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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is staphylococcus aureus?

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria which is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses (boils), furuncles, and cellulitis. Although most staph infections are not serious, they can spread to the bloodstream resulting in serious systemic infections, pneumonia, or bone and joint infections.

Symptoms of staphylococcus aureus

  • Skin abnormality

  • Fever

Questions your doctor may ask to check for staphylococcus aureus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose staphylococcus aureus

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you have a fever?

Treatment for staphylococcus aureus

Treatment mainly involves antibiotics which may be applied on the skin in the forms of creams and ointments or taken orally. Serious infections require antibiotics injected into the vein.

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