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How to Treat Staph Infection

By Jane Scott

Staph infection is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria live harmlessly on the skin or in the nasal cavity of roughly 30 per cent of healthy adults. When a wound or injury occurs they can enter the site of the wound and cause many different infections.

Many times people develop staph infection while staying in the hospital. The doctor did not cause the infection; and it does not mean that they used improperly cleaned tools. Staph infection was already present on the body and entered when the skin was torn or damaged by the procedure. Hospitals are quick to respond and treat staph infections.

There are about 30 types of staph bacteria and each one causes a different kind of infection. These infections can be mild and easy to treat; or they may be more severe and difficult to treat. Some of the most difficult types to treat are strands of the staph bacteria which are resistant to common anti biotic treatments. These require aggressive procedures to rid the body of the infection. With the proper care most of these have a good survival rate. However, there are types of staph infection which can cause death, depending on the type and location of the infection and its severity. Once staph infection reaches the blood stream it can enter the heart or urinary tract; this is a fatal condition.

Many types of staph infection are only on the skin and show up as minor irritation like pimples or boils. But other illnesses such as pneumonia and septicemia can be caused by the staph infection. The best defense is early detection and intervention.

One of the best ways to manage staph infection is when there is a wound or tearing of the skin. The area should be washed immediately with soap and water. Thoroughly dry the wound and apply a topical anti biotic ointment to the area. Place a bandage on the wound to protect it and keep it dry. The bandage needs to be changed several times a day to help keep the wound dry and clean. When changing the bandage, also reapply the anti biotic cream. This will fight any infection that would try to develop in the wounded area.

Another way to manage staph infection keeping it at a minimum is showering every day. Also washing the hands several times throughout the day will help prevent staph infection. Always use clean linens and towels to keep this unwanted infection from spreading.

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