Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)
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- Staph infection facts
- What is Staphylococcus?
- Who is at risk for Staph infections?
- What are the symptoms and signs of a Staph infection?
- What types of diseases are caused by Staph?
- What types of diseases are caused by Staph? (continued)
- How are Staph infections diagnosed? What is the treatment for Staph infections?
- What is antibiotic-resistant Staph aureus?
- What are complications of Staph infections?
- Can Staph infections be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for Staph infections?
Staph infection facts
- Staphylococcus is group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases.
- Staph infections may cause disease due to direct infection or due to the production of toxins by the bacteria. Boils, impetigo, food poisoning, cellulitis, and toxic shock syndrome are all examples of diseases that may be caused by Staphylococcus.
- Symptoms and signs of a localized Staph infection usually include a collection of pus, such as a boil, furuncle, or abscess. The area is typically tender or painful and may be reddened and swollen.
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA, is a type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin and other drugs in this class.
- Staph infections are treated with topical, oral, or intravenous antibiotics, depending upon the type of infection.
Reviewed on 7/11/2014
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