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How does it take for a staph infection to develop? For

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How long does it take for a staph infection to develop? For example: a small burn on the arm ....later a staph infection develops around it. How many days from being infected until the infection is obvious? Thank you
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.K.S.Dastoor replied 7 years ago.
Staphylococcus infection is very common in open surgical wounds and in your case,burn wounds.It usually take 6 to 12 hours at least for the infection to develop.It can be passed on by air,contaminated surfaces,person to person,esp in kids when they are playing in a dirty area.He will need antibiotics and pain relief for at least 7 days.After infection of the wound,symptoms usually develop after a couple of days.Since your son was away during that time,its possible that his symptoms went un-noticed.Just follow your doctors advice and keep the wound clean.If his wound has not improved after 7 to 10 days then he needs to see the doctor again.
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