Staph & Eczema

Did you know that as much as 90% of people with eczema also have Staphylococcus aureus (staph) living on their skin? Because eczema creates countless abrasions and micro-cuts on the skin, and because the illness also prevents the skin from protecting itself as well with the natural antibiotics it creates. It is believed that just about 5% of the population without eczema has staph, so the comparison between people with and without eczema is pretty drastic.

If you live with eczema, it’s extremely important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a staph infection and to take immediate action if you believe there’s a problem. Both staph and eczema can be handled in a safe and hassle free way if you pay attention and stay diligent in your own health care.

Symptoms Of Staph With Eczema

  • Crusting of skin with a yellow to brown layer
  • Infected blusters or eruptions
  • Redness, swelling, inflammation, or puffiness
  • Heat in the general area, or heat in the body as a fever

If you notice anything like this on or around the area of your eczema, it’s time to seek medical advice to get the infection under control before it causes too many problems.

For many people who live with eczema,  Dermatologist is a great source for diagnosing and treating both their eczema and any staph infection issues. If you deal with eczema on a daily basis, it’s always a good idea to have a close relationship with your medical professional.

In the meantime, here are a few simple things you can do to help minimize your own risk of developing a staph infection on or near eczema areas…

Treating Eczema & Minimizing The Risk Of Staph Infections

  • Keep hands, fingernails, cuticles, wrists, and forearms clean. Wash your hands up to the elbows often, and wash thoroughly.
  • A bath of about 1/2 cup of organic apple cider vinegar can be added to a lukewarm bath and a 30 minute soak can be taken that cleans the skin and helps it in a variety of ways.
  • Check out CLn Wash. This special soap is made just for sensitive, compromised, or damaged skin and it is formulated many skin conditions including eczema. It can be applied just to the problematic area. While it’s not a natural approach, it has helped some difficult cases of eczema.


As you can see it’s easy to take care of yourself without a lot of stress and hassle. Work with your medical professional and try natural remedies and you just may see some great changes happen.

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3 thoughts on “Staph & Eczema

  1. Jamie says:

    This CLn wash has SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE in it. This is terrible for people with eczema. According to the Environmental Working Group’s website ( Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (which is similar to Sodium Laureth Sulfate) is listed as an eye, skin and lung irritant. Since many kids with eczema are at risk for developing asthma, this is an affront on two levels. Check out to learn more about kids who have detergent reactive eczema (SLS is a detergent).

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