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Old 03-15-2012, 02:24 AM
dougie_monty dougie_monty is offline
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Staph infection and the mouth

I am just now getting over a severe staph infection--symptoms include a reddened, swollen calf oozing water; nausea; dazed feeling; great loss of appetite. According to my doctor, the staphylococcus aureus bacteria regularly (and properly) inhabit the mouth, but do not belong anywhere else in or on the body. Did I hear right?
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:21 AM
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I am just now getting over a severe staph infection--symptoms include a reddened, swollen calf oozing water; nausea; dazed feeling; great loss of appetite. According to my doctor, the staphylococcus aureus bacteria regularly (and properly) inhabit the mouth, but do not belong anywhere else in or on the body. Did I hear right?
Staph is a normal member of the skin flora all over the skin and in the mouth and nasal passages - it's not usually a problem until it gets under the skin - a common cause of serious infections is when people instinctively apply their own saliva to a small wound.

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:21 AM
Qadgop the Mercotan Qadgop the Mercotan is offline
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Everyone has staph epidermis colonizing their skins. About 20% of folks also have staph aureus, which often causes skin infections, colonizing their skin harmlessly. Over 30% of people in the US have nasal colonization with staph aureus.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16362880
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