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The Dangers of a MRSA Staph Infection

MRSA is an antibiotic resistant staph infection that can infect anyone at anytime. MRSA can be found in healthcare settings, daycare centers, military barracks, gyms and in correctional facilities. However, just because you come into contact with MRSA it doesn’t mean you are going to get sick. Many healthy individuals will carry MRSA, and it will not make them sick. But others will get MRSA and become very ill. Read on to learn more about the dangers of a MRSA staph infection.

The symptoms you have with MRSA will depend upon where you have MRSA. A skin infection can manifest itself into boils and pustules. The area will become very red and inflamed. They will eventually start draining pus and it can actually spread to other parts of the body. Simple treatments such as topical antibiotics will not work for this type of MRSA infection. You will need intravenous antibiotics that are specific to the MRSA infection.

There are lots of other dangers with a MRSA staph infection. The following list will highlight a few of these dangers that you need to be aware of:

  1. Cellulitis MRSA. Cellulitis is an infection of the skin caused by bacteria. When you have a cut or break in your skin then the bacteria can get under your skin and cause it to be inflamed. The result will be a lot of redness and swelling that can spread to a large area of the body from the site of infection. You can also develop fevers and swollen lymph glands.
  2. MRSA pneumonia. MRSA can get into your bloodstream and get into your lungs. Here the MRSA can cause serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever and cough. This must be treated aggressively with specific intravenous antibiotics.
  3. MRSA meningitis. This can occur when the MRSA travels to the brain. It will cause inflammation and infection that can produce a lot of neurological problems. If not treated meningitis can cause death.
  4. Septicemia or bacteremia caused by MRSA. This is when the infection enters the bloodstream and triggers an immune response that results in the shutdown of major organ systems. This must be treated very aggressively to save the patient.
  5. Endocarditis from MRSA. This occurs when this bacterium enters the thin sac that covers the heart. This type of infection can interfere with normal functioning of the heart and put a patient at risk for a cardiac arrest.
  6. Osteomyelitis caused by MRSA. This occurs when  bacteria enters the bone. It can cause severe bone pain, fever, general discomfort and swelling. Sometimes, if the osteomyelitis is in a toe or finger, amputation may be necessary to save the rest of the limb.

As you can see there are plenty of dangers of MRSA. If you think you have a MRSA infection you should see your doctor right away to start mrsa treatment. You don’t want this infection to become advanced enough to cause serious problems for you.