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What is staph infection? How contagious is staph infection?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: Very to some

For some patients staph is very contagious.
Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others.

In brief: Very to some

For some patients staph is very contagious.
Other people are carriers andnever get the infection but can give it to others.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Dr. Alec Moorman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Staph

Staph infection refers to a skin or soft tissue infection from the bacteria family staphylococcus, of which there are dozens of species.
All humans have staph on their skin at all times, which is called colonization. In some instances though, the staph grows out of control and results in an infection characterized by redness, warmth, tenderness, and purulence (pus). Some staph species are more likely to cause infection, such as staphylococcus aureus. The infection is contagious, and can be spread by contact such as in locker rooms, gyms, or even the hospital. If the bacteria invade the blood stream that can cause sepsis, which is potentially very dangerous. Staph infections are treated with antibiotics, but antibiotic resistant staph species are increasingly becoming a problem in hospitals and in the community. One particularly notorious strain is methicillin resistant staph aureus (mrsa).

In brief: Staph

Staph infection refers to a skin or soft tissue infection from the bacteria family staphylococcus, of which there are dozens of species.
All humans have staph on their skin at all times, which is called colonization. In some instances though, the staph grows out of control and results in an infection characterized by redness, warmth, tenderness, and purulence (pus). Some staph species are more likely to cause infection, such as staphylococcus aureus. The infection is contagious, and can be spread by contact such as in locker rooms, gyms, or even the hospital. If the bacteria invade the blood stream that can cause sepsis, which is potentially very dangerous. Staph infections are treated with antibiotics, but antibiotic resistant staph species are increasingly becoming a problem in hospitals and in the community. One particularly notorious strain is methicillin resistant staph aureus (mrsa).
Dr. Alec Moorman
Dr. Alec Moorman
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