How do you get a staph infection?
The bacteria most responsible for skin infections are called Staphylococcus aureus (often shortened to S. aureus). Most staph infections result in only minor skin infections. If you have a cut or burn, or a skin condition like eczema, you may be more likely to get a staph skin infection.
Staph bacteria commonly live on the skin and in your nose. Infections are frequently spread by skin-to-skin contact among individuals or on the same person by touching an infected site and then touching another area of the body. Contact with either contaminated objects or surfaces can also be a source of transmission.
Athletes engaging in contact sports can spread staph infections through skin abrasions and cuts, or through the sharing of personal items, such as equipment or towels. Living in group situations can increase a person’s risk of getting a staph infection through the sharing of personal items, such as clothing, pillowcases, towels, etc. Warm and humid conditions, crowded areas, as well as sweating, can encourage staph infections to occur.