Print this topic

HealthInfo Canterbury


Staphylococcus aureus (also called Staph or Staph aureus) is a type of bacteria that lives on the skin. Usually Staph is harmless and not noticeable. But if the skin is scratched or grazed, it can cause skin infections. Types of infections include boils, abscesses, impetigo (school sores), cellulitis and folliculitis.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. June 2015.

See also:

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

Skin infections

In this section

Staphylococcus decolonisation

Preventing staphylococcal skin infections

Page reference: 53807

Review key: HISTA-53807