MRSA Mercer Infection What You Should Know

Published: 05th January 2010
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MRSA or mercer infection, as it is sometimes referred to, is derived from a staph bacteria. This bacterium is known as Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is difficult to treat, as it is resistant to many antibiotics. Most healthy people will not develop MRSA. However, for those that work in a health care setting, the elderly and people with an already fragile immune system due to another illness, MRSA is a grave possibility.

In the beginning stages of MRSA a person may notice a skin problem that worsens signifying an infection. The first indication of this would be an area on the skin that has small, reddened bumps. These bumps on the skin appear to be either insect bites, the beginning stages of a boil or small pimples. If this is a MRSA or mercer infection these small, reddened bumps will turn into abscessed areas and will become more painful. They may also become fluid filled and require drainage by a surgeon. You may also develop a fever. If the MRSA infection stays in the area without spreading the possibility of complications is lessened. However, if the bacteria begin spreading infection throughout the body can spread to the lungs, the heart, the joints, the bloodstream and to other wounds that may be in the body at that time.

There are certain steps that you can take to minimize your chances of contracting this bacterium. As with any illness the first step in protecting yourself against the mercer infection or any other infection is to always use good handwashing. For those times that you are unable to wash, an alcohol-based sanitizer is the next best solution for killing germs. If you are a sports participant, do not share any personal equipment, such as towels, clothing, equipment or razors. Keep any cuts or abrasions covered at all times and avoid contact with other people's skin. If you are ill try not to be around other people. Stay home until you are healthy again. Avoid hospital or long term health care facilities when you are not feeling well. This will only increase your chances of contracting something that someone else may have. Since infants and small children do not have fully developed immune systems they are also at risk for the mercer infection. This particular age group is more susceptible to pneumonia from the MRSA bacteria. Another way to help yourself is to use antibiotics with caution and only if absolutely necessary, as this can also increase MRSA.

If you have any of the symptoms as stated above and you do suspect that you may have a problem, see your physician immediately. Ask to be tested for MRSA to be sure that this is what you have and not something else. Testing for this is done by a sample of the infected skin area or by the secretions in the nasal cavity. If the test indicates that you have MRSA or the mercer infection your physician will prescribe medications to treat and clear the bacteria.

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