Recognizing Staph Infections



Symptoms of Staph Infection

Skin Infection Symptoms

Skin infections caused by staph bacteria include boils, , and .

A boil (or "furuncle") is an infected hair follicle or oil gland.

A boil looks like a red, swollen bump that's painful to the touch.

Boils start out small, about the size of a pimple, but they may fill with pus and grow in size to a hard lump over a few days.

Untreated, a boil may get as big as a baseball and develop a yellow-white tip. This tip may burst, causing pus to ooze out

Boils are common around areas of friction, including the:

  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Buttocks

A cluster of boils may become interconnected underneath the skin forming a carbuncle. Carbuncles may cause fever and chills.

Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that most commonly occurs in children, ages two to five (most commonly).

Impetigo appears as red blisters that are typically found around the:

  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Neck
  • Hands

These blisters may show up on other parts of the body as the infection progresses.

After a few days, they may ooze and form a brownish-yellow crust.

Impetigo blisters may be itchy, but aren't typically painful.

Cellulitis is a common skin infection. Symptoms of cellulitis are:

  • Swollen red areas of skin that feel hot and tender to the touch
  • Fever

Small red spots may appear on the reddened skin. In addition, blisters may form and burst.

Cellulitis most commonly affects shins and calves, but can appear anywhere on your body.

Food Poisoning Symptoms

When you eat food contaminated with staph bacteria, you may develop food poisoning.

Symptoms of food poisoning caused by staph often occur rapidly (30 minutes to six hours after eating) and include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms usually don't last longer than a day, but can last up to three.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Symptoms

Toxic shock syndrome, or TSS, is a potentially deadly infection. Symptoms of TSS include:

  • A high fever that occurs suddenly
  • Fatigue, malaise
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • General aches and pains
  • Red eyes, mouth, and throat
  • A rash on the palms and soles of the feet

Septic Arthritis Symptoms

Septic arthritis occurs when staph bacteria spread to a joint.

In children, it typically affects those less than 3 years old.

Symptoms of septic arthritis in children include:

  • Crying when infected joint is moved
  • Fever
  • Inability to move the arm or leg with the infected joint
  • Crankiness

Symptoms in adults include:

  • Fever
  • Joint swelling and redness
  • Joint pain
  • Inability to move the arm or leg with the infected joint

Bacteremia Symptoms

Anyone who stays in the hospital, has been fitted with a catheter, has a weakened immune system, or is elderly is at higher risk for bacteremia, also known as blood poisoning or sepsis. Symptoms of bacteremia include:

  • Fever
  • Low blood pressure
  • Organ damage, especially to the heart and kidneys

Diagnosing a Staph Infection

If you suspect you have any form of a staph infection, it's important to see your doctor.

To diagnose a staph infection, your doctor will examine any sores or cuts you may have.

Cellulitis and impetigo both have predictable patterns and telltale lesions, and both can generally be diagnosed visually.

Your doctor may also collect a tissue sample. Staph infections are diagnosed by analyzing a tissue sample or nasal secretions for the bacteria.






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