While not trying to make too many assumptions, we are willing to bet that most of you have probably heard of a staph infection before, although many might be unfamiliar with what it actually is.
A staph infection is caused by the staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria and is a relatively common type of bacteria that is found on many of our bodies but usually doesn’t cause us any harm. However, when the bacteria gets into the body and multiplies is when complications begin to arise and a staph infection has, in fact, occurred.
According to researchers, around one-third of every person carries the staph bacteria either on the surface of their skin or in their noses, and as we mentioned, this doesn’t normally cause any problems. However, when the bacteria goes deeper into your body and enters the bloodstream, joints, bones, heart and lungs; what was once some harmless bacteria can quickly turn deadly.
There are over 30 different types of staph infections, most of which can be treated by antibiotics and.or draining the infected area. However, in recent years, doctors and researchers have noticed that some infections are no longer responding to common antibiotics.
When a person has a headache, a cold, or the flu, most other people are able to understand to varying degrees what is wrong with them, as most other ailments are rather secular in their impact. However, with more than 30 different types of staph infections, this bacteria can manifest itself in a large variety of ways – all of which fall under the umbrella term of staph infection.
To generalize, a staph infection is an inflammation of the skin or internal organs, caused by the staph bacteria or its toxins. Staph infection may be mild, severe or even life-threatening.
But what are the most common types of staph infection and what should I be on the lookout for?
Glad you asked; for we have scoured the Internet, visited the libraries and spoken to the professionals in order to gather a list of 10 of the most common types of staph infection, what defines them and what sets them apart.
While there are numerous types of bacteria that can cause a urinary tract infection, it should be noted that among those are various types of the staphylococci species.
The most common symptom of bacterial urinary infection is a burning pain felt during urination and frequent urination. However, the problem with bacterial urinary infections is they have a tendency to spread to another part of the body that can cause their own set of problems.
It isn’t uncommon for the bacteria to spread to the prostate, which causes bacterial prostatitis. Some of the symptoms associated with this are:
Pain in the groin, testicles, penis or lower abdomen
Cloudy urine, rarely blood in the semen
Fever and muscular pain.
That's not all, though. Infection can also spread to the kidney(pyelonephritis) and to the bladder (cystitis). When this occurs, it is usually characterized by symptoms like:
Pain over the kidney(s), lower abdominal or lower back pain (in cystitis)
Fever with chills.