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Staphylococcal infections

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Introduction
Staphylococcal infections are a group of infections caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus. You may have heard them referred to as staph infections.
Symptoms of staphylococcal infections
The symptoms of a staphylococcal skin infection can vary depending on the type of infection you have and whether it is invasive.
Causes of staphylococcal infections
Staphylococcal bacteria can spread through the air, by person-to-person contact, and it can be picked up from contaminated surfaces.
Diagnosing staphylococcal infections
A staphylococcal skin infection can usually be diagnosed by making a visual examination of the affected area of skin. Invasive infections require further tests.
Treating staphylococcal infections
Staphylococcal infections are usually treated at home or with antibiotics. Invasive staphylococcal infections will often need to be treated in hospital.
Preventing staphylococcal infections
You can reduce your chances of developing a staphylococcal skin infection by washing your hands regularly and keeping your skin clean.