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Why Do I Keep Getting Staph Infections
Immune system: Staph is a normal colonizer of the skin in all people. It usually takes advantage of a break in the skin or the mucous membranes. If you are getting serious infections then you need to have your immune system checked out. Otherwise, scrub well daily with good antibacterial soap to reduce the skin colonies. Swish/swallow and spray in the nose 2-3 times daily silver shield brand colloidal silver. ...Read more
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
Infection: The area infected will become reddened, swollen, hot and painful. If you treat early with antibiotics the infected area will remain localized. If the infection is not treated early, the area will become larger. You will see red streaks radiating from the original site. Lymph nodes draining the infected area will become enlarged and you may develop a fever. ...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
Staph & Skin: Most staphylococcal infections are opportunistic infections meaning they take the opportunity to cause a problem if they can. Most of these infections occur in the skin and are due to the fact that something in the skin, an opportunity, allowed the normally present bacteria to have a party... At your expense. Infections such as pimples, boils, and rashes are common and can recur is some people. ...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
Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We're covered w/staph & our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut & if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing decr's spread. ...Read more
Unlikely: This is unlikely to occur, since staph is normal flora of the skin even if you did it would be difficult to determine whether the infection was from your own skin or outside contact. ...Read more
Generally No: Assuming that you are talking about a staph infection of the skin, most massage techniques should be avoided when a contagious skin infection (herpes, shingles, chicken pox, mrsa, etc.) is present. Some rom stretching techniques can be used, as well as, a few lymphatic techniques. However, what most people consider a massage (rubbing of the skin and muscles) should definitely not be done. ...Read more
Yes: While this would be uncommon, it is possible, especially if the wound has gotten dirty or exposed to the staph bacterium. ...Read more
See a doctor: See a doctor for evaluation and prescription for antibiotics. ...Read more
If you test negative for staph what does that mean? Does that mean you are not colonized and will never get a staph infection?
Depends on test: Testing for staph aureus can be done to diagnose active infection, and can also be used as screening method to see if a person is colonized. A negative nasal screen means no staph was detected in the nose. But people can still be colonized with staph at other body sites. Good hand hygiene is important. For recurrent staph infections, a decolonization regimen can be considered. ...Read more
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Unlikely: It depends on where the infection is. ...Read more
It depends on a subtle early staph can be treated conservatively warm soaks antibiotic ointments but if it get larger, hotter, painful than you will need antibiotics.
At times staph can cause sepsis and get into the blood stream if not treated properly.
If you have diabetes, cancer, on chemo, immunocomprimised then you must see a doctor and forgo the conservative plan. ...Read more
Yes rarely or lips: Staph infection usually is on the skin, but can spread to all over the body. Staph infections can cause infections of the lips, but rarely in the mouth. However, infections of the parotid salivary glands that occur in patients with underlying severe illnesses, are often caused by staph. ...Read more
Depends on where: Antibiotics are usually needed to get rid of staph infections, which are usually pus-forming. There are different kinds of staph bacteria, with some being more resistant to antibiotics (such as MRSA strains) than others, and with some being more dangerous than others. The location and the background health of the patient also determines the kind of antibiotic treatment, so a doctor is needed. ...Read more
No: No it is from skin to skin contact. ...Read more
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
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