Staphylococcus bacterium is responsible for the Staph infection. This bacterium received its name from the Greek word staphyle which when translated means a bunch of grapes. Different people suffering from this infection might showcase different pictures of staph infection. Different bacteria of this disease cause different effects on its patient’s body. Some create pus discharge in the infected areas while others create more complicated body symptoms like toxic shock syndrome or acute food poisoning. The ordinary Staphylococcus aureus bacterium does not create complications in the patient’s body but when this bacterium becomes resistant to methicillin, than this bacterium can be very dangerous for the patient’s health. Below we have tried to discuss the basic types of Staph infection.
When the staphylococcus aureus bacterium affects the skin, you as a patient would be suffering from boils or pus filled skin nodule infection. The Staph infection starts at the base of an oil gland or hair follicle before it reaches the skin and erupts. Most children in undeveloped areas with low immunity system and poor hygiene suffer from these basic pictures of staph infection. Another types of skin infection found among children is Impetigo. During impetigo the patient’s body is covered with blisters which are full of puss and most cases the affected areas is around mouth and nose region. There is also inflammation and reddishness in the skin due to Cellulites. If this condition is not attended immediately, the patient’s life may be in danger.
Sometimes the staphylococcus bacterium adapts itself according to the environment and can exist in salt, high hot temperatures. Therefore this bacterium could be present in food too. When a person consumes the contaminated food, he would suffer from food poisoning in a matter of few hours as the staphylococcus bacteria reacts with its body system. He would then have symptoms like nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. This condition would continue up to two to three days and the patient might have to be treated if dehydration occurs.
Infection in the blood
It is rare that a staphylococcus bacterium causes toxic shock syndrome among its patients. In most cases this could be result of infections resulting after surgery where sponges and tampons might have got contaminated with staphylococcus bacteria. The patient suddenly suffers from high fever and the infection affects important body organ and also various devices which might have been implanted due to surgery.
When staphylococcus aureus becomes resistant to methicillin then this infection becomes very dangerous. This
Awareness is the key element in fighting against Staph infection. One should keep themselves clean on a daily basis and this would prevent the bacteria from affecting any part of your body.