Symptoms and Signs of How to Treat Staph (Staphylococcus) Infection

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Medically Reviewed on 3/20/2019

Doctor's Notes on How to Treat Staph (Staphylococcus) Infection

A Staph infection is an infection with Staphylococcus bacteria. Staph bacteria cause a number of different diseases and conditions, including superficial skin infections, toxic shock syndrome, food poisoning, septic arthritis, and bacterial infections of the bloodstream (septicemia). In some illnesses, the symptoms arise due to toxins secreted by the bacteria. In other cases, the symptoms are related to abscess formation and infection with the bacteria themselves.

Symptoms and signs of a Staph infection, therefore, vary widely and differ according to the type of illness that is present. Symptoms and signs can include skin rash, boils, redness, swelling, warmth, and drainage of pus from the skin. Other associated symptoms and signs can include fever, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and joint swelling and pain.

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