Mrsa Symptoms | MRSA Symptoms - They Can Affect Us All


MRSA infections can cause a broad range of symptoms depending on the part of the body that is infected. These include surgical wounds, burns, catheter sites, eye, skin and blood. Sometimes, people may carry MRSA without having any symptoms. MRSA can cause urinary tract infections, septicemia, toxic shock, and even death. The sooner you seek treatment and are diagnosed, the better the chance of controlling and treating the infection. MRSA is a very virulent pathogen (Superbug) and the sooner treatment is received, the better chance of a favorable outcome for the patient.

People who are colonized with MRSA have no symptoms. They can carry MRSA in their nose or on their skin for many years. Staph skin infections often begin with an injury allowing the bacteria to enter the skin and develop into an infection. Symptoms include:

redness, warmth, swelling, tenderness of the skin, and boils or blisters.


Staph infections are sometimes mistaken for spider bites.

Some people may also have chills and fever, feel nauseous and acute pain.

The infection is especially dangerous for those who have had surgery and may be in a cast, i.e, (ankle surgery) and can not see the redness or swelling once they are sent home. If you feel more pain than you think you should be feeling after surgery, call your doctor IMMEDIATELY.

Symptoms in serious cases may include lethargy (fatigue), and headache.

Until recently, part of the problem with community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) has been a lack of awareness in the medical community and the community at large. Historically, physicians have treated staph infections, based on their severity, with either over-the-counter triple-antibiotic ointments or with a standard course of antibiotics. They did not routinely order cultures or identify the organisms and its antibiotic susceptibility profile unless the infection appeared extensive or the initial treatment was unsuccessful. With CA-MRSA, however, these conventional therapy options have frequently failed. A significant number of those affected have had to be hospitalized and a few previously healthy patients have even died.


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