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.