Learn what you need to know about treating these common infections.
  • Vaginal infection
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infections
  • Staph infections



Staph Infection Exams & Tests

Your healthcare provider will diagnose a staph infection by taking skin or fluid cultures and testing them for signs of drug-resistant bacteria. The sample is sent to a lab where it is placed in a dish of nutrients that encourage bacterial growth (culture) and then studied. Results take about 48 hours, but newer tests that can detect staph in DNA in a matter of hours are now becoming more available.

Your healthcare provider may recommend one of the following tests:

  • A skin biopsy and culture from the infected site.
  • A culture of the fluid from the infection.
  • A blood culture.
  • A sputum culture through coughing or bronchoscopy, if pneumonia is present or suspected.
  • A urine culture if a urinary tract infection is present or suspected.