MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that’s resistant to several antibiotics, making it difficult to treat infections caused by them. Though usually found in hospitals and healthcare facilities, anyone can get infected from MRSA even if they have not been previously admitted to a healthcare center.
In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at what happens if you get MRSA and the unseen dangers associated with this infection.
Overview of MRSA
MRSA is common in people who have weakened immune systems due to underlying health conditions like cancer or diabetes. This bacterium can survive on surfaces for hours and is contagious through skin-to-skin contact.
The most common way of getting MRSA is through direct contact with an infected person’s wound or body fluids. It can also spread via contaminated equipment such as towels, bedsheets, or medical instruments used for surgery.
Signs and Symptoms
MRSA manifests itself differently depending on which part of the body is affected. In some cases, there may be no visible symptoms at all. Some telltale signs to watch out for include:
- Redness around the affected area
- Pus-like drainage
If left untreated, MRSA can lead to severe complications such as:
This occurs when bacteria enter your bloodstream causing sepsis – bacterial blood poisoning – which can be life-threatening.
Also known as heart valve infection occurs when bacteria affecting other parts of your body travel through your bloodstream and infect the innermost lining of your heart chambers.
Bacteria from MRSA can invade your lungs leading to pneumonia characterized by coughing up sputum mixed with pus/blood along with chest pain and shortness of breath.
This is a rare but serious bacterial infection that destroys skin, muscle, and underlying tissue leading to death in up to 25% of cases. Commonly referred to as flesh-eating bacteria.
While this may sound alarming, keep in mind that most people who get MRSA infections usually recover without any life-threatening complications. Nonetheless, it’s vital to seek medical care if you suspect having contracted the bacterium.
Doctors typically use a combination of antibiotics when treating MRSA based on lab tests to determine which medication might be effective. In case an abscess has formed around an infected area medicated draining will be necessary. In more severe cases or when symptoms become unusually chronic surgical intervention might be recommended.
Uncomplicated staph or cellulitis often improve after a week of antibiotic regimen such as semisynthetic penicillins , cephalosporins, or vancomycin that your doctor prescribes for taking at home. Make sure you keep all follow-up appointments and have blood work done regularly throughout your antibiotic duration. The unsupervised use of antibiotics can leadto drug resistance.
If there is pus accumulation close by the affected area, it may need…
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1. How does MRSA spread
2. What role do asymptomatic carriers play?
3. Why are healthy people also susceptible?
4. How long does it take before signs appear?
5. Treating superficial vs systemic MRSA
6. Difficulty in acquiring new antibiotics
7. Poor hygienic practices contribute directly
8. Understanding ‘colonization’
9. Strategies for getting rid of MRSA
10. How long after treatment can one recover fully?
11. Drawing the line between conventional and alternative treatments
12. Which lifestyle changes aid in avoiding re-infection?
13. The worst-case scenario
14. There is hope: Advancements in finding new antibiotic therapies
15. MRSA prevention tips for healthcare workers
16. Challenges attributed to less regulated health care provider sectors.