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Web Extra: Staph Infection Info

Web Extra: Staph Infection Info

What is Staph?

Most people have Staphylococcus aureus bacteria or staph on their skin or in their nose or throat.  A staph infection is caused when the skin is punctured or broken and the staph bacteria enters the wound and causes an infection.

Causes

  • Staph bacteria can cause illness through direct infection and through toxins that the bacteria produce.

Symptoms

  • skin redness, swelling, warmth, tenderness and sometimes fever - Some staph infections are localized, but others can cover the entire body.

Treatment

  • Please consult a physician for treatment.
  • Antibiotics are commonly used to treat staph infections.

Prevention

  • Any time you have a cut or skin breakdown, wash it with soap and water.  Keep it clean and dry.  Use antiseptic ointment and keep it covered.
  • Keep personal items personal.
  • Wear foot coverings in locker rooms and don't share towels.

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of staph infection check out these links.

WebMD

Mayo Clinic

Medline Plus

Kids Health

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