Today we talk Staph infections and how to prevent it. What are Staph infections? They are bacterial infections caused by different strains of the Staphylococcus bacteria. These bacteria are commonly found on the skin and inside the nose of healthy individuals. Usually they do not cause any harm. But, in some instances, these bacteria can trigger minor infections. On rare occasions, infections caused by Staphylococcus may become life-threatening if not treated in time.
Staphylococcus is one of the rounded bacteria. Under the microscope, it looks like grapes. Staph infections are caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria that are found on the skin of many humans. Many people carry these bacteria without even knowing. I didn’t know either until went through series of tests recently. And I was told that I must have been carrying these microbes around for quite some time for it to have shown during the test Staphylococcus can easily spread from person to person and may also live long enough on utensils like towels or pillowcases to infect the next person who touches them. This infection is characterized by fever, rashes, and blisters. If the bacteria enter deeper into your body, they can invade your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs, and heart.
The bacteria can trigger skin infections such as Boils, Impetigo– painful rashes and large fluid-filled blisters that develop a honey-colored crust. Cellulitis–redness, swelling, and, in some cases, oozing ulcers on the skin when occurs in the deeper layers of the skin. Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome – this quite common in babies and children. In some cases, the topmost layer of their skin is blistered and may come off to reveal a raw surface that resembles a burn. The signs and symptoms of a staph infection in people also vary depending on the type of infection it triggers. Symptoms usually include nausea, vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea, and/or low blood pressure. A staph infection may also trigger Food Poisoning. Matter of fact, it is of the leading causes of food poisoning. Remember prevention is better than cure.
Here are 4 out of the many ways to prevent a Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)
- Wash your hands with soap and water at regular intervals, especially after using the washroom and before eating.
- Keep the open wounds and cuts covered with bandages until they heal completely.
- Do not share personal items like razors, towels, sheets, and clothing with others.
- Wash possibly infected clothing and bedding in hot water.
Getting infected with staphylococcus is quite easy but getting rid of it is not. If you have been diagnosed with a staph infection, healing depends on the type of the infection. For example, a boil may take between more than 1 or 2 weeks to heal completely. Yes there’s a range of best natural means (home remedies) to treat/cure Staphylococcus aureus infection naturally. Some apply aloe vera gel to kill the bacteria on the skin, some drink cranberry juice or boiled ginger water or some chew on the garlic cloves directly. But, guys, do bear in mind that natural treatment does not bring the necessary effect all the time you should visit a doctor to put you on appropriate antibiotics or other treatment options. This is especially important in case there are chances that the bacteria have reached the blood flow.