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Dangers and Symptoms of a Superbug Staph Infection

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A superbug staph infection usually occurs when methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a certain strain of staph bacteria, become resistant to the antibiotics doctors commonly use to treat ordinary staph infections. To safeguard yourself from a superbug staph infection properly, it can be helpful to know some potential dangers and symptoms of such an infection.

A Superbug Staph Infection Can Occur in Hospitals and in the Community

Most types of MRSA infections occur in people that have been in hospitals or other health-care settings such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When infections occur in these settings, the correct term is “health-care-associated MRSA” (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections often correlate with invasive procedures or devices such as surgeries, intravenous tubing, or artificial joints. Infections from MRSA can also occur in the wider community among healthy people. When this occurs, specialists refer to it as “community-associated MRSA” (CA-MRSA). CA-MRSA usually begins as a painful skin boil and spreads by skin-to-skin contact. Some of the at-risk populations for CA-MRSA are high-school wrestlers, child-care workers, and people that live in extremely crowded conditions.

Symptoms and Potential Dangers of a Superbug Staph Infection

In most cases, symptoms of a superbug staph infection begin as small red bumps that often resemble pimples, boils, or spider bites. However, these can turn into deep, painful abscesses very quickly and require your doctor to drain them surgically. Bacteria can also burrow deep into your body and cause infections in your bones, joints, surgical wounds, bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs. If your doctor does not treat these infections promptly, they can result in death in some cases. When determining when it is time to see your doctor for a potential superbug staph infection, you should remember that minor skin problems such as pimples, insect bites, cuts, and scrapes can turn into a nasty infection very quickly. Therefore, you should visit your doctor any time a cut or other type of skin lesion does not heal properly or fills with pus.

A superbug staph infection is one that enters your body via MRSA bacteria, which can be very difficult to kill because they are immune to many types of antibiotics. However, the sooner your doctor can identify and treat such an infection, the more likely you are to recover from it. Therefore, if you have any symptoms of a staph infection or have a wound that fails to heal properly, you should visit your doctor promptly.

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