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Can you get a staph infection from a venous ulcer?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes you can.

Venous ulcers are due to a breakdown of the skin usually overlying the medial or lateral ankle due to venous hypertension due to , usually, venous valvular reflux in the saphenous system of veins.
These are very prone to bacterial infection and staph can be a component of the infecting organisms. Often times, multiple bacterial will be cultured from these ulcers.

In brief: Yes you can.

Venous ulcers are due to a breakdown of the skin usually overlying the medial or lateral ankle due to venous hypertension due to , usually, venous valvular reflux in the saphenous system of veins.
These are very prone to bacterial infection and staph can be a component of the infecting organisms. Often times, multiple bacterial will be cultured from these ulcers.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
6 doctors agree

In brief: Staph vein ulcer

We have staphylococcus bacteria on our skin.
Any opening in the skin can get colonized with bacteria including staph. If the correct factors align, this colonization can result in an infectious process.

In brief: Staph vein ulcer

We have staphylococcus bacteria on our skin.
Any opening in the skin can get colonized with bacteria including staph. If the correct factors align, this colonization can result in an infectious process.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
5 doctors agree

In brief: The other way

Venous ulcers can become infected with staph.
See a wound care specialist for treatment of your ulcer.

In brief: The other way

Venous ulcers can become infected with staph.
See a wound care specialist for treatment of your ulcer.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
The staph doesn't cause the venous ulcer....but the venous ulcer can get infected, sometimes with staph.
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A venous ulcer is a break in the skin.
Everyone has staph on their skin. If you have an ulcer, it is very easy for the staph to get into the tissue and become an infection.

In brief: Yes

A venous ulcer is a break in the skin.
Everyone has staph on their skin. If you have an ulcer, it is very easy for the staph to get into the tissue and become an infection.
Dr. Scott Grover
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, venous ulcers can become infected with staph aureus.
This bacteria most commonly causes skin infections.

In brief: Yes

Yes, venous ulcers can become infected with staph aureus.
This bacteria most commonly causes skin infections.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes you can but ...

They are rare. Although staph infections of venous ulcers can occur, as described by the other doctors' answers, surprisingly, they are actually quite uncommon.
Antibiotics are rarely needed in the treatment of venous ulcers.

In brief: Yes you can but ...

They are rare. Although staph infections of venous ulcers can occur, as described by the other doctors' answers, surprisingly, they are actually quite uncommon.
Antibiotics are rarely needed in the treatment of venous ulcers.
Dr. Ted King
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