What is MRSA?
MRSA or Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that is resistant to the most common and powerful antibiotics. This bacterium has developed resistance to a group of commonly used antibiotics such as methicillin and penicillin-like drugs. Due to its resistance to these antibiotics, the MRSA is also called superbug.
MRSA may be present on the skin for a long time without causing any harm. However, if it gets into the blood or body (through a wound or break in the skin) it may cause severe infection which may be difficult to treat. This bacterium may also delay wound and infection healing capabilities.
MRSA may spread from one person to another through casual contact or through contact with objects that have become covered with the bacteria. If MRSA is in the lungs, it can be spread in tiny drops of liquid when a person coughs, sneezes, or laughs. It may also be spread from objects that touch the mouth.
What are the common signs and symptoms of MRSA?
MRSA usually gets into the body or blood through an open wound or skin infection. Most staph skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be:
- Would look like a spider bite, large pimple, or boil which may be red or swollen
- Severe pain around the wound
- Warm to the touch
- Full of pus or another drainage with a very bad smell
- Accompanied by a fever
- Delay healing or delay in health improvement even after good treatment