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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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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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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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Does BCG treatment make it more likely that i'll have a staph infection?

Does BCG treatment make it more likely that i'll have a staph infection?

No: Bcg toxicity is generally not associated with staph infections but rather toxicity from the BCG itself. This is form of tuberculosis which may cause tuberculosis type symptoms which is direct result of absorption of the BCG itself. ...Read more

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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

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Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more

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Vaginal staph infection, given erythromycin, are these the right treatment? Thanks

Vaginal staph infection, given erythromycin, are these the right treatment? Thanks

Change Doctor: I would advise a change in physicians. Anyone still treating patients with Erythromycin for any infection does not have the best interest of the patient at heart. Erythromycin, because it has so many intolerable side effects, is not a good treatment in general. And, Erythromycin does not treat the common forms of staph that are plaguing our societies. More effective antibiotics are available. ...Read more

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I'm worried about vaginal staph infection treatment?

I'm worried about vaginal staph infection treatment?

Please clarify: Please let us know what type of information we can provide you with. What is the treatment plan that the doctor has offered you? ...Read more

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Is it possible to get staph infection treatment over the counter?

No, with exceptions: Typically it is necessary to be treated with antibiotics if a staph infection occurs. However, exceptions include 1) a small abscess that can be easily and completely drained, and 2) an infection that is completely removed from the body such ad an amputation of an infected toe, with only healthy tissue remaining. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about treatment of staph infection caused by a pacemaker wife?

Can you please: Resubmit and clarify. I don't follow what you are saying. Thanks. ...Read more

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I wanted to know if my staph infection is showing some type of improvement on my face. I have been going to emurgent care for treatment.

I wanted to know if my staph infection is showing some type of improvement on my face. I have been going to emurgent care for treatment.

Need an exam: It would be difficult to take the responsibility of giving you advice without knowing the details of your illness and examining your face. If you have doubts about wether or not your infection is improving you best see a physician.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

What is the best treatment for a staph infection on my foot?

Would depend: On what the wound looked like. You would also want to know if just staph or mrsa....And things of that nature. ...Read more

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I am pretty much 100 percent sure that I have Staph infection and would like second opinion and get on treatment asap?

I am pretty much 100 percent sure that I have Staph infection and would like second opinion and get on treatment asap?

Staph infection: I assume you talking about treatment of skin and soft tissue due to MRSA. It depends on how severe the infection is. With small skin abscess I& D is enough. If it is a big boil then it needs I&D and oral antibiotics. In case the infection is more extensive then IV antibiotics must be used. Choice of antibiotics depends on local resistance, labs and culture results and preference of the physician. ...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 DR said I have staph infection on my eye lids and prescribed Clindamycin HCL, 300 MG, 2X day for 5 days. Is this the best treatment?

My DR said I have staph infection on my eye lids and prescribed Clindamycin HCL, 300 MG, 2X day for 5 days. Is this the best treatment?

Hard to say: Your doctor has more information than either of us about your condition. You could consult another doctor or trust the one you have. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy help to treat lung infections?

Can radiation therapy help to treat lung infections?

No: Infection is treated based on what organism causes the infection which is done by medications such as antibacterial or antifungal. ...Read more

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How can radiation therapy kill cancerous cells while leaving the good cells?

How can radiation therapy kill cancerous cells while leaving the good cells?

It can.: By fractionation and avoiding as much of the good cells as possible. If you give a little radiation each day for weeks it allows good cells to repair dna damage over that 24 hour period between treatments. Cancer cells often lose this ability. With newer techniques we avoid as much of an organ as possible so sometimes we are so accurate we can give just one therapy because good cells were missed. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for staph infection caused by the wires in a pacemaker?

What are the best treatments for staph infection caused by the wires in a pacemaker?

Varies: Often Staph infections under the skin are due to spread from the skin. If it was simply outside, oral antibiotics would be given but internal infections usually require antibiotics by vein. Common medications are clindamycin and vancomycin, but your individual treatment would depend on what cultures your would grew and to what they were sensitive. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for a vaginal staph infection?

Doxycycline: Minocycline or Doxycycline or Bactrim DS or cephalexin or dicloxacillin or clindamycin. Are are good choices for Staphylococcus aures infection if Oxacillin sensitive.
If MRSA then depends on its susceptibility pattern of the specific strain being treated. ...Read more

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What are some natural treatments for a staph infection?

What are some natural treatments for a staph infection?

Staph infections: It makes me nervous as a doctor to try and deviate from known, effective ways of killing bacteria, especially Staph. They are some of THEE most dangerous germs out there, and can cause havoc. I would want to know more specifically what the problems were, dare I try anything 'natural' that may or may not work. Best to seek out treatment under the guidance of an ID doc who knows what Staph is. Sorry ...Read more

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Today discovered I have a staph infection. What are the best treatments for this?

Today discovered I have a staph infection. What are the best treatments for this?

Antibiotics: Staph infections can grow quickly warm soaks help bring blood to the infection and keeping it clean as well using iodine as a topical agent. However if this is a true staph infection you will require oral antibiotics so see your MD ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are cures and treatments for a staph infection that's gotten worse?

Staph Infection: When using antibiotics, your best treatment outcome includes getting a susceptibility test (or an antibiotic sensitivity test). This test will determine what antibiotics actually work against your infection. This test will guide your doctor to the best antibiotic choice. ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?

MRSA?: Vancomycin will kill staph but it is regularly used for methicillin resistant staph. MRSA will not die with regular penicillin or Keflex so drainage and special antibiotics are used. Vanco should do just fine if not they may need to use zyvox (linezolid) a newer mrsa drug ...Read more

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I am looking for ointment for a staph infection, I was using staph-a-setic from walmart but I can't find it anymore thank you?

Staph aureus: What type of infection are you trying to treat? If these are boils they need moist heat and drainage without squeezing them. If you have had more than one you may consider a course of nasal Mupirocin (bactroban) and bathing regularly and solely with a Chlorhexidine containing soap. See an id doctorl. ...Read more

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I have a small pimple on my elbow I don't know if it could be a staph infection or just a regular pimple?

Any cuts?: Chances are it might be folliculitis but it's hard to tell without seeing it. Is there any pus oozing, honey-crusting on top, or redness around it? Most times, a staph infection sets in when there is injury to the skin. Exception is when there is a follicle that gets infected or ingrown hair. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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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How can you tell when a staph infection has completely cleared? All white spot gone. Some scarring exists. Can't tell. Few small red spots remain.

How can you tell when a staph infection has completely cleared? All white spot gone. Some scarring exists. Can't tell. Few small red spots remain.

You can tell by: Completing the prescription course given to you by your doctor and lesions should be gone. You may have some residual redness and lasers can clear those, but all bumps, scabs, crusting should be gone. Hope that helps ...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?

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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Haven't had period since march. Had sex in april used protection with no holes or leaks found. Stressed, was suffering staph infection. What's wrong?

Haven't had period since march. Had sex in april used protection with no holes or leaks found. Stressed, was suffering staph infection. What's wrong?

Pregnant?: With no period since march, the most important thing would be to rule out that you're pregnant. Urine pregnancy tests are easy to purchase over the counter without a prescription and are easy to use. ...Read more

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A whitish yellow spot on my breast. It doesn't hurt. Could this be a staph infection?

A whitish yellow spot on my breast. It doesn't hurt. Could this be a staph infection?

Probably not: Probably not but please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can find out what is causing this. ...Read more

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My little sister has small bubbles in her hands. My mother said it could be a staph infection, but it isn't spreading as fast. What could it be?

My little sister has small bubbles in her hands. My mother said it could be a staph infection, but it isn't spreading as fast. What could it be?

Rash: This may well be vesicular dyshidrosis, a common and generally benign condition. But without seeing it this is impossible to know. Have this looked at by your family physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take staph infection to heal?

Depends: It depends on the clinical syndrome caused by the staphylococcus aureus. Skin infections may require drainage only without antibiotics and heal within 7-10 days.. ...Read more

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How long does it take for staph infection to heal?

Healing depends...: Healing an infection depends on several things; 1.The host: immune system intact /not? 2. The organisms:? Hyper-virulent organism or not, if the infection requires antibiotics is the organism susceptible to the antibiotics being used, and has the site of infection been adequately drained and all devitalized tissue removed and cleared away. 3. Size of the infection. Small days/large weeks. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I have staph infection. What can I do?

See your doctor: If you think you have an infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Just got diagnosed with a staph infection, what to do?

STAPH INFECTION: IF IT IS, INDEED, A STAPH INFECTION, SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY SO HE OR SHE CAN GIVE YOU AN ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIPTION. ...Read more

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I have staph infection and don't know what to do, help?

See doc: Right away. Or you must be seeing one as you are diagnosed with such. Not sure what type of infection and what your concern is. Please elaborate. ...Read more

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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


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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more