Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infected with Staph Underlying Cause

Staph bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin. Normally, the bacteria are harmless because the surface of the skin acts as a protective barrier. When this barrier is broken, bacteria can spread beneath the surface and start to grow.

Staph infections can be difficult to treat, because the staph bacteria are resistant to many antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are caused by bacteria that are resistant to powerful forms of penicillin. MRSA infections require treatment with a small group of very powerful antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Aug 21, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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