Illnesses Caused by Staphylococcus aureus Drug Resistance

Illustration of a figure showing where in the body staph infections can cause symptoms or illnesses.
Ilness Description
Stye Stye is an infection of the eyelid.
Boils (furuncles), carbuncles Boils, also known as furuncles, form under the skin when bacteria infect and inflame hair follicles. They appear mainly on the face, neck, armpits, buttocks, or thighs. A cluster is called a carbuncle.
Impetigo Impetigo is a skin infection that most commonly affects the face, hands and feet. Pus released by the fragile impetigo blisters dry into a thick yellowish crust.
Pneumonia Staphylcoccus bacteria can cause pneumonia if they enter the bloodstream and infect the lungs.
Vomiting Eating food contaminated by staphylococcus bacteria may lead to vomiting, in which stomach contents are expelled through the mouth.
Cellulitis Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the connective tissue under the skin. It appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender. The face and lower legs are the most commonly affected areas, but the infection can occur anywhere and can spread rapidly.
Scalded skin syndrome Scalded skin syndrome, which most commonly affects infants and small children, is a potentially serious side effect of a staphylcoccus infection. It results when the bacteria release (instead of “manufacture?) a toxin that loosens the skin, causing it to blister and peel away.
Osteomyelitis Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that may result if staphylococcus bacteria spread through the blood or from an infected wound.
Urinary tract infection Bacteria may cause infections in any part of the urinary tract including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Toxic shock syndrome Toxic shock syndrome is a bacterial infection that enters the body through the skin (as a result of cuts, surgery, or burns), through the vagina (via a tampon), or through the pharynx.
Diarrhea Diarrhea-frequent, loose or liquid bowel movements-may result from eating foods contaminated by staphylococcus bacteria.
Endocarditis Staphylococcus bacteria can cause endocarditis--infection of the tissue that lines the heart. It is caused when the bacteria enter the bloodstream through the skin and spread to the heart valves.
Sepsis Sepsis, which is also called haemotogenous spread, results when bacteria or their toxic products spread into the bloodstream. Severe sepsis can result in low blood pressure, multiple organ failure, and shock.
Sinusitis Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities, the air-filled spaces in the skull linked directly to the nose.


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