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11 Symptoms of Staph Infections

Everyone agrees that “prevention is better than cure.” It is important for us to know the causes and symptoms of any disease to prevent it and enjoy a healthy and meaningful life.

Did you know that the Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria are present in many healthy people (around 30%)? The staph bacteria have at least 40 species and are commonly found in the nose and on the skin.

Health experts identified Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) as the primary cause of certain health problems or Staph Infections in humans, which can be serious or life-threatening.

Staph infections happen when the S. aureus bacteria enter an injured skin—such as cuts and puncture wounds, scrapes or rashes. The bacteria spread from person to person or through contaminated surfaces. Therefore, it is imperative to keep our surfaces and body clean—injured skin clean and covered— to avoid the spread of the bacteria and prevent ourselves from suffering staph infections.

Some of the serious and fatal Staph infections include Bacteremia or sepsis, which occurs when the bacteria spread in the blood stream; Endocarditis, infection of the heart valves, Pneumonia, infection of the lungs, and Osteomyelitis, a bone infection.

People inflicted with Staph Infections on the skin would experience the following symptoms

1. Abscess

This is a common skin condition caused by the accumulation of pus in the dermis or subcutaneous tissue (innermost layer of the skin). You’ll notice that the area surrounding the abscess is red, swollen, tender, and painful. Additionally, you can feel that the abscess is warm and may leak fluid.

Some people with a severe infection would experience chills and fever. Applying a warm compress could open up and drain the abscess. Make sure to wash your hands before and after touching the abscess to prevent the spread of infection. If the abscess does not heal after a few days of opening and draining it, consult with your doctor.

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