Staph infections of the skin are very common. The symptoms vary depending on the type of infection and where it is located.
• Types of Staph Infections
Staph bacteria can cause styes on the eyes, abscesses in the sweat or sebaceous glands, boils, carbuncles and impetigo. The bacteria can spread into the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body.
• Who’s At Risk?
Men who shave their faces have a greater risk of developing staph infections in shaving nicks or cuts. Impetigo is usually found among school age children, especially when they are in close contact with other children. People who work in hospitals have the greatest risk, but anyone can get a boil or a minor staph infection.
• What are the Symptoms?
Boils, carbuncles and abscesses are very painful. The skin becomes red and hot to the touch. Pus may be visible or trapped beneath the skin. Drainage may occur spontaneously, but in some cases, a doctor must open the boil to allow for draining. Bacteria are present in the pus, so it is important to use caution when handling the wound to avoid spreading the infection.
Impetigo is characterized by blisters on the skin. These kinds of staph infections are usually painless. The area around the blister will be red and itchy.
• What are the Treatments for Staph Infection?
Staph infections are becoming more difficult to treat, because the bacteria have developed a resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics. Doctors avoid prescribing antibiotics, except for severe cases, because the over-use of antibiotics was the reason the bacteria have become more resistant.
Most boils, impetigo and other minor infections will heal within 3-5 days. The area should be cleaned regularly and covered with a bandage. Instead of using an antibiotic ointment, which has further contributed to resistant bacteria, you can use active manuka honey gel. It has natural antibacterial activity and has proven to be effective for killing resistant bacteria. It does not contribute to increased resistance.
• If the infection is on your face, the use of a Deep Moisturizing Mask will provide relief from the symptoms and speed healing. The mask to be effective should contain active manuka honey and a natural anti-inflammatory called Functional Keratin.
• The Benefits of Functional Keratin and Manuka Honey
In addition to providing relief from your present symptoms, manuka and Functional Keratin have anti-aging activity. They contain antioxidants and increase the skin’s antioxidant content, which helps to prevent free radical damage, the number one cause of skin aging.
The benefits you will see include:
o Reduced facial redness
o Improved skin firmness
o Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
o Softer, smoother skin
**How to Prevent Staph Infections
The use of antibacterial soaps is on the rise, but most of them contain triclosan, which is damaging the environment. The antibacterial soaps are likely contributing to even more resistance. Bacteria adapt quickly in order to survive.
Cleansers containing tea tree oil or active manuka honey can be used safely to reduce the risk of staph infections. Active manuka honey can also be found in body lotions. Men should use a facial fluid after shaving that contains witch hazel to reduce the risk of infection in shaving nicks and cuts. Body lotion and facial fluids are good choices, if they contain effective ingredients.
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