Are staphylococcal infections deadly?

They can be. Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can cause either local or widespread infection. If staph infects the blood stream and causes damage of organs, this is called sepsis and it can be fatal if not treated with antibiotics.
Staph Infections. Yes, they can be deadly if they are left untreated. The main bacteria that causes wound infections is stapylococcus aureus. It naturally lives on most of our skin. Most strains of staph respond well to antibiotics and are therefore, relatively harmless and easy to treat. Unfortunatly, we now have antibiotic resistant strains of staph, which is what MRSA is.

Related Questions

How prevalent are staphylococcal infections in the us?

Very common. Staph can be grown on anyone's skin. Infection occurs when the bacteria takes over. It can start with a scratch or pimple, a hangnail, ear infection, sore throat or sinus infection to name a few. Staph is not usually serious, a poor immune system, resistant bacteria or bad location can make it serious but most infections can be easily treated. Read more...
Very common . Staph causes boils , impetigo and other skin infections even flesh-eating disease. Read more...

Will a staphylococcal infection kill me?

Depends. If you are really healthy not likely. Being immunosuppresed and having a severe staph infection can be life threatening. Read more...

How do doctors treat staphylococcal infections?

It depends. There are many different types of staph infections - some are serious & require hospitalization.Most staph infections are skin related.These can vary between simple pimples & boils to complex abscesses & cellulitis. A doctor can distinguish the complexity of the infection.Simple isolated staph boils can be cured with a drainage procedure by a provider. Antibiotics are needed for more complex cases. Read more...

Is it possible to prevent staphylococcal infections?

Sadly probably not. We are exposed to staph frequently (other people, household objects, even pets) so it is very difficult to avoid it completely. If the opportunity arises, the staph on our body can cause infection. But, good hand hygiene (washing frequently and using hand sanitizers), avoiding touching our faces/noses, and being careful with personal items (combs, towels, etc) probably help. Read more...

How common is it for a staphylococcal infection to become septic?

It depends. There are multiple kinds of staphylococcal bacteria strains. Whether a person develops sepsis is dependent on the type of staph strain, as well as the overall condition of the patient. For example, even a "weak" staph strain can cause sepsis in somebody whose immune system is weak. We all are exposed to staph virtually every day. It is impossible to quote you a percentage for your question. Read more...
Rare. But it can happen easily depending on the type of strep. Some are more virulent. Read more...

How can staphylococcal infections be cured?

Antibiotics. You can take antibiotics, have abscesses drained, wash daily with hibiclens , and take bleach baths-1/2 cup in full tub of water-do 2to3 times a week-soak for 10 minutes each time. Vitamin d 1000iu daily may also help. Read more...

What are the tests for staphylococcal infection?

Culture. A swab of infected material such as " pus" is collected and send to the laboratory for positive identification of the bacteria. Read more...

What are the symptoms of staphylococcal infection?

Depends. It depends on where the infection is; lung infection will cause pneumonia , the patient may have fever, cough, shortness of breath etc..., in the blood stream, patient may develop hypotension, fever, organs failure, on the skin redness of skin, fever, abcess etc..., . Read more...