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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Staphylococcus Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria that causes skin infections.The most commonlyoccurring strand is staphylococcus aureus. ANYONE CAN GET STAPH INFECTION!The bacteria is spread through contaminated surfaces via dirty hands or fingernails. It can be easily spread through cuts, sharing razors, towels, uniforms, or equipment. Staph is most commonly seen in contact sports (wrestling, volleyball, and football). Is Staph Curable? MRSA is resistant to antibiotics used to treat staph.It can be hard to treat, but in most cases theinfection heals with the right treatment. TREATMENTS Soak affected area in warm waterto help the pus drain, using a cleanwashcloth each time. Pain relieverssuch as acetaminophen or ibuprofenare recommended. Wash infected areawith an antibacterial cleanser and applyan antibiotic ointment. Cover the infectedskin until the infection disappears. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Red, pus, swollen, painful, hot to touch areas of skin Toxins released can give one toxic shock syndrome or food poisoning. Staph may show up as folliculitis, furuncle, impetigo, cellulitis, and hordeolum. Athletes need to be checked by a physician. The infected athlete must be separated from direct physical contact to avoid the possibility of contaminating othersand delaying the healing process. The chance of an outbreakshould be considered and reported to the local health department. STATISTICS*In 2005, an estimated 478,000 hospitalizations were due to staphylococcus aureus in US hospitals.*In 2003-04, approximately 29% of the US population was colonized in the nose with S. Aureus.*in 2004, approximately 76% purulent skin and soft tissue infections in adults seen in 11 emergency departments were caused by S. Aureus.
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