Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Get the Facts about Staph

As your child goes back to school and fall sports begin, make sure you are informed about staph infections.

Staph infections are caused by a type of bacteria called staphylococcus. These bacteria live harmlessly on your skin, but can cause infection if they enter a wound.

Staph infections can spread through contaminated objects and skin-to-skin contact. Sharing bed linens, towels, or clothing with someone who has a staph infection increases your risk of getting a staph infection. Warm, humid environments and excessive sweating can also contribute to the spread of staph infection.

A particularly severe form of staph infection is called MRSA or Methcillin Resistant Staph Aureous infection. It is more severe because it is resistant to many antibiotics and is more easily transmitted from person to person.

Tenderness, swelling, and redness are common signs of infection. If your child develops these or other symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Help your child prevent staph infection by teaching them about cleanliness and good hygiene. The single most important way to prevent staph infections including MRSA is frequent hand washing. If he or she has a cut, keep the skin clean and dry, use antiseptic ointment, and cover the wound.

For more information about staph and other skin infections, talk to your dermatologist today!

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