What symptoms are indicative of an infection caused by this organism?
Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria which are types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the times these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections. However staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. (Gardener, 2014)
Signs and symptoms of staph infection vary widely depending on the location and severity of the infection. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. This can look like honey-yellow crusting on the skin. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to…show more content… More serious staphylococcal infections require samples of blood or injected fluids for culture.
Cellulitis has characteristics signs and symptoms. It begins as a small area of tenderness, swelling, and redness that spreads to adjacent skin which may be warm to touch. The affected individual may develop a fever accompanied by chills as the area gets larger. Lymph nodes near the site of infection may also become swollen. (MedicineNet.com, 1996-2015)
Other signs of cellulitis are:
• Blisters- a painful swelling on the skin containing fluid serum
• Skin dimpling-small abnormal indentations or depressions on the surface of a body or organ (The Free Dictionary Farlex, 2003-2015)
Folliculitis is a skin condition in which hair follicles become inflamed. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by rubbing from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. Most of the time, the damaged follicles become infected with Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria.
• At first it may look like small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair