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MRSA Prevention

This infection is hard to treat and it is advisable for everyone to learn some prevention tips.


Reasons for Seeking Immediate Medical Attention

In case that MRSA infection left untreated, there is certain possibility with fatal consequences to individual. That is main reason why this infection should be considered as dangerous. Most infected persons are people who spend some time at the medical facilities (visit, living or working). MRSA infections come about as simple skin infections as pustules or boils that are red, swollen and painful. These infected regions are breeding grounds of the bacteria and they well up as abscesses. Ordinarily, these may seem to be simple infections that can be done away with through the use of topical antiseptics or antibiotics. Sadly, MRSA is able to resist the curative properties of antibiotics and even thrive in them. As the MRSA advances, the bacteria goes from the skin into the bloodstream eventually populating the other areas of the organic structure. The absence of antibiotics that can counteract this onslaught aggressively would result in the fatal conditions.Advice: it is best that as soon as you notice your boil or infection is not responding to your antibiotic medication, immediately seek for professional medical assistance.

Description of MRSA Complications

If MRSA left untreted it can lead to the following complications:

1.) Bacteremia or Blood Poisoning
Blood poisoning or bacteremia is similar to septic shock except that, according to Dr. Chamberlain at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic medicine, septic shock can take place without bacteremia. Blood poisoning is the presence of living bacteria in the liquid portion of the blood. If it results in sepsis (the illness that take place when the level of bacteria in the bloodstream is high), it can cause fever, chills, lightheadedness, shaking, rash, rapid heartbeat, decreased urine volume and delirium. The National Institute of Health reports that sepsis is fatal in up to 60 percent of patients with underlying medical conditions.

2.) Toxic Shock Syndrome
This is a potentially fatal condition that is induced by the toxins released by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Although most ordinarily related with tampons use in women, it can affect any individual who has an MRSA infection. The onset of toxic shock syndrome symptoms is usually sudden, corresponding to the doctors.The symptoms of toxic shock syndrome include a sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, headache and a rash that appears similar to sunburn. These symptoms can quickly progress to confusion, low blood pressure and seizures. The combination of low blood pressure and the toxins produced by the MRSA can cause kidney failure.

3.) Septic Shock
Septic shock is a condition that can take place in response to the body's inflammatory response to the toxins turned by the MRSA. This inflammatory response can damang organs, including the heart, brain kidney, liver and intestines. Symptoms of septic shock include a high or low body temperature, chills, lightheadedness and low blood pressure. In addition the patient's hands and feet may seem pale and feel cool due to the body redirecting the blood flow away from the extremities and to the internal organs to try to prevent damage. Septic shock can result in cardiac failure, respiratory failure even death.

4.) Severe Metastatic Infections
This type of infection (MRSA) can also lead to serious infections involving other organs of the body. Endocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, heart valves or lining of the heart. Endocarditis may cause sweating, chills, aches, fever, fatigue and swelling of the legs or feet. Osteomyelitis, infection of bone matter, causes symptoms of sudden fever, irritability and pain, swelling or redness in the area of the bone affects. If MRSA infections left untreated it can also result in pneumonia, lung infection or arthritis.

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