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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Did you know that people with skin problems like burns or eczema may be more likely to get staph skin infections?

Did you know what Is a Staph Infection is the shortened name for Staphylococcus (pronounced: staf-uh-low-kah-kus), a type of bacteria?

 Did you know that these bacteria can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, especially around the nose, mouth, genitals, and anus?

 Did you know that when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection? 

 Did you know that more than 30 species are in the staph family of bacteria?

 Did you know that S. aureus most commonly causes skin infections like folliculitis, boils, impetigo, and cellulitis that are limited to a small area of a person's skin?

 Did you know that S. aureus can also release toxins (poisons) that may lead to illnesses like food poisoning or toxic shock syndrome?

 Did you know that in teens, most staph infections are minor skin infections?

 Did you know that people with skin problems like burns or eczema may be more likely to get staph skin infections?

 Did you know that people can get staph infections from contaminated objects, but staph bacteria often spread through skin-to-skin contact — the bacteria can be spread from one area of the body to another if someone touches the infected area?

 Did you know that Staph infections can spread from person to person among those who live close together in group situations (such as in college dorms)?

 Did you know that this happens when people with skin infections share things like bed linens, towels, or clothing? 

 Did you know that warm, humid environments can contribute to staph infections, so excessive sweating can increase someone's chances of developing an infect?

 Did you know that anyone can develop a Staph infection, although certain groups of people are at greater risk, including newborn infants, breastfeeding women, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, and lung disease?

  Did you know that injecting drug users, those with skin injuries or disorders, intravenous catheters, surgical incisions, and those with a weakened immune system all have an increased risk of developing Staph infections?

 Did you know that Staphylococcal disease of the skin usually results in a localized collection of pus, known as an abscess, boil, or furuncle?

 Did you know that the affected area may be red, swollen, and painful?

 Did you know that when Staph is in the blood (bacteremia or sepsis) it can cause high fevers, chills, and low blood pressure?

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