If you are pregnant and have a staph infection or have been exposed to someone with a staph infection you should seek immediate medical attention. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a form of bacteria that 25 % of us have on our skin or in our nose. And in general, the majority of people don't have any problems. But problems occur when staph makes its way into the body through a cut or sore.
Signs of staph
• Pimples on the skin
• Sores on the skin that may or may not contain pus
• Blood poisoning
• Food poisoning - if you eat food that has been contaminated with staph
If you have been in a hospital, are recovering from surgery, or live in a shelter or prison you are at a higher risk for getting a staph infection. If you are pregnant and have contracted a staph infection there is no evidence to support that this will cause a birth defect, miscarriage, or fetal death. It may however, weaken your immune system enabling you to catch other infections, so it is important that you treat the infection so that you may experience a healthier pregnancy.
Medications/Antibiotics that treat staph
If you are pregnant and someone that you know has a confirmed staph infection you should avoid contact with that person. If it's a family member you should do the following:
• Don't share a towel, soap or razor
• Use rubber gloves to do the person's laundry
• Don't touch their sores, cuts or bandages
• Wash your hands often
If you are breast feeding its okay to take an antibiotic for a staph infection, just be sure that you baby isn't allergic to the drug. If your baby develops a rash, diarrhea or vomiting immediately contact your pediatrician. There are many antibiotics that you should be able to use, but be sure to tell your doctor that you are breast feeding. Your baby cannot get staph from breast feeding. The baby might get the infection if he or she has direct contact with your infected wound or with pus that comes from the wound. You need to keep your wound covered with bandages so that your baby can't touch it or any discharge from it. Your baby can also become infected if your clothes or bedding have come in contact with your staph infection; the infection can then transfer to your baby if he or she touches that same area.
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