Home Health House Calls: MRSA

Home Health House Calls: MRSA

This edition of Home Health House Calls covers staph infections.
MRSA

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Staph are common germs that can cause mild to severe infections of the skin, lungs, bones, and blood. 
Staph infections were once easily treated with antibiotics. But MRSA is a type of staph that no longer responds to many antibiotic medications. MRSA, often affects people in hospitals and long-term care facilities. It is also spreading among healthy children and adults outside the healthcare system. A person can carry MRSA and still be healthy. When a person gets sick because of the bacteria, it’s called being infected with MRSA. If not treated properly, MRSA infections can be fatal. Some MRSA infections start as small red bumps on the skin that look like pimples or spider bites. These sores can quickly turn into severe abscesses. This bacteria can also cause infections in bones, muscles, and other tissues and can even infect the blood stream. MRSA infections are usually treated with a powerful IV antibiotic. MRSA should be treated promptly. If you or a loved on are believed to have MRSA, please contact your healthcare provider right away.
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