What is a Staph Infection?
Staphylococcus aureus also known as golden staph, is the most common cause of staph infections is a spherical bacterium, frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a person. Approximately 20%-30% of the general population are “staph carriers” Staphylococcus aureus can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections, such as pimples, impetigo(may also be caused by Staphylococcus pyogenes), boils, cellulitis folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles, scalede skin syndrom and abscesses, to life-threatening diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, osteomyelitis endocarditis, Toxic shock syndrome, and septicemia. Its incidence is from skin, soft tissue, respiratory, bone, joint, endovascular to wound infections. It is still one of the four most common causes of nosocomial infections, often causing postsurgical wound infections. Abbreviated to S. aureus or Staph aureus in medical literature, S. aureus should not be confused with the similarly named (and also medically relevant) species of the genus Streptococcus.
What are the Symptoms of a Staph Infection?
Some of the symptoms are: Swollen areas around a cut. boils or pus filled pimples around hair follicles. swollen lymph nodes. Usually infections remain in the one organ or area, but staph infections can produce disease in any part of your body. It can enter the bloodstream through a cut or another type of wound and travel to anywhere in the body. You may experience different symptoms as it depends on where the infection develops.
What are the Causes of a Staph Infection?
Staph infections are caused by Staphylococcus, a bacteria commonly found in the nose, mouth, rectum, or genital area. The bacteria are harmless until they enter the body. Once they are inside the body, the bacteria form pus-containing abscesses.
Traditional Medical Treatments for a Staph Infection
With less severe conditions such as with boils, you may be able to treat yourself at home. However, if the condition worsens, your doctor will probably give you an oral antibiotic. Other abscesses are too large to treat and must be lanced by a surgeon or doctor. Never do this yourself. You must be in completely sterile surroundings.
Complementary/Alternative Treatments for a Staph Infection
Alternative treatment may be able to treat minor infections very well. This type of treatment will also focus on strengthening your immune system to prevent further outbreaks. Herbal Therapies: Several herbs have antibacterial properties that are believed to be helpful in fighting staph infections. They include:
- Garlic (Allium sativum): Take three cloves a day at the first sign of infection; if garlic smell becomes a problem, try three garlic oil capsules instead or eat fresh parsley.
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
- Echinacea (Echinacea spp)
- To help heal staph abscesses use cleavers (Galium aparine).
Aromatherapy: Try geranium, grapefruit or lemon in a warm compress or apply topically. See the Aromatherapy section for more details.