Staph Infection left unchecked can be very Serious and even fatal. Here are a few tips on how to care for a staph infection and a brief explanation of what staph is as well as how to help treat it and most importantly heal it. Staph is very painful and highly contagious so if you suspect you have a Staph infection you need to seek medical attention right away so you can be treated as soon as possible if not the infection can spread. Staph infection; if not properly cared for can and will spread not only to other areas of the skin but to other people as well as it is highly contagious. This is not the type of skin infection you want to use the wait and see how it turns out method of approach; trust me.
According to the Mayo Clinic Staph infections I quote;
- Can range from minor skin problems to endocarditis, a life-threatening inflammation of your heart valve lining. As a result, signs and symptoms of staph infections vary widely, depending on the location and severity of the infection.
- Staph Infection Pictures Slideshow: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Tips on MedicineNet
Watch this picture slideshow on Staph Infections (Staphylococcus aureus) and learn about causes, symptoms and treatment on how this group of bacteria can cause a multitude of minor to potentially fatal diseases.
Symptoms of Staph Infection
Staph Infections can cause a few different infections. Some of the possible infections include but are not limited to:
- Scalded skin
Some of the symptoms included in the above infections are as follows:
- Red lumps on the skin
- Pimple like bumps
- Puss filled bumps
- Extremely swollen painful bumps
- Reddening of the skin and pain in the general area of the sore
The sores associated with Staph Infection can be:
- Extremely painful
- Feel warm to your touch or feel hot in the area
- Puss filled Abscess
Sores can be very swollen and often become very deep sores very quickly. As the sore goes through the swelling stages of the process of infection from start to finish the skin around the area can be red to purple bruising in nature as well as color.
Staph infections can include swollen red abscess bump like areas that may start like a common pimple but become very sore and extremely swollen very quickly. Staph infection can cause sores that are white or greenish yellow puss filled that swell and become very painful until the sore is ready to drain. Some Staph sores have to be drain by your doctor because they can become unbearably painful.Sores can also become very large and very deep to the point you're left with a large hole in your skin that a doctor may have to treat in order for it to heal properly without secondary infection. The doctor may need to use this process of packing the sore with gauze and medication to heal the area heal fully. I can not stress the importance of seeking medical treatment as soon as you may suspect you have a staph infection sore of any size.
* NOTE: Staph is highly contagious in the draining stages so you MUST keep the sore or wound covered at all times. According to the Mayo Clinic Staph can be life threatening if left untreated so if you even think you may have Staph go to your doctor immediately with out delay.
Caring for Staph Infection
I can not stress enough how important it is to consult a health care professional if an infection is suspected. Visit your doctor or local ER if you suspect you have a Staph Infection. Caring for Staph Infection is very serious and important business do not take it lightly.
How to care for Staph Infection
1. KEEP WOUND COVERED
It is absolutely imperative that you keep your wound covered at all times. The spread of Staph is very easy if you do not care for it properly! Keep it covered at all times. The infection can spread to the area around the initial sore as well as other parts of the body and even to other people. The drainage or puss the sore discharges is highly contagious. Use caution and even latex gloves when handling or cleaning sores. In my opinion I like to use waterproof bandages that are at least twice the size of the sore.Use caution when you remove the bandage because if you damage the skin area around the sore you risk infection to that area as well. You can use bandages that do not stick as harshly as some that area easier to remove.
2. KEEP WOUND CLEAN
It is very important to keep the wound clean but always use disposable materials to clean and sterilize the area. Never clean the area with a house hold washcloth or anything that will be used by the rest of the family even after being laundered. Always use disposable sterilized materials such as cotton balls with peroxide which should be thrown away immediately after use. Make sure trash is tied and thrown away immediately after contaminated items are thorn away.
3. WASH HANDS CONTINUOUSLY
Always wash your hands with warm water and anti bacterial soap. Always wash your hands especially after cleaning the wound area but also after you blow or wipe your nose. Many people do not realize that the Staph Infection bacteria can be carried in the nose. That age old saying, "wash your hands after you sneeze!" in my opinion needs to be regenerated; it turns out your mother was right after all. Keep hand sanitizer with you so you can clean your hands continuously in public as you can come into contact with the Staph Bacteria at any time.
4. WASH WITH BLEACH WHEN POSSIBLE
Wash your laundry with hot water and bleach when possible to kill bacteria. Make sure you dry on the hottest setting. I know it doesn't seem practical to use bleach but it kills bacteria. Use white or bleach-able materials when ever possible so you can keep bedding, towels and clothing bacteria free.
5. DO NOT SHARE PERSONAL ITEMS
Do not share any personal items this can and will spread skin diseases. Razors, wash clothes, towels, clothing and bedding should be washed daily until the infection is completely gone.
6. DO NOT SQUEEZE STAPH INFECTION
I think it goes without saying Staph Infections are very different from a common acne sore or better known as a pimple. Many people think if they squeeze a Staph Sore it will go away faster actually it is quite the opposite. A Staph Infection will infect the skin area around the sore if it is squeezed because the skin will then be damaged and susceptible to infection. Always use a cotton ball with Hydrogen Peroxide to drain Staph Infection sores to ovoid spreading Staph to other areas around the Staph Infection area.Always consult a doctor when dealing with any kind of skin sores to get a professional opinion and diagnosis. I am not a medical doctor and should not be considered as such this is simply an idea of how I have dealt with Staph Infection myself.
* TIP ~Heal Staph Faster
One thing I believe helps to heal Staph infection faster is by taking Sulfur or getting more Sulfur naturally into your diet.
According to the Mayo Clinic Sulfur is used to treat many skin disorders as well.
Sulfur is in many different foods naturally that we have in our diet on a daily or weekly basis.
Here is a list of foods that contain Sulfur naturally:
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