ZocdocAnswersIs it possible for the human body to build staphylococcus aureus immunity?

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Is it possible for the human body to build staphylococcus aureus immunity?

Is it possible for the human body to build a resistance to staph and under what conditions would one develop a resistance?

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Thank you for your question to discuss with your doctor. It is quite interesting that you bring this up, as most of us do have regular exposure to staph aureus that does not cause problems. You see, staph is a very common contaminant of the world in which we live, and almost all of us have some of it on our skin at any given time. It is rarely a problem because of the many different types of protection that we have, such as our skin and the immune cells of the body. So, in a way, we are all "immune" to staph. That being said, we can all become susceptible if there is a breakdown in that protection or if the type of bacteria is particularly virulent. Some types of this sort of extra bad bacteria include the drug resistant bacteria known as methicillin resistant staph aureus, or MRSA. There are others as well, but this one gets quite a bit of publicity due to the concerns of drug resistance making it harder to treat. Even this bacteria is fairly common, and most of us do not have problems with it, although some advocate cleansing this with special rinses and baths. Again, please speak with your doctor about your questions.

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