A staph infection is caused by bacteria known as staphylococcus. There are different causes, ranging from direct infection to staph bacteria residue. Once you're infected, symptoms develop over time and include boils, abscesses, and areas of swollen and irritated skin. Staph infections are treated with topical, oral, or intravenous antibiotics, depending on what kind of infection you have. Home treatment can also help, but more severe cases need medical intervention.
The easiest way to become infected by staph bacteria is to touch someone who already has it. Staph bacteria are highly resistant and can survive even the harshest environments, including hot, cold, and saline surroundings. You can find staph bacteria on household surfaces, eating utensils and clothing. So, contact doesn't have to be skin to skin.
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