A staph infection is caused by the bacteria staphylococcus. This type of infection can cause boils that are quite unsightly and can become life threatening. The staphylococcus bacteria can cause a person to have all types of health issues. There are more than 30 types of staph, but the most common is the staphylococcus aureus.
This germ can be caught in many different ways, from touching a towel that is infected or other types of clothing. It can also be caught by touching skin that infected directly. The staphylococcus can live on someone’s skin harmlessly, but when a cut or other type of wound occurs things can go bad quickly.
When the skin is broken, the bacteria can enter into the blood through the break, causing an infection. Typically, this can lead to a skin infection such as a pimple or boil that fills with pus. If you believe that you have a staph infection, antibiotics may be necessary. There are also a few natural treatments that can be used to get rid of staph infections.
1. Warm Compress
Typically, staphylococcus aureus will cause a boil that is filled with pus to appear on your skin. One of the ways to help drain this boil is to apply a warm compress onto the area of the skin that is infected. You will simply want to wet a washcloth with some warm water. Press the warm cloth to the boil and hold it there for at least twenty minutes and up to 30 minutes.
You should continue to do this three or four times a day. This can help release the pus from the boil. When the boil has drained, make sure that you use a clean bandage to cover it. This will absorb some of the pus and also will help to protect your skin. Make sure that you wash the area with a quality antibacterial soap to help prevent the infection from spreading.