Staphylococcus (staph) infections can occur with an ingrown hair. Although staph is a normal bacterium in your skin flora, it can’t cause an infection unless it enters a break in the skin. But not every wound associated with an ingrown hair will turn into a staph infection.
What will happen if an ingrown hair goes untreated?
Ingrown hairs are not usually dangerous, but they can be intensely painful. If an infection is left untreated, it may worsen or travel to the blood.
Can you get MRSA from an ingrown hair?
MRSA is not spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. MRSA skin infections may look like a pimple or boil. Some people confuse it with an ingrown hair, pimple, or insect bite. It may be red or swollen, painful, pus filled or draining.
What does a staph pimple look like?
The bump may resemble a spider bite or pimple. It often has a yellow or white center and a central head. Sometimes an infected area is surrounded by an area of redness and warmth, known as cellulitis.
Can an ingrown hair turn into an abscess?
Infected hair follicles
Trapped hair follicles are commonly known as ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs can set the stage for an infection. Abscesses that are on or in a hair follicle will often contain this ingrown hair.
How do I know if my ingrown hair is infected?
Oftentimes, an infection of an ingrown hair can start off as a red bump. As the infection progresses, you may see pus and the bump may grow larger.
The area around the infected ingrown hair may also:
- appear red and irritated.
- feel warm to the touch.
Can a hair follicle get infected?
When hair follicles are damaged, they may be invaded by viruses, bacteria and fungi, leading to infections such as folliculitis. Superficial folliculitis affects the upper part of the hair follicle and the skin directly next to the follicle.
What does the start of a staph infection look like?
MRSA infections start out as small red bumps that can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses. Staph skin infections, including MRSA , generally start as swollen, painful red bumps that might look like pimples or spider bites. The affected area might be: Warm to the touch.
What does staph look like on the skin?
The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. This can look like honey-yellow crusting on the skin. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections.
Is staph caused by being dirty?
Dirty clothes and bedding can spread staph or MRSA bacteria. When touching your laundry or changing your sheets, hold the dirty laundry away from your body and clothes to prevent bacteria from getting on your clothes.
What happens if you pop a staph infection?
But if the skin is punctured or broken, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. Staphylococcus aureus cause most staph skin infections, and also can release toxins (poisons) that lead to illnesses like food poisoning or toxic shock syndrome.
Can staph go away on its own?
Staph infections are caused by bacteria called staphylococcus. They most often affect the skin. They can go away on their own, but sometimes they need to be treated with antibiotics.
Where is staph infection most commonly found?
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.
What does an infected hair bump look like?
An ingrown hair irritates the skin. It produces a raised, red bump (or group of bumps) that looks like a little pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair can form a painful, boil-like sore. You may notice pus inside the bumps.
Can an abscess cause sepsis?
It occurs when a bacterial infection runs through the blood, and our body fights it with body-wide inflammation. If a tooth abscess is left untreated, the bacteria can trigger a chain reaction from tissue damage to organ failure leading to septic shock or sepsis.
When should I be worried about an abscess?
When to Seek Medical Care
Call your doctor if any of the following occur with an abscess: You have a sore larger than 1 cm or a half-inch across. The sore continues to enlarge or becomes more painful. The sore is on or near your rectal or groin area.