MRSA Drug Resistant Health Problem
MRSA is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or drug-resistant staph infection. MRSA is a dangerous staph infection that has built up an immunity against the antibiotics traditionally used to kill it. MRSA can cause serious health problems and it's a super bug morphing into new strains.
MRSA can cause serious illness such as pneumonia and blood, joint and bone infections. The infection can travel through the bloodstream and cause heart and lung problems. Doctors now have to prescribe stronger antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
The first symptoms of an MRSA infection are small red bumps on the skin that look like pimples or spider bites. You may have a fever. An MRSA infection site can become swollen, red, painful and may feel very hot. The center may fill with pus.
If left untreated the MRSA infection may necrotize or kill your flesh. The skin might turn brown or black and the infection may seem to get deeper into muscle and fat tissue.
In 2008, a University of San Francisco study found that MRSA had cloned into a new multi-drug resistant form. According to the Kaiser Foundation, "once the strain reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable. That's why we're trying to spread the message of prevention."
MRSA is sometimes referred to as a superbug because of the way it morphed into a new strain that became resistant to antibiotics. According to the Kaiser Foundation, "emergency department physicians should test for drug resistance to avoid using the wrong antibiotic and fueling further resistance."