MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are the count of strains of bacteria that can cause infections in different parts of the human body and the organ system. MRSA are called superbugs because of the fact that they are resistant to different types of antibiotics.
MRSA symptoms at their initial stages appear like minor infections of the skin, red bump, boil, pimple that might be swollen, hot to touch and painful. Many a times, it is found that such infections open and they contain pus that drains off from the boil or the bump. Most of the MRSA skin infections appear to be mild while some are found to progress and then spread further in the skin and other areas of the body.
Spider bites, bug bites, stings and insect bites are often very difficult in making a distinction from the MRSA infections because of the fact that they possess similar symptoms and appearances.
The first sign of MRSA infection is that the infection spreads in the surrounding skin producing a skin that is reddish or pink in color and is also found to be tender, warm and swollen. This type of a skin area that is infected is called cellulitis and it represents that the infection has spread to deeper layers of the skin.
MRSA is also found to be contained by body in attempting to get rid of the bacteria that invade by means of making a pus pocket that is found to be surrounded by cells that try to stop or kill the MRSA infection from spreading. This is another deep skin infection is called abscess and it has the ability to spread just like cellulitis.
MRSA can easily spread among people by individuals who possess certain skin organisms. MRSA often spread through skin-to-skin contact with razors, towels and even benches or doorknobs.
There are some individuals who are found to be at a greater risk of contacting MRSA infection than others. Such individuals are the people who suffer from serious medical conditions like HIV, cancer and immune depression of any kind.
Previously hospitals were considered as places that were widely prone to MRSA infections but this notion has been deleted due to the guidelines that have been established and even followed by hospitals visitors, patients and staff.
MRSA has the ability of infecting healthy people and there have been instances where it has been found that MRSA infections take place at areas that are very crowded such as barracks, gyms and dormitories.
MRSA can also be transferred to common pets like cats and dogs and can reinfect people who come close to such pets or even their owners.
The strains of MRSA are also found to survive in beach water and sand and the instances of their arrival in such areas are still unclear. It is important to practice good hygiene in order to reduce the chances of getting infected by MRSA strains.
The definitive diagnosis of MRSA is not an impossible thing to do but it might take few days. The few days are required for testing the bacteria against antibiotics and then only the infection can be determined.
The treatment of MRSA infection depends in the seriousness of the infection and also on the resistance ability of the bacteria.
If you are diagnosed with MRSA infection and your doctor prescribes you some antibiotics, you should make it a habit to take the antibiotics on a regula
MRSA infections can turn out to be very dangerous and at the same time they can also spread very easily to other parts of the body and can even cause serious damages of organs and even the death of a person.
It is very easy to avoid and reduce the chances of contacting MRSA strains by regular and frequent washing of the hands with water and soap.