Staph might cause certain skin infections that appear in the form of boils and pimples that can be swollen, painful and red and they may also contain pus or any other drainage. There are certain staph bacteria that are found to be resistant to antibiotics and they are called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. The information that is provided below is in reference to both MRSA and Staph.
Anybody can contact MRSA or Staph Infections
There are about twenty five to thrity percent people who possess staph living in their skin but they do not find any symptoms not do they feel any kind of uneasiness or fever. This condition is said to being colonized. Sometimes, it so happens that staph bacteria enter an individual’s body through skin breakage, cut or abrasion and it is only after entering the body that the bacteria cause infections.
MRSA infections generally spread through skin-to-skin contact and with the contact of surfaces that are contaminated with the wound drainage of some other person. Most of the staph skin infections are found to be minor like pimples and boils. However, it is important to note that staph bacteria can result in serious infections like bloodstream infections, pneumonia and wound infections.
How can such Infections be prevented?
The staph or MRSA skin infections can be prevented by following the steps that have been mentioned below:
- The practice of good hygiene: Good hygiene should always be practiced because this helps in safeguarding the chances of contacting staph infections. Hands should always be kept clean by the use of water and soap or an alcohol based sanitizer can also be used for this purpose.
- Scrapes and cuts should be kept clean and they should always be covered with bandage until t
- The contact with the bandage or the wounds of other people should be avoided.
- A very clean and tidy environment should be maintained by cleaning touched surfaces frequently.
- The best thing to do is to see your doctor if you feel that you have contacted staph or MRSA infection.
MRSA and Staph Infection can be treated
Most of the common staph infections and even the MRSA strains can be treated very effectively by the use of antibiotics. However, it is also important to note that there are many MRSA strains and staph infections that can also be treated without the use of antibiotics. For treating MRSA and staph infections without the use of antibiotics, infected people should adopt measures like draining the boil or abscess. The draining of boil or abscess should always be done by a professional doctor or a health care provider because the pus contained in the boil possesses bacteria that can further infect a person. It is very difficult to get rid of staph infection immediately and it is only because of this reason that the doctor or the healthcare provider should always be contacted and at the same time it is also very important to follow the instructions given by the doctor or the health care provider.