Symptoms of MRSA infection

Methicillin – Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is also known as MRSA.

MRSA causes skin infection, among others, and is acquired or could be acquired from different subjects such as the community, hospital or an epidemic.

The symptoms of MRSA infection includes:

* cellulitis – infection of the fat and tissues directly beneath the skin and it usually starts as small red hives or bumps in the skin.
* Abscess – a collection of pus under the skin
* Sty – infection on the eyelid gland
* Boil – follicular infection filled with pus
* Carbuncles – a larger abscess with several opening to the skin
* Impetigo – skin infection filled with pus blisters and often seen in children

Of biggest concern about the symptoms of MRSA infection is that the skin infection can easily spread to the organs of the body and it is due to these symptoms of MRSA infection that leads to more severe symptoms. Once the MRSA infection spreads to the internal organs then the condition is considered life threatening.

When the symptoms of MRSA infection goes from topical to joint pains, fever, chills, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, headaches, rash almost all over the body, then immediately go to the hospital for treatment.

Some severe symptoms of MRSA infections are: necrotizing fasciitis, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, sepsis and then even death.

It is important to note that MRSA is highly contagious.

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The person may either have an infection or could be a carrier OR the MRSA could have been caught from an object that the person with MRSA or other skin infection may have touched or use – the bacteria is then caught by the new body – objects such as the door knob, sink, floor, towels, clothing, sheets, etc.

MRSA may start off as looking like a lesion that resembles a pimple or a small boil. It then gets inflamed, opens up and may ooze pus or drain other fluid.

Normally the skin can fight off the infection and keep it at-bay however sometimes a small opening such as a scratch or a cut could give the bacteria enough opening to attack under the skin and thus the beginning of a staph infection which could only get worse and lead to MRSA or show signs of symptoms of MRSA infection.

Patients with surgical incisions or wounds are at high risk of acquiring an infection. Also, people with skin outbreaks or prone to outbreaks are at high risk as well. Patient suffering from low immune systems or are infected with HIV are also at higher risk from acquiring MRSA.

MRSA could be avoided by proper hygiene and by simply washing the hands with soap and water. Patients suffering from any of the skin infections listed above should stay away from others until the doctor says it’s safe to join the crew once again. Avoiding sharing of towels or sheets, sharing cups or utensils is another way of avoiding the spread of MRSA infection. Should someone in the family suffer from any skin infection, or children suffering from skin infection in a public setting, the facilitators should be careful and make sure that the room is cleaned and decontaminated the best way possible.

If you are pregnant and have been around someone with MRSA infection or other contagious form of skin infection be sure to speak to your physician right away. Sometimes such infections could be so severe that it may affect the fetus.

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