You are well aware of the causes and symptoms of acne, but there is one cause that you can rarely hear about – acne being caused by a staph infection.
First and foremost, let's define staphylococcal infection. This type of skin problem is caused by wounds and cuts that are infected with staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These bacteria are present on people's skin and could have been 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 damage. Most often, this type of infection leads to acne that must be treated immediately to prevent further damage.
This kind of bacteria enters the body and causes acne through any cut and wound that remains open for a long time. It can also enter the body when you activate or squeeze your acne because there is a hole that stays open and it becomes easier for 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 compared to the usual size of normal acne. They often appear in various areas and parts of the body, especially the parts that are unusual for the appearance of acne. When your acne stays red and infected while looking for more than five days, you should consult a doctor.
When this type of infection is not treated, it can become very dangerous and cause serious damage to your skin. You must understand that this could also be contagious, especially in situations where 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 a staph infection could also make you infected with the same disease, as well as any close contact with animals infected.
Staph infection could certainly be cured if it was treated immediately. Your doctor might determine if your acne has ever developed a staph infection by collecting the culture of that specific problem. You should not worry about this culture collection as it is painless and involves only a cotton swab. Once the result is positive, you will be prescribed with antibiotics to treat staph infection.