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samantha
How contagious is this staph infection?
So, a girl that I work with just found out that she has a staph infection in her sinuses. Now everyone in the office has turned into germaphobes. She's been on antibiotics for a few days. Is a staph infection of the sinuses contagious? Should we send her home?
                     




GToMzZz
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No its fine she treated it early so it shouldnt be of harm just make sure you wash your hands often and keep your office clean but to me it shouldnt be a big deal


How's life??
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The staph infetion is really contagious. You are more likley to get it if you have a cut or scratch or have contact with a person or surface that has the staph bacteria. Even though she is taking antibiotics sometimes the staph bacteria can be resisitent to it.


irlefw
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any type of infection is contagious. Being on antibiotics for a few days doesn't much matter, as long as the signs and symptoms are still there so is the infection. Just using normal handwashing and maybe some hand sanitizer should be fine. If she is sneezing and coughing alot it probably isn't a great idea for her to be at work though, that's how its spread.


gangadharan_nair
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Staphylococci are gram-positive, aerobic organisms. Staphylococcus aureus is the most pathogenic; it typically causes skin infections and sometimes pneumonia, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. It commonly leads to abscess formation. Some strains elaborate toxins that cause gastroenteritis, scalded skin syndrome, and toxic shock syndrome. Diagnosis is by Gram stain and culture. Treatment is usually with penicillinase-resistant β-lactams, but because antibiotic resistance is common, Vancomycin may be required. Some strains are resistant to all but the newest ribosome-targeted antibiotics (eg, Linezolid, quinupristin plus dalfopristin) or Daptomycin (a lipopeptide antibiotic).
Prevention
Protecting yourself from staph infections can seem daunting, given how widespread and virulent the bacteria have become. But these common-sense precautions can help lower your risk:
Wash your hands. Careful hand washing is your best defense against germs. Scrub hands briskly for at least 15 to 30 seconds, then dry them with a disposable towel and use another towel to turn off the faucet. If your hands aren't visibly dirty, you can use a hand sanitizer containing at least 62 percent alcohol. These sanitizers are convenient and may actually kill more germs than soap and water do.
Keep wounds covered. Keep cuts and abrasions clean and covered with sterile, dry bandages until they heal. The pus from infected sores often contains staph bacteria, and keeping wounds covered will help keep the bacteria from spreading.
Give high-risk food the cold shoulder. If you have any doubts about the way food is handled in a restaurant, avoid mayonnaise-based salads and cream sauces. At home, refrigerate food promptly, especially dishes made with mayonnaise or eggs.
Reduce tampon risks. You can reduce your chances of getting toxic shock syndrome by changing your tampon frequently, at least every four to eight hours. Use the lowest absorbency tampon you can and try to alternate using tampons and sanitary napkins whenever possible.
Keep personal items personal. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, sheets, razors, clothing and athletic equipment. Staph infections can spread on objects as well as from person to person. If you have a cut or sore, wash your towels and linens using detergent and hot water with added bleach and dry them in a hot dryer.
Get tested. If you have a skin infection that requires treatment or are scheduled for surgery, ask your doctor if you should be tested for MRSA.
Please see the web pages for more details on Staphylococcal aureus.


janeannpat
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Staph is commonly carried in your nose.


Michaelangelo
MRSA - Antibiotic-Resistant “Staphylococcus aureus” Skin Infections

A huge number of people are being diagnosed with MRSA (skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus - staph bacteria) that are resistant to many known and previously used antibiotics (the drugs that kill bacteria). These resistant strains of staph are commonly known as “MRSA” (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).

Staph bacteria are most often found in the nasal passages and on the skin of people. Most of the time, staph carried in the nose or on the skin does not cause infection. When it does, it usually causes minor infections, such as boils or abscesses. However, sometimes staph can cause more serious infections such as pneumonia, joint, and bloodstream infections. These are serious infections and require immediate treatment.

Staph infections often begin when staph bacteria enter the body through an injury to the skin, such as a cut or graze or surgical proceedure. Symptoms of a staph skin infection include redness, warmth, swelling, tenderness of the skin and boils or blisters.

The Spread Of Staph

Even the cleanest person can get a staph infection. Staph can rub off the skin of an infected person and onto the skin of another person when they have prolonged skin to skin contact. Staph from an infected person can also get onto a commonly shared item or surface and then get onto the skin of the person who touches it next. Examples of commonly shared items are towels, benches in saunas or hot tubs and athletic equipment - in other words, anything that could have touched the skin of a staph infected person can carry the bacteria to the skin of another person.

Preventing Staph Infections

Clean your hands and skin often. Spray with The New Silver Solution. Avoid prolonged skin-to-skin contact with anyone you suspect could have a staph skin infection. Do not share personal items (e.g. razors, towels, etc.) with other persons and keep your towels and clothes clean. Clean items that you share with other people (e.g. towels, razors, athletic equipment) before you use them.

Actions To Take If You Think You Have A Staph Infection

If you suspect that you might have a staph skin infection, consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Early treatment can help prevent the infection from getting worse. Be sure to follow all the directions your healthcare provider gives you, even when you start to feel better. If you are prescribed antibiotics, finish all of the doses because incomplete treatment of staph infections can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The New Silver Solution can be taken with antibiotics, in fact, tests have proven that using The New Silver Solution in conjunction with antibiotics enables deeper and more penetrative ability in killing staph bacteria.

If my healthcare provider has told me that I have an antibiotic-resistant staph (MRSA) skin infection, what can I do to keep others from getting infected?

Please take the following steps to prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant staph skin infection to others:

1. Treat area with The New Silver Solution. Keep the infected area covered with clean, dry bandages. Pus, Mucus and drainage from an infected wound is very infectious.

2. Thoroughly wash your hands frequently with liquid soap and warm water, especially after changing bandages or touching the infected skin. Throw away used dressings promptly and spray your hands with The New Silver Solution.

3. Regularly clean and disinfect your bathroom and personal items. Wash soiled towels, bedding and clothes with hot water. Bleach when possible. Drying bedding and clothes in a hot-air dryer, rather than air-drying also helps kill bacteria. Wipe down surfaces with The New Silver Solution.

4. Inform any healthcare providers who treat you, that you have a history of an antibiotic-resistant staph (MRSA) skin infection and that you are using The New Silver Solution to fight the infection.

5. Ensure that you take The New Silver Solution internally, on a daily basis.

6. Do not share razors, towels or similar items with other people.

If you have questions about MRSA, please talk with your health care provider. Most Doctors and especially Surgeons, will recommend the use of The New Silver Solution.

http://www.mrsamedical.com/


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