Staph Infection is evolving rapidly.
Summary: Yes, it’s true. Although antibiotics are the only medicine to cure a staph infection, the bacteria has evolved to such extents that they are resisting even strong antibiotics. It is definitely a matter of grave concern.
The Staphylococcus or the staph bacteria cause the staph infection. Many of us (around 25% of people) are carriers of the staph bacteria as we carry staph in the mouth, nose, anal area and the genitals. We can also pick up the bacteria through our feet from the floor. A little cut on the skin is enough to get infected. The infections can be in the form of a boil or antibiotic resistant infections to even flesh eating infections. The things to consider are how deep the infection spreads, how fast it spreads out and whether it can be treated with antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics can also result in an antibiotic resistant staph infection. Cellulitis that affects the skin’s deeper layers is a common staph infection. However, it is always treatable with antibiotics.
Weak immune systems are prone to get affected by the bacteria. Cellulitis is widespread in people having diabetes and who have a weak immune system. If you notice an area that has suddenly become too tender and it starts swelling and is red in color, it might be staph cellulitis. It might also begin with a sort of an open sore. Unfortunately, not everybody develops symptoms at first. Thus, the bacteria remain untreated for a long time. Cellulitis causes warmth, redness, swelling and severe pain. Ulcers and skin sores showing these signs might be developing cellulitis. Once the staph infection spreads, the person affected might have high fever accompanied by sweating, chills and swelling.
Although antibiotics are the most common drugs for treating a staph infection, humans are increasingly getting immune to these drugs. As a result, stronger antibiotics are being administered. Previously only penicillin was enough. Today, it just won’t be effective. In more than 50% of staph infections, there is resistance to even the stronger antibiotics. This is a matter of serious concern as such incidents are quite common today. Consult a doctor as he is the only one who will understand which antibiotics you will need. If the staph infection affects muscles and fibers, in that case, surgery is necessary.
You can prevent staph infections by taking care of yourself. If the pain becomes unbearable and the affected area develops red lines, the chances are that the infection is spreading rapidly. You should consult a doctor immediately. A staph infection can be infectious in case your wound is draining. In that case, don’t share anything with anyone.