Recurring Staph Infection
Is it possible to have staph infection again after recovering from the first one? The sad answer is yes. Unlike other communicable diseases such as measles and chicken pox that you are only allowed to have once in your lifetime, staph infection can happen frequently which is known as recurring staph infection.
Cases of recurring staph infection are usually more severe than the first attack. It demands more potent antibiotics and more determination in the part of the patient to comply with the therapeutic regimen to fight the disease.
Recurring staph infection is caused by a bacteria named staphylococcus which has 30 different species from its kind. The most harmful staph bacteria that’s causing different infections in the human body is staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus has a prototype named methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA for short which is known for being able to resist numerous antibiotics like erythromycin, amoxicillin and clindamycin. MRSA is the common causative agent of recurring staph infection to humans.
Recurring staph infection is dangerous for it the infection can spread on the vital organs like the lungs (pneumonia), heart (endocarditis) and bone (osteomyelitis). Many people die because of recurring staph infection, and the worst part of the disease is that you’re still breathing yet your flesh are already being eaten.
Recurring Staph Infection: Why These Bacteria Won’t Go Away?
Here are the probable reasons of recurring staph infection.
- It is important to be aware that staphylococcus is a bacteria that is normally found in the skin, but these bacteria are completely no match against a person with a strong immune system. But in the case of recurring staph infection, immuno compromised patients are the usual victims of this illness. Examples of immuno compromised are those diagnosed with chronic illness like AIDS, patients undergoing chemotherapy, patients taking steroids, new born and breastfeeding mother. All of them have a weak immune system therefore they are highly susceptible to recurring staph infection and all other diseases.
- Inability to completely eradicate the seeds of bacteria during the first incident of staph infection. Signs and symptoms of staph skin infections are usually suppressed after 3 days of antibiotic treatment, so patients thought that their conditions are going well. They suddenly stop taking antibiotic and never return to their physician. After few weeks or months they have a tendency to suffer from recurring staph infection because the bacteria still remain in their system. It is important to complete the antibiotic therapy and to undergo culture sensitivity test after that to determine if all the bacteria are eliminated.
- Preference to continue an unhygienic way of living. Many cases of recurring staph infection are due to unsanitary habits. Most patients in other countries who are being repeatedly treated for recurring staph infection live near the dump site and their occupation is segregating garbage to sell those made from plastics. Given the fact that they are exposed to different bacteria, they don’t even bother taking a shower.
- Failure to early detect invasion of staphylococcus to other organs. Staphylococcus are fast spreading and flesh eating bacteria. There are some cases of recurring staph infection in which there are negative traces of staph in the skin, however later did the doctor found out that the bacteria are already on the bones.