Khloe Kardashian, 31, recently acquired a staph infection on her leg as a result of visting her husband and former NBA player Lamar Odom in the hospital. The lesion on her leg became painful, and Kardashian later experienced high fever and swollen glands as a result of the infection.
Staph infections are most commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Signs and symptoms of Staph infections vary widely, depending on the severity and location of the infection. Skin infections caused by Staph bacteria include boils, impetigo, cellulitis, and Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS). Signs and symptoms of a localized Staph infection include pus, redness, swelling, and tenderness, as well as possible fever. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of Staph infection resistant to many different antibiotics. Staph infections are treated with topical, oral, or intravenous antibiotics, depending upon the type and severity of the infection. However, antibiotics are not always effective in fighting Staph infections due to an increase in antibiotic resistance.
The most effective method for decolonizing topical Staph is bleach baths. However, baths with sodium hypochlorite are cumbersome and bleach may not be used above the neck, thus leading to poor patient compliance. Chlorhexidine, the second option for decolonizing topical Staph, is not as ideal as bleach baths because it is drying and irritating to the skin, doesn’t lather well, and may not be used on the face or genitals.
Dermatologists have also adopted CLn® BodyWash, a sodium hypochlorite wash that is safe to use from head to toe, as a preferred cleanser for ages 6 months and older to help maintain excellent hygiene to skin infections. The cleanser may be used daily, and is lathered onto the skin in the shower for 2 minutes and then rinsed off (or as otherwise directed by a healthcare provider).
For more information on CLn® SkinCare, please visit: http://www.clnwash.com.
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