Antibiotic resistance and topical treatment.

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Antibiotic resistance and topical treatment.

Publication Date
Sep 02, 1978
  • Medicine


For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists or to find a service in your area, call (866) 626-6847 or visit us online at: Staphylococcus aureus and Pregnancy This sheet talks about the risks that exposure to staphylococcus aureus can have during pregnancy. With each pregnancy, all women have a 3% to 5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider. What is a staph infection? Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a type of bacteria (germ) found on the skin or in the nose. Most of the time, people will not have problems with these bacteria. However, if staph gets inside the body through a cut or sore, it may cause painful boils or abscesses on the skin or infection in the lungs (pneumonia), bloodstream, or in a wound that is healing after surgery. People with a higher risk of getting a staph infection include sick people in hospitals, people recovering from surgeries or other medical procedures, people living in over-crowded conditions (shelters or prisons), children in daycare, intravenous (IV) drug abusers, people with weakened immune systems, athletes, and military personnel. Eating food that has been contaminated with staph bacteria can also cause food poisoning. Symptoms typically involve severe vomiting and diarrhea with stomach pain that will start within a few hours after exposure. This type of infection with staph bacteria usually is not serious and generally does not last for more than a day. What medications are used to treat staph skin infections? Draining of abscesses by your health care provider may be the only treatment needed for staph skin infections. If medication is needed, antibiotics are used. Some of the antib

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