Staph Infection Symptoms

Staph infection is a bacterium living on our skin and other parts of the body. A healthy person can easily fight off this bacteria.

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Staphylococcus aureus happens when the person gets a cut or a wound which allows the bacteria to enter the skin and sometimes the bacteria gets into the body.

There are various staph infection symptoms – depending on what part of the body is infected. If it is on a cut or a wound, the staph infection symptom would be pain around the cut or wound area. Pus could come out of the cut or wound even on a scrape.

Another staph infection symptom would be folliculitis or boils – these are pimples with white “heads” around the follicles of the hair.

Furuncles is another staph infection symptom. Furuncles are also known as boils. A group or cluster of furuncles is called carbuncles.

Any staph infection symptoms that go deep in the body could be fatal especially if the infection gets to the heart, known as endocarditis. Patients with prosthetic joints are also at higher risk of catching this infection.

The best way to fight or prevent staph infection is by simply washing the hands with soap and water. Plus, avoid sharing towels with someone who is infected with staph as well as refraining from sharing clothing or equipments with someone who is infected. Keep in mind that staph infection is also spread by skin to skin contact.

If you know of any child who has impetigo, another staph infection symptom, keep your child from the patient as impetigo is highly contagious. If your child has impetigo, keep your child away from other children, including siblings, and make sure that your infected child does not share any clothing, towels, sheets etc with other siblings.

Staph infection can be treated with antibiotics however it is getting harder to treat staph as of late as the bacteria is getting to be resistant from antibiotics. Which is why, at this point, prevention is the best defense against staph infection. If your cut, or wound is infected, the use of topical antibiotic ointment is highly recommended. Keep the wound clean by using soap and water and keep the wound dry. At the first sign of infection, reach for that antibiotic ointment. If the cut or wound seems to get worse, see your physician.

If you just had surgery and are worried that the incision site is infected, go to your physician and have him check the incision. Chances are you will be prescribed an oral antibiotic as well as antibiotic ointment to apply on the incision. If pus develops, the doctor may have to drain the area before treating it.

If the area is swollen, applying warm compresses or heating pad on the area could help reduce the swelling. If there is pain involved, consult with your physician but mostly a pain reliever will be enough to ease the pain. Once again, if the cut or wound area seems to be getting worst or if you develop a fever, see your doctor for there may be an underlying cause for the symptoms you are showing.

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