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How to treat a staph infection

Staph Infections

Staphylococcus aureus is the most frequent cause of all staph infections of the skin. This is the gram positive bacteria, round in the shape and thus called coccus. S. aureus might cause skin infections on any part of the body, and lead to pimples, boils, impetigo or scaled skin.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are serious medical problems. These infections are very contagious and any kind of contact with the infected person will contaminate you as well.

Treatment for Staph Infection

The staph infections of the skin are usually treated with antibiotics. MRSA infection may be a severe problem, since this particular staph infection won’t respond to antibiotics, including penicillin, methicillin, amoxicillin and cephalosporins. S. aureus infections might become a life threat and it is always important to consult the doctor.

Early diagnosis will contribute to the faster and more efficient treatment of the staph infection. Symptoms of the staph infection are usually bolis, blisters, skin scales, cellulitis and paronchya. Seek for medical attention as soon as you find out first symptoms.

The doctor will take a culture of your staph infection, determine a proper diagnose and recommend the medications that should be used to treat the infection. Antibiotics may be in a form of a tablet, nose drops or some ointments. Make sure you use the medications exactly as they were prescribed, and use it as long as the doctor recommended them. Do not skip the antibiotic pill or miss to apply the antibiotic cream. If you are using antibiotic nose drops for the staph infection in the nose, keep it clean and use the drops as they were recommended.

Be extra careful about the wounds on your face, if you happen to have a staph infection on the face. Wash the infected spot with antibacterial soap, use a clean towel to dry it and apply the antibiotic cream regularly. Because the staph infection is highly contagious, you should always wash your hands after the cream application. Avoid touching other parts of the body if you haven’t washed your hands, because the staph infection might spread rapidly. Be especially careful not to touch any open wounds on your body with those hands.

If you are treating the staph infections of the eye, also be very careful. Use the medication regularly and always make sure to wash your hands after the application.

Do not use antibiotics on your own, without the prescription from your doctor. It may not be efficient to cure your medical problem and might cause bacterial resistance.

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