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Different Types Of Mrsa Disease


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is the bacterium responsible for the MRSA disease or MRSA infection. MRSA disease is caused by Staphylococcus aureus, better known as "Staph." This is bacteria of a very common kind and is generally found on humans; in nasal passages or on skin, but staying on the skin causes no damage. It is when bacteria enter someone’s body through some cut, sore, breathing tube or catheter that the infection is caused. This is the type of bacteria that acquire resistance or immunity to antibiotics. This includes penicillin or other antibiotics currently being used.


This situation is a bit unfortunate since these bacteria get better at learning to prevail over antibiotics as we keep on using or abusing them. After a while, bacteria adapt and become immune to antibiotics. This is generally how mrsa disease occurs. Since it is resistant to some of the best and well-known antibiotics, the treatment of skin and other insidious infections becomes highly problematic, causing many deaths annually. You will be shocked to know that according to health statistics each year, people die more from MRSA infections than AIDS The awful “flesh-eating” diseases are also caused by these bacteria. MRSA is responsible for many infections that show up on the skin as blisters, boils and abscesses. But other than this, they are responsible for other diseases.


One well-known illness that comes under a mrsa disease is pneumonia. MRSA can cause pneumonia, mostly in hospitalized patients or those who are suffering from the flu. This is quick to happen because of the weakened immune system and lungs. Trouble is caused by simple inhalation in this condition. Then there is Sepsis, also called blood poisoning. It is associated with meningitis, which has some of the same causes and symptoms This highly serious condition occurs when the immune system’s reaction obstructs the blood’s nutrient delivering ability. When the blood gets overwhelmed with the immune system’s signals, it starts clotting, ultimately endangering the body as it can hinder organ blood flow. Sepsis is usually treated in the ICU and requires detailed blood culture diagnosis. The condition can require respiratory support as well. Quick treatment following diagnosis is essential since one of three patients can die consequently. Impetigo is caused by MRSA and is a common skin disease. It is mostly common in kids and those who are living in unhealthy conditions. In adults, it can follow other conditions caused by MRSA or from a recent respiratory infection that weakens the immune system. Impetigo is contagious and can possibly transfer through touching a blister or its fluid.

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The treatment of any mrsa disease or infection depends on severity and can result in hospitalization with a strict antibiotics course. However, prevention is better than trying to cure the disease. You can ward MRSA off by maintaining good hygiene and by being careful when visiting hospitals or while treating open wounds.

By Maryam Cheema, published at 02/07/2012
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