Staph is the short name used for staphylococci bacilli. Staph can infect any part of the body. These bacilli thrive in areas which are warm and moist. Areas of the body that sweat a lot are good breeding grounds for staph bacilli. The most common area where staph infection can build is near the nose. Facial staph infection affects the looks of the patient.
In twenty to thirty percent of healthy adults, staph bacilli live in the nose and on the skin but do not harm the person as long as skin surface is intact.
There are more than thirty varieties of staphylococci. Staphylococcus aureus is the bacilli which cause these staph infections. Infection caused by staphylococci aureus is called as cellulitis.
What Causes Staph Infection On Face?
Staph infection is highly contagious and can spread from one person to another. It can spread with direct contact or by sharing towels, razors or other things of infected person. Since we have a tendency to touch our face frequently we can spread staph infection from our face to other parts of our own body or also to others.
- People with suppressed immunity are more prone to this infection.
- Children and adults both can be affected easily with this infection.
- Conditions such as eczema or burns on the skin make the skin susceptible to staph infection.
- Breastfeeding mothers and newborn babies are at a higher risk of getting staph infection.
- Another common risk factor is diabetes.
Staph Infection Symptoms And Complications
- One may notice a wound or broken skin on the affected part of the face.
- Redness, swelling, pain and tenderness is present.
- One can also have boil which may be purulent. This boil is called as furuncle.
- Crusted lesions and blisters can be seen on the face.
- Red, pus filled blisters can be seen around the hair follicles.
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Infection can spread to the valves of the heart.
Diagnosis: Diagnosis is done on the basis of culture or blood test.
How To Treat & Prevent Staph Infection On Face?
- A course of antibiotics may be prescribed along with application of a topical cream.
- Keep your face clean and dry. Wash your face three to four times a day with a mild soap. Do not rub vigorously. Gently pat dry your face.
- Change your pillow covers frequently. Wash all your clothes and bed linen in hot water with detergent and immerse clothes in water containing some antiseptic liquid. Iron all your clothes after drying.
- Avoid touching your face. Wash your hands immediately after touching your face.
- Treat any open wound promptly.
- Do not share clothes, razor and towels of an infected person.
- During summer season, take a shower after vigorous work out or after returning home from work.
- Instill healthy habits to prevent infection.
- Have a healthy diet to improve your immunity.
- Keep diabetes under control by checking your blood sugar at regular intervals.