Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)
Table of Contents
- Staph infection facts
- What is Staphylococcus? What causes a staph infection?
- Who is at risk for staph infections?
- Is a staph infection contagious?
- How long is a staph infection contagious?
- What is the incubation period for a staph infection?
- What are the symptoms and signs of a staph infection?
- What types of diseases are caused by staph? What are the different types of staph infections?
- What types of diseases are caused by staph? (continued)
- What tests do health care professionals use to diagnose a staph infection?
- What is the treatment for staph infections?
- What types of health care professionals treat staph infections?
- What is antibiotic-resistant S. aureus?
- What are complications of staph infections?
- Is it possible to prevent staph infections?
- What is the prognosis for staph infections?
Staph infection facts
- Staphylococcus (sometimes called "staph") is a 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 can be caused by Staphylococcus.
- Symptoms and signs of a localized staph infection 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.
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