Staph Infection

Monday, November 23, 2015

Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria, can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces but when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, this bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about staph infection in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as staph is an increasingly common cause of infections. Staph germs commonly grow on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. It is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of people in the community have staph growing on their body but not causing an infection.

Skin infections such as pimples and boils are commonly caused by the staph germs we carry on our body.

For surgery patients, the same staph germs we carry on our body can cause serious infections in the surgical wound and even spread to the bloodstream.

Some staph infections are resistant to common antibiotics. These are called methicillin resistant staph or MRSA. It is estimated that one percent of people walking around in the community are carrying these resistant staph germs. This colonization rate may be much higher in health care workers, people who have been taking chronic antibiotic therapy, people who have been hospitalized and those with weaker immune systems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.