Staphylococcus aureus (or S. aureus) is a bacteria found in the skin microbiome. It’s most commonly located inside the nostrils, in the armpits, and around the groin — but also exists elsewhere on the skin surface. You likely know this type of bacteria simply by the name “staph.”
While S. aureus doesn’t always cause trouble, it’s known as the main cause of skin and soft tissue infections, including abscesses (boils), furuncles, and cellulitis.
Because of the dramatic effect S. aureus can have on the skin, it’s important to understand how it spreads, how it affects the body, and how to effectively treat it!
How S. aureus Spreads
How do you get Staphylococcus aureus? S. aureus is most commonly spread from one person to another through direct contact — often by contaminated hands. You can also pick up Staphylococcus aureus bacteria from contaminated objects like a phone, door knob, gym equipment, or virtually anything.
Hospitals are common places to get S. aureus. Hospitalized patients as well as hospital workers can both carry staph without showing symptoms and transfer the bacteria to others. This is also true for any of us… it’s just more common in hospital settings!
How Staphylococcus aureus Affects the Skin
Often, the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria lives on the skin surface without causing any problems. However, when overgrowth takes place, S. aureus can cause infections and skin symptoms such as redness, dryness, flaking, itching, boils, and abscesses. Staphylococcus aureus has actually been scientifically proven to cause eczema.
Dr. Peter Lio, board certified dermatologist, explains, “Now we understand more than ever that [Staphylococcus aureus] is not just a symptom of the eczema. It actually is a driver of the disease for many patients. And it does that through a number of mechanisms. Part of it seems to be that it's fueling the immune response directly. Part of it is through some of the toxins that it's making, damaging [the skin] barrier, and fueling the immune response.”
Treatment of S. aureus
Treating staph is important, because once the bacteria enters the bloodstream through opened skin, it can wreak havoc internally in the body. This may sound like a far-fetched possibility, but when you consider the fact that the bacteria causes itchy, cracked skin, open skin for the bacteria to enter into becomes common.
Antibiotics are the most common treatment option for S. aureus overgrowth. The most popular antibiotics prescribed are cephalosporins, including cefazolin, nafcillin or oxacillin, vancomycin, daptomycin, telavancin, or linezolid.
However, many strains of the staph bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, which means the intensity of the treatment required is increasing. For example, only 5% of staph infections today can be effectively treated with penicillin.
Even if a topical antibiotic is able to effectively eradicate the overpopulation of the S. aureus bacteria, antibiotics often kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria, because there’s no way to target which bacteria is being killed off.
An Alternative That Works With Your Body, Not Against It
However, if you’re experiencing symptoms of S. aureus like redness, dryness, and itching (in the form of eczema or otherwise), there may be a better way.
Dr. Peter Lio says, “What if we had a way to address staph without disinfecting the skin and damaging the microbiome, without using antibiotics that are going to continue to contribute to resistance in the community and potentially have other untoward effects in the body? What if we had a magic bullet, a way to target the staph directly without causing collateral damage? That's what Gladskin represents to me. When I first learned about it, I thought it was science fiction. It turns out that it is actually science fact. Using endolysin is an incredible possible way to treat this staph overgrowth and restore balance to the microbiome. And I'm incredibly excited to see where this goes.”
Gladskin Eczema Cream is a first-of-its-kind topical cream that uses our patented smart protein Micreobalance® to restore balance to the skin microbiome gently and effectively while moisturizing at the same time. Four out of five users experience reduced itch and redness!
Lio continues, “Endolysin [Micreobalance®] is kind of a genius approach to solving this [eczema] problem. First of all, it does what a lot of the greatest treatments do: They look at what mother nature does to solve the problem. And that's part of the reason why it's amazing… And, it's also so targeted that it will only affect a particular bacteria. In this case, the one that we don't want, Staphylococcus aureus, without hurting any of the other bystanders.”
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On the other hand, if you’re experiencing a staph infection, you’ll likely need to take antibiotics and should visit your healthcare provider for necessary treatment. When taking antibiotics, always be sure to follow the instructions provided to help avoid antibiotic resistance.
The staph bacteria throws off the balance of the epidermis and its microbiome, causing redness, boils, and abscesses. These are likely the symptoms of Staphylococcus aureus you know best! But research also shows S. aureus causes eczema.
The greatest concern with Staphylococcus aureus is its growing antibiotic resistance. Because of this resistance and the possible side effects of antibiotics on the good bacteria in your skin microbiome, we’ve created another way to help soothe eczema, redness, and itching caused by staph bacteria. Enter: Gladskin Eczema Cream.