MRSA Infection

What is MRSA?

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics, including the type usually prescribed for Staphylococcal infections (methicillin). MRSA is very common in hospitals, where patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to be infected with bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. This makes treatment of the infection much more difficult.

Signs and Symptoms of MRSA Infection

Signs and symptoms of MRSA infections vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Redness, irritation, or swelling of the infected area
  • Warmth around the infected area
  • Pus or drainage from the affected area
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches

Treatment of MRSA Infection

MRSA infections can be treated with antibiotics, but the specific medication used may need to be determined by a doctor. In cases where the infection is resistant to the usual antibiotics, other medications may need to be prescribed. Surgery may also be necessary in some cases, especially if the infection spreads to other parts of the body. In addition to treatment, it is important to practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of MRSA.

Prevention of MRSA Infection

The best way to prevent MRSA infections is to practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing, using disinfectant wipes on surfaces, and avoiding contact with people who have active infections. It is also important to avoid sharing items such as towels, razors, clothing, and other personal items. Lastly, it is important to keep wounds covered with a bandage until they have healed.