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Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: They can be.

Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can cause either local or widespread infection.
If staph infects the blood stream and causes damage of organs, this is called sepsis and it can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics.

In brief: They can be.

Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can cause either local or widespread infection.
If staph infects the blood stream and causes damage of organs, this is called sepsis and it can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
There is strain of staph that is resistant to a lot of antibiotics such as MRSA and VRSA and those can cause more serious infections that, if left untreated, may cause death in certain people.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Staph Infections

Yes, they can be deadly if they are left untreated.
The main bacteria that causes wound infections is stapylococcus aureus. It naturally lives on most of our skin. Most strains of staph respond well to antibiotics and are therefore, relatively harmless and easy to treat. Unfortunatly, we now have antibiotic resistant strains of staph, which is what MRSA is.

In brief: Staph Infections

Yes, they can be deadly if they are left untreated.
The main bacteria that causes wound infections is stapylococcus aureus. It naturally lives on most of our skin. Most strains of staph respond well to antibiotics and are therefore, relatively harmless and easy to treat. Unfortunatly, we now have antibiotic resistant strains of staph, which is what MRSA is.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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