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CDC Information on MRSA
Mayo Clinic Information on MRSA

MRSA




MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a "staph" germ that does not get better with the type of antibiotics that usually cure staph infections.
When this occurs, the germ is said to be resistant to the antibiotic.

Causes



Most staph germs are spread by skin-to-skin contact (touching). A doctor, nurse, other health care provider, or visitors to a hospital may have staph germs on their body that can spread to a patient.
Once the staph germ enters the body, it can spread to bones, joints, the blood, or any organ, such as the lungs, heart, or brain.
Serious staph infections are more common in people with chronic (long-term) medical problems. This includes those who:
MRSA infections can also occur in healthy people who have not recently been in the hospital. Most of these MRSA infections are on the skin, or less commonly, in the lung. People who may be at risk are:
  • Athletes and others who share items such as towels or razors
  • People who inject illegal drugs
  • People who had surgery in the past year
  • Children in day care
  • Members of the military
  • People who have gotten tattoos


Symptoms



It is normal for healthy people to have staph on their skin. Many of us do. Most of the time, it does not cause an infection or any symptoms. This is called "colonization" or "being colonized." Someone who is colonized with MRSA can spread it to other people.
A sign of a staph skin infection is a red, swollen, and painful area on the skin. Pus or other fluids may drain from this area. It may look like a boil. These symptoms are more likely to occur if the skin has been cut or rubbed, because this gives the MRSA germ a way to "get in." Symptoms are also more likely in areas where there is more body hair, because the germ can get into hair follicles.
MRSA infection in patients who are in health care facilities tend to be severe. These staph infections may be in the bloodstream, heart, lungs or other organs, urine, or in the area of a recent surgery. Some symptoms of these severe infections include:
  • Chest pain
  • Cough or shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • General ill feeling
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Wounds that do not heal


Exams and Tests



The only way to know for sure if you have a MRSA or staph infection is to see a health care provider.
A cotton swab is used to collect a sample from an open skin rash or skin sore. Or, a sample of blood, urine, sputum, or pus from an abscess may be collected. The sample is sent to a lab to test for staph and MRSA. If MRSA is found, it will be tested to see which antibiotic should be used to treat the infection.


Treatment



Draining the infection may be the only treatment needed for a skin MRSA infection that has not spread. A health care provider should do this procedure. Do not try to pop open or drain the infection yourself. Keep any sore or wound covered with a clean bandage.
Severe MRSA infections are becoming harder to treat. Your lab test results will tell the doctor which antibiotic will treat your infection. Your doctor will follow guidelines about which antibiotics to use, and will look at your personal health history. MRSA infections are harder to treat if they occur in:
  • The lungs or blood
  • People who are already ill or who have a weak immune system
You may need to keep taking antibiotics for a long time, even after you leave the hospital.


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For more information about MRSA, see the Centers for Disease Control web site: www.cdc.gov/mrsa.


Outlook (Prognosis)



How well a person does depends on how severe the infection is, and the person's overall health. Pneumonia and blood infections due to MRSA are linked with high death rates.
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Info on MRSA from the CDC was gladly appreciated. Can you provide the information on brown recluse spider bites and pictures of the comparisons. I understand the two are easily misdiagnosed.

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... and why would a facility not want to disclose cases/diagnosis of spider bites?
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Info on MRSA from the CDC was gladly appreciated. Can you provide the information on brown recluse spider bites and pictures of the comparisons. I understand the two are easily misdiagnosed.

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MRSA can developed in a spider bite...so if you think he has a spider bite and they're saying MRSA...then it got into the bits.
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BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER BITES

Being a new member to this site, I hope this information will clarify the difference between MRSA and brown recluse spider bites. Living in the Midwest, it appears the brown recluse spider is prevalent. In addition to this site, hearing from one too many convicts who've seen brown recluse spiders (and black widow spiders) in their facility, have been bitten, or known someone who was bitten by one of these poisonous spiders is alarming. However, I have not found any reported statistics online; yet, cases have been reported as "MRSA" related. Are these prison facilities deliberately withholding diagnosis?
Attached is the University of Kentucky's, (a state in the heart of the brown recluse spider region), study which states and displays pictures the difference between MRSA and brown recluse spider bites. If your loved one is bitten be informed. entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef631
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