What Is Staphylococcus Albus?

Staphylococcus albus, also known as Staphylococcus epidermis, is a bacteria that is one of the bacteria that are natural human flora, especially the skin. Sometimes, it will be found in the mucosal flora as well. It is a non-pathogenic anaerobic bacteria that will only result in adverse symptoms if an individual’s immune system is compromised. The infections with Staphylococcus albus are usually received from a hospital. People who have catheters and other surgical implants are the most susceptible to this bacteria. It is part of the normal skin flora and therefore, is frequently contaminating specimens sent to diagnostic labs.

History of Staphylococcus Albus

Staphylococcus comes from the Greek word staphyle, which means bunch of grapes, as well as kokkos, which means berry. This is due to how this bacteria looks under a microscope. It was first discovered in 1884 by Friedrich Julius Rosenbach, who distinguished this bacteria from Staphylococcus aureus. He called this bacteria Staphylococcus albus because it formed white colonies.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Staphylococcus Albus

Staphylococcus albus is non-pathogenic, so most people will not exhibit any symptoms. However, if someone’s immune system is compromised, they have have some negative symptoms present. This bacteria causes biofilms to grow on plastic devices that are placed within the body, such as a catheter or medical prostheses. Infection can also occur for patients on dialysis. It can even lead to endocarditis in patients who have defective heart valves. Also, sepsis is possible for some hospital patients.

How You Can Treat Staphylococcus Albus

Antibiotics are usually used to clear up most infections. However, sometimes, particularly when clearing biofilms, the best treatment is to remove or replace infected implants. The most common drug used to treat this bacteria is vancomycin.

Prevention

Taking the following precautions can significantly reduce your risk of getting infected with this bacteria:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash them before and after preparing food, before and after using the bathroom, and before and after handling animal feces.
  • Keep all wounds covered and clean until they are fully healed.
  • Avoid leaving tampons in for too long, meaning over eight hours.
  • Avoid sharing items like towels, bed sheets, razors, clothes, and athletic equipment.
  • Wash clothes and bedding using hot water.

Cure?

Although it is not pathogenic, a cure for Staphylococcus albus involves taking antibiotics to stamp out its presence within the body. A simple antibiotic regimen should neutralize this bacteria.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

Staphylococcus albus is not pathogenic, which means it holds very little risk for most people, except for those with immune systems that are compromised.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard® system and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution® can kill Staphylococcus albus, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.