107: Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin

Have you ever wondered what the symptoms of a staph infection on your skin are? Can staph infection itch? What does staph infection look like? If I feel itchy from a staph infection can I choose natural products to treat it? What if my doctor doesn’t want to test my itchy skin for staph? I’m answering all these questions and more in this article!

I have come to discover that a lot of people really don't know what the symptoms are which can lead to delay in seeking help from your doctor.

Recently, I asked my Instagram community if they knew what to look for if you're having a flare and it might be staph.

I was surprised to discover that 98% wanted me to talk more about staph infections and weren't clear on what the symptoms are. In fact, many were even surprised to hear that staph infection can be itchy. 

And I've found this issue with clients who desperately manage a flare. But because they don't know the symptoms of a staph infection on the skin, they don't even consider it as an option. They don’t necessarily realize that staph infections can itch.

Failure to identify a staph infection can lead to a potentially unnecessary period of suffering.

That's why I decided to share what you should look out for… because yes, staph infections can be itchy. Very, very itchy.

Because I'm not a doctor, this is certainly not intended to help you self-diagnose a staph infection. It's my hope that it will help you know when to see your doctor rather than trying to just deal with the itch and symptoms on your own. Or assuming that you’re just “going through a flare” when in reality it’s a staph skin infection.

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In this episode:

  • Client story about an itchy staph infection
  • Can staph infection itch?
  • Is it worth it to blend alternative and conventional approaches for a staph infection itch?
  • 98% of my audience didn't know the symptoms of a skin staph infection. Most even asked, “does staph itch?”
  • Signs of a Staph infection you need to be aware of (itch isn’t the only sign!)
  • Are Staph infections only a concern for people with eczema


Staph infections can happen to anyone and that means that they are not an eczema-specific problem! I've worked with psoriasis clients who are struggling with staph as well.

Burning skin and a deep, awful itch are two key symptoms during a flare that could spell the difference between a rash flare and a staph infection.

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Signs Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin [FULL TRANSCRIPT]

Welcome back to episode #107 of the Healthy Skin Show!

In today's episode, I want to share with you some symptoms of a potential staph infection on your skin. And answer the question, “can staph infection itch?”

It's important that I preface this conversation with the fact that I am not a doctor nor a medical practitioner. Because I've worked in a medical practice directly with my dad's patients and within my own clinical nutrition practice, I am reasonably knowledgable about when to direct someone to go see their doctor.

In addition to my experience, I spent some time online doing some research on medical-based websites to come up with a list for you.

At some point, I hope to have a doctor come on the show and talk more in-depth about staph infections and how to determine if the itchiness you’re experiencing is from a staph infection.

For now, this list can give you some clues as to when you need to really go seek help instead of trying a bunch of different natural remedies that aren't helpful because it's really staph that's the issue.

When you have an itchy staph infection on your skin, it's important to seek medical attention instead of just trying to manage on your own. Going on to Facebook, for example, and asking strangers for help when really you need the help of your doctor.

Candle flaring up just like eczema

Can Staph Infection Itch? Sara's Eczema Flare That Was Actually Staph

Before just handing you a list of symptoms, I want to tell you a story about one of my clients.

We'll call her Sara (that's obviously not her real name).

Sara and I had just started working together and were still in the fact-finding phase. She became incredibly uncomfortable dealing with a pretty intense, itchy eczema flare.

She was trying all the creams she had on hand because she figured it was just a flare and she could get through it on her own. Her first response wasn't to go see her doctor so she alerted me that she was experiencing incredible redness, a really intense itch and that the rash itself was burning.

It was so bad that she was having great difficulty sleeping at night. And of course, the lack of sleep was making her feel awful because day after day after day, she wasn't rested!

Plus the symptoms were driving her nuts.

I've tried everything I can on my own, but I'm just so miserable. Do you have any suggestions?

Based on Sara's complaints, I suggested that she see her dermatologist to check for staph and request a culture.

Her dermatologist didn't think it was staph, but Sarah advocated for herself and really pushed to have a culture done.

Finally, her dermatologist agreed. It came back positive for a skin infection of staph aureus.

Because of the staph infection, her doctor started her on antibiotics and she finally began to feel a heck of a lot better. All of her intense, itchy symptoms started to calm down so that she could sleep.

Woman thinking about staph infection symptoms

Does Staph Itch? Could Your Skin Rash Flare Be A Staph Infection?

Unfortunately, this story is not unique.

It's a pretty common occurrence in our community. Especially when you want to do everything naturally, you can end up suffering for a long time because a staph infection is driving the problem.

Seeing this happen over and over again made me wonder whether people really knew what the symptoms of a staph infection are.

Let's be honest… it's not like the symptoms of a staph infection are well-known. 

Even Sara admitted that she hadn't even considered staph.

This prompted me to run a poll of my Instagram following and what I found really surprised me.

98% of my community was unsure of what the symptoms of a staph infection are and wanted more information!

That's why I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some helpful info so you know when you really need to go back to the doctor and ask for help instead of trying to manage everything yourself.

At the end of the day, staph is no joke. You really need to seek help from your doctor.

Woman asking her doctor about staph

Do Staph Infections Itch? Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin

Based on my research, I put together a list of staph infection symptoms that I'm going to share.

Again, I want to reiterate that I'm not a doctor and this list is not intended to diagnose you.

It's intended to educate you so that you know when to seek medical attention for an itchy staph infection rather than trying remedy after remedy without any success. Especially if you've got wounds or cuts in the skin that could potentially allow the staph access to your bloodstream.

And let's not forget about MRSA — antibiotic-resistant staph! It's possible to get MRSA which should not be let go.

In other words, staph infection isn't just some itchy inconvenience. It's a serious infection that can have serious consequences.

Staph Infection: Itchy + What else To Look For On Your Skin

Here is a potential list of symptoms of a staph infection on your skin:

  • any oozing or weeping, especially if the liquid is like whitish or yellowish in color
  • boils, abscesses or little blisters, redness, swelling, tenderness or painfulness
  • wrinkling or peeling skin that also burns
  • burning
  • crazy, crazy intense itching

Since some people struggle with recurrent itchy staph infections, I discussed this with Dr. Peter Lio HERE.

Does Staph Infection Itch?

Does staph infection itch? Yes! This type of itching you might experience with a staph infection is the type that may keep you up at night preventing you from getting sleep. You might feel like the itchiness is even deeper than your skin. And it can make you feel like you're going nuts!

So if you feel like you're experiencing a number of these, I would recommend that you:

  1. Get clear on your symptoms and write out a list.
  2. Call your doctor and get in ASAP. If you can't see your dermatologist right away, call your family doctor.
  3. Request a culture of the rash.

It’s crucial to know that a culture done in the past cannot help recognize a current problem, and neither can a biopsy done in the past help identify a current infection. Since your skin’s microbiome can change within a matter of days to a state of overgrowth or even to the level of an infection, current testing must be performed.

Here’s more information on the different types of testing your doctor can do for skin issues so you know what to ask for (and why!) to better advocate for yourself.

If you've been using topical steroids and they aren't helping, that could be another clue.

In this particular case, antibiotics are what is necessary. Topical steroids will not work.

Itchy Staph Infections And Natural Remedies

One other thought…

Staph infections can be extremely painful and itchy. And it can be tricky to try to use only natural options when your flare gets to this point where you're very miserable. Natural options don't often alleviate skin complaints as quickly as conventional medications.

I realize that at times you might feel frustrated because you haven't felt heard during appointments with your dermatologist and you want to look in other directions.

But that's why I often say “don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!

Keep your expectations in check and an open mind about blending natural and conventional options. There can be tremendous power when you harness the power of both.

Woman wondering if staph infections only happen to people with eczema

Do Staph Infections Only Happen To People With Eczema?

One final point that I think is very important to be made about staph infections.

No, staph infections on your skin aren't an ECZEMA-ONLY problem.

While one aspect of eczema can be an overgrowth of staph aureus in the skin's microbiome, other skin conditions can also end up with staph infections too.

I've worked with psoriasis clients who have also struggled with recurrent staph infections.

AND there are other bacterial organisms that can cause a skin infection besides Staph aureus that a culture can identify including Strep infections and Pseudomonas infections. You can also get fungal skin infections as well!

So even if you're dealing with some other type of skin diagnosis and you have these symptoms, go to your doctor. It's better to get checked so that if it is staph, you can get on the road to relief sooner rather than later.

Final Thoughts: Can Staph Infection Be Itchy?

Can staph infection be itchy? You bet. And it’s the type of itch that can keep you up at night and make you completely miserable. Staph infections and the itch they cause are no joke, and if you suspect you have one, you need to get to a doctor, pronto.

Especially since an infection can drastically impact your quality of life AND sometimes the symptoms could actually be another type of viral infection called eczema herpeticum which you can read about here.

If you've had a staph infection in the past, I would appreciate hearing about your experience!

What were your symptoms? How did you finally get diagnosed with a staph infection?

Leave your comments below so we can keep the conversation going.

And I ask that you share this episode with our community. If 98% of my Instagram community had no idea what clear symptoms of staph infections were, there's a very good chance that many others in our community do not know either.

We must help educate each other and share helpful information like this. That way you can ultimately get on the road sooner rather than later to rebuilding healthier skin.

Thank you so much for tuning in and I'll catch you in the next episode!

Itchy Staph Infections + How To Deal With Them

I've actually talked at length about staph infections on the skin during multiple podcast episodes.

Here are a few of my favorites that might help you when researching that itchy staph infection.

Staph infections and probiotics with Kiran Krishnan – Part 1

Staph infections and probiotics with Kiran Krishnan – Part 2

Staph Aureus with Dr. Julie Greenberg

What If It's Itchy, But It's Not Staph

I've helped thousands of people get to the bottom of the skin rash root cause and finally find relief from the constant itch and misery. Obviously, if you suspect you have staph, you need to see your doctor immediately.

But if you're still searching for answers about your root causes (and what could be playing a role in driving the inflammation on your skin), I have a free tool that just might help you.

Click here to download my “Stop My Rashes Now eGuide” — …so you can start identifying hidden triggers and imbalances that your doctor isn’t looking for AND start taking action based on the type of skin diagnosis you have.

This guide is completely free!

Download it here and start getting to the bottom of your itchy skin rash.

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Staph infections can happen to anyone and that means that they are not an eczema-specific problem! I've worked with psoriasis clients who are struggling with staph as well.

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS is an integrative Clinical Nutritionist and the founder of Skinterrupt. She works with women who are fed up with chronic gut and skin rash issues discover the root causes and create a plan to get them back to a fuller, richer life.

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