Staff infection

Staff infection, or staph infection, is a group of bacteria that causes different diseases and thus results in an infection through different parts of the body tissues. Staff infection is short for Staphylococcus.

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Any illnesses due to this infection could range from mild, and requiring no treatment, to a severe infection that could cause death.

There are different types of staphylococci that could infect people with the most common being staphylococcus aureus. This is usually found on the skin or the nose and majority of this does not cause any disease but the injury or damage it brings to the skin may lead to infection.

Anyone is at risk to develop a staff infection however there are certain groups who are more prone to this and those include: newborn babies, women who are breastfeeding (may experience inflammation of the breast or mastitis), people with diabetes, cancer, lung and vascular disease, drug users who use injections, those with surgical incisions, lower or weak immune system.

Skin infection is the most common disease brought about by staph or staff infection. Skin with this infection could progress to impetigo or cellulitis. And sometimes this could lead to scalded skin syndrome although rare does this happen.

When bacteria gets in the blood system and spreads over to the organs this could lead to serious infections. Once it spreads or gets in the blood it is then called sepsis or bacteremia. Sepsis of the blood could lead into shock and circulatory collapse – this is seen in people with severe burns – and essentially could lead to death.
Pneumonia caused by staff infection usually affects people with lung diseases and this could develop into abscess within the lungs.

Staff infection could also infect the heart valves and this is known as Endocarditis which could essentially lead to heart failure.

When staff infection spreads to the bones it could results into osteomyelitis or inflammation of the bones.
When staphylococcus is ingested this could lead to food poisoning which causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The on-set for this is anywhere between 1 to 6 hours and it usually has to go through the system which could last for up to 3 days. When suffering from this, be sure to keep yourself hydrated.

Toxic shock syndrome is due to toxins given out by staphylococcus aureus bacteria which grows in conditions where there is little to no oxygen at all. Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, body or muscle ache, hypotension or low blood pressure and this could lead to shock and then death. A rash may develop looking like sunburn. Toxic shock syndrome still occurs in women who uses tampons during their menstrual period and who accidentally leaves a tampon in for a period of time.

The symptoms of a staff infection found on the skin is usually seen in one spot or localized. An abscess, furuncle or boil or pus buildup is common.

Most staph infection is diagnosed by sight and would not need any tests. However, infections in the blood, or pneumonia and the like would need a series of blood tests. This is done to determine the best antibiotic to be used to fight off the bacteria.

Minor staff skin infections are treated with topical antibiotic ointments in some cases oral antibiotics may also be given.

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