Boils Staph Infection – Get Rid of the Painful Boils
Boils are a common skin problem which occur some time or the other in every person’s life.
They tend to be quite mild sometimes and disappear after a short time. In certain cases, they become large and painful. They even form a group of inter-connected boils or carbuncles which take time to heal.
The presence of boils on the skin can also be an indication of some underlying serious problem like diabetes, week immune system etc.
They are usually caused by a bacterium called staphylococcus aureus.
The different types of boils are as follows:
- Furuncles which are caused by an infection in the hair follicle.
- Carbuncles which are the result of clubbing together of several furuncles. They are inter-connected and have several pus outlets.
- Eye stye is a boil which occurs in the eye lash due to the clogging of the hair follicle.
- Pilonidal cysts are formed on the buttock crease due to prolonged sitting.
- Cystic acne is caused by the clogging of the skin pores by sebum.
Some of these bacteria are MRSA or resistant to certain antibiotics.
Hence, they require treatment and a complete course of antibiotics as advised by the doctor.
If the boils are mild they do not require any treatment as such. They complete their life-cycle and vanish.
The symptoms include a rash on the skin which is itchy. This is followed by a nodule which appears and then grows to some extent.
In rare cases, they grow quite large. The last stage of the boil’s growth is the formation of pus which softens the boil and imparts a white color to it.
The boils staph infection may get triggered by the invasion of the skin by bacteria or by internal disorders which make the immune system weak and produce toxins in the body.
Foreign objects such as splinters, dust or dirt particles may get into the skin and cause boils staph infection. If minor cuts and scrapes are not covered and disinfected then the bacteria may crawl into the skin via these tiny openings.
Certain bacterial colonies are present on the rectum, groin and the nasal chambers of human beings. They are not harmful until they get a chance of creeping into the skin. Ingrown hairs, tight clothes, skin pores clogged with sebum and friction also lead to boils.
Besides these external reasons, weakness of the immune system and some ailments such as diabetes, HIV positive cases etc make the body susceptible to recurrent boils.
The boils staph infection can be avoided by taking certain precautions such as hygiene, proper care of even minor cuts, well-balanced diet etc.
The treatment for boils depends on the severity of the infection. If the boils are big and painful, then poultices and warm compressions are used to bring them to a head. This helps in alleviating the pain by quick pus removal.
If the boils have red streaks around them or cause malaise and chills, then a few tests are necessary to helping the doctors in understanding the root cause. In case the boils are recurrent, a bacterial culture helps in establishing whether they are caused by MRSA.
If the patient is found to have bacterial colonies in his nasal chamber, then a suitable treatment of antibiotics may be prescribed by the doctor.