What can a staph infection turn into?

If you have ever had a staph infection, then you know that it is nothing to laugh about. But here’s the thing – we are going to try and find the humor in this terrible situation. So, what exactly can a staph infection turn into? Let’s dive right in so that we don’t waste any more time.

What Is A Staph Infection?

Before we get into what a staph infection can turn into, let’s first define what it is. A staph infection is caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus which enters the skin through broken or damaged areas such as cuts or burns. This type of bacteria lives on our bodies naturally but can cause an infection if it gets into our bloodstream.


The most common complication of a staph infection is boils (eww!) which are filled with pus due to inflammation from an infected hair follicle.

  • Boils appear as hard, red lumps on the surface of the skin.
  • They become soft over time and eventually start producing pus,
  • And once they burst open, their oily substance spills out.

It sounds disgusting and painful all at once but wait, there’s more!


This contagious bacterial skin disease usually affects children resulting from direct contact with someone who has impetigo sores.

  • Symptoms include scabs or blisters;
  • The rash appears around nose & mouth;
  • Sometimes spread beyond those regions;

Impetigo commonly occurs in babies and young children and may heal spontaneously after bursting open by itself without medical attention intervention .

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

Now things get serious! Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections contain body symptoms related directly to personal hygiene like:

  • Fever;
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

MRSA is the type of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics. This can happen due to excessive use or incorrect use, which leads to antibiotic resistance.


Another infection complication that could occur after staph infections is cellulitis – it’s not from holding your phone too long!

  • Redness;
  • Swelling and tenderness in affected areas;
  • Low an unexplained fever;

It occurs when a break opens for bacteria to gain entry into the skin and spread throughout subcutaneous fat and muscle layers beneath Eww!.

Osteomyelitis (Bone Infections)

If not appropriately treated promptly, bones can also be infected by staphylococcus aureus resulting in:

-Troubled movement at joints;
-Bone fractures,
-Swollen ankles & feet.

This medical condition causes extra pain, especially on weight-bearing parts like leg-bones as (hold up now) they’re trying forcefully uphold our body weight!

Septicemia/ Sepsis

Staph infections may cause sepsis – no need for explanation – we all know how bad it gets! Such complications arise when microorganisms enter either through invasive devices implanted within patients (like IV lines) or open surgery room incisions.

This situation often results mostly in severe health complications such as heart-rate abnormalities leading patients towards death if left untreated (What!?).

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Toxic shock syndrome is characterized basically, by serious systemic effects with a quick progression timeline. It sometimes caused after certain wounds washes the bacterial toxins directly into bloodstream en route other organs even reaching an individual’s immune system whereby their ability fight infections are compromised altogether:

  • High-grade fever;
  • Rash progressing quickly (sometimes would require surgical amputation!);
  • debilitating fatigue levels (even bedridden feeling as missing organized sports games, social activities like partying!).


As you can see, a staph infection is no laughing matter. Our body infections can wreak havoc on our bodies and negatively impact us for a very long time. If one is diagnosed with a staph infection or display related symptoms such as fever, skin or joint/muscle pain don’t hesitate to seek immediate medical attention (seriously though-do it!) if issues persist.

Stay safe and remember: prevention is always better than cure!

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