According to the CDC (2014), it is estimated that Americans of all ages visit the doctor more than 12 million times per year for skin infections that are typical of staph (staphylococcus bacteria). More than half of those visits are for MRSA, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.
As the weather changes and students return to the locker rooms and you return to the gym, it is important to understand how staph is spread, what the signs and symptoms of the infection are, and what to do if you suspect you may have a staph infection.
Staph bacteria can be spread by having direct contact with another person’s infection (think contact sports). Staph can also be spread by sharing personal items such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin. Another way to contract staph is to touch a surface contaminated with the bacteria (think gym mats or exercise equipment). Staph can al...
I was just diagnosed with HSV 2. Can I pass HSV2 by kissing someone or by giving oral sex? Can I give it to someone just by rubbing body parts together (what they call dry humping) without having sex? I am now on Valtrex, what else can I use besides condoms to prevent transmission? HSV is a virus that is transmitted by infected body fluids. Mouth to mouth kissing isn’t likely to transmit HSV2. Oral sex can transmit disease but it is rare in the absence of an outbreak. Dry humping, where there is genital contact without penetration is unlikely to lead to disease transmission as long as there is a barrier in place, however, there can be ejaculate and vaginal secretions during dry humping -- both of which can have virus in it -- even in the absence of an outbreak. People with herpes can reduce the risk of transmission by using condoms and you can reduce the risk further by taking suppressive therapy . Important: We hope you...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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