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10 Types of Staph Infection

Kimberly Love

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.

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