What is MRSA infection ?
MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection is caused due a strain of staph bacteria which becomes resistant to antibiotics that are known to treat staph infection. It has been known to largely affect people who are in hospital or healthcare centers like nursing homes. Also at risk are people with compromised immune systems like those who suffer from HIV/AIDS, lupus, severely asthmatic etc. Medical tubing in the form of urinary catheters or intravenous procedures can also cause the bacteria to enter the body. People living in unsanitary conditions like jails, military training camps have also reported increasing incidences of MRSA.
The first set of symptoms is in the form of tiny, red bumps on the skin that look like boils or spider bites. They turn into deep cuts on the skin, which warrant surgical draining. In some cases, the bacteria remain stuck to the skin and even go deep into the body causing severe infection to the blood-stream lungs, heart-valves, bones, etc. So in order to make sure that the problem does not go out of control, look out for insect-bite, boils cuts etc; on the skin. If they become infected, go and meet your doctor.
Causes of MRSA
One of the reasons is antibiotics given for treating ‘viral infections’ like cold, fever, flu. In case, antibiotics are given for the right reasons, still the give birth to drug resistant bacteria, because some of them are not destroyed. The ones that survive become capable to resist others.
Treatment for MRSA is in the form of appropriate antibiotics, and in some cases, abscess draining. You can prevent the disease from following hygienic practices. For instance, wash your hands properly with a hand-wash or else, if you do not have access to soap or water, carry a hand sanitizer. Keep cuts and wounds covered with dry, sterile bandage, till they heal. Do not share personal items like razor, sheets, clothing, towels etc.
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