What is MRSA (methicillin resistant staphyloccus aureus)?


MRSA is a bacteria that has become resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Bacteria can mutate quickly to resist different antibiotics and soaps, especially antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. They are less resistant to detergents that can disrupt the cell membranes of the bacteria.

Staphyloccus bacteria is naturally occurring on the human skin and is only a problem if it mutates into a more resistant organism. You can come in contact with a resistant strain of staphyloccus anywhere now. Years ago, they were found only in hospitals and anywhere a large number of people were living in close quarters, such as army barracks, dorms, and prisons. Keeping your immune system healthy is the best way to protect yourself from an infection with a staph. bacteria. Wash with soap and water as often as possible instead of using hand sanitizers. Lye soap would be the best, but it is not often available.

These infections can look similar to spider bites on the skin. If you have a skin lesion appear, see your physician to be evaluated. A culture of the skin will let the physician know if a bacterium is a cause for the problem, and it will also let him or her know which antibiotic is best to treat it. Many of the antibiotics required to treat MRSA are only available through intravenous dosing and are not available in pill form. They are also very expensive. If you have an infection with MRSA, seek treatment early to avoid the spread to those who live in your home or work close to you.

If you have a non-healing wound or infection and need an evaluation, please call the Wound Healing Center at 270-259-1612, and a wound care physician will help you with healing it.

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