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The skin is the most common area infected by "staph" (Staphylococcus) bacteria. However, staph infections aren't confined to the skin -- they can affect virtually any other part of the body.
For minor cases, warm compresses applied to the affected skin may be the only remedy needed to get rid of the staph infection. In mild cases of impetigo (a bacterial infection that causes sores or blisters on the face or other parts of the body), a healthcare provider may prescribe an antibiotic that is applied to the skin.
In other situations, the staph infection goes deeper into the skin. In this situation, a healthcare provider may insert a needle to remove some of the infected fluid or make a cut on the skin to drain the infection. Oral antibiotics may also be prescribed. The type of antibiotic that is used will depend on the specific type of staph bacteria causing the infection, along with whether it is resistant to certain types of antibiotics.
(To learn more about how you can get rid of a staph infection, click Staph Infection Treatment. This article talks in greater detail about the treatment options and explains why self-treating an infection can be dangerous.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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