Staph infections: Protect your children!

February 8, 2008 6:32:10 PM PST
Did you know your children could be at risk for dangerous Staph infections? Here to explain what these infections are and give us some tips to help you protect your family is the founder of San Francisco On Call, Doctor Jordan Shlain.

Info about Staph Infection:
www.medicinenet.com/staph_infection

Additional information you can use!
Anyone can develop a Staph infection, although certain groups of people are at greater risk, including newborn infants, breastfeeding women, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, and lung disease. Injecting drug users, those with skin injuries or disorders, intravenous catheters, surgical incisions, and those with a weakened immune system all have an increased risk of developing Staph infections.

What are the symptoms and signs of a Staph infection?
Staphylococcal disease of the skin usually results in a localized collection of pus, known as an abscess, boil, or furuncle. The affected area may be red, swollen, and painful. Drainage or pus is common.

What types of diseases are caused by Staph?
Staph infections of the skin can progress to impetigo (a crusting of the skin) or cellulitis (inflammation of the connective tissue under the skin, leading to swelling and redness of the area). In rare cases, a serious complication known as scalded skin syndrome (see below) can develop. In breastfeeding women, Staph can result in mastitis (inflammation of the breast) or in abscess of the breast. Staphylococcal breast abscesses can release bacteria into the mother's milk.

Transmission from one person to another:
Toxic shock syndrome is an illness caused by toxins secreted by Staph aureus bacteria growing under conditions in which there is little or no oxygen. Toxic shock syndrome is characterized by the sudden onset of high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle aches, followed by low blood pressure (hypotension), which can lead to shock and death. There may be a rash resembling sunburn, with peeling of skin. Toxic shock syndrome was originally described and still occurs especially in menstruating women using tampons.

Web site: www.sfoncall.com

Dr. Jordan Shlain
Jordan Shlain, M.D.
Medical Director of Internal Medicine

About Dr. Jordan Shlain:
Dr. Jordan Shlain founded San Francisco On Call Medical Group in 1997 because he wanted to run a medical practice that puts a priority on the doctor-patient relationship.

During his residency, Dr. Shlain had the opportunity to provide a house call for an elderly patient, an experience that made a lasting impression. He realized he was able to spend the amount of time with a patient necessary to offer the best care in the comfort of the patient's own home. Dr. Shlain found that this unhurried, more comprehensive way of practicing medicine is consistent with the natural instincts of a doctor, namely being concerned first and foremost with the care of each patient.

It became clear to him that the 'housecall' could benefit many other people and he soon became the physician of choice for the hospitality industry as well as the maritime industry. Today, the top hotels in San Francisco call on SF On Call Medical Group as well as the cruise lines, airlines and consulates. However, the largest part of the practice are Bay Area residents who do not wish to visit the Emergency Room or are looking for a convenient, same-day medical visit at their home or their office.

Dr. Shlain is also an assistant clinical professor at the U.C.S.F. Medical Center, and a medical economics lecturer at U.C. Berkeley. He is also the Northern California medical director for Lufthansa Airlines, and is on the board of directors for the San Francisco Medical Society. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.D. from Georgetown University Medical School.


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