Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is the underlining cause of MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which is commonly and mistakenly referred to as Mercer disease. This infection gets its name and is known to cause a strain of staph that is resistant to normal antibiotic treatments typically used to treat infections. Although Mercer disease or MRSA can be contracted and spread in a number of ways it is common to see stories of people contracting it during a visit to a hospital or other health care facility.
Identifying Possible MRSA Infection Symptoms
This type of bacterial infection is known to affect several different parts of the body externally and internally, for these reasons it can sometimes be difficult to identify or diagnose. Testing by physician is the only way to guarantee a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Often the easiest to identify sign of MRSA is skin rashes.
Staph infections can mimic other things such as insect bites or regular skin rashes or irritation outside of testing the best way to help identify this condition for what it is is to monitor it and look for the following symptoms.
Insect bite looking marks on the skin that do not get better after several days or worsen
blister like rash. This can look like clusters pustules or even boils and is often painful
raised, swollen red and irritated areas of the skin (abscesses or as above pustules or bite like marks)
As stated above - the skin is not the only part of the body that can be affected by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This contagious and invasive infection can also affect the lungs, heart, bladder and more. Often when the body is affected internally the symptoms can be easily mistaken for other serious and minor conditions. If you know you've been exposed to Mercer disease let your doctor know right away even if you don't display any symptoms and be cautious of the following symptoms: low blood pressure, headaches, flu like symptoms (fever...), Joint pain or difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
How Is MRSA Spread
Much like the common cold or flu, only more contagious, MRSA can be spread in any number of ways including through touching, sharing cups and utensils, kissing, infected blood and open wounds, toilet seats and so on. It is diseases like this that will help you understand why it's so important to wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and to respect hygiene and the need to be cautious.
This antibiotic resistant strain of staph gains access to the bloodstream through scrapes, cuts, thin and weak skin or through any opening in the epidermis.
Does MRSA Only Affect Those with a Weak Immune System
The short answer is, no. MRSA infections are not that picky and the bacterial infection is highly contagious so it can infect anybody who comes into contact with it. However, it is more common amongst those with poor or weakened immune systems. Which makes it important for pregnant women, elderly and those with auto immune diseases to take extra precautions when introduced to locations (such as hospitals and clinics) as well as situations that put them at a higher risk to exposure.