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Staph Infections 101

With recent cases of Staph infections and MRSA seen in our area, it is important to know what staph infections are, how they are treated, how they spread (and how you can prevent this in the first place!).

What is a Staph infection?bacterium

The name “staph” is derived from the group of staphylococcus bacteria, which lives on skin or inside the nose. They can be found in healthy people, but a Staph infection occurs when the bacteria find their way deeper into your system. Symptoms of a staph infection can range from a very mild skin infection to life-threatening.

How is a Staph infection treated?

Once the presence of a staph infection is confirmed by a lab test, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. There are both topical and oral antibiotics that can be used. However, there are strains of staph called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that may require alternative antibiotics.

Natural Staph Treatment

There are ways to treat staph naturally, too! It is important to attack the bacteria with anti-bacterial compounds, which are found in tea tree oil, garlic oil, and oregano oil. A high quality pure essential oil can be applied to the skin infection with coconut oil.

It is also important to boost your immune system while you are treating staph to help your body fight the infection naturally. Turmeric supplements and essential oils like clove, cinnamon, and orange will help support healthy immune strength.

How does Staph spread?

Staph is most commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected. Open areas on your skin are especially susceptible to the infection. If you have a weak immune system due to age, recent illness, or any chronic medical conditions, you are more likely to contract a staph infection.

Prevention

To prevent the spread of Staph, wash your hands! Other good hygiene tips include not sharing personal items like towels, bedding, and razors. Wash your sheets and blankets often, and keep any open areas on your skin covered.

Keeping your immune system strong by following the tips above will also prevent infection as well as many other common and seasonal illnesses. Striving for overall optimal health will be your best line of defense.

Sources for further information: Mayo Clinic & SearchHomeRemedy