MRSA is a mutation of the staph infection, a bacterial infection, which can be a serious threat if it is not treated promptly and thoroughly.
In the past, most MRSA cases were accounted for in hospital settings among people with weakened immune systems. Now it has spread outside of hospitals and into locker rooms among young, healthy athletes.
You must recognize MRSA Symptoms
There are an increasing number of outbreaks that have occurred in various schools, and articles have been written concerning MRSA in magazines including Sports Illustrated and Men’s Health.
Characteristics of MRSA symptoms
Early MRSA symptoms of a staph infection may be a small, red bump resembling a bug bite or pimple on the body. Common areas where it may be found are in exposed areas such as arms and legs.
It is also found in areas that sweat more including the underarm, buttocks, and groin. The pimple-like bump quickly becomes painful, red and enlarged.
There can also be several in one area. This infection acts quickly, often causing flu-like symptoms such as fever and vomiting. It is a serious infection that can also be deadly.
These MRSA symptoms are right on as I can relate to the infection I had on my knee many years ago.
It was amazing how fast this infection increased in size and yes, it is painful. Once in the hospital and treatment began, it took over a week for this staph infection to subside.
Had I not recognized the symptoms, the outcome could have been much worse than a few days in the hospital.
How is MRSA contracted?
MRSA is transmitted from skin to skin contact among people with cuts and scrapes, but it can also be spread through contact with fitness equipment, dressing areas, wrestling mats, showers, restrooms, towels and clothing.
What can be done to kill MRSA?
Many commercial manufactures of disinfectants have products with MRSA kill claim as well as other antibiotic strains of Staphylococcus Aureus. Janitorial supply distributors carry many of these disinfectants which are known as quats or quaternary disinfectants. Proper cleaning procedures is critical in controlling this super bug. To help prevent it from spreading, know the MRSA symptoms.
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