Staph Infections

Below you will find more information about Staph Infections from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Staph Infections it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Staph Infections and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Staph Infections comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Staph infections are skin infections caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose the condition by checking the presence of the bacteria in a tissue sample or nasal secretions. Newer tests are also available that detect staph DNA after a few hours, but they are expensive and not yet used widely.

Treatment

The use of Penicillin has proven effective before, however the bacteria became resistant to it after a decade. Thus, doctors use stronger and more toxic antibiotics

Symptoms and Signs

Signs and symptoms of the condition are varied depending on the location and severity of the infection as well as its cause.

Causes

The illness may result from direct skin infections, food poisoning, toxic shock syndrome, septic arthritis, MRSA, and CA-MRSA. The bacteria are usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and small cuts and abrasions

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