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107: Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin

Have you ever wondered what the symptoms of a staph infection on your skin are?

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.

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.

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 I'm not a doctor, this is certainly not intended to help you 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 it on your own.

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In this episode:

  • Client story about staph infection
  • Is it worth it to blend alternative and conventional approaches?
  • 98% of my audience didn't know the symptoms of a skin staph infection
  • Signs of a Staph infection you need to be aware of
  • Are Staph infections only a concern for people with Eczema?

Quotes:

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.

Woman without clothing reaching around her torso to scratch itchy, red, splotchy skin.

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.

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.

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 a 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

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 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 symptoms started to calm down so that she could sleep.

Woman thinking about staph infection symptoms

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

Symptoms Of A Staph Infection On Your Skin

Based on my research, I put together a list 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 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.

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

This type of itching may keep you up at night preventing you from getting sleep. 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.

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.

One other thought…

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 quickly 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.

Staph infections on your skin isn't an ECZEMA-ONLY issue.

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.

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.

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!

Woman with blond hair wearing black glasses and a white t-shirt putting her pointer finger to her lips looking away to the left

REFERENCES

https://www.medicinenet.com/staph_infection/article.htm

https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2018/may/staph-infections

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319561.php#symptoms-of-an-eczema-infection

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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