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Who Is At Risk For MRSA?

MRSA i.e. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a type of infection caused due to specific form of staph bacteria, which becomes highly resistant to most of the antibiotic medicines used for the treatment of any other staph infection.

Who Is At Risk For MRSA?

Who Is At Risk For MRSA?

Healthcare Associated MRSA Infection Or HA-MRSA Infection

Individuals remain at higher risk related to develop HA-MRSA Infection in any hospital, clinic or medical center include those-

  • Incorporate weak immune system
  • Inserted intravenous chip or catheter
  • Open wounds
  • Cuts or burns over the skin surface
  • Underwent with surgery
  • Severe type of skin conditions, including skin diseases
  • Intake frequent antibiotics during the treatment course

Hospitalization. MRSA remains a huge concern in hospitals, as it attacks vulnerable adults, like older adults and individuals with weak immune systems.

Invasive Medical Devices. Medical tubing or invasive medical device, like urinary catheter or intravenous line provides pathway for the disease of MRSA to travel in the body.

Residing In Any Healthcare Facility For Longtime. MRSA prevails in nursing homes, where its carriers spread the problem to other individuals even though they do not fall sick.(1)

Communicated Associated MRSA Infection Or CA-MRSA Infection

CA-MRSA Infection takes place in individuals outside of any hospital setting. This type of MRSA takes place less likely as compared to the previous one. Factors responsible for increasing the risk related to CA-MRSA infection include the following-

  • Individuals live in any environment with many people, like on-campus homes, military base camps and jails.
  • Individuals experiencing regular skin interaction like in any type of collision or contact sports.
  • Regular injection of drugs and grazes/cuts on the skin
  • Previous usage of antibiotic medicines
  • Unhygienic facilities or contaminated surfaces.

Symptoms Of MRSA Infection

MRSA or any other similar type of staph skin infection appears as sore area of one’s skin or bump, which individuals often mistake as an insect bite. Hence, the infected area thus becomes-

  • Inflamed and red skin
  • Hot to touch
  • Painful bump
  • Liquid or pus in the affected area
  • Pus accompanied by high fever

If you suffer from MRSA in its severe form, you will experience further symptoms related to deep tissues or blood infection. These include the following-

Types Of MRSA Infections

Healthcare Associated MRSA Infection Or HA-MRSA Infection. Most of the MRSA infections take place in people, who usually stay in hospitals, clinics or any other similar type of healthcare settings, including dialysis centers and nursing homes. When MRSA takes place in such settings, doctors call it as HA-MRSA infections and they have close relations with invasive devices or procedures, like intravenous tubing, surgeries and artificial bone joints.

Communicated Associated MRSA Infection Or CA-MRSA Infection. MRSA infection may even take place in wide community and among various healthy people, because of which doctors refer it as CA-MRSA. In this case, the problem starts as a painful boil on the skin and later on spreads with skin contact. Childcare workers, high school wrestlers and people usually remain in crowded environment are prone to suffer from the problem.(1)


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 15, 2020

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