Symptoms of a Staph Bacterial Infection
Do you know how to spot the difference between a regular eczema flare and a staph bacterial infection?
Regular eczema conditions include dry, itchy skin that develops with red patches and these patches may become scaly, hard, crusted, and may ooze. Regular eczema is also extremely itchy. These conditions can make it challenging to spot a localized staph infection. An infection is usually characterized by a localized break out in the form of an abscess, boil, furuncle or very red tender skin that is warm. While all eczema is uncomfortable, an infection may become particularly tender and painful.
Staph infections are quite serious and the possible results of untreated staph infections are not pleasant.
One of the challenges of these staph infections is that they can become resistant to drugs. Eczema sufferers who take a lot of antibiotics to relieve their eczema symptoms might run into problems treating multi-resistant staph infections.
If you experience changes in your eczema conditions with a more extreme, localized breakout, it might be an infection. See your healthcare provider who may prescribe a topical and/or oral antibiotic. In extreme cases, if the infection is not treated soon enough, an intravenous antibiotic might be necessary.