Category I

Certain types of infectious organisms find their way into the human body and spread in a systemic manner — their invasion is pervasive throughout the body, infecting, not just organs or specific regions of the body, but the entire system. The resulting war that the immune system must wage is wide-ranging and can be an exhausting process.

Often the invasive organism is a bacterium commonly known as staphylococcus and there are a variety of them; there are also other species and other organisms that will mimic the staph-type infectious pattern. So the immune response that the body uses will often look the same or follow similar symptomatic presentations.

The introduction of these staph-type infections can be through cuts and wounds; some are airborne; some through the digestive system or through basic contact. And to put it simply, they can be mean little bugs and fast-acting. They can overwhelm a system quickly. And not rarely, they manage to hide away and lie dormant, sometimes for years, re-emerging as opportunity allows, whenever the system shows a vulnerability.

If you’ve ever experienced a “flu-type” illness, wherein your entire body ached and fevered—sometimes simply touching the skin elicits pain — that may have been that “all-out” fight the immune system calls up in response to staph infections. And that’s when Category I comes into play.