Understanding MRSA Infection: The Basic Background

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February 27, 2014 at 6:52 am  •  Posted in featured, MRSA by  •  0 Comments

MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a complex type of staph infection. When trying to understanding MRSA Infection you have to know that this skin infection is infected with a bacterium that has evolved and developed immunity against Methicillin and other common antibiotic dosage which are used to treat the disease. Thus the staph infection creates a health condition for the patient who is very difficult to control and the patient might have other complex health complications following it.

What are the factors that lead to MRSA in a patient?

Many people carry staph infection in them but they do not get infected with staph infection. In fact most adults have the staphylococcus aureus bacteria around their nose and sometimes they might get others infected when they come in close contact. MRSA was first discovered in 1961 but over the years this bacteria has become immune to oxacillin, amoxicillin, methicillin and penicillin. When understanding MRSA Infection you have to know that the bacterium is constantly evolving and even new antibiotics sometimes face problems in curing MRSA.

Understanding MRSA InfectionCan anybody be infected with MRSA?

MRSA like other staph infection is spread with touch, especially skin contact. Only 1% people carry the MRSA bacterium and are not affected by it in most cases. People get infected by MRSA when they do the following things which are:

  • When the patient has a weak immunity level and is in a hospital.
  • When he is using infected surgical and invasive devices. The general healthcare rules need to be maintained in this regard. In US nearly 60% patients suffer from MRSA infection in this regard.
  • Community contact with carriers of people having MRSA bacteria would expose other people from suffering with MRSA infection. Recent studies have showed that children are suffering from community MRSA at an alarming rate over the years.
  • People playing contact sports also suffer from MRSA.

How is MRSA diagnosed?

If you are suffering from MRSA, the doctor attending you would ask you to go thru blood and other related tests. He would also check and culture the infected area. Depending on the complexity of the MRSA you are suffering from he might ask you to do test on sputum and urine too.

Does your skin itch if you have MRSA?

Like most staph infection MRSA starts

with the area getting red inflammation and the area becomes warm and swells too. Over a day this infection would become painful and there would be visible bumps in the skin. Furuncles might occur in large areas. But if you have MRSA the skin would not itch as the infection is dermatitis in nature.  As the infection of MRSA progresses the skin affected area would be more sensitive and painful when touched.

The best way to prevent MRSA is to quickly seek the attention of a doctor when you see an inflammation area in any parts of the body. With accurate medication you can combat MRSA easily.

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