Most people have staph on their skin or in their nose some of the time. If your child’s skin has a cut, scrape, insect bite or other wound, the staph bacteria can get in and cause skin infections such as:
- boils and abscesses: The most common type of staph infection is the boil, a pocket of pus that develops in a hair follicle or oil gland. The skin over the infected area usually becomes red and swollen. If a boil breaks open, it will probably drain pus. Boils occur most often under the arms or around the groin or buttocks.
- school sores (impetigo): This generally develops as sores on your child's hands and face, especially around their nose and mouth. It can also affect other areas of your body.
- cellulitis: This is an infection of the deeper layers of skin that causes skin redness and swelling on the surface of your skin. Sores or areas of oozing discharge may develop, too.
Staph can spread from person to person or from one part of your tamariki’s body to another.