MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is generally distinguished from other major bacteria by its strong resistance to withstand most of the powerful antibiotics including cephalosporins and penicillins.
MRSA can influence people in many different ways, and quite a number of people carry this bacterium staph infection in the nose or even on the skin without displaying any kind of disease symptoms, which is normally referred to as MRSA Colonization.
This bacterium can cause several infections including wound infections, boils, and pneumonia. All these diseases are very severe as the bacteria can spread easily just by direct contact from person to person. Let’s talk about the common MRSA carrier treatment procedures in the following sections.
Identification of MRSA Carrier
Staphylococcus Aureus (S. aureus) colonization of the rectum, nares or skin can be easily identified by culturing all the affected area. Clinical infection resulted by S. Aureus can be recognized by cultures of sputum, blood, urine, or surgically acquired specimens.
After identifying the presence of S. Aureus, antibiotic susceptibilities must be carried on. Oxacillin susceptibility examining is the best method to identify the MRSA carrier.
Treatment of MRSA Carrier
Nasal carriage of S. Aureus is one of the notable risk factors for MRSA infections. Presently, Mupirocin nasal ointment has been used as the best treatment of choice for decolonizing the frontal nares. But, latest clinical tests proved that Mupirocin has only limited benefits due to (re)colonization of S. Aureus from extra-nasal carriage sites.
The typical antibiotic therapy that is used for the treatment of the injections caused by the MRSA carrier is intravenous Vancomycin. But, it has been reported that the usage of Vancomycin for curing MRSA carrier injections can result in some serious side effects, particularly in elder persons.
The major side effects of using Vancomycin could include Ototoxicity (auditory damage), allergic reactions including rash and fever, and even Nephrotoxicity (i.e. damage to the renal system). So, the medical professional should assess the MRSA carrier site condition vigilantly, and then go for an effective treatment procedure to execute the decolonization of the MRSA carriers.
Living in the House with Someone with MRSA Staph
The most talked about MRSA infection in the European countries is hitting new moms like epidemic. The nursing homes, where these women give birth to their babies have become the perfect place for the staph infections. Living with MRSA patient, in the same house can be fairly difficult!
Every year 20,000 women in US get infected by MRSA in the health care facilities itself while giving birth to their babies. This condition has become so worse that people have started to question the legitimacy of the proper cleanliness maintained by these health facilities in the court of law.
These infections if somehow reach the bloodstream, can spread in to entire body within hours and are capable of completely devastating the patient’s health.
The worse part is yet to come, this bacteria has already evolved twice to beat today’s antibiotics. Penicillin or its enhanced form methicillin can eradicate the staph bacteria. Doctors use combination of various antibiotics to beat the staph infection.
The major symptoms of MSRA are red swelling boils that have itching effect. These boils match with spider bites but don’t underestimate this infection with spider bites. It has to be put off as soon as possible so that minimum damage is exerted on the body.
So, if you’re living in the house with someone with MRSA Staph then you must be careful not to use infected towel, utensils, and any items that may be infected!