The Truth About Staph Infection: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

You may have heard people talk about it, but what do you really know? What are staph infections?

Staph is short for staphylococcus, this is the bacteria that causes a staph infection. This bacteria is carried by at least 1 in 4 persons in either their mouth, nose, anal, or genital areas. Usually a cut occurs and bacteria infects the cut causing a staph infection.

Staph infections can range from simple boils to flesh eating bacterial infections. The extent of the infection depends on how deep the infection is and how fast it spreads and the level of treatment that can be effectively carried out by antibiotic therapy. Infections of an antibiotic-resistant type are far more common that they used to be due to the overuse of antibiotics in North America.

Cellulitis is the staph infection of the skin’s deep layers. It is usually treatable with antibiotics. This is one of the most common infections amongst us. It can become more severe in the population of people who have weakened immune systems and/or diabetes.

What are some of the symptoms of staph infections?

Cellulitis usually starts off as irritation of the skin like redness and tenderness or can be an open sore or no break in the skin.

Pain, swelling and warmth are symptoms of cellulitis. Sores with these signs may be cellulitis. Fevers may occur with the spread of staph infection.

What is the Treatment for Staph Infection?

In the past, most staph infections were treatable with antibiotics like penicillin. But, now stronger antibiotics are required to treat staph infections due to the common over-use of antibiotics like penicillin to treat this infection.

Even now these stronger antibiotics aren’t working against staph infection because it has developed immunities to these medicines in not just hospitals, but everywhere in the public. Some doctors like to use certain antibiotics causing more resistance for those staph infections. This causes them to grow immune to these antibiotics.

Although this is not common surgery is a factor when the infection becomes serious and antibiotics cannot treat it like when it infects the muscles or fibers that surround the muscles.

What is the best way to prevent staph infections?

One of the best ways to prevent staph is by washing the affected area or areas with soap and water and keeping the area dry and clean. Also, the use of antiseptic ointment with a dry sterile dressing is recommended.

In sports and health club environments, the proper use of handwashing as well as antiseptic hand cleaners are a must. This includes the proper cleaning of all surfaces and equipment in the sports and gym.

One important point to remember is that staph is contagious and is easily spread. For any signs that a wound is red, the redness is spreading or becomes increasingly more painful, seek medical attention immediately.

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