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How to Treat a Staph Infection

How to Treat a Staph Infection

Staph infections, which can be observed on any part of the skin, usually have effective antibiotic treatments. Find out how to treat a staph infection from the data mentioned in the following article.
Aparna Jadhav
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
The most notorious and common organism that causes staph infections is Staphylococcus aureus. It is a gram-positive coccus, a facultative anaerobe, and causes skin infections all over the body. A number of skin problems, like boils, scaled skin syndrome, pimples, and impetigo are caused by these minor skin infections that occur due to this bacteria. These infections can give rise to several other severe problems, which can surely be a big nuisance for you.
The infection is contagious in nature and spreads very quickly if there is any sort of contact with the patient. According to the severity of this infection, the treatment is usually decided by the doctor, but an early diagnosis is always better. There are certain home remedies which could be followed if the infections are not very severe but if they are, it is best to consult a doctor.
Treatment Options
The best medicine for staph infections on skin are antibiotics, but there is a particular strain known as the MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is antibiotic-resistant. This strain of bacteria, over the years, has become resistant to many antibiotics, like amoxicillin, penicillin, methicillin, and cephalosporins. It is commonly found in children and adults in every community, and its treatment is a matter of concern due to its resistance. Otherwise, the general tips for treatment would include personal hygiene and keeping the wound clean. More on this aspect has been mentioned below:
➜ When you start observing major symptoms like boils on the body, cellulitis, paronychia, and blisters that cause crusted lesions on the skin, visit a doctor as soon as possible. These staph infections are often deadly. Thus, the earlier you treat it, the better it will be for your health.
➜ Make sure you visit your doctor so that he/she can determine the type of infection by taking a sample and culturing it for the correct diagnosis.
➜ After proper diagnosis, follow your doctor's treatment, which will mostly be an antibiotic treatment. If there are pills, take them regularly, and if there are external medicines, make sure you don't miss applying them on the wounds.
➜ An antibiotic medication consists of a particular amount of dose which has to be taken for a decided period of time. Make sure you follow this treatment honestly, as staph infections can lead to fatal diseases. This infection can also affect the nose, so if you are prescribed nose drops, make sure you use them and keep the wounds clean.
➜ When a staph infection occurs on the face, you should be extra careful about the wounds. The first thing you should know about treating this infection on the face is to regularly apply the ointments or creams with antibiotic medication. Same should be done in case the infection occurs in the eyes. Remember to keep them clean and use the medication regularly.
➜ Also, wash the area with an antibacterial soap and then dry with a clean towel. If you have wondered whether a staph infection is contiguous or not, then the fact is that it spreads and grows very fast, thus, you should also wash your hands after you have applied the ointment and dry them before you touch any other area of your body.
➜ If you have a staph infection on one area of your body and another open wound due to some other reason elsewhere, then make sure you don't touch the latter one with the hands of the first as it can be very serious.
Apart from following all these tips, you also need to visit the doctor on a regular basis to determine the severity of the infection. And before you resort to any sort of treatment, it is always advised to consult a doctor, as skin infections can be contagious and very painful. Wish you a speedy recovery!
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.