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A staph infection is the shorter, more common name for the staphylococcal infection. This is a group of infections that are caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria, which gain entry to the body through a cut or break in the skin. From here it depends on how deep the bacteria get into what kind of symptoms will be present. The infections range from skin and soft tissue infections to more invasive infections in the bones and blood. The skin infections can be treated with antibiotics or creams, but the invasive infections are usually dealt with in a hospital with antibiotic injections. The result of infection is broad; here are the most common symptoms of a staph infection, so you know what to look for.

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1. Itchy White Bumps

Uncomfortable and itchy white bumps or lumps can appear on the skin as the result of a staph infection in the hair follicles. This is called Folliculitis, and it occurs when the small sac from where a hair grows out from, the hair follicle, becomes infected with the staphylococcus bacteria. As the hair follicle is deep in the skin, the infection also begins quite deep; the pus in the sac forms and cannot get out. These bumps may grow into a boil and eventually burst, draining the pus and freeing the hair follicle.

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