Staph infections are not normally considered a serious problem as long as they are treated. They can be quite irritating to the skin as they can cause redness and bumps to occur on the skin. Many people are embarrassed by the way it makes their skin look and this can really result in a lot of aggravation and frustration to the person who has it.
Staph is the common term but it's medical term is Staphylococcus. It is bacteria which commonly lives on the skin and is harmless in this environment. It's when the skin is broken and the infection enters it that it can cause problems.
This type of staph infection can circulate rather quickly in common athletic areas such as gyms and fitness centers. This potentially harmful bacteria can be found on sports equipment, in locker rooms, and on personal hygiene care items such as towels, soaps, and razors. MRSA infections are contagiously spread by skin-to-skin contact through an open cut wound, or contact through personal hygiene care items.
The problem with treating staph infections has to do with how we treat everything. The fail safe move of most physicians is to prescribe antibiotics. After a while, however, bacteria start to develop resistances to the antibiotics. This is exactly what has happened with staph and one version, known as MRSA, is now a serious problem and NFL players are not immune.
The best way to prevent a staph infection is simply by keeping yourself clean. Wash your hands often and bathe yourself several times a week. If you have cuts or wounds clean them well, apply antibiotic creams or lotions and cover them. Be careful not to spread a staph infection if your health care provider has diagnosed one by warning your family or friends and not sharing towels, linens or clothes.
The skin staph infection causes red, swollen areas that could be very painful; the discomfort is only alleviated by the surgical drainage of the abscesses which also increases the recovery speed. You should not attempt to drain a furuncle at home as the risk of spreading the infection even further is very high.
In the beginning as early as the 1940's a popular antibiotic drug was used as a method of treatment against the S.Aureus (Staphyllococcal Aureus) bacteria that caused staph infections. The drug was initially proved to be an effective means of treating staph infections and helped save countless lives in the process.
Like any other bacterial infection, staph infection causes symptoms that vary depending on the severity and location of the infection. It could cause food poisoning, endocarditis (inflamed heart lining) and even pneumonia. The degree of each symptom is also dependant on whether the patient contracted the bacterium or merely the toxin by-product.
Staphylococcus bacteria or "staph" for short creates an infection that can be carried in the nose and mouth as well as genital and anal areas. Staph is also prevalent in the air we breathe and the food we eat. Staph tends to infect the feet as well as it makes constant contact with the floor. It usually starts with a small skin break or cut but just wide enough for the bacteria to enter. Staph is also classified as a flesh eating infection.
Dermatitis is also a term used to describe staph infections and there are many descriptions for such skin problems, however in basic terms, it is a group of bacteria found on the skin. The common cause is from scratching, resulting from itch sores. These sores can come from numerous sources, namely fleas, inhalant allergy and even food.
Staph infections have become quite common in places that sweat and other bodily fluids are left behind by a community of people. The first place that this can be most common is a local gym. Open cuts and wounds make this a prime target for bacteria to move in and destroy the tissue of the body.
These MRSA symptoms are right on as I can relate to the infection I had on my knee many years ago. It was amazing how fast this infection increased in size and yes, it is painful. Once in the hospital and treatment began, it took over a week for this staph infection to subside. Had I not recognized the symptoms, the outcome could have been much worse than a few days in the hospital.