Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Staph Infection In Depth

Staph infections are caused by staphlococcus bacteria, a type of germ found in the nose or skin of even healthy individuals.  Most of the time these cause no problems other than maybe a minor skin infection.  Staph turns deadly when it goes deeper and invades your blood stream, joints, bones, lungs, or heart.  In the past it has turned deadly when a person with a chronic illness or weak immune system contracts the infection.  Most do not respond to antibiotics, but it can be treated if caught early.  Staph infections can range from minor skin infections to endocarditis, a life-threatening condition of the heart.  As a result of this, symptoms vary widely depending on the location and severity of the infection.  Skin infections caused by staph include: boils, impetigo, cellulitis, and staphylococcal scaled skin syndrome.  Bacteremia also known as blood poisoning is when staph enters the blood stream.  Toxic shock syndrome can also be an effect of staph.  Symptoms include: high fever, nausea/vomiting, a rash the resembles sunburn on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, confusion, muscle aches, seizures, and headaches.  Tests for diagnosis include: a physical exam and a sample for testing.  Treatments include:  antibiotics, wound drainage, and device removal.  Stay Informed!  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/staph-infections/DS00973

1 comment:

  1. Great info Christine! So amazing of you to keep us informed!