What is the relation between Staph Infection and Cellulitis?

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February 27, 2014 at 7:18 am  •  Posted in featured, Staph Infection And Cellulitis by  •  0 Comments

When the subcutaneous and dermal layers of the skin get affected with bacterial infection then a patient would be suffering from Cellulitis. What is the relation between Staph Infection and Cellulitis? On a closer infspection you would realize that staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria responsible for Cellulitis infection among its patients. When the skin of a person is broken and there are cuts and wounds on them, the area is susceptible to be infected by that staphylococcus aureus bacteria and this leads to symptoms like reddish inflammation in the affected area and eruption of painful boils and blisters in the area. This infection can also happen when the person is in a hospital and his body immunity is weak and the various surgical instruments used by the patient is not hygienic and has the bacteria breeding in them. When this bacterium enters the blood cell of the patient, he could suffer from serious health complications in a matter of few days.

Staph Infection and CellulitisWhat causes Cellulitis?

It is quite surprising when understanding the relationship between Staph Infection and Cellulitis the basic causes causing both the infections are nearly the same. Most patients suffer from Staph infection and then they are infected by Cellulitis. But it is very difficult to distinguish the infection at a very early stage. Many people during summer have both these skin infections but they have a severe case of sunburn. Only when the infection escalates and starts developing boils with pus that they seek medical attention.  The basic causes for Cellulitis are:

  • Exposed unattended wounds which allow the staphylococcus aureus bacteria to enter the wounds and create further health infection problems.
  • Weak immunity system due to long illness.
  • Infection in surgical devices like feeding tubes which harbor the growth of staphylococcus aureus bacteria in them and this leads the bacteria to enter the patient’s body system.
  • Living in un-hygienic conditions for people who are poor.

How do you treat the infection?

Like staph infection it is essential that you treat Cellulitis immediately before you as a patient develop further complications. The doctor would first ask you to blood test and then prescribe the following medications which are:

  • If the infection is very severe and the percentage of dead tissue is high, surgical processes would be required to cut the dead tissue off from the skin and help the new healthy skin grow.
  • The physician would also prescribe oral antibiotics like amoxicillin or ampicillin. He would also give you ointments and pain relief medications when the infection is moderate.

How do you prevent Cellulitis and Staph invention from occurring?

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  • If you see some abnormalities in your skin condition contact the doctor immediately.
  • Do not use other people’s things like tooth brush or towels.
  •  Keep your hands clean and wear fresh clothes daily during summer.
  • Avoid any hand contact if you see a wound in another person’s hand.
  • The elderly should be kept clean at all times.
  • Do not scratch affected areas.

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