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My son had an open wound from a staph infection and it has a green tint to it. Is that a sign the infection is coming back?

My son had an open wound from a staph infection and it has a green tint to it. Is that a sign the infection is coming back?

Green tint: The green tint may be a sign that another type of bacteria called pseudomonas may be present. I would recommend contacting your son's treating physician. ...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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Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

Removing ingrown hairs and had to dig in the skin to get them out (bad, I know). Now have several open wounds. Possibility of staph infection?

See a professional: Leaving an ingrown nail untreated could lead to the development of an abscess and possible underlying bone infection. Get it taken care of by a professional to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more

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How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

How can you tell staph infection is healing? It's mrse on my lower back. It's an open wound with raw skin.

Basic healing: Infected wounds do not heal. If the wound is healing, then the infection is under control or gone. Avoid useing alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. ...Read more

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Staph infection found after sergery placing pacemaker and wiring. Puse on wiring and open wound on site of sergery. How did it get there. 4 sister?

Common bacteria: Staph is a common skin bacteria. It is not unusual for a surgical wound to get infected. If the pacemaker is also contaminated this can be a big problem and may require removal of the device to clear the infection. Talk to the doctor who implanted the pacemaker. ...Read more

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Can staph infection be transmitted by touching an infected wound then touching another persons mouth?  

Can staph infection be transmitted by touching an infected wound then touching another persons mouth?  

Depends on burden: Depends on any number of factors. Yes. It is possible. I would avoid putting hands in mouth in general and if necessary to do so, I would highly recommend appropriately washing hands prior. ...Read more

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Does staph infection itch?

Does staph infection itch?

It may: Itching is a subliminal form of pain and may be due to inflammation of many sources, and that could include infection. ...Read more

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How do you get staph infection?

How do you get staph infection?

Another person: From another person however there is a strain on everybody's skin. ...Read more

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Can staph infection be airborne?

Can staph infection be airborne?

Staph Infections: Staph, or staphylococcus, is a family of bacteria that is very virulent, contagious, and even possibly infectious. What makes staph so dangerous is that it is very resistant to antibiotics. Though staph is not generally considered an air-borne disease, there is some debate that mrsa, thought it usually is spread through contact with open sores, can remain viable on dry counters. ...Read more

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What is a light staph infection?

What is a light staph infection?

Staph aureus: Not sure what is referred to as "light staph infection", but perhaps just skin lesions (boils). This organism has the potential to produce severe devastating life-threatening infection and should never be taken lightly. ...Read more

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How do you get a staph infection?

How do you get a staph infection?

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

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What is secondary staph infection?

What is secondary staph infection?

Staph Infection: Staphylococcal bacteria commonly inhabit the skin and interior of the nose. Microscopic or visible breaks in the surface barrier of the body--the skin and mucous membranes--provide an opportunity for these bacteria to cause localized infections. Complications arise when the staph bacteria spread beyond the initial site of infection to the bloodstream and interior body tissues. ...Read more

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How can a staph infection be cured?

How can a staph infection be cured?

With antibiotics: Staph is a bacteria and can be killed by antibiotics and cleaning of the pus. ...Read more

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What does staph infection look like?

What does staph infection look like?

Many shapes: Skin infections with staph can take many shapes. It could be flat redness or a pus filled boil or just a red bump. ...Read more

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How long does a staph infection last?

Depends where it is: What staph infection? Staph can cause infections virtually anywhere in your body. Some can kill you within 24 hours.

If it's a staph skin infection, it can stay with you indefinitely until it's treated. If you keep getting staph infections after they've been treated, go away, then come back, you probably have staph germs lurking inside your nose. Have your nostrils cultured for staph. ...Read more

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Why do I have staph infection my butt?

Why do I have staph infection my butt?

Bacteria: Many people carry staph bacteria and never develop staph infections. If you have a staph infection, there's a good chance that it stemmed from bacteria you've been carrying around for some time. These bacteria can also be transmitted from person to person. Because staph bacteria are so hardy, they can live on inanimate objects such as pillowcases or towels long enough to transfer to the next person. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a staph infection?

What are symptoms of a staph infection?

Staphylococcus: Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing! ...Read more

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Will staph infection go away on its own?

NO: A true staph infection would most likely require antibiotics to get treated and eradicated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of staph infection?

Pain/redness: The signs of any bacterial infection are: redness, swelling, pain, heat. In medical school most of us learned the latin: rubor, tumor, dolor and calor (yes, doctors are nerds for the most part).
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these symptoms worsen along with the severity of infection (i.e. Dark fiery red is worse than light pink). If the infection gets more serious, you can have fevers as well. ...Read more

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What could cause you get staph infection?

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

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How to get staph infection and what is it?

How to get staph infection and what is it?

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

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How can I know if I have a staph infection?

How can I know if I have a staph infection?

Rash, pain, fever: May be others as well. Wound infections can occur. Staph can cause a serious infection in the skin and underlying tissue. ...Read more

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What are the main signs of staph infection?

Staph infection: Signs include redness, the area will feel hot and swollen. You may also have a fever. If the infection spreads, you will see redness radiating from the original area. ...Read more

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How do I treat a staph infection on my butt?

Antibiotics: Depending what the staph is sensitive to various antibiotics can be used. Surgical soap may be helpful in decreasing the bacteria to decrease chances reinfection. ...Read more

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What are signs of staph infection in a hcild?

What are signs of staph infection in a hcild?

Boil, red skin: Most staphylococcus aureus infections are in the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The skin is red, hot, swollen and tender. There could be drainage of pus if the infected area drains. If it's more severe there could be red streaks running up the arm or leg, fever and chills. ...Read more

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How do I spread a staph infection on my butt?

Hand Contact: Most staph. Infections are spread from person-to-person by hand contact. These infections start by introducing the germ to a new site; if the skin is intact, then no infection developes and the person may just harbor the organisim. Any break in the skin may introduce the germ into the deeper layers of the skin, thereby setting up the potential for a serious infection. Frequent handwashing helps. ...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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more