MRSA- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

MRSA is a bacterial infection that has become resistant to the common antibiotics used to treat most staphylococcal infections. MRSA infections usually start as a small, painful bump resembling a pimple or spider bite. The infection enters through a break in the skin and can grow into an abscess. If untreated, it can lead to a systemic infection within the bloodstream (called sepsis) that rapidly spreads throughout the body and requires hospitalization to treat and can even be life-threatening. 

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Swollen, painful pimple-like bump or abscess that may be warm to the touch
  • Pus filled area that may open and start to drain on its own
  • Fever
  • Commonly mistaken as a spider bite

Treatment:

  • Warm/hot compress to area to help bring the infection/pus to the surface and drain
  • Surgical incision may be needed by a medical provider to drain the infection
  • Antibiotics also may be prescribed by the healthcare provider
  • Larger abscesses may need to be surgically removed

Prevention:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not share personal items (towels, razors, athletic equipment)
  • Keep cuts and open skin areas clean and covered until healed

 

If you feel you may have a skin infection, cover the area with a clean bandage and schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider for treatment, and if accompanied by fevers or the rash is expanding rapidly, see a medical provider immediately.

 

References:

CDC-MRSA