When Acne Becomes Staph Infection


You are well aware of the causes and symptoms of acne but there’s one cause which you might seldom hear about – the acne being caused by staph infection.

First of, let’s define staph infection. This type of skin problem is caused by wounds and cuts which get infected by staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These bacterias are present on people’s skin and they could be considered harmless as long as they live only on the surface of the skin. However, once they go through the skin, they are sure to cause damages to it. Most often, this type of infection leads to acne which needs to be treated immediately to avoid further damage.

This kind of bacteria enters the body and causes acne through any cut and wound which remained open for a a long time. It could also enter the body when you pick or squeeze your acne since there’s a hole being left open and it becomes easier for the bacteria to enter and cause more infection.

You can tell if an acne is already a staph infection if its pus filled and looks like boils. You can also observe that its size is larger as compared to the usual size of a normal acne. They often appear in various areas and parts of the body, especially those parts which are unusual for the acne to appear. When your acne remains red and infected looking for more than five days, you should consult a doctor.

When this type of infection is left untreated, it could become very dangerous and could pose serious damage to your skin. You must understand that this could also be contagious especially in situations when you have skin to skin contact with an infected person. Sharing accessories like razors, towels, clothes, and even bed sheets with a person suffering from staph infection could also make you infected with the same disease, as well as having any close contact with infected pets.

Staph infection could definitely be healed as long as it’s been treated immediately. Your doctor could determine if your acne has already developed into a staph infection by collecting culture from that specific problem area. You should not fret about this culture collection since it’s definitely painless and only involves a cotton swab. Once the result is positive, you will be prescribed with antibiotics to treat the staph infection.