Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections. Typical Staph Skin Infections. Staph aureus are bacteria that commonly cause skin infections. 20 to 30% of healthy people have Staph on their skin.
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20 to 30% of healthy people have Staph on their skin.
Staph are resistant to some antibiotics, but all Staph infections can be treated with one or more antibiotics.
Some populations, like athletes, military recruits, children, and prisoners are at higher risk of Staph infections.
The risk of infection is increased when there are cuts in the skin, close skin-to-skin contact, crowded living conditions, poor hygiene, and contaminated items and surfaces.
Staph infection can be prevented through practicing good hygiene:1. Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 2. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed. 3. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds and bandages 4. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
Employees and students with Staph infections do not need to be excluded from work or school if their wounds are clean and covered.