Parents Pay Attention For Staph Infections

By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Parents as you are watching your children play contact sports, pay attention to the cuts or abrasions they may receive. According to the Mayo Clinic website, staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, a type of germ commonly found on a person’s skin or in the nose. The bacteria can get under a person’s skin through a break in the skin. “Normal, healthy people who maintain good hygiene do not get staph infections that often,” said Harvey Greene, P.A.-C at Family Health Center in Madison. According to the Mayo Clinic, common types of staph infections are boils, impetigo and cellulitis. Boils are pockets of pus that develops in a hair follicle or oil gland. Impetigo is a contagious rash that occurs mostly in young children. Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of skin and causes skin redness and swelling on the surface of the skin. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome affects mostly newborns and the symptoms include fever, rash and blisters. According to Greene, staph infections are less communicable than the common cold and he explains that it is because everyone has staph bacteria on their skin. The bacteria helps fight off other bacteria. Treatment of staph infections is case by case due to methicillim-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, a stain of staph infection that resists certain antibiotics. Before treatment, it must be determined which antibiotic will kill the infection. According to Mayo Clinic, less than 10 percent of today’s staph infections can be cured with penicillin and half are resistant to cephalosporin and nafcillin. Greene warned that if you think you have a staph infection, then have your physician look at it. “Earlier treatment is easier treatment,” said Greene.

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Jessie Box

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