One of the symptoms of MRSA, is a headache. It might be caused by a fever or it could be caused and be a symptom that the bacteria have spread to the membrane on the brain (MRSA meningitis). There are many causes of headaches and a healthcare professional will need to diagnose the cause. Once the cause of the headache is determined then treatment can begin.
MRSA Symptoms and Headaches
When MRSA is present it will commonly affects the skin. The symptoms can include a rash, boils, pimples, abscesses, or other skin problem. The infected area will become red, inflamed, and have pus filled bumps. The bumps may resemble chicken pox. MRSA can also cause flu like symptoms and headaches. When it has spread the following bacterial infections can occur:
- Pneumonia (lung infections)
- Meningitis (spinal cord and brain membrane infection
- Endocarditis, pericarditis, and myocarditis (heart infections)
- Gastroenteritis (food poisoning)
- Toxic shock syndrome, sepsis (blood infections)
When there are MRSA symptoms or if there is an existing diagnosis, it is important to seek medical attention when there is a headache. Prompt treatment is necessary to avoid the infection turning into a life-threatening. A healthcare professional will do tests to rule out other causes of the headaches even when it is present.
Other Causes of Headaches
A doctor will need to know what types of headaches that you have to help with diagnosing the cause of the headache. These are some of the types of headaches:
- Migraine – throbbing or pulsating headache that affects one side of the head with other symptoms
- Tension – discomfort and tingling of the scalp, head, or neck
- Cluster – one sided headache that affects eyes and sinuses
- Pressure – localized headache that feels like someone pushing against head
A healthcare professional will take a description and history of the headaches in addition to doing tests to determine the cause. Stress, sinus problems, fever, allergies, eyestrain, dehydration, medication, hormones, hemorrhaging, and tumors are all causes of headaches. Once the cause is diagnosed a doctor will be able to start treatment.
Treatment of MRSA Headaches
A MRSA patient with a headache will need to contact their healthcare professional to determine if the infection has spread so proper treatment can begin. Often the antibiotic treatment may need to be changed if the previous antibiotics didn’t prevent the spread. A spinal tap may be done to diagnose or rule out meningitis. If meningitis is the cause of the headache, pressure on the brain may need to be relieved in addition to using effective antibiotics. Pain relievers may be prescribed while the cause is being treated.
Though having MRSA can cause stress, which can lead to headaches, it will still be necessary to contact a healthcare professional to properly diagnose the cause of the headache.