Staphylococcal Infections

Staphylococcal Infections are infections resulted from the organism called Staphylococci, which are gram-positive bacterias. Individuals who are most likely to have Staphylococcal Infection include: people with suppressed immune systems, newborns, people with surgical incisions, or skin conditions, those with chronic diseases and breastfeeding women.

Staphylococci may infect any body site, and the symptoms are based on the Staphylococcal Infection location. The infection can range from Staphylococcal Infectionsmild to life-threatening. Usually, staphylococcal infections produce pus-filled pockets, such as boils (carbuncles and furuncles) and abscesses.

Staphylococci may spread through the blood stream and result in internal organ abscesses, including lungs, as well as endocarditis and osteomyllitis. Staphylococci has tendency to infect the person’s skin. Skin Staphylococcal abscesses appear as pus-filled, warm pockets below the surfaces. Such abscesses usually rupture like a large pimple and ooze pus into the person’s skin, where the future infection may happen, if the pus is not cleaned off.

Staphylococci may also result in cellulitis. Generally, boils also are resulted by Staphylococci. Staphylococcal skin infections, such as scalded skin syndrome and epidermal necrolysis are especially serious, and such infections cause large-scale skin peeling. A newborn can progress the Staphylococcal skin infection generally within six weeks after birth. The most common symptoms of staphylococcal skin infections are pus in neckfolds, groin, or armpit, or large blister filled with clear fluid.

In severe cases, a such infection may result in skin abscesses, pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infection. A breastfeeding mother can progress mastitis, as well as abscesses one to four weeks after delivery. A serious infection is staphylococcal pneumonia. Individuals at a high risk are those people with influenza and chronic lung disease. Staphylococcal pneumonia frequently results in a serious lung symptoms and high fever. Sometimes, in adults and newborn, such pneumonia can result in the pleura infection and lung abscess.

Blood Staphylococcal Infection, (called staphylococcal bacteremia) frequently develops from other body parts. Staphylococcal Infection staphylococci in the blood may cause heart inner lining infection and its valve, particularly, in drug injecting users. Such infection may be life-threatening. Bone infection (called osteomyelitis) usually affects the children, particularly, those with bedsores (deep skin ulcers).

Osteomyelitis results in bone pain, fever, and chills. Swelling and redness occurs over the affected bone, and fluid can build up in joints nearby the parts invaded by the bacterias. Intestine Staphylococcal Infection frequently result in diarrhea, ileus, distention and bloating of the abdomen, and fever. Staphylococcal Infection may be caused by surgery. Such infection can result in extencive incision site destruction or produce an abscess. A post surgery staphylococcal infections can become worse and develop a toxic shock syndrome.

For most Staphylococcal skin infections, antibiotics, including Erythromycin, Dicloxacillin, and Cloxacillin are used. More serious infections such as a blood infection, need intravenous antibiotic treatment, usually for six weeks. If an abscess progresses, it should be drained. Deeper abscesses require surgery.

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