What Is MRSA?March 29th, 2017
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a kind of staph bacteria that can lead to bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and pneumonia. MRSA is particularly dangerous because it is resistant to most antibiotics, and without adequate treatment, it can cause sepsis and even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA spreads through direct contact with contaminated hands or an infected wound. For example, if healthcare providers do not wash their hands thoroughly, they can spread MRSA from one patient to another.
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What Are the Symptoms of MRSA?
According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA is a skin infection that typically begins as painful red bumps. These swollen bumps often resemble bug bites or pimples, and they might be warm to the touch.
At first, the bumps may contain pus, but they eventually evolve into deep abscesses that often require draining. When the bacteria remain in the skin, the infection is fairly easy to treat; however, if they migrate into the body, life-threatening complications can arise.
When Should I See a Doctor?
If you have been around someone whom you know has MRSA and you notice swollen, red bumps on your own skin, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Otherwise, you should keep an eye on any minor skin irritations, especially following a hospital stay. If you develop wounds that appear infected or if you have an accompanying fever, seek medical attention immediately.
What Are the Risk Factors of Developing MRSA?
There are several factors that can increase your risk of contracting MRSA. These include:
Staying in the hospital;
Using an invasive medical device such as a urinary catheter or an intravenous line;
Living in a long-term care facility;
Participating in contact sports; and
Living in unsanitary or crowded conditions.
What Are the Complications of MRSA?
As soon as a MRSA infection spreads, serious complications can arise. MRSA can affect your bloodstream, heart, lungs, joints, and bones.
If you think you have MRSA, your doctor will check a nasal secretion or tissue sample for signs of the bacteria. If the results come back positive, your physician will determine the best way to proceed based on your particular situation and the extent of the infection.
You can protect yourself from MRSA infections by washing your hands regularly. You should also keep all wounds clean and covered, and avoid sharing personal items with other people. It is possible to carry the infection without having any symptoms, so you never know who might have it.
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