Mrsa Skin Infection
A MRSA skin infection is not something that should be ignored. MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and it’s a type of skin infection that’s actually caused by bacteria. While MRSA skin infections are not as common as they once were, they still do occur. Knowing more about the infection can help you be prepared and know what to do to deal with it.
Lesions A MRSA skin infection actually presents as a small skin lesion. This lesion can be as small as a dime or in some cases even smaller, which can make it difficult to detect. The lesion will look like a reddish rash and may resemble a blemish. Left untreated, this small area may become inflamed.
Boils When you leave a MRSA skin infection untreated, the small red lesions that can look like pimples can turn into boils. Boils are filled with liquid or pus and can be painful. Other variations of boils that can come from an MRSA skin infection include an abscess or sty.
Spreading A MRSA skin infection can travel across your skin when it is not properly treated. However, it can also travel to other areas of your body, such as your organs and bloodstream. This spreading can cause more serious symptoms, including headaches, joint pain, chills, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and in extreme cases, death.
Transmission MRSA is generally passed from one person to another through physical contact. However, the person passing the infection might just be a carrier, meaning they have the bacteria but do not present with any physical symptoms. You can also develop MRSA skin infection from touching objects that were handled by those infected or those carrying the infection.
Treatment MRSA skin infections can be treated with antibiotics that are prescribed by a medical doctor. This medication will kill the bacteria that causes MRSA infections. Caregivers should wash up frequently after coming into contact with the infected person and also wash all objects, such as towels and linens, frequently until the infection is cleared up.