Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman spoke with “The Now” reporter Christie Post on Tampa’s ABC-affiliate WFTS to discuss the Australian woman who was left paralyzed from a staph infection caused by a presumably innocuous source.
Attempting to hide a pimple, Jo Gilchrest used a friend’s makeup brush and contracted the highly contagious staph infection, immediately attacking her spine.
During the WFTS segment, which aired Thursday, April 9, Dr. Forman warned that, like Gilchrist, people can easily be exposed to the infection in public settings like a mall door handle or a menu at a restaurant.
“A lot of men get it on their chest, some women get it on their legs,” the Tampa dermatologist told WFTS. “Essentially it happens where people have a high density of hair follicles.”
Roughly 25 percent of the population carries staph infection never show symptoms. Dr. Forman says it usually begins when a cut gets infected by the bacteria, causing redness and swelling of the skin.
Check out the segment that aired on WFTS-ABC: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/woman-left-wheelchair-bound-after-sharing-makeup-brush
Dr. Forman advises people to wash their hands often to keep staph infection from spreading, while also advising individuals to avoid sharing razors, makeup kits and nail clippers.
Most cases can be cleared up with an antibiotic, according to the Tampa dermatologist.
“I treat it almost the same way I treat acne, however treat it for longer and usually at a higher dose.”
For more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatology or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, please visit www.FormanDerm.com.
About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune as well as the 2013 “Best Dermatologist in North Tampa” by the Tampa Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.
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