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#1 Jan 27, 2008
is it just me or does a lot of people complain about staph infection? i have never seen so many people w/outbreaks. i thought you could only get it from a doctors office through surgery. after researching it i found out you can get it from another person. it is dangerous w/flu like symptoms and you can die within 72 hours if left untreated. there is also staph called MRSA which is antibiotic resistant. how do you cure that?
#3 Jan 28, 2008
A staph infection (also known as MRSA) is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Staph infections can affect the skin, blood, bones, or lungs.
MRSA can be spread through several mechanisms:
From one area of the body to another
The following factors increase your chances of MRSA. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:
Exposure to hospital or clinical settings
If you experience any of these symptoms, do not assume it is attributed to MRSA. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.
Folliculitisinfection of hair follicles
Boils a skin infection that may drain pus, blood, or an amber-colored liquid.
Scaled skin syndromea skin infection characterized by a fever, rash, and sometimes blisters.
Impetigolarge blisters on the skin
Toxic shock syndrome a rare but serious bacterial infection; two of its primary symptoms are a rash and high fever.
Cellulitisa skin infection characterized by a swollen, red area that spreads quickly.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:
Skin biopsy removal of a sample of skin to test for infection
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
Antibiotics are given to kill the bacteria.
Cleansing of the Skin
Washing the skin with an antibacterial cleanser, applying an antibiotic, and covering the skin with a sterile dressing can help treat the infection and keep it from spreading.
To help reduce your chances of getting a staph infection, take the following steps:
Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap and water.
Keep cuts and wounds clean and covered until healed.
Avoid contact with other peoples wounds and materials contaminated by wounds.
National Center for Infectious Diseases
#4 Jan 28, 2008
I had a family member that pasted away last year due to mrsa and from start to finish 3 weeks and it was over so it is a very hard bacteria to fight........and very hard to watch them fight to live due to this ---------and it was catch in the hospital is how she came in contact with it..
#5 Jan 28, 2008
thanks for the info. very helpful
#7 Jan 30, 2008
First of all, I am sorry for your loss. The infection sometimes can progress further than what expected. Other medical conditions can prevent healing time. I know,first hand, people have been diagnosed with MRSA and was treated, and done fine. However, anytime an infection is present, MRSA can "re-surface". The infection is on the rise. However, many people who have MRSA, or a history of having MRSA, are still functioning, healthy people, if treated promptly and effectively. They still shop your local grocery store, Wal Mart, and everywhere. They are not contagious, unless an infection is present. Good handwashing!!! Good sanitizers, even after pushing a buggy through the store....
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