How long after surgery are you at risk for staph infection and is a rash a symptom?


Johns Hopkins Medicine states that the chance of a patient developing a surgical site infection is between 1 and 3 percent, and infections typically occur within 30 days of surgery. The Mayo Clinic lists rash-like symptoms as one possible indicator of a staph infection.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the different categories of surgical site infections, including those caused by Staphylococcus bacteria, share nearly identical symptoms. Tenderness, redness, swelling, fever, prolonged healing and pain all indicate a potential infection. Depending on the severity of infection, pus discharge at the surgical site may also occur. The Mayo Clinic lists pus or blood-filled boils and blisters as common signs of a staph infection.

Johns Hopkins Medicine divides surgical site infections into superficial, deep incisional and organ infections. WebMD reports that most surgical site infections fall into the superficial category. These infections are considered relatively minor and localized to the skin surrounding the surgical site. Any sign of infection needs to be treated seriously because some types of infection, such as staph infections, advance quickly into surrounding tissues if left untreated. Post-operative, deep incisional and organ infections are very dangerous and account for more than 8,000 deaths a year, a fact that makes quick diagnosis of a surgical site infection of the utmost importance.

Q&A Related to "How long after surgery are you at risk for staph..."
You are always at risk of getting a staph infection.For example,my mother has not had surgery for years but her dr. is telling her she has staph in her nose.Staph is airborne so everyone
1. Total joint surgery has a high risk for infection. Here are some of the signs to watch out for. 1. Redness around the surgical sight. 2. Any drainage from the surgical incision
Common symptoms of staph
I don't know if its staph, but anytime you have an open wound and or surgery and it gets infection, it could be serious. I'd call the doctor asap! Better to be safe than lose a leg!
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Symptoms of a Staph Infection After Surgery
Staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria commonly referred to as "staph," is a common organism that lives on the skin but can cause infection if it gets into the body through an incision or wound. Staph infections that develop after surgery can be... More »
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