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Was tested of staphylococcus, what should I take to cure it, .i mean the drugs that will kill the staph. Thank you?

More details needed: Where was the Staph infection? Was it in the blood? Or a skin wound? Also do you know further details - like was it MSSA vs MRSA?

Generally MSSA infections are more easily treated with antibiotics called penicillins or cephalosporins.
MRSA infections are more resistant, and may require IV or Oral antibiotics like Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). But more details are needed before one can make a proper recommendation ...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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How to disinfect (killing staph etc.) the inside portion of shoes?

How to disinfect (killing staph etc.) the inside portion of shoes?

Antibacterial Soap: Hibiclens Antibacterial Soap (Chlohexidine gluconate) is a good antibacterial soap and also Safeguard!
Chlorhexidine is antystaphylococcal ...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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Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Can a reaccuring MRSA staph infection kill you? If so what would you most likely die from?

Yes: Methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) can be deadly if the bacteria enters the blood stream. This very sticky bacteria can travel to the heart and destroy heart valves and heart muscle. Each skin infection increases the chance of this bacteria getting into the blood stream. ...Read more

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Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Peroxide is better: Alcohol is very toxic to skin, especially damaged skin. Hydrogen peroxide works well to kill any residual germs while causing less tissue damage. An antibiotic ointment may help as well (triple antibiotic ointments are available as generics equivalent to neosporin). Many experts believe thorough washing with good old soap and water (not briefly!) is as good or better than abx ointments. ...Read more

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I know I asked similar before if antibacterial spray can kill staph shouldn't it also be able to kill hepatitis and hiv?

I know I asked similar before if antibacterial spray can kill staph shouldn't it also be able to kill hepatitis and hiv?

Antibacterial spray: Antibacterial spray can only kill bacteria such as staph, not viruses like hepatitis and hiv. Bacteria may also vary in their susceptibility to the spray. ...Read more

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Can tea tree oil be used in the nose to kill staph?

Can tea tree oil be used in the nose to kill staph?

Depends: It is normal to be colonized w staph in the nose. Have you been cultured. What are your specific concerns. ...Read more

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How to disinfect a delicate electronic item if I can not wipe it down with alcohol? Are UV wands or similar devices effective against killing staph?

How to disinfect a delicate electronic item if I can not wipe it down with alcohol? Are UV wands or similar devices effective against killing staph?

Little or no risk: Inanimate objects like electronics (cell phones, keyboards, computer mouses, thumb drives, etc) are unlikely to transmit staph or other infections. But if you insist, light wiping with a cloth damp (not dripping) with alcohol, soap, bleach, or any common household cleaner probably would be sufficient and I would think would be safe for the device. ...Read more

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Can staph present a crawling sensation on skin?

Can staph present a crawling sensation on skin?

Not usually: Staph either colonizes the skin, or it causes an invasive disease such as cellulitis. I can't imagine a way that staph could present as a crawling sensation. ...Read more

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What does staph look like before it comes to a head?

What does staph look like before it comes to a head?

Staph: Staphylococcal disease of the skin usually results in a localized collection of pus, known as an abscess, boil, or furuncle, depending upon the exact type of lesion that is present. The affected area may be red, swollen, and painful. Drainage or pus is common. When staph is in the blood (bacteremia or sepsis), it can cause high fevers, chills, and low blood pressure. ...Read more

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How do I sterilize laundry of a family memeber with skin staph?

How do I sterilize laundry of a family memeber with skin staph?

Regular laundry: Regular laundering (perhaps hot water) is about all you can do. Mrsa is everywhere and many persons are colonized with it. If you have family with it, it most likely is everywhere. You do all you can do to wipe down surfaces with disinfectants and use good house cleaning and laundering and wash hands, wash bed clothing and clothing an that is about all your can do. Use bleach as allowed. ...Read more

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Does everyone have staph on their skin? Can you get rid of it?

Does everyone have staph on their skin? Can you get rid of it?

Yes: Yes, people often have certain kinds of staph on their skin and noses -- but it either isn't infectious or causes only minor infections like boils, etc. There are more resistant types called methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) which require urgent medical treatment. Http://tinyurl. Com/pypqh95 see your doctor asap if you think you have such an infection -- and don't share razors, etc. ...Read more

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My 35 yo hubby has a skin staph infctn over a year. 4-5 antibiotic rounds & has been sick all year! This yr he catches every bug an they hang on. Help?

My 35 yo hubby has a skin staph infctn over a year. 4-5 antibiotic rounds & has been sick all year! This yr he catches every bug an they hang on. Help?

See ID specialist: There may be several reasons that the staph infection returns - 1) that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotics given (particularly true with methicillin resistant staph aureus - also known as mrsa); 2) that there is an underlying site or foreign body that is causing the infection to return after antibiotics are done; or 3) have an underlying immune defect (for example, job syndrome). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a staph skin infection?

Boils & cellulitis: Abscesses (boils) or cellulitis (red, hot, swollen, tender skin). ...Read more

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At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

Dilute bleach baths: While oral or topical antibiotics would be preferred, you may want to try dilute bleach baths.

www. Seattlechildrens. Org/pdf/pe1131.pdf. ...Read more

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Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

Inflammation: A staph infection of the skin leads to a lot of inflammation under the surface. When inflammation occurs in the skin, the natural response is for the skin to thicken and then as the problem resolves, the thickened skin will start to dry and peel, giving it a rough texture. ...Read more

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Are there any effective at home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

Are there any effective at home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

No: Potentially dangerous. See doctor get antibiotics. There's a reason life expectancy went up when penicillin was discovered. ...Read more

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Can staph infected boils be deep in the skin where you can't see them but only feel them? Will you always be able to visibly see boils on the skin?

Can staph infected boils be deep in the skin where you can't see them but only feel them? Will you always be able to visibly see boils on the skin?

Not staph: A lump under the skin, not breaking through to the surface, almost certainly is not a boil or any other kind of staph infection. See your doctor if the lump persists or you otherwise remain concerned, but no worries about staph. ...Read more

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Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Why is my skin discolored where I had a staph infection?

Skin: This is either new skin, healing skin or sill infected skin. It all depends on what it looks like. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

How do you know if you have ring worm or MRSA (staph) skin disease?

Fungus vs bacteria: Ring worm is a fungus - sampling scales of skin can help diagnosis. Mrsa is a bacterial infection and hence you would do a wound culture of the drainage. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

Infection: Depends on the extent of infection and what is being done. A small amount of folliculitis can resolve with cleaning and topical antibiotic. If you have an abscess it needs drainage and often a few days of antibiotic. ...Read more

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What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

What is the the most efficient antib for staph infection on skin especially if one is diabetic.

Bactoban&FudicicAcid: Most of timevyou need local trestment with Bactroban or Fudicik acid. And oral Antibiotcs like Dicloxacin. For MRSA you need Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) by mouth ...Read more

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My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

My bf has a staph infection he had a 2hr drip of IV atibiotics last night at hosp, 2 anti scripts to take home, how long is he cont? Skin is not open?

Contagious after Rx: Usually, the a general guideline would be that a person is not contagious after 48 hours' worth of antibiotics. With strep throat, a general guideline is 24 hours. But this can vary depending on the disease. ...Read more