is staph cureable?
Role of Staphylococci in disease
Staphylococci can cause a wide variety of diseases in humans and other animals either through toxin production or invasion. Staphylococcal toxins are a common cause of food poisoning as it can grow in improperly stored food. Although the cooking process kills them, the enterotoxins are heat resistant and can survive boiling for several minutes. Staphylococci can grow in foods with relatively low water activity (such as cheese and salami).
* One pathogenic species is Staphylococcus aureus, which can infect wounds. These bacteria can survive on dry surfaces, increasing the chance of transmission. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has recently become a major cause of hospital-acquired infections and is being recognized with increasing frequency in community acquired infections. S. aureus is also implicated in toxic shock syndrome; during the 1980s some tampons allowed the rapid growth of S. aureus, which released toxins that were absorbed into the bloodstream. Any S. aureus infection can cause the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, a cutaneous reaction to exotoxin absorbed into the bloodstream. It can also cause a type of septicaemia called pyaemia.
* The coagulase positive Staphylococcus that inhabits and sometimes infects the skin of domestic dogs and cats is Staphylococcus intermedius. This organism, too, can carry the genetic material that imparts multiple bacterial resistance. It is rarely implicated in infections in humans, as a zoonosis.
* S. epidermidis, a coagulase-negative staphylococcus species, is a commensal of the skin, but can cause severe infections in immune suppressed patients and those with central venous catheters.
* S. saprophyticus, another coagulase-negative species that is part of the normal womanly flora, is predominantly implicated in genitourinary tract infections in sexually active young women.
* In recent years several other Staphylococcus species have been implicated in human infections, notably S. lugdunensis, S. schleiferi, and S. caprae.
Staphylococci can also be found on the tips of the fingers. Most commonly it is found on the index finger as well as the thumb. This infection is known as a felon. As are many other Staphylococcus infections, felon is very painful and can be treated with antibiotics. Most S. aureus are penicillin resistant, but vancomycin and nafcillin are known to be effective against most strains.
Hi dr chic,
Pls correct me if I am wrong but Staphylococcus aureaus is not a normal skin commensal. It is a pathogenic bacteria. the normal skin commensal is Staph. epidermididis. and co. Some people are though nasal carriers of Staph aureaus but from what I know I think its a largely pathogenic organism.
Pls where do you get your facts from?
I hope you are just misinformed, not one of those people that extort money from unsuspecting individuals
in the name of curing 'staph' and cancer and HIV.
Believe as you are standing right now YOU have staphylococcus, this is not me 'swearing' for you, because
it is a normal commensal of the skin ie it lives normally on the skin of everyone in small amounts.
What kind of post is this. A lot of us Nigerians have been fed with alot of junk. Who said Staph is a sexually transmitted disease. Yem Kem abi? Rubbish.
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria and it causes a lot things. It is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Things that are caused by Staph Aureaus include: Boils, Pneumonia, Skin Infections, Urinary Tract Infection, Osteomyelitis etc.
Staph is sensitive to some antibiotics such as Augmentin, Eryhthromycin, etc.
Stop believing what yem Kem tells you and please Staph and HIV are not related like they put it.