MRSA, that flesh-eating bacteria
MRSA. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. That’s a mouthful. I had never heard of MRSA until my husband told me about the time he had this flesh-eating bacteria. He was a full-time student with a full-time job. Then MRSA found him and he had to quit his job and drop down to 9 credits because he had such a severe case. He told me during that time, he could barely get out of bed. All I thought of at the time is “I hope he never gets that again!”
What is MRSA
But what really is MRSA besides bacteria that attacks your skin and flesh? How do you contract it? Where does it come from? Why does it happen?
No one really knows exactly where MRSA came from. Most of the information I found about its origin was pretty ridiculous. Some people think it came from the UK. Others believe it came from the government. The fact is we don’t know how MRSA came about. We just know what it is: a bacteria.
MRSA can be spread fairly easily. According to the Center for Disease Control, MRSA is usually spread by coming in contact with someone’s skin infection whether it be direct skin-to-skin contact or an item they may have touched. MRSA especially likes open wounds or cuts, so covering those with bandages are key to avoiding infection.
Signs and Symptoms of MRSA include a bump or infected part of the skin that may be:
- Warm to the touch
- Full of pus or other drainage
- Accompanied by a fever
Treatment and Disinfecting the Area
A common treatment for MRSA is having a healthcare professional drain the infection. The CDC believes people should not try to do it themselves because it can worsen and/or spread to others easily.
Disinfecting anything that came in contact with the infection is key in preventing the disease from happening again or spreading it to others. People should use disinfectants that have the stamp of approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean surfaces. These kinds of cleaning tools will read “EPA” somewhere on their label. Detergents are perfect for cleaning clothes and bedding.
Overall, MRSA is a terrible infectious bacteria that no one should have to deal with. The best prevention of MRSA is to have good hygiene and a clean environment. So, go wash those hands!