry and try later after it is healed. Staph are very dangerous bacteria- I don't play around with them! Sorry. ...Read more

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Can a triple antibiotic ointment help a staph infection? Will it help with the pain? Wat can I do to take some of the soreness out of it?

Danger: Most of the common staph infections out there that are causing the epidemic are resistant to the medications in the triple antibiotic ointments and often get much worse when one uses these ineffective over the counter medications on their skin. ...Read more

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I can't get rid of a staph infection. I've been to the dr and they lanced it open and packed it. As well as been on many antibiotics. What to do?

I can't get rid of a staph infection. I've been to the dr and they lanced it open and packed it. As well as been on many antibiotics. What to do?

Re evaluate totally: First your dr needs to be sure this is an infection by removing a piece of tissue from the wound to culture, look for other signs of infection like an elevated white blood count. If truly infected checking for a deeper abscess, bone infection, retained tooth fragment or suture be sure your nutrition is good with some extra zinc vitamin c. ...Read more

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Husband has staph infection on the back of the leg. It is draining with a smell. Already had a course of antibiotics. How long should it take to heal?

More quickly: Drainage and smell should have improved significantly after completed course of antibiotic. The treating physician needs to be updated if not already. The infection may need to be imaged and possibly treated surgically. A major concern is if the infection is able to spread to bone, which makes treatment significantly more difficult. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with staph infection (MSSA) in my nose 2x within the past 6 months. Treated with antibiotics but comes back. Will it ever go away?

I've been diagnosed with staph infection (MSSA) in my nose 2x within the past 6 months. Treated with antibiotics but comes back. Will it ever go away?

Who's checking: Do you have frequent bouts of impetigo? Most doctors don't check their patient's noses for serious infections unless you show signs of serious illness. You might want to see an infectious disease maven. You live in NYC. You can always have a virtual consult if you want a more detailed discussion. ...Read more

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Will taking the antibiotic clindamycin make you feel worse for a few days I'm on my 4th day but no energy yet taking for sinus and staph infection?

Will taking the antibiotic clindamycin make you feel worse for a few days I'm on my 4th day but no energy yet taking for sinus and staph infection?

Follow up with MD: You should probably contact your physician and let him/her know the antibiotic is not helping yet. It may be fine, or may be that the bacteria causing your infection are resistant to clindamycin (so another antibiotic will likely be more effective).
Antibiotics often have side effects that could be contributing to your ongoing symptoms, but if your infection is not better, call your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks

Doxycycline: The treatment of choice for any staph infection is oral Doxycycline (or one of the other antibiotics indicated for staph). Topical creams such as neosporin or Bacitracin are relatively ineffective; they might have a small supplemental effect when used with an oral antibiotic, but should not be used by themselves for staph. ...Read more

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My Dr prescribed me cefprozil 500 mg once daily for 10 days for sinus infection. Does it help with staph infection to. Or do I need another antibiotic?

My Dr prescribed me cefprozil 500 mg once daily for 10 days for sinus infection. Does it help with staph infection to. Or do I need another antibiotic?

It may: But if you don't get better after having been on the abx for more than 3-4 days, you may need to reconsider the diagnosis or the choice of abx. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

35 weeks pregnant, recommended to take antibiotics because a family member has a staph infection, is it really necessary?

Ask your OB doc: I am not aware of any antibiotic recommendations for staph exposure in a healthy pregnant woman, but your circumstances may be high risk for reasons I am not aware of. My suggestion is to consult with your obstetrician about the reasons why he/she thinks antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Recently on staph infection antibiotics +birthcontrol (backup method too) and I'm now on week two of my period. Should I be concerned?

Recently on staph infection antibiotics +birthcontrol (backup method too) and I'm now on week two of my period. Should I be concerned?

About what?: Pregnancy? Little chance of that - you have two reliable methods and are currently menstruating. This bleeding may be related to your contraceptive. If your cycle does not end soon discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Can low-positive ANA and mild symptoms occur after short but heavy antibiotic treatment for severe staph infection from three months ago?

Can low-positive ANA and mild symptoms occur after short but heavy antibiotic treatment for severe staph infection from three months ago?

Unrelated: But would you kindly be more specific about what kind of symptoms, antibiotics wouldn't affect ana testing ...Read more

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My 21 year old son has staph infection in cut on finger and got a tetanus shot & an antibiotic shot (2 part) yesterday... plus prescribed 2 broad-spe?

My 21 year old son has staph infection in cut on finger and got a tetanus shot & an antibiotic shot (2 part) yesterday... plus prescribed 2 broad-spe?

Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you need to provide enough background information for site docs to review. You must also submit a question that reflects the info submitted. I see no question here. This is not a chat room, so any question must be complete, We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. Please start over with info & question. ...Read more

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Have staph infection on side of knee, not mrsa from culture. ER DR said he didn't lance all pus. Almost pain free from antibiotic. What happen pus inside?

Have staph infection on side of knee, not mrsa from culture. ER DR said he didn't lance all pus. Almost pain free from antibiotic. What happen pus inside?

May be none: If you can bend your knee without pain, the likelihood is that the joint was not affected. It would help to lose weight, not easy.
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What happens to dead tissue on my nose after staph infection clears up. This is days 6 of antibiotic. Infection is almost gone. 1/2"sq black spot left?

What happens to dead tissue on my nose after staph infection clears up. This is days 6 of antibiotic. Infection is almost gone. 1/2"sq black spot left?

See remark: As a physician, I say give it"tincture of time"...meaning this should subside with time. The so called dead tissue will will eventually comes out as you blow your nose.
If it does not, let us know ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more