Staph Infection and You
Staph infections can easily spread from one individual to another especially in close
living conditions like families, and college dorms. This can happen when items are shared such as towels, bed
linens, or clothing. Warm, and humid environments can also contribute to the spread of Staph.
Staphylococcus, is a type of bacteria that is responsible for boils, impetigo, cellulitis, and also hordeolum
(stye on the eye).
Individuals who suffer from burns or eczema are more likely to contract a Staph infection.
Staph can be transmitted by way of contaminated objects, and also by skin-to-skin contact.
Staph infections can easily spread from one individual to another especially in close living conditions like
families, and college dorms. This can happen when items are shared such as towels, bed linens, or clothing. Warm,
and humid environments can also contribute to the spread of Staph.
Staph skin infections are the most common, but Staph infections can affect other parts of the body too.
Signs you may have a Staph infection:
If you have Folliculitis, you will notice tiny white-headed pimples appear at the base of hair shafts with
perhaps a small red area around a pimple. This can happen as a result of shaving or when skin is rubbed and
irritated by clothing.
A boil, or otherwise called a furuncle, is a swollen, red, and painful lump on the skin. This lump is usually
filled with pus and grows larger and more painful until it ruptures and drains. These are usually found on the
face, neck, buttocks, armpits and sometimes on the inner thigh area. If you have a cluster of furucles it is called
a carbuncle. If you have a carbuncle you are usually ill and have a fever.
Young kids get impetigo, an infection of the superficial skin and usually occurs on the face, hands or feet.
Impetigo usually starts out as a pimple or bump that then becomes a blister and then develops a light brown crust.
Impetigo is highly contagious.
Staph infections on the eyelid are called hordeolum or stye. It is a red, warm, uncomfortable feeling and
sometimes-painful swelling near the edge of your eyelid.
Washing the skin with an antibacterial cleanser and then applying an antibiotic ointment and covering the skin
area with a clean dressing can treat most of these Staph infections at home.
Treat Skin InfectionsImpetigo does not normally leave scars unless it goes untreated over a long period of time. It is important to seek medical care as soon as you notice the symptoms of impetigo because treating it with antibiotics will help it to heal faster which decreases the chance of spreading it to others. The antibiotic prescribed may be oral, an ointment or both. Usually the antibiotic is of the penicillin family medicines or a related type of medicine called cephalosporins. Mrsa Skin Infection
If the skin infection should worsen, by becoming larger or getting very red and hot to the touch, you should see
a doctor immediately. If the area is large and pus-filled it may need to be drained by a doctor.
Preventing Staph Infections:
Good hygiene is the best prevention. Wash your hands often and bath or shower daily.
Keep skin areas that have been injured, clean. Always wash cuts, scrapes, eczema or other rash areas and cover
them to keep dirt and germs out.
If someone in your dorm or family has a Staph infection, do not share towels, bed linens or clothing with
Do not touch a Staph infection as this can help to spread it to other parts of your body.
Staph infections can take up to 20 days to heal without treatment. Receiving medical treatment will speed up the
You can soak the skin in warm water or apply warm washcloths to the area to help relieve pain. Acetaminophen can
be taken 3 or four times a day to relieve pain. You can also take ibuprofen to reduce pain also.
Use a warm compress over the stye on the eye 3 or 4 times each day. It should disappear after a few days, if not
see a doctor, for a topical ointment.