Staphylococcal infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria. It’s a common bacteria typically found in the nose and on the arm pits and buttocks and whilst 80% of us will be ‘colonised’ by the bacteria at some point in our lives it doesn’t necessary mean that we’ll suffer from infections. If we do become infected symptoms may take one of two forms; a skin infection like impetigo or boils or an invasive infection like blood poisoning. Skin infections will occur when the bacteria penetrates the skin, usually through a cut where as invasive infections usually occur after a skin infection has taken a hold. These skin infections are very common, particularly in children and young adults and can be treated with antibiotics, though as some strains of the bacteria have begun to show resistance doctors are hesitant to prescribe medication in mild cases, choosing instead to let the condition ride itself out
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