Staph infection also known as staphylococcus aureus is one of the major causes of infertility and many other health problems.
If Staph is not diagnosed and treated timely or properly, it can become a serious danger to the infected person. It would find its way deeper into the body and subsequently affecting the bones, heart, joints and eventually the blood.
It’s true that many strains of Staph are treatable with antibiotics, unfortunately some are resistant to antibiotics and this group is now more common that it was before.
In the light of this, it is crucial to treat even the mildest Staph infection once you notice it. Not only that, you must ensure that you use the most appropriate treatment for the specific strain you are infected with.
Staph bacteria are quite strong and extremely resistant. They can also thrive in any environment whether hot, cold or harsh. Presently, research shows that only about 10% of Staph infections are treatable with Penicillin and other drugs.
Unfortunately, if the Staph bacteria can find its way into the blood, it can lead to Sepsis. Sepsis is a dangerous state that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes injury to the tissues and organs.
Sepsis manifests itself as fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion and can eventually lead to septic shock.
Just imagine how deadly it can get if you don’t deal with the Staph bacteria on time.
What Is Staphylococcus
Staphylococcus bacteria are the cause of Staph infections. Staphylococcus is gotten from the Greek words staphyle, which means bunches of grapes; and kokkos, which means berry.
Staphylococcus looks like a circular, cluster of bacteria under the microscope. Staph doesn’t normally cause problems. According to research an average of 30% of the world’s healthy adults carry Staph in the noses or on their skins without any issues.
In fact, it has been found that about 25% of hospital personnel are carriers of Staph and they are not necessarily conscious of it.
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a particular strain of Staph that causes infections in different body parts. MRSA is resistant to the antibiotics methicillin, penicillin, amoxicillin, and oxacillin.
MRSA is commonly called a “superbug” mainly due to its antibiotic-resistant characteristics and it can be found in hospitals, other healthcare centers, sports locker rooms, prisons and community centers.
MRSA is a lethal strain of Staph and it is getting more and more difficult to treat with just antibiotics. Unfortunately, MRSA can be found in many healthcare institutions, and many other places.
This calls for every health worker all over the world to be watchful and adequately prepared to deal with these dangerous bacteria.
Staph infection usually starts with a minor skin infection with symptoms like boils, abscesses, cellulitis, impetigo, painful lumps, etc. Other symptoms tend to cause infertility. This includes:
- Abnormal growth in breast tissue
- Lowered sperm count
- Difficulty becoming pregnant
- Skin eruptions and pus discharge
- Itching in the body
Risk Factors for Staph Infection and MRSA
Here are some of the risk factors of contracting a staph of MRSA infection:
- Having weakened immune systems
- Hiv/aids patients
- Diabetic patients
- Cancer patients
- People with kidney failure
- People with respiratory illnesses
- Incisions from surgical operations
- Using devices such as catheters, feeding tubes, or breathing Intubation
- Recently or currently hospitalized patients
- People with skin injuries including sports people
- People involved in contact sports or those prone to any kind of skin-on-skin contact
- People suffering from food poisoning and other digestive problems
Staph Infection Symptoms and Long Terms Adverse effects
As mentioned earlier, if the Staph infection is not treated early and properly, it could lead to more problems like blisters, abscesses, discharges, testicular disorders, low sperm count, infertility, pus-filled blisters, burns, painful swellings and redness, Scalded Skin Syndrome, hydrocele, hydrosalpinx, skin disease and eventually death.
Staph Infection Diagnosis
Staph is actually a normal part of the environment but it can go wrong in certain cases and cause infections. In such cases, you need to do a culture test of the affected area, like the nose. This is to determine the exact cause of the problem.
Once you suspect that there is an infection, see a doctor immediately for treatment. The culture test is to confirm what strain of Staph is causing the infection. Knowing this helps to know the right treatment needed and then initiate in order to kill the bacteria.
Staph infections and infertility
MRSA is highly lethal and can cause infertility in men if not treated early and appropriately. For instance, MRSA could find their way into the testis, epididymis and prostate, which in turn causes scar tissue, low sperm count or production and other sexual problems.
In women, MRSA or other Staph infections can lead to hydrosalpinx, where the Fallopian tubes get filled up with fluid, which in turn damages the fallopian tubes and closes them up, thereby causing eventual infertility.
In men, MRSA or Staph infections can cause hormonal imbalances, low sperm count, low quality of sperm, testicle blockage, reproductive system blockage, varicocele, testicle veins enlargement; hypospadias, where an opening of the urethra forms on the base of the penis and finally sexual dysfunction.
Medical Drugs & Treatments Used for Staph Infections
Most Staph treatment generally involves antibiotics, then the infected areas are drained and cleaned. In certain cases, the infections are removed surgically.
Unfortunately, Staph bacteria are highly resistant, which means the treatment may not be successful and reoccurrence is always possible and inevitable.
There has been an increase in the use of antibiotics in recent years, so many top medical institutions are doing everything they can to warning people about the drug-resistant MRSA and Staph bacteria.
In the light of this, fighting the antibiotic-resistant bacteria with natural treatments seems to have become a better option, especially because antibiotics tend to fail when used for certain stronger infections.
What should I do about staph infections?
Presently, many Staph and MRSA treatments are unable to deal with the main causes of the infections; neither do they treat the whole body. This actually increases the chances of reoccurrence.
Unfortunately, this leads to more pain and anguish that could have been avoided. If you find out that you have Staph or MRSA infection or if you’ve been dealing with recurrent infections, then you need to find out what natural herbal treatment options are available to help you deal with the infections once and for all.
If you’re the bacteria in your body becomes resistant to antibiotics, there are definitely herbal treatments that would work. These treatments factor in the whole body and kill off the bacteria in a way that they never recur in your body again.