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 In the years past, prior to the recent emergence of CA-MRSA, it was typically a resistant bacterial infection seen in the bed sores of nursing home patients.  If infection got bad and the bed sores didn't heal, they would be sent to the hospital for treatment. When sent to the hospital they were put in an isolation room, and caregivers were suppose to recognize universal fluid precautions. This meant wearing gloves, masks, and gowns, which were all disposed of in infectious waste after usage. 

MRSA can also be found on the skin and in the nasal passages of approximately 1/3 of the general population. Not leading to infection, but being a bacteria of opportunistic infection, MRSA became epidemic in the community in the past 4 years.  Being an opportunistic infection, it waits for a wound, opening in the skin, or a depressed immune system. 

Since CA-MRSA is a rapidly evolving bacteria, it is resistant to many common antibiotics.  Currently CA-MRSA susceptibility is restricted to about 3-4 antibiotics, with resistance patterns starting to show with regards to two the these four. 

Skin infections, traditionally treated with synthetic penicillin such as cephalexin, should no longer be considered as primary treatment and CA-MRSA sensitive antibiotics need to be considered in all new skin infections.  

Risk Factors for MRSA

  • Young age

  • Contact sports

  • weak immune system

  • sharing sports equipment / towels

  • Living in close contact with many persons

  • associated with health care workers

* If you suspect you might have MRSA, immediate attention or evaluation by a licenses health care professional is recommended. This site is not intended to diagnose or treat MRSA, and is strictly a informational site. We are not liable for outcomes of infections from people that fail to seek out the appropriate medication attention and treatment

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