What is Staphylococcus?
Staphylococcus is a small section of bacteria that causes a variety of different diseases that come from infections of some tissues of the body. Staphylococcus is usually named Staph (pronounced like “staff”). Staph infections and the related sicknesses that it can cause range from minor that do not require any treatment of any kind to the more dramtic and severe and which can potentially end up to be fatal.
What is Staphylococcus the name? The name Staphylococcus comes from the Greek staphyle, which is what they called a cluster of grapes, and kokkos, meaning the fruit or berry, and that is close to what the Staph bacteria looks like under a high powered microscope. It resembles a bunch of grapes or small round berries. (In medical terminology, these are gram-positive, facultative anaerobic, typically unencapsulated cocci.)
So what is Staphylococcus?
There are more than 30 varieties of Staphylococci which can infect humans, but most infections are caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Staphylococci can be common found in the nose and also on the skin (although it can be found in other locations at times) of 1 out of 4 or 1 out of 3 generally healthy adult humans. In most cases, the bacteria present does not cause the disease. But what happens is that the damage to the skin may allow the bacteria to overpower the natural immune systems of the body, bringing about a serious infection.
How do you know if you have the symptoms of an infection, or if you can see signs of a Staph infection in others? What is Staphylococcus treatments?
Staphylococcal disease on the surface of the skin causes the concentration of pus which together is call and abscess or may turn into a boil. This depends on the types if lesions that have presented themselves. The skin surface can become irritated, discolored and can cause pain. The pus will naturally ooze and when the infection gets into the blood stream (bacteremia or sepsis) it can cause additional sysmptoms and illnesses like chills, lower blood pressure and high fevers.