What is this MRSA thing?

MRSA is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.  Common antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and methicillin don’t kill it – hence the “cillin resistant” part of the name.  Antibiotics in general are less effective now than they were just 10 years ago, so when one finds something that is completely resistant to normal antibiotic treatments – that’s pretty scary.  MRSA may spread to the internal organs or systems, cause pneumonia or even death.  However, “almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated in the outpatient setting by drainage of the pus by a healthcare provider with or without antibiotics”, cites the CDC.

So, then, the next thing is how does one know? Is there a early sign of Staph or MRSA? Well, fortunately, there is. Many people complain of a painful “spider” bite or pimple.

The CDC has some, umm, interesting pictures

of MRSA for reference. If you have a questionable skin condition that worsens, or is accompanied by a fever, seek medical attention.


2 Responses to What is this MRSA thing?

  1. mrsa virus says:

    thanks for the link to those pictures, i almost gagged actually. Are there any other symptoms besides thinking you have a spiderbite?

  2. sbstlmo says:

    From WebMD:
    The symptoms of MRSA depend on where you’re infected. Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, causing pimples or boils. But it can also cause more serious skin infections or infect surgical wounds, the bloodstream, the lungs, or the urinary tract.
    Though most MRSA infections aren’t serious, some can be life-threatening. Many public health experts are alarmed by the spread of tough strains of MRSA. Because it’s hard to treat, MRSA is sometimes called a “super bug.”

    Not extremely helpful, but that’s what I was able to find

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