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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...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.

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Vaginal staph infection. Doc said it doesn't need treatment it will go on its own. Heads baffled. Any tips? Any over counter meds I could buy for it?

Vaginal staph infection. Doc said it doesn't need treatment it will go on its own. Heads baffled. Any tips? Any over counter meds I could buy for it?

Please wait: If your physician says it is ok to wait, please wait and f-up in 1 week with the same physician no need to buy any medication otc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Infection (Definition)

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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

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