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How to Cook Butternut Squash Like a Pro

Butternut squash is a popular winter squash that belongs to the Cucurbita moschata species.[i],[ii] Its slim neck and bulbous bottom give it a distinct elongated pear shape, and it has an average weight of around 2 to 3 pounds.[iii] Its thick and smooth cream-colored rind hides its bright orange flesh, which contains fewer seeds and tastes relatively sweeter and nuttier compared to other variants of squashes.[iv]

Even though butternut squash is considered a winter squash, it’s actually a warm-weather crop.[v] It’s grown in the summer and harvested during early fall to late winter.[vi],[vii] You can keep it for a month or more, provided that you store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

While other foods lose their nutritional value when stored for a long time, butternut squash tends to become even more nutritious during the first two months of storage, as its carotenoids continue to accumulate.

Aside from providing a remarkable amount of nutrients, the butternut squash is also a versatile ingredient that you can add to different dishes, which is why it definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen. From soups to desserts, you can use it to create a variety of mouthwatering meals, as long as you know the different ways to cook it.

Here’s How to Cook Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is easy to prepare and cook, plus it has a natural sweet flavor that complements different ingredients. Learning the different ways to cook this vegetable can be a useful culinary skill, especially if you need to whip up a tasty dish within minutes.

In order for you to create a delicious meal out of butternut squash, make sure that you choose one that’s dense and heavy for its size. You should also check its rind to see if it’s free of cracks, soft spots and other blemishes.[viii] Once you have the perfect butternut squash, turn it into a healthy and satisfying dish using any of the cooking methods below.

How to Puree Butternut Squash for Soups, Desserts and Baby Food

One of the simplest things that you can do with a butternut squash is to puree it. This makes for a perfect base ingredient for soups, desserts and side dishes. Plus, it’s a nutritious meal for babies and kids. Here’s a simple guide on how to puree butternut squash:[ix],[x]

1.       Cut the butternut squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and strings.

2.       Place the squash on a cookie sheet, cut sides down, and cook it in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until its flesh becomes soft.

3.       Allow the squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh and put it into a blender or food processor. Puree until you achieve the desired consistency.

4.       Mix with other veggies, fruits, meats or spices, if desired.

When pureeing a butternut squash, take care not to include the skin into the mixture, since it will make the consistency chunky instead of smooth and velvety.

How to Cook Butternut Squash in an Oven: Roasted to Perfection

Roasting butternut squash keeps its flesh moist and tender while caramelizing its exterior, giving your dish a nice contrast in texture. Follow this easy method from Better Homes and Gardens to roast your butternut squash perfectly in an oven:[xi]

1.       Cut the butternut squash in half, then scoop out the seeds. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the squash, and then cut it into 1-inch-thick cubes.

2.       Toss the squash cubes in a bit of coconut oil to keep them from drying out while roasting, and then spread them in an even layer on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

3.       Roast in the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender and brown on the edges, stirring once.

You may also opt to roast butternut squash without peeling and/or dicing it into cubes. The roasting process can soften its rind, making it easier to chew.[xii]

How to Cook Butternut Squash on a Stove

Don’t have an oven? Don’t worry — butternut squash can be easily cooked on the stove, too. The preparation for stovetop dishes is similar — you just need to peel the squash, remove its seeds and dice it into cubes if desired.

If you want to fry it in a pan, set the heat to medium-high and use grass fed butter or coconut oil for frying. Let the squash cook for several minutes, and then sample a few pieces to see if they’re done to your liking.[xiii]

You can also steam butternut squash on a stovetop. You simply boil 1 inch of water in a large pot, put the squash in a steamer basket, and then place the squash over the boiling water. Be sure to keep the pot covered and allow the squash to cook for 10 to 20 minutes, or until it’s tender to bite.[xiv]

Recreate These Delicious Butternut Squash Recipes

Now that you know some of basic cooking methods that you can do with a butternut squash, it’s time to show off your culinary prowess. Here are some hearty and delectable recipes that you should try:

Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Ingredients:

1 butternut squash

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, or to taste

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon curry powder

Fresh thyme (optional)

Procedure:

1.       Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.       Cut the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds.

3.       Combine the coconut oil, red pepper flakes, salt, curry powder and thyme. Rub the mixture on the squash.

4.       Place the sliced squash face up on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until soft. Scoop out the insides of the squash into a bowl and mix.

Note: If you have time, you can peel the squash and cut it into cubes to save time when cooking.

Six-Spice Butternut Squash Recipe

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash, under 2 pounds

2 tablespoons ghee, palm oil, coconut oil or lard, melted

2 teaspoons coconut aminos (or 1 teaspoon fish sauce + 1 teaspoon coconut sugar)

2 teaspoons coconut sugar

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 fresh basil leaves

Procedures:

1.       Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.       Cut off both ends of the squash by root and stem, and peel the skin off with a vegetable peeler.

3.       Cut the squash in half crosswise. Then, cut both halves lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

4.       Cut the squash into 1-inch cubes.

5.       In a mixing bowl, combine the melted fat with the coconut aminos, coconut sugar and the rest of the spices except for the basil.

6.       Add the squash to the mixing bowl and toss well to coat.

7.       Roast for 25 minutes, turning the pieces after 15 minutes.

8.       Thinly slice the basil by stacking the two leaves, rolling tightly like a cigar, and slicing across to create ribbons. Carefully mix the basil ribbons into the hot squash.

Butternut Squash Breakfast Bowl

Serving size: 2

Ingredients:

1 small or medium butternut squash, under 2 pounds, roasted whole

1/2 fresh organic banana

2 teaspoons almond butter (preferably sprouted or blanched, but any type of nut butter works)

2 teaspoons raw honey

Pumpkin spice or cinnamon powder to taste

2 tablespoons crushed or sliced nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)

Raw, grass fed butter (to warm squash when assembling into bowls)

Toasted coconut flakes (optional)

Procedure:

Roasting a Whole Butternut Squash:

1.       Roast the butternut squash at night so it's ready in the morning. Simply place the whole squash in the oven and set the heat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. You can place the squash in the oven while it preheats.

2.       Check the squash after one hour. Stick a fork into the top, bottom and center to see if it goes in easily — this is a sign that the squash is done. If needed, you may roast it for another 30 minutes or until it's tender on all sides. You want it to have the softness of a banana, not mush.

3.       Allow the squash to cool on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes.

4.       Being careful not to burn yourself, cut the squash lengthwise down the center to open it like a book (don’t worry about the stem).

5.       Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy center.

6.       As if you’re cutting an avocado, take the tip of your knife and cut squares into the flesh, but not through the skin. Simply scoop out the cubes of squash with a spoon.

7.       Portion this in containers for breakfast bowls. You get two main-meal servings or four side-dish servings per squash. Refrigerate for the morning after.

Assembling Your Breakfast Bowls:

1.       Lightly warm your cubed squash in butter-greased pan. You want it warm, not hot.

2.       Warm the almond butter so that it’s easy to drizzle. You can do this by running the almond butter jar under warm water.

3.       Thinly slice half of the banana, and then scatter the slices on your bowl.

4.       Drizzle on the almond butter and raw honey.

5.       Lightly sprinkle with pumpkin spice or cinnamon.

6.       Top your bowl with nuts and/or toasted coconut flakes.

Butternut Squash Boasts an Impressive Nutritional Profile

Winter squashes, like the butternut, are among the vegetables that I recommend you to include in your wholesome diet, as they’re loaded with a wide array of nutrients that can help you take control of your health.

The most notable benefit of butternut squash is its abundant carotenoid content, which is an antioxidant that turns into an active form of vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A is essential for your eye health, immune system and cell growth, among others. Plus, it plays a role in the function of vitamin D, vitamin K2, zinc and magnesium.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, a cup of cooked butternut squash provides 1,144 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A, exceeding the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of this vitamin for men and women, which are 900 mcg and 700 mcg, respectively.[xv]

A cup of butternut squash also provides 17 percent of your RDA for potassium,[xvi] which may help lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases by counteracting the negative effects of sodium on your blood pressure.

Some of the other valuable vitamins and minerals that butternut squash can provide include:[xvii]

Manganese

Magnesium

Calcium

Vitamin C

Vitamin E

Iron

Vitamin B6

Thiamin

Niacin

Pantothenic acid

Folate

 

 

Butternut squash is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which may help promote a healthy digestive system and immune function, as well as prevent inflammation and gastrointestinal issues like constipation.

Eat Butternut Squash in Moderation

Before you chow down bowls of butternut squash to reap its outstanding health benefits, keep in mind that it’s not OK to eat this food excessively, since it contains high amounts of carbohydrates. In fact, around 90 percent of its calories come from carbs, half of which are starch-like.

While the starch from butternut squash may have a few unique health benefits, it’s still best to limit your net carb intake to 40 to 50 grams per day. With that said, make sure that you eat butternut squash in moderation, as its high carb content may cause you to unintentionally exceed your daily limit for carbohydrates, which may increase your risk for high blood sugar levels and chronic diseases.

Legal Updates on CBD and Homeopathy

By Dr. Mercola

Todd Harrison is a partner in the legal firm, Venable LLP — one of the “white hat” legal firms that helps defend us and many other companies against overreaches by federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In this interview, he discusses the latest legal developments involving cannabidiol (CBD) and homeopathy, both of which have come under recent serious attack.

Venable is a full-service law firm founded in Baltimore City in the 1800s. In the 1980s, the firm decided to develop a regulatory practice, which led to the opening of a Washington D.C. office. In the 2000s, offices were added in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. “We do everything from intellectual property work to contracts and distribution agreements, to general corporate work,” Harrison says.

Harrison’s expertise is Food and Drug Law and advertising law, and many of his clients are companies that market nutritional supplements and cosmetics. Venable also has a number of lawyers who used to work for federal regulatory agencies and have had an inside view of their workings.

“For instance, in our New York office, we have Leonard Gordon [who] came out of the FTC. He was an East Coast regional director of the FTC. We recently brought in Michael Bloom, who was at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). While at DOJ, he oversaw not only FDA cases but also the FTC cases.”

Legal Update on CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it doesn’t induce a “high,” but has many clinical benefits, including the control of seizures and pain. With projections suggesting somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 Americans will die from opioid overdoses this year, we are in dire need of nontoxic pain relief.

CBD oil is one of them. Unfortunately, cannabis is classified as a Class 1 narcotic, which makes the legalities surrounding CBD a bit more complex. Harrison explains:

“What people should realize is that cannabis and hemp are the same plant. It’s just the amount of THC that’s in that plant. The status of cannabis is quite clear. Under federal law, it’s a controlled substance. It cannot be marketed. It cannot be sold. That’s regardless of what the states have done … [T]he federal government [could] clamp down on the states that have legalized cannabis and take action against individuals in those states.

In states where they’ve legalized [cannabis], it really depends upon the good will of the federal government not to enforce the U.S. drug laws. CBD is a different issue. It’s kind of a complex issue. CBD is part of the hemp plant. It could also be part of the marijuana plant. It generally comes from the resin of the plant. CBD is considered … by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), to be a controlled substance. It’s considered to be marijuana.

There is a case now pending before the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. Oral hearings were … on whether DEA’s scheduling of [CBD] is appropriate. We will have a decision of the Ninth Circuit from a DEA perspective probably sometime midsummer. I would think no later than September …

I truly believe the Ninth Circuit will rule against the DEA. I think the DEA has overstepped [with] a nonpsychoactive. You can’t sit there and classify everything under marijuana to be a controlled substance. I think, in the end, it’s a fight that DEA is losing.

The lawsuit was brought by several hemp growers against the DEA. It’s been going on for a while. We’re at the Court of Appeals stage. We expect a decision. I think the arguments are very strong that the DEA has overstepped its bounds. From a controlled substance point of view, that decision of the Ninth Circuit will either be a game changer, or it will be the industry’s worst nightmare.”

Drug Industry May Ultimately Push for Descheduling of CBD

Considering CBD is nonpsychoactive, there’s really nothing for the DEA to be concerned about. You cannot get high from it and it’s not addictive. From these facts alone, it makes absolutely no sense to regulate CBD as a Class 1 narcotic. One possible ulterior motive might involve collusion with the drug industry.

By eliminating CBD, drug companies stand to make more money from drug sales. However, the drug industry may ultimately want CBD to be descheduled as well, as companies have started developing CBD-based drugs.

“They’re not going to want it to be a controlled substance,” Harrison says. “In the end, I think that even if the Ninth Circuit case goes badly, my prediction would be that once the FDA approves [GW Pharmaceuticals’] new drug, there’s going to be a recommendation to deschedule [CBD] from the FDA.”

CBD Industry Has Failed to Take Necessary Action

Unfortunately, even if the FDA calls for the descheduling of CBD to pave the way for CBD drugs, it won’t help manufacturers of CBD supplements. GW Pharmaceuticals have already been granted a patent for its CBD product and are pursuing classification as a drug. Once that drug application goes through, it becomes a crime to sell CBD oil unless you’ve gone through the FDA drug approval process. Harrison explains:

“In 2006, GW Pharma filed an investigational new drug (IND) application with the FDA to conduct clinical trials on CBD, because it held a lot of promise for patients with certain seizure disorders. To be able to make that type of claim, you’d have no choice but to go through clinical trials. And then they instituted clinical trials immediately after that.

Those dates are important because under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, if an ingredient is a subject of an IND and significant clinical trials prior to its use as a dietary ingredient, you’d have to get authorization from FDA to market that ingredient. Nobody paid attention to this.

The CBD industry just went hog-wild and decided they were going to get into it and ignored that part of the law. There’s still actually a limited time [for action]. Somebody could petition FDA to market CBD as a dietary ingredient.

The only way it ever becomes a preclusion is if somebody does an act prior to FDA approving CBD as a new drug. Once they approve it as a new drug, it would be precluded, unless FDA actually went ahead and permitted its use before that. That’s the rub here. It’s that there is a small window of time that a company could go forward with FDA.

There’s a good chance that the FDA may reject it. You may very well have a very good case to bring it to a court, because there’s no reason that CBD shouldn’t be able to be marketed as a dietary ingredient. But nobody is doing that right now.

Because of that, the industry risks that FDA — once it approves that [CBD] drug approval — there’s no way of being able to use CBD as a single moiety marketed as a dietary supplement. CBD companies, in many ways, act like the cannabis crowd, [saying] ‘If everybody is selling it, then we’re not going to have any problems. We’re going to force the law to change that way.’ There’s one big difference here.

Most pharmaceutical companies don’t have clinical trials on smoking weed. Here is a company that does very good work. Actually, if you talk to even some of the natural botanists out there, they’ve done extremely good work on CBD, THC and marijuana. They’re going to want to … protect their interests.

They may very well — and this is my speculation — tell FDA, ‘You need to do something at that point.’ Or they may try to do it themselves by bringing their own actions. That’s the risk that CBD industry takes …

I once argued, ‘Are you better off having the fight now or later?’ If the fight’s going to happen, should you just go ahead and do it now, or should you go ahead and do it later? From that perspective, maybe it’s better to have that fight now, while it’s not an approved drug. Because having the fight after it’s an approved drug is going to make it significantly more difficult…”

Hemp Products Are Legal, Even if They Contain CBD — At Least For Now

Considering the risks of not petitioning the FDA to have CBD approved as a dietary supplement, why hasn’t anyone done it already? Barring poor legal advice, the most likely reason is cost. As noted by Harrison, “To file a good petition with the FDA, with all the safety data and everything that you would need, you’re probably talking about $50,000 to $80,000. But if you lose to the FDA, the litigation costs could easily reach the mid-six figures to low-seven figures. I think that’s why people don’t do it.”

Now, as mentioned, CBD can come from either cannabis or hemp. Again, the distinction between these two plants hinges on the THC content. Hemp has very little if any THC, whereas cannabis will have varying amounts of THC depending on the species. Hemp products such as hemp oil and hemp extract are legal.

Even though they may have small amounts of CBD, hemp products can be lawfully marketed. This is a potential loophole the CBD industry could use. The drawback is hemp products may not have much CBD in them, and they may not be clinically effective.

“My hope is that there is a resolution to be had, and that CBD will be made available, but we’ll have to see. It’s a shame to have something that has potential health benefits outside what we call a drug claim not available to individuals,” Harrison says. “I think the idea that … it helps alleviate daily stress and things along that line … is appropriate for a dietary supplement.”

There are many instances where people have moved simply to avail themselves of legal medical cannabis. It’s truly sad that it’s not available across the nation. CBD products are currently available in all states, but that may soon change, depending on how this pending litigation plays out.

Legal Update on Homeopathics

The second topic Harrison addresses in this interview is the legal status of homeopathic medicines. The FDA has issued a draft document in which they state they intend to exercise enforcement discretion on homeopathic products, but made it clear they believe homeopathic medicines are unapproved new drugs.

“I believe they’re just wrong on the law. Homeopathy goes back a long time,” Harrison says. “It goes back to the original Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. It is recognized as a drug in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act … Why are we vilifying a whole medicinal paradigm just because it doesn’t fit our ideas of Western medicine?”

Indeed, the FDA’s stance comes across as both irrational and inconsistent. On one hand, they’re saying there’s no way homeopathy can work since there’s no active ingredient. It’s just a “vibrational essence” or energy of an active ingredient left due to extreme dilution. On the other hand, they want to treat homeopathics as new drugs.

The legality that allows for this inconsistency is the fact that it’s the disease claim that makes a product a drug. In other words, if the product claims to treat a disease, it’s a drug. If it makes no claim to treat disease, it’s not a drug.

“It’s more about the intent of the product,” Harrison explains. “One of the problems I have … [is] we’ve decided that everything is a disease in this country. There’s nothing that’s not a disease. We don’t worry about maintaining health. But even if I wanted to say that FDA was right … why do we care if somebody is using a homeopathic medication for the alleviation of cold symptoms, cough or a rash on your body?

That’s just a waste of money. You don’t have to believe it works. Even if I wanted to assume it’s a placebo effect on individuals, those individuals believe it’s working. The placebo effect’s a real effect. It’s just that the whole rationale makes no sense. FDA admits that homeopathic drugs are safe. They are not going to cause harm. Whether you believe they’re effective or not is irrelevant, because the people who take them [believe it].

Regardless of the prescription products, that should be between the physician and his patients. They should discuss the pros and cons of whether a homeopathic product will work or not. Now, homeopathic products that treat serious conditions should not be made available over the counter, because we don’t even like conventional drug products that are intended to treat serious conditions over the counter.

But you can’t all of a sudden say, ‘Well, no. Not even a practitioner in his practice of medicine [can] recommend a homeopathic.’ I think that FDA is overstepping. But I also think that in many ways, the homeopathic industry is being lazy about it. [They say] ‘Well, FDA has decided that they’re going to exercise their enforcement discretion and not do anything’ … But what do you do when FDA decides to do something?

On top of it all, then you have plaintiff attorneys out there that are going to argue that FDA is on the record saying these products aren’t approved new drugs. That makes you illegal. Therefore, that’s a reason to be sued. I’m hoping that the industry wakes up and pushes back hard.

Not everything needs to be established by double-blind, placebo-controlled studies … People should be allowed to have their homeopathic products. If they believe in it, they should allow it. If you don’t believe in it, you don’t have to buy it.”

Future of Homeopathics Remains Uncertain

As for the future of homeopathic remedies in the U.S., Harrison believes they’ll remain under continual assault. That said, he doubts the FDA will ever finalize its draft guidance document because it “knows that when you finalize things, it has other repercussions.”

Unfortunately, homeopathic companies will likely continue to be sued until or unless the FDA admits that homeopathic remedies are appropriate and legal. Companies must also take care to be consistent with the materia medica to ensure their claims are not misleading.

“To boil down homeopathy simply, it’s that like cures like. If you have a poison ivy blister, you put poison ivy on yourself. But it’s a highly-diluted poison ivy. I think that in many ways, vaccines, like the smallpox vaccines and things like that, actually kind of grew out of that idea — that we give people minute quantities that will help their immune system respond …

My hope is that FDA will withdraw and just admit that homeopathic products may be lawfully marketed, as long as they are part of the materia medica, and that the FTC, on the other hand, doesn’t try to say, ‘The only way you can make a product for homeopathy is if you actually do a double-blind placebo-controlled study.’ I think that would be a huge mistake.”

Why Aren’t Homeopathics Grandfathered In?

A reasonable question to ask would be why homeopathic remedies aren’t grandfathered in. Drugs in use prior to 1938 are not required to have clinical studies to back up their claims, yet can still be used as drugs. Homeopathic remedies have been used far longer than that, so why are they being penalized? Harrison explains:

“Grandfather drugs are a very narrow category of drugs. Everything has to be identical, all your claims, all your warnings, your labels, your labeling has to be identical to that pre-1938 product. If you can’t show that it’s not absolutely identical to that product that was marketed prior to that, then you’re not grandfathered.

There are very few products FDA would ever admit that are grandfathered. But it’s not a bad argument to make, especially if you can go back and show this homeopathic remedy was marketed back in 1938. But part of the problem is that back in the old days, the homeopathic products tended to be single-ingredient products.

Almost all of the homeopathic products today are multi-ingredient. That will take you out of the grandfather. It complicates the issue. If I were to find a 1938 one and I copy that label identically … I would have a good argument that [it] is [grandfathered].”

Using single-ingredient remedies is a legal loophole that makers of homeopathics could resort to if push comes to shove in the years ahead. That said, it makes little sense to vilify something that is completely harmless and that many feel works. No one has ever died from taking a homeopathic preparation. It’s hard to imagine a medicine that could be safer. While many simply don’t believe homeopathic remedies work, this really should not be cause for their discontinuation.

It’s really about freedom of choice. If you feel a homeopathic is helping, you should be allowed to use it, especially when you consider all the other things you’re allowed to use that come with significant if not extreme risks, be it cigarettes, alcohol or over-the-counter medications. The FDA’s public comment period expired on March 30, so at this point, all we can do is wait and watch for further developments.

Staph Infections: Educate Yourself on How to Fight This Common Bacteria

It’s safe to say that beneficial bacteria are an essential part of human biology. They perform certain functions, such as helping improve our digestive health and protect us from gastrointestinal diseases. These bacteria are known as probiotics.1

On the other hand, there are certain types of bacteria living in you that do not provide any benefits at all. One example of such parasitic bacteria is Staphylococcus aureus, or simply known as “staph.”

You May Be a Carrier of Staph Bacteria and Might Not Know It

If you’re a healthy person, there’s a 15 to 40 percent chance that you’re a carrier of staph bacteria. This means that your body contains a small colony of inactive bacteria that won’t cause any disease or infection. Normally, staph bacteria live in your nostrils or flexures (skin folds), such as your elbows and armpits.2

However, if you’re exposed to additional amounts of these microorganisms from an outside source, your immune system won’t be able to fight them back. Should this happen, there’s a high chance you may develop a staph infection and pass it to others.

Common Infections Caused by Staph Bacteria

There are two types of infections staph bacteria can cause: skin infections and invasive infections. If you have a staphylococcal skin infection, various infections may arise depending on what part of the skin the bacteria will infect. Invasive staph infections are similar to skin infections, but with the difference being that the bacteria target your internal organs, hence, the name “invasive.” Some of the most common staph infections include:

Food Poisoning: This occurs when staph bacteria are directly ingested due to bacteria-laced food, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Stomach pains are common as well.3

Pneumonia: A condition wherein staph bacteria infect the air sacs in your lungs, causing difficulty in breathing, coughing and a fever. Additional symptoms include chest pains and fatigue.4

Impetigo: Common among toddlers and infants, impetigo is a skin infection characterized by large, red spots. Blisters and crusting of the skin may also occur.5

Boils: An infection of hair follicles or oil glands, boils are red, swollen spots that are painful and tender to the touch. They’re often filled with pus, and may eventually break open and drain.

Wound Infections: Cuts and wounds, such as those you might get from spending time outdoors, can create an opening in your skin. When staph bacteria invade these openings, they can infect the wound, creating a buildup of pus, along with swelling and pain.6

Learn All About Staph Infections in This Guide

Staph bacteria can cause various skin and invasive infections, some of which may be life-threatening if not treated immediately. This guide will help you learn about different diseases staph bacteria can cause, their symptoms and their corresponding treatments. You will learn various prevention methods as well, because staph is highly contagious and you may infect someone if you’re not careful.

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