Mrsa Symptoms | MRSA - How Is It Treated?

MRSA is a very distressing infection to have because it spreads very fast, both from person to person and also within the patient’s body. Caused by a strain of bacterium called methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, this infection starts off as a simple skin infection but it quickly deteriorates to become a series of pus filled boils. The infection can spread to internal organs very easily, sometimes but not always resulting in the death of the person.

Once the doctor has diagnosed the infection as MRSA, the treatment will have to begin as soon as possible. What doctors have to do first is drain the pus out of the boils. This reduces pressure on surrounding tissues and decreases the discomfort felt by the patient. This procedure should only be done by a proper health care professional because the boils are usually very deep and the quantity of pus is a lot. This procedure should also be done under sterile conditions in order to ensure that all the infected tissue is removed. Once the wound is cleaned it needs to be covered with a waterproof bandage. Not only will this protect the wound from further infection but it will also protect others from being infected because of it. MRSA is very highly contagious and it spreads through contact with contaminated areas.

MRSA is also sometimes treated with antibiotics. Needless to say, there is no use taking the antibiotics that the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium is resistant to. Doctors prescribe certain courses of antibiotics that are effective against this bacterium. However, patients are advised to finish the entire course of antibiotics even if the infection goes away. There are many instances of the infection coming back in a stronger form because the patient did not complete the course of medication.

It is very important for people to know all about MRSA symptoms so that they can get the correct treatment in time. Many people believe that it is a minor infection only and they do not need to get medical treatment. When this happens the disease can spread to internal organs, especially to the lungs. Patients also need to be isolated during the period of treatment so that they do not spread the infection to others. Government health agencies place great importance on using simple measures such as MRSA fact sheets to spread awareness about this disease amongst the vulnerable sections of the population.

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