Staph Infection

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Complications from Staph Infections

staph-infection-1Staph infections are a very serious problem and it is something that you should never take lightly. While many infections can be treated and managed with the use of proper medical care, other infections can become life threatening.  In fact, while the staph infection is on your skin, there are few risks, however, the infection can spread to your bloodstream and this can be very serious.

While all conditions caused by a staph infection are serious, there are some conditions that you should be aware of.  These conditions are:

Bactermia is a very serious condition as it is a type of blood poisoning.  It happens when the staph bacteria enters the body and makes its way into the bloodstream.  Bactermia attacks the bones, muscles and internal organs.  It begins to shut down the organs and can be life threatening. 

One of the problems with bacteremia is that occasionally it is free of symptoms.  Most times, however, you should see symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Rapid Heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Malaise
  • Shortness of Breath

If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.  As the bacteremia progresses, the patient’s system will begin to shut down and organs will begin to fail.  In addition, if it is not caught quickly, permanent damage can be done to the organs.

Toxic Shock Syndromestaph-infection-2

Another complication that can occur from a staph infection, toxic shock syndrome is similar to bacteremia. It occurs when the staph bacteria enters the body, usually through an injury.  It is a life threatening condition and the patient should be taken to see a physician. 

There is a significant risk of bleeding with toxic shock.  The reason for this is because vital minerals and fluid are leaked into the tissue and the rest of the body is deprived of the fluid and minerals.  This leads to skin peeling off of the body and blood not clotting. 

Symptoms of toxic shock syndrome occur very quickly and include:

  • High Fever
  • Red Eyes
  • Muscle aches
  • Confusion
  • Red rash on the majority of your body that looks similar to a sunburn
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Extreme Weakness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Seizures

Septic Arthritis

staph-infection-3The final complication that is commonly caused by a staph infection is septic arthritis.  This is a condition that affects young and old and can be seen in children.  It occurs when the staph bacteria invades the body and goes into the joints of the patient.  It can affect any joint; however, it is commonly seen in the wrist, elbow, ankle, hip and shoulder. 

Signs of septic arthritis are:

  • Pain in the afflicted joint
  • Chills
  • Shaking
  • Fever
  • Joint Swelling
  • With all of these conditions, it is very important to speak to seek medical help as soon as possible.

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