Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that established resistance to commonly used antibiotics. The bacteria typically trigger skin infections and rarely cause serious forms of infections.
Even though mostly seen in the healthcare setting, it is becoming common in the community. Most MRSA infections in the community are skin infections. In the healthcare setting, the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria can cause dangerous infections of the bloodstream, pneumonia and even infection of the surgical incisions.
Why is a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection serious?
Always bear in mind that the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria are highly resistant to most of the antibiotics. Nevertheless, most who end up with an infection respond well to treatment and localized to the skin.
Many individuals in good health who acquire MRSA can recover. In most instances, an infected wound might require surgical drainage. Antibiotics that are active against MRSA are typically given. The prescribed dosage must be completed. Those who have skin infections from MRSA are likely to have recurrence of the infection at the same site or in a different area even with proper treatment.
As for those who develop methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection in a healthcare setting might have an extended stay in the hospital and likely to be readmitted than those who are not infected.
How can I lower the risk?
Always bear in mind that good hygiene is the key in lowering the risk for a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection.
- Regularly wash hands
- Properly clean and cover any scrapes or cuts
- Take a bath or shower right after engaging in activities that involves direct skin contact with others
- Avoid sharing of personal items or belongings