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How are staph infections treated?

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Staph infections are treated with antibiotics as well as drainage of the infected area, according to Mayo Clinic. Caused by the staphylococcus bacteria, a staph infection can bring about minor skin infections or go deeper into the body, affecting the blood, bones, joints, lungs or heart. Many types of staphylococcus bacteria no longer respond to common antibiotics as of 2014, making treatment of a staph infection more difficult.

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Symptoms of a staph infection range greatly based on the location and severity of the infection, according to Mayo Clinic. Boils, impetigo and cellulitis are all forms of staph infections that affect the skin. Bacteremia, or blood poisoning, occurs when the staph bacteria enters the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, staph bacteria can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, heart, brain, bones and muscles.

A doctor should be consulted anytime pus-filled blisters or other skin infections occur so that the patient can receive prompt treatment to prevent the spread of the bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many people are carriers of staph bacteria but do not develop an infection from it. Because the bacteria is very hardy, it can live on clothing and bedding long enough to transfer to others and can withstand high temperatures and drying.

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