Antibiotics are medications that destroy bacteria or slow down their growth. You might wonder about why your medical provider prescribes antibiotics for some conditions, but not for others.
If you are diagnosed with a bacterial infection, your provider may write you a prescription for antibiotics. Bacteria are microscopic organisms that can sometimes cause the following infections:
Staphylococcus aureus (or S. aureus) also called staph, are bacteria commonly found on human skin; common places include inside the nose, in the armpit, groin, and genital area.
When bacteria are found on the skin but do not cause illness it is called "colonization." When the bacteria do cause illness the person is said to be "infected" with staph.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles is an illness most commonly found in persons over age 60, but can occur at any age.