Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as staph infection is a group of bacteria that is the primary culprit for skin infections. Normally, staph resides in the body but does not usually cause problems. However, when the skin has cuts, abrasions or has an open wound and comes in contact with an unclean surface, the staph bacteria can gain access to the body causing cellulitis, boils, impetigo, folliculitis and the scalded skin syndrome. Among the symptoms that can be experienced with staph infection are redness and swelling, painful pimple-like elevation that fills with pus when worsens. Individuals who have chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems and who get infected by staph infections can become seriously ill especially when the staph is introduced into the bloodstream due to a break or cut in the skin surface. One of the most recognized ways of treating staph infections is through the use of heat.
Take a shower or wash the affected area using an antibacterial soap.
Pat yourself or the affected area dry with a clean hand towel.
Boil water for approximately five minutes.
Let it sit for one to two minutes before transferring it to a basin.
Bring the temperature of the water to lukewarm or a tolerable hotness.
Soak the affected area to relieve the pain and drain out the pus if the area breaks or is opened by the heat’s moisture, but leave it closed if it doesn't break.
Wipe the affected area with a clean washcloth once done.
Wash hands with antibacterial soap and dry.
Apply antibiotic ointment.
Cover the affected area with a sterile dressing.
The use of an antibacterial soap reduces the length of infection. You can also use a heating pad or hot water bottle wrapped in a clean cloth for a maximum of 20 minutes. Repeat three to four times a day. Covering the affected area will prevent it from spreading the infection to other areas of the body or to other individuals through direct and indirect contact with contaminated surfaces. Consult your doctor when fever develops.
Avoid burns by testing the temperature of the water by lightly soaking your wrist area to the water. Never reuse a wash cloth or hand towel for the second time. When washing the cloth, use soap and hot water and air dry. Never share items such as razors, combs, pair of scissors, towels, sheets and other items that will come in direct contact with the body surface. Avoid shaving the affected area.