Is often found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people, and may or may not cause problems. It has been estimated that at any given time 25 to 30 percent of the population has staph bacteria in the nose, but only some of those infected have symptoms. These bacteria can cause anything from minor skin infections (pimples) and boils to such potentially life-threatening diseases as pneumonia, meningitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Some 500,000 hospital patients in the United States develop staph infections every year. Disturbingly, these infections seem to be increasingly resistant to the penicillin-related antibiotics used to treat them. The worst infections result from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and options for treating them are dwindling. Standard treatment for staph infections of the nose is regular application of an antibiotic ointment (over-the-counter or prescription), but some of these infections can be stubborn, taking up to a year to subside. Staphylococcus (Staph for short) is a germ that lives in our noses and on our skin. An infection can happen when the skin is open from a scratch or cut or an insect bite. Often a Staph infection can be small like a pimple and will respond to applying heat to the area. Sometimes, staph infections can become more serious infections like abscesses, wound infections, pneumonia, and sepsis. Almost half of all healthy people carry staph bacteria in their noses without getting sick. Sometimes, however, fingers can carry staph bacteria to other parts of the body and cause infections where there is broken skin. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are Staphylococcus bacteria that have become resistant to certain antibiotics, like penicillin, amoxicillin or augmentin.
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