Staph Infection in Nose: Causes, Treatment & Pictures

Knowing the causes and treatment of staph infection in the nose (sometimes called cellulitis) will put you at an advantage when it comes to dealing with it. I have come across patients complaining they had an infection in their nostrils that just won’t heal. Is it contagious? Pictures of cellulitis? Read below and learn how to cure this cumbersome infection of the sinus cavity.

Staph Infection in Nose – What is it?

Staph infection in the nose is a kind of skin contamination by a microorganism known as Staphylococcus. A reasonable fraction of the population, approximated to be 25%, is believed to carry these bacteria in the anal area, genitals, mouth, and nose. However, they may not be aware because it does not show any symptoms of infection.

The other body part prone to contacting this germ from the floor is your foot. The contagion starts with a small cut, which, in turn, gets infected with these contagious microorganisms. You can tell if you are infected from your skin color which tends to appear like honey-yellow crusting.

There are many types of such skin contamination. They vary from a simple boil which develops into antibiotic-resistant infections before becoming flesh-eating infections. You can tell the category of your infection based on its strength, the speed at which it is spreading, how deeper it is, and how it reacts to antibiotic treatment.

In North America, most people overuse antibiotics leading to a higher prevalence of antibiotic-resistant infections.

Cellulitis is a skin staph infection. It is popular for damaging the deeper layers of your skin. But, the good news is that this type of infection can be treated with antibiotics. It is also common across the population, but more severe in those with a weak immune system.

Symptoms of Staph Infection in Nose

How do you know if your nose is infected by staph? Well, it’s simple. You can tell from the symptoms. There are different categories of indicators you can look at to know whether it could infect you. They include local symptoms, invasive disease symptoms, and distant skin symptoms.

Local Symptoms

Your nose’s colonization with S. aureus does not lead to any local symptoms or an active infection. It can only cause secondary infections.

This is a follow up to a trauma-like inflammation. Surgery, flu, or a cold to your nasal tissues change the common first line of protection sifting through the nasal openings. The attack triggers an immune reaction.

Your body’s active immune response is manifested in the nasal discharge of yellow-green liquid in your nose and throat.

Additional symptoms of this infection include stuffy nose or nasal congestion, pain, and fever of the nasal membranes, cough, and sore throat.

Distant Skin Symptoms

The colonization or infection of your nose with S. aureus elicits auto-inoculation of distant sites of your skin. The common symptoms in this group entail boils or furuncles, pimples, abscess, carbuncles, cellulitis, and impetigo.

This type of infection leads to the development of small vesicles or pustules that break before maturity, leaving behind a typical yellow dried exudate or crust. The lesions usually itch.  Also, the scratching in the nose spreads the infection to other areas.

Invasive Disease Symptoms

This is a life-threatening stage of infection or colonization by Staphylococcus aureus and requires immediate medical attention.

The most common signs include sepsis, bacteremia, toxic shock syndrome, pneumonia, scalded skin syndrome, meningitis, endocarditis, otitis media, and osteomyelitis.

Causes of the Staph Infection in the Sinus Cavity

Staph infection in the sinus cavity is caused by further inflammation and invasion of S. aureus. At this phase, the involvement of the sinuses becomes evident, resulting in pressure developing under the eyes and forehead, or along the sinus cavity.

Other effects of this infection are the development of chills, fever, and headache. The intensity of the headaches usually changes with position and fade within no time when you get out of bed.

Staph Infection inside Nose Treatment

The treatment of staph infection inside your nose involves the use of home remedies. These help in regulating the growth of these bacteria.

These are some of the natural, effective treatment methods you can use against Staphylococcus aureus:

#1 Tea Tree Oil

It has many compounds including terpinolene with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can apply this remedy by combining 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 2 teaspoons of honey and use the mixture to rub on the infected area of the skin.

#2 Oregano Oil

It’s famous for its antimicrobial compounds like carvacrol and thymol. Additionally, you can also use it reduce swelling. This product is concentrated and thus, to avoid irritation, you can dilute it first before using it on the infected area.

#3 Garlic

Given that it has sulfur compounds like allicin, this product is another exceptional remedy for you to prevent and treat the staph infection in your nose. It can be applied through putting or rubbing some crushed garlic on the area that is infected.

Alternatively, it can be added to your everyday meals to benefits from its antibacterial properties and healthful compounds.

#4 Eucalyptus Oil

This is another essential oil you can use to treat this problem because it has antimicrobial properties. It can help you relieve congestion in the nasal cavity.

You can mix a couple of drops of this oil in warm water and use the concoction as a steam inhalation.

#5 Bitter Melon

You can use bitter melon to prevent and treat a staph infection. It’s it can help to strengthen your immune system.

It’s also important because it has anti-bacterial properties needed for your natural treatment of this infection. You can do that by extracting the melon’s juice and using it to rub on the infected part.

Staph Infection on Nose – Pictures

Now, how does the staph infection look like? Can you identify it on your own? Well, if you do not know how it looks like, then no need to worry. Most people do not even know if they have cellulitis. Here are some images or pictures of staph infection in the nose:

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How to Get Rid of Staph Infection in Nose

Other than using the prescription antibiotic to get rid of staph infection in the nose, it can be helpful if you try one of the following methods:

Take a topical antibiotic prescription such as Bactroban (mupirocin) twice a day inside the nostrils for between 1 and 2 weeks.

Staph is mostly harbored in noses by children. Using a Q-tip, you can put a small antibiotic gel ribbon in both nostrils.

Wash your body in the bath with a bleach solution. In 1 full water bath, you can apply 1 teaspoon for each gallon of bathwater or ½ teacup of bleach. Rest in the tub seated for at least 15 minutes for not less than twice a week.

Depending on what applies better to you, the prescription Hibiclens can be used instead of a bleach. It all these processes, keep your fingernails clean and short and also wash your body and change your clothing, bedding, and towels each day.

Dry clothes and towel in a hot dryer, instead of using a clothesline.

Last, but very important, ensure no member of your family shares common household items such as towels and razors.

Staph Infection under Nose

Under your nose is one of the favorite areas for the staph infection. The agents of this disease thrive in such places.

They love warm, moist places such as the armpits, groin, upper respiratory system, and nose. Interestingly, Staph has the capability of living in your nose without triggering a nose infection.

But, a majority of people infected by this bacteria experience infections and sores in their nose.

Regarding kids, they tend to regularly put their fingers in the infected part leading further spread of the disease to the surrounding areas they touch. It’s because the bacteria responsible for Staph aureus live in your nose.

This observation is evident to about 30% of the population. That’s why staph infections in the nose are among the common types of diseases caused by this microorganism.

FAQs on Infection inside Nostrils

These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions on staph infection in your nostrils:

Is Staph Infection in Sinuses Contagious?

Yes, staph infection in the sinuses may be contagious under the ‘right’ conditions. You can get infected by these bacteria if you have a break in the mucous membranes or skin and happen to come into direct contact with a victim of this contamination. Under such environment, the likelihood of the staph organisms that cause the disease to be contagious is very high.

Usually, the organisms are not transferred through casual contact like kissing or hugging an infected person.

How do you get Staph Infection in Your Nose?

You can get a staph infection in your nose through a break in your skin, including an insect bite, burn, or a graze or cut.

You can as well get infected by this microorganism through medical equipment like urinary catheters. These are openings in your skin where medical professionals insert feeding tubes and drips.

They are normally spread from one person to the other via shared contaminated objects like toothbrushes or towels or through close skin contact.

Sometimes, you can get this bacterial infection in droplets such as sneezes and coughs from the affected individual.

Food poisoning resulting from consuming contaminated food is another way through which people get infected. The contamination comes from poor storage or cooking of the food such as meat.

Why is Staph Infection in Nose Bleeding?

Nose bleeding is one of the symptoms of staph infection. It usually occurs during the winter season.

Severe staph (“staphylococcal”) infections that take place in the front part of your nose sometimes lead to nosebleeds. In some rare cases, the nosebleeds can be caused by chronic sinusitis too.

Why is the Staph Infection under the Nose Smelly?

You may notice that the staph infection below your nose is smelly because of trapped bacteria by mucus in the Sinusitis.

This mucus leaves your body by passing from the sinuses to your throat and nose. During the whole period of infection, inflammation takes place in the sinuses, leading to blockage of the mucus from your head.

Consequently, the lack of drainage may contribute to an unpleasant smell from the microbial infection. It could also be a sign of a prolonged sinus infection if it happens to persist.

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