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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

Boil over bacteremia. For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions. Read more...

I have a terrible staph infection and just got a new boil after being on keflex for 3 days, does this mean it's resistant?

Maybe. If you have recurrent staph infection, it is possible that you are colonized with the bacteria or the staph was resistant to the antibiotic, ( MRSA is resistant to keflex), it may be necessary to have your doctor run a culture and sensitivity test of the bacteria. Read more...
Probably. Most boils these days are caused by mrsa, which is resistant to Keflex and related antibiotics. A culture of the pus will confirm this. Read more...

Okay this is for my fiancee okay ppl say she either has a boil or a cist or a staph infection like it poped last night can some one help identify it.

Infection. Yes. A physician can examine this in person and identify it. If it is unidentifiable then a culture can be taken of the sore. This question will be answered in person and probably not on the internet. Read more...

In 2009 I had surgery 4 a staph infection mnth ltr I devlop sputum have it nw 4 3yrs, had pneumonia nw I hve boils, pimpl & kidny cyst chst hrts?

See a Doctor Now! It appears that you have had recurrent infections in the past, have had chronic symptoms involving multiple organ systems. This will require immediate evaluation for detailed work up, including that for a primary or acquired immune deficiency. Please see your doctor immediately. Read more...
See MD. Staph infections can be anyplace on the body, . They can be localized or spread throughout the body. An md must evaluate serous staph infections . When they keep recurring an infectious diseases md is often needed to treat and determine the cause for recurrence. Read more...

How soon after a boil happens will you get a staph infection or mrsa?

Staph/MRSA. are the causes of boils/abscesses, if that helps answer your question. Read more...
Already infected. A boil IS an infection. You may already have staph (whether it is MRSA or regular staph) which could have caused it. There are other causes. Staph is present on everyone's skin. You can get MRSA from others if you don't have it now. You could have a non-MRSA staph causing your boil, and if it is open or draining can catch MRSA if you do not keep it covered and clean & safe from more germs. Read more...
It is infected. If it wasn't, you would not have the immune & inflammatory response to create the boil (/abscess). Depending on your health and personal susceptibility, it can stay local, or migrate and enter the bloodstream and cause systemic infection (/sepsis). Read more...
Cause. It is usually the cause of the boil so it is already present. Hope this helps. A culture can be taken from the boil which may need to be drained. Read more...
Staph/MRSA. Is the cause of boil to start with......strats days before the clinical perception. Read more...
Boils. These are infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue and more often than not, due to Staphylococcus aureus, the strains of which may or may not be resistant to methiciillin (or oxacillin). Occasionally there may be other pathogens involved, but this is very uncommon. Read more...
You already have it! The boil itself is the result of the infection, it doesn't "get infected with the bugs you mentioned. The boil is a fancy name for an abscess- a puss-filled pocket that is the result of an ingrown hair that has become infected with bacteria- usually something like staph and in some cases, community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (CA-MRSA). Hope this answers your question. Read more...

Could keflex still be working for my staph infection even if a new boil has popped up?

Cannot say. Since I do not know how long you have been on the Keflex it is hard to say.If you have only been on it for a few days then it is possible for new lesions to occur. Read more...

Can you tell me, are big boil type looking sores a form of staph infection and are they contagious?

Yes and no. They are full of staph aureus bacteria, we are exposed to this all day long. That said if you burst this and someone gets it on their hands and into a cut they will have the potential to become infected. Best to keep it bandages and stay away from susceptible people like the old and very young. Read more...