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Important Info on Staph Infections

Incubation Period

After a person has become infected with Staphylococcus, it takes between 1 and 10 days, on average, for symptoms to appear. This period between transmission and the beginning of symptoms is called the "staph incubation period."

Signs and Symptoms of a Staph Infection

Common signs and symptoms of a staph infection can include a single red bump that resembles a pimple, pustule, or boil. It may also look like a cluster of red bumps. The involved site may be red, swollen, warm, painful, and have pus or other drainage. Staph infections are often confused with a spider bite in appearance.
These skin infections commonly occur at sites of visible skin trauma, such as cuts and abrasions, and areas of the body covered by hair, such as the back of the neck, groin, buttocks, armpits, or beard area of men.
(Click Staph Infection Symptoms and Signs to learn more.)
Staphylococcus can also cause more serious (or even life-threatening) infections within the body. Some of these may occur as a complication of a staph skin infection. In most cases, however, they do not (see Staph Infection Complications).

How Is a Staph Infection Diagnosed?

To diagnose a staph infection, a sample is taken from the infection and sent to a lab for testing. If staph is found, the organism will be further tested to determine which antibiotic is the most effective treatment.
Newer tests that are able to detect staph DNA in a matter of hours are becoming more widely available.
(Click Staph Infection Diagnosis to learn more.)

Staphylococcus Infection

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