Staph Infection Diagnosis and Treatment
Staph infections need to be confirmed by your doctor, who will visually inspect the affected skin area. If a serious staph infection is suspected, either a tissue sample or nasal secretion can be collected by a laboratory and cultured for signs of the bacteria. Laboratory testing can not only confirm the diagnosis, but it can also be helpful in determining which antibiotic will be most effective against a particular strain of bacteria.
Bleach Baths for Reducing S. Aureus in Atopy Underused
MAUI, HAWAII — Bleach baths are a greatly underused tool for reduction of Staphylococcus aureus skin colonization in patients with atopic dermatitis, pediatric dermatologists said at the annual Hawaii Dermatology Seminar sponsored by Skin Disease Education Foundation.
Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization in Atopic Dermatitis Decreases Disease Severity
Staphylococcus aureus is a known complication of atopic dermatitis, and treatment of S aureus can improve this condition. Nasal swabbing with mupirocin ointment is somewhat effective in reducing nasal carriage of S aureus, and other methods of S aureus control on skin surfaces have been postulated.
Bleach Baths to Help Prevent Staph Infections
All children will occasionally get impetigo (often given the misnomer of “infantigo”), a staph or strep infection that gains entry under the skin by itching, scratching, picking bug bites, etc. Impetigo has always been around as a common skin infection in kids but we now commonly see more serious infections caused by a particularly nasty form of staph known as MRSA, which stands for “Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus”, and which often causes abscesses under the skin.
Bleach Baths for Eczema/Staph
Recent research has shown that bleach baths can be extremely significant for children with eczema. 7 year old Ben participated in a trial in 2006 that changed his life according to his mother, Jennifer. He had severe eczema on his calves, and it would crack and swell, causing infections and scarring. As a child, it was even tougher for him. But apparently, as soon as he joined the study, they saw immediate benefits and differences. The treatment was not high tech, expensive, and it did not involve doctors, lasers, or other machinery. It was a simple bleach bath that anybody can use in the comfort of their own home.