MRSA is a resistant strain of a staph infection that can make you very ill. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacterium that lives on your skin and sometimes in your nasal passages. Individuals pass this bacterium to each other through casual contact. Staphylococcus is not normally a problem if it stays on the outside of the body. But when you get a cut or a wound this staph will invade your body and begin to cause problems. So what are common MRSA symptoms you need to watch out for?
MRSA can invade almost any part of the body causing problems. If you have a normal healthy immune system you may only experience mild symptoms of a MRSA infection. Your immune system can wipe out the MRSA before it can cause any real damage. But if you have a weakened immune system or have recently been hospitalized you may have any of the following symptoms:
- Urinary tract infection. This bacterium can invade the urinary tract and cause you to experience pain with urination. In severe cases, it can also cause fever, blood in the urine and disorientation in the elderly.
- Skin boils. These are common with a MRSA infection. These boils can become quite large as they fill with pus. They can be very painful, and sometimes they may need to be lanced by a doctor.
- Impetigo. This is a staph infection that commonly affects children. It will appear as small red sores on the face. These sores may rupture and ooze for a few days. They can be accompanied by pain and itching. Impetigo is very contagious and difficult to treat if caused by MRSA. It is important that all antibiotics be taken for the full course of treatment.
- Carbuncles. These are pus filled and painful bumps that form underneath the skin when bacteria infect a hair follicle. They will usually as red tender lumps and gradually grow larger until they rupture. MRSA can produce carbuncles that may not heal on their own. You will need to see your doctor if your carbuncles do not go away.
- Cellulitis. This is a common skin infection that can occur almost anywhere on the body. It causes the skin to become very swollen, red and warm to the touch. Occasionally, small pus filled blisters will form on the affected areas of skin. MRSA cellulitis may require hospitalization for treatment.
- Bacteremia. This is an infection of the bloodstream cause by bacteria. Bacteremia can be very dangerous if not treated properly. It can sometimes lead to death.
These are some of the MRSA symptoms you can experience. If you have wounds that aren’t healing or have any signs of infection that won’t go away you should see your doctor as soon as possible.