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Untreated Staph Infections

By Catherine Henderson ; Updated July 27, 2017

Staph infection, or staphylococcus, is a bacterial infection commonly carried in the nasal cavity. Staph infection may go undetected until it enters through a wound in the body and becomes infected. If staph infection goes untreated it can result in serious health risks to the skin and organs of the body.

Dangers of Staph Infection

Staph infection can easily be treated by taking antibiotics prescribed by your doctor until the infection has cleared. If left untreated, staph can get progressively worse by progressing into vital organs of the body and the bloodstream, becoming a potentially fatal problem. According to Physorg, "Staph infections can cause life-threatening skin infections, as well as infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, heart valves and lungs."

At Risk

Those with autoimmune deficiencies and the elderly have the most risk of staph infection. It is harder for their bodies to fight off the infection even with the use of antibiotics. In this instance, staph infection may send these people in for hospitalization and further treatment. Daily cleaning is necessary to keep the infection from coming back or getting worse.

Treating Staph Infection

If your doctor has diagnosed you with staph infection follow her recommendations and take prescribed medications as directed. Wash your hands after cleaning the infected area and before touching or preparing foods. Keep the infected area covered so that it is not exposed to further bacterial infection. The doctor may pack the area by opening the infection and placing gauze in the opening so the infection can drain.

Prevention of Staph

Practice proper hygiene in order to avoid the risks associated with staph infection. Avoid sharing objects with others such as toothbrushes, soap, towels and gym equipment. Anything that has touched the skin of a person with staph infection can potentially spread it to others. Wash surfaces thoroughly before being seated, eating or cooking off of them. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water if you suspect that you have come into contact with someone who has staph infection.


If you notice a boil-like appearance on your skin you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately. The sooner staph infection is treated the greater your chances of avoiding serious skin and systemic infections. Avoid contact with others around you until you have been properly diagnosed and treated for the infection. Early detection and treatment can save your life.

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