What Does A Staph Infection Look Like?


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Matthew Crist answered
Staphylococcus, better known as Staph Infection, is a group of bacteria that can cause a number of diseases as a result a infections of tissues in the body. These infections can range from very mild cases to potentially fatal ones. Staph-related illnesses can come in over 30 different types but the most common is Staphylococcus aureus. This is normally found in the nose and on the skin of 25 to 30 percent of healthy adults. In most cases this will not cause any diseases by damage to the skin may allow the bacteria to overcome the natural protective mechanisms of the body and lead to infection. Staph infections can be detected with symptoms such as a impetigo (crusting of the skin), cellulitis or scalded skin. Breastfeeding women may also notice mastisis.

It is possible for anyone to contract a Staph infection but there are some groups of people who are more at risk than others. These include newborns, breastfeeding women and people with chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, vascular disease and lung disease. Drug users who inject, those with weaker immune systems, surgical incision or skin disorders may also be more at risk of developing a Staph infection. Until the infection has been resolved, Staph is contagious. The most common routes for the bacteria to spread are via contact with an infection wound by personal care items such as razors or bandages. There is not much of a risk of the infection spreading via casual contact such as hugging or kissing.

The name Staphylococcus comes from the Greek ‘staphyle’, meaning a bunch of grapes, and ‘kokkos’, which means berry. This name is derived from the fact that under the microscope, Staph bacteria look like a bunch of grapes or little berries. In technical terms this means that they are gram-positive, facultative anaerobic, usually encapsulated cocci.
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ray of light answered
At first, Staph generally appears as a tiny part of tenderness, redness and swelling. The symptoms of Staph are:

• Redness.
• Warmth.
• Swelling.
• Pain.

If the staph virus spreads in the body then the person might have fever and swelling in the infected area.
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Jennifer Roberts Profile
My 8 year old daughter had a staph break out that looked like the chicken pox while she suffered with strep throat. But sometimes it can disguise itself like a pimple like sore that doesn't go away. If you think you staph you need to go to the drs asap. You need antibiotics. There has been a staph breakout here in my small town and it is highly contagious. Its always better to be safe than sorry. Good luck
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
Staphylococcus is an infectious bacteria which causes a variety of conditions ranging from skin rashes to abscesses.
It is a very common bacteria which lives on the surface of all human skin.
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Cosmo Chessher Profile
Cosmo Chessher answered
Staph is short for staphylococcus.
Staphylococcus, or staph is an infection caused by exposure to staphylococci, which is a bacteria. MRSA is a very serious form of infection caused by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria. To see the bacteria (staph) you must use a microscope and looks like a bunch of little snowballs sticking together. A cell phone is one way to catch the bug (staph).
I think I'll go wash my hands now!
Daisy Ellis Profile
Daisy Ellis answered

Well, here it is:

Well, this infection is caused by bacteria called staphylococcus which can be found usually in the noses or on the skin of healthy people. The infection happens when those bacteria penetrate into the body and invade the organs such heart, lungs, bones and joints.
See more at: Staph Infection - Home remedies

Kym Myers Profile
Kym Myers answered
My friend's little boy had it and it looked like he was bitten by a spider. Very large bumps, similar to a mosquitoes bite, but much bigger.
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Anonymous answered
You would have redness and edema at the site with possible drainage, whitish-greenish in color. You also have warmth at the site and a fever. You need to see a Dr for this because it can make you very sick.

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