Staph Infection Blog

This Blog will feature information about staph infections, and the various complications and symptoms caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria which is simply called staph. We will also provide information about the different types of staph like the MRSA which is a type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Diseases Caused by Staph Infections

What types of diseases are caused by Staph?

Staph infections of the skin
  • impetigo - a crusting of the skin
  • cellulitis - inflammation of the connective tissue under the skin, leading to swelling and redness of the area.
  • scalded skin syndrome - although this is a rare case of serious complication
  • mastitis - inflammation of the breast in breastfeeding women. Staphylococcal breast abscesses can release bacteria into the mother's milk.

When the bacteria enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs, a number of serious infections can occur. Staphylococcal pneumonia predominantly affects people with underlying lung disease and can lead to abscess formation within the lungs. Infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) can lead to heart failure. Spread of Staphylococci to the bones can result in severe inflammation of the bones known as osteomyelitis. Staphylococcal sepsis (widespread infection of the bloodstream) is a leading cause of shock and circulatory collapse, leading to death, in people with severe burns over large areas of the body.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is an illness of the bowels that causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It is caused by eating foods contaminated with toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts for one to three days and resolves on its own. Patients with this illness are not contagious, since toxins are not transmitted from one person to another.

Toxic shock syndrome is an illness caused by toxins secreted by Staph aureus bacteria growing under conditions in which there is little or no oxygen. Toxic shock syndrome is characterized by the sudden onset of high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle aches, followed by low blood pressure (hypotension), which can lead to shock and death. There may be a rash resembling sunburn, with peeling of skin. Toxic shock syndrome was originally described and still occurs especially in menstruating women using tampons.


liposculpture guide January 20, 2011 at 1:06 AM

People most prone to getting Staph infections include newborns and people with skin disorders.The staph infection includes skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis, endocarditis, Toxic shock syndrome and septicemia.

Atlanta plastic surgery January 31, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Have never heard about these diseases.Are they infections?maybe you could post some photos to make it easier to the viewers how it looks like.

Anna February 23, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Nice article about staph infection..How to treat staph

rhinoplasty April 1, 2011 at 9:20 PM

That is dangerous a situation when the antibiotics also stop reacting to the Staph.Your article has been very eyeopening and enlightening.

shahrukh January 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM

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