How Do You Treat a Staph Infection in the Wild?

How Do You Treat a Staph Infection in the Wild?

Treating a staph infection in the wild would be virtually impossible unless the appropriate antibiotics were on hand for the bacteria creating the infection, according to Mayo Clinic. However, there are steps that can be taken in the wild to prevent getting or spreading a staph infection.

Hand-washing is one of the best ways to keep staph and other germs from being spread, Mayo Clinic reports. Wash hands for 30 seconds or more with soap, if it is available. Hikers and explorers may also consider carrying hand sanitizer with at least 62 percent alcohol to help keep hands clean.

Keeping wounds covered is also important, Mayo Clinic states. Pus often contains staph-related bacteria, and exposure to it could spread the infection. Carrying a small first-aid kit with bandages in the wild would be a good idea.

In addition to touching an infected wound, people in the wild should not use other people's personal items if possible, Mayo Clinic says, especially razors, clothing and bedding. If these items have been in contact with staph bacteria, it can be spread by touching these items with the skin.

One common staph infection, called cellulitis, starts with pain, redness, swelling and warmth. If the infection spreads, the person may have fever and chills, according to WebMD. It is important to get antibiotics for a person with these symptoms.