About Skin Infections
Parents and students should be aware of
the threat of skin infections, commonly caused by Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria that can easily be spread from one
person to another in a school setting, Oneida County Health Department
officials said today.
see an increase in these types of infections during the school year, often
among students who participate in organized sports, Nicholas A.
DeRosa, Director of Health said. Parents
and students should be advised that there are precautionary steps to take to
prevent this type of infection.
Staphylococcus bacteria occurs naturally in the environment, often on
the skin. When the bacteria gets under the skin through a cut or scrape it
may cause an infection that resembles a pimple or boil.
Most staph infections are minor and can be treated with antibiotics.
Staph infections are not uncommon in hospital or nursing home settings among
patients with weakened immune systems, but are occurring increasingly among
otherwise healthy persons in the wider community, including schools. These
community-associated infections often occur among students participating in
DeRosa said the best means of protecting against a staph infection is
to practice good hygiene:
your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
contact with other peoples wounds or bandages
sharing personal items such as towels or razors.
should shower after every practice and competition.
clothing and equipment should be properly cleaned after every practice and
Parents should monitor their child for cuts, scrapes or rashes. If a
skin infection is suspected your healthcare provider should be contacted and
your childs school should be notified of a suspected skin infection or an
infection that has been treated.
For more information on Staphylococcus aureus infections contact the
Oneida County Health Department at 798-5747 or visit our web site at www.ocgov.net
(click on Health Department).