Staph infection of the sinus is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria, which are rather common on the skin or in the nose of even a healthy person. By and large, they do not cause any problems or may cause relatively minor skin infections or rarely some sinus trouble.
But a staph infection can turn fatal if it invades deep in to the body, gaining entry in to the bones, blood, heart or lungs.
Treatment comprises of antibiotics regimen and drainage of the infected area. On the other hand, regrettably, some staph infections are no longer responding to the common antibiotics, making treatment and recovery difficult.
Clinical manifestations include:
- A high fever
- Runny nose and watering of eyes
- Face pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Some skin rash
- Tummy pain
Antibiotic Treatment For Staph Infection In Sinuses
During the examination, your doctor will closely examine the nose, ear and throat; you may be advised to go to an ENT specialist.
Doctors diagnose staph infections by sending nasal secretions for analysis for signs of the bacteria.
Antibiotics – Your health care provider will carry out all the necessary investigations and tests to recognize which type of staph bacteria is causing your infection, so that he can select the antibiotic that will work most optimally for you.
When prescribed an oral antibiotic, ensure that you take as directed by your physician, and to finish all the medicines prescribed by him correctly. Follow ups are very crucial. Staph bacteria are highly adjustable, and a host of the staph varieties have become resistant to one or more antibiotics. Experts say that today, only around 10 % the staph infections can be cured with penicillin.
The appearance of antibiotic resistant strains of the staph bacteria (these are usually described as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains) has resulted in the use of alternative antibiotics with the potential for greater side effects, such as vancomycin.
Antibiotic resistance: Vancomycin is being prescribed increasingly to deal with serious staph infections, given that so many strains of the bacteria have become resistant to other antibiotics. Vancomycin needs to be given intravenously and may be associated with a few side effects.
Home Treatment For Staph Infection Symptoms
Along with the antibiotics, you can also follow these home remedies and natural treatment options to manage the symptoms better:
- Ensure that you have plenty of vitamin C rich foods (bell peppers, limes, berries, etc.). Also, talk to your doctor and start a vitamin C supplement twice daily. This expedites cure and prevents relapses.
- Have ginger daily – either ginger tea, ginger ale or dried ginger powder. Ginger helps fight off the infection faster and more successfully. Ginger is a powerful decongestant; it relieves congestion, swelling and facial pains effectively.
- Take steam, 2 to 3 times every day. Add a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil to boiling water; use a towel to cover your head and inhale the emanating vapor. This therapy greatly eases congestion and battles all the symptoms of sinusitis.