Staphylococcus

by: Mary Catherine Whitley

What is Staphylococcus?

Also known as a Staph infection, Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria that can be found on the surface of your skin around the mouth, nose, genitals and anus. If the skin is broken or punctured, Staph may enter the wound and infect the area.


Diagnosis:

Your doctor will perform a Physical exam, checking your skin to see if you have any lesions. Most times the doctor will collect a sample for testing as well, taking either a tissue sample or nasal secretions.


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Frequency of Staphylococcus:

Anyone can contract Staphylococcus, the common person can pick up this disease.

It is highly contagious, if a person were to touch another persons infected wound than they have a high chance of developing the infection.


In order to prevent developing a Staph infection you need to clean your wound with soap and water immediately after being cut then cover your wound with a bandage.

Course of Staphylococcus:

If you have an open wound or cut, Staphylococcus may go into your cut if not taken care of properly and infect the area. Once infected the cut may swell and look red and begin to develop pus inside. If the infection does not get treated, it may spread to your muscles or other places throughout your body and at that point it will need to be surgically cleaned.


Possible Complications:

Usually begins with:
  • Tenderness, redness and swelling

You may begin to develop:

  • boils or lesions on the surface of the skin

If the Staph infection goes without being treated, depending on how fast it spreads and how deep it spreads, it may lead to death.

Also, if someone is Antibiotic-resistant that could lead to death because Antibiotics is usually the main drug used to treat a Staph infection. Unless the infection is diagnosed soon enough to where doctors may be able to go in and surgically clean the infected areas.


Who may be affected by Staphylococcus?

Anyone can develop a Staph infection. However, someone that may have skin disorders such as a burn or eczema may be more susceptible to contracting it.