Staph infections are conditions caused by the staphylococcus bacteria, which resides on the skin of about 25 percent of healthy individuals. These bacteria are most abundant in areas such as the mouth, nose, genitals, and feet. Most people carry the bacteria without developing any symptoms. When infection does develop, the severity can range from easy-to-treat topical symptoms to internal organs damage. The treatment of such infections usually involves antibiotics and may require draining of infected areas. The earlier staph infections are detected, the quicker the recovery.
Boils are one of the most common symptoms associated with staph. In cases of mild infection, boils or pus-filled eruptions develop at the site of oil glands or hair follicles. The boils usually manifest on the face, neck, armpits, groin, or buttocks; the area is often red and swollen, as well, and may be tender. If the symptoms do not disappear with antibiotics, a doctor may drain the boils for faster recovery.
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