MRSA is a type of staph infection that is commonly found in the environment and on the skin that doesn’t cause any problems with most healthy people. When it enters the body through a break in the skin, complications can result. Usually this infection will affect the skin but with prompt treatment, it won’t spread. When it is misdiagnosed, untreated, or treatment fails to control it, it will spread and cause complications. When a facility or employee of a facility could have prevented the infection, a MRSA lawyer may need to be contacted to get compensation for loss and injury. This staph infection can get serious and even life threatening rapidly when there are complications.
This bacteria can be found everywhere, but with good hygiene, proper sanitizing procedures, preventive measures, and a strong immune system, the infection and complications can be prevented. When other health issues compromise the immune system or affect treatment can contribute to a serious complications like the bacteria spread and causing other health problems.
Causing Other Health Problems
MRSA can leave the point of entry into the body and travel to other areas. This can become serious very fast. It is important if using natural or alternative treatments that a healthcare professional is monitoring the infection to avoid severe complications. These are some of the types of health problems that can occur from this infection:
- Bacteremia or septicemia – in the blood
- Pneumonia – in the lungs
- Osteomyelitis – in the bones
- Cellulitis – in soft tissues
- Endocarditis – in the heart lining
- Meningitis – in tissues surrounding the brain or spinal cord
Each type of complication will need to be treated in addition to treating the specific strain of resistant bacteria.
MRSA can spread from the point of origin, which is usually on the skin, to other parts of the body. The infection can also originate at the site where a medical procedure was done or grow on an implanted prosthetic. Once bacteria start to spread, it will be important to find the source and treat it promptly. MRSA Treatment includes antibiotic, lancing with draining, and sometimes surgery to remove the infected tissue or prosthetic. There are different types of complications that can result from this type of staph infection.
Preventing These Complications
To prevent MRSA complications, first you will want to prevent an infection by limiting antibiotic use, washing hands with soap and water, avoiding antibacterial products, covering skin that has a rash, cut, abrasion, or other break in the skin, and seeing a doctor if you have any MRSA symptoms. When there is an infection, prompt treatment will prevent the spread of bacteria. A strong immune system is also very important to preventing serious and life threatening complications. These complications can be prevented and when they cannot, prompt treatment and possible hospitalization may be needed.