Can staphylococcal infection cause endocarditis?

Yes, big time. Staph endocarditis is a very big deal, often will rapidly destroy the valve, requiring surgical replacement of the valve; can have a high mortality rate despite optimal care.

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How is blepharitis caused by staphylococcal infection?

Skin=staph. Staph is a ubiquitous organism on the skin...Everyone has it. It takes advantage of a small break in the skin or perhaps a plucked eyelash follicle to cause an infection. It is generally easy to treat. See your doctor for antibiotics. Read more...
Dual inflammation. Staph infections can cause primary inflammation and then secondary reaction to the staph toxin especially from this bacteria. The eyelid margin skin is very thin and super-sensitive to irritants and infection. Read more...

I am an intravenous drug user, am I more susceptible to getting a staphylococcal infection?

Yes. 3 things affect you - one is that you use poor cleaning when injecting thereby pushing the bacteria on your skin into your vein. The second is that the drug may be contaminated with bacteria. The third is that long term IV drug abuse probably affects your immune system making you more susceptible to infections in general. Read more...
Yes . Any breaks in the integrity of the skin make one more susceptable to skin infections. Read more...

Can I get staphylococcal infection by eating soiled food?

Possibly. Ingestion of large amount of any bacteria can cause diarrhea, staphylococcus included. However, this organism is usually found on the skin and tends to infect that area with boils and pimples. Read more...
Toxin food poison. Staphylococcus is ubiquitous; it is all over, normally lives on skin, etc. Some strains make a tasteless, heat resitant toxin (not destroyed by cooking) that can cause a food poisoning assoc w/fever, lots of vomiting, diarrhea; starts 1/2-8h after ingestion; lasts 24-48h. Won't cause abscess (pus pocket), skin infections, etc from eating it, but can make you miserable, dehydrated. Read more...

Is there any immunity after staphylococcal infection?

No. There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. Read more...
Yes. We do form antibodies but they are not very efficient since antibodies are better at viruses, cancer, and fungus. The white blood cells fight the bacterial infections but they do not retain any memory cells which is why re infection occurs. Read more...

Will a staphylococcal infection kill me?

Depends. If you are really healthy not likely. Being immunosuppresed and having a severe staph infection can be life threatening. Read more...

What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

Culture. A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. Read more...

What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

Depends. It depends on where the infection is; lung infection will cause pneumonia , the patient may have fever, cough, shortness of breath etc..., in the blood stream, patient may develop hypotension, fever, organs failure, on the skin redness of skin, fever, abcess etc..., . Read more...

How common is it for a staphylococcal infection to become septic?

It depends. There are multiple kinds of staphylococcal bacteria strains. Whether a person develops sepsis is dependent on the type of staph strain, as well as the overall condition of the patient. For example, even a "weak" staph strain can cause sepsis in somebody whose immune system is weak. We all are exposed to staph virtually every day. It is impossible to quote you a percentage for your question. Read more...
Rare. But it can happen easily depending on the type of strep. Some are more virulent. Read more...