Staph Infection is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. This bacterium is usually found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Staph Infection can be life threatening if they invade deeper into your body like entering blood stream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. Symptoms of Staph Infection are:
• Boils on skin
• Painful and contagious rash
• Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
• Food poisoning
• Toxic shock syndrome
• Septic arthritis
• Pus filled blisters
HOW IS STAPH INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Staph Infection is based on the symptoms, evaluation of medical history and clinical diagnostics. The dermatologist may examine the affected area and the skin lesions. In most cases a sample of the tissue or fluid from boils is taken for clinical examination
HOW IS STAPH INFECTION TREATED?
Treatment of a staph infection may include:
• Antibiotics. Antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat staph infections include certain cephalosporins, nafcillin or related antibiotics, sulfa drugs or vancomycin.
• Wound drainage. Doctor is likely make an incision into the sore to drain fluid that has collected there.
• Device removal. If the infection involves a device or prosthetic, prompt removal of the device is needed. For some devices, removal might require surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Staphylococcus bacteria are extremely adaptable, it is very easy to develop resistance to the antibiotic