MRSA, which is also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is commonly colonized in the nose; however it can also colonize in the armpits, groin, and folds of the skin. When it colonizes in the armpit, it develops from poor hygiene, spread from another area of the body or direct contact with this infection. Direct contact could occur by sharing a razor or wash cloth that has the bacteria present.
The best way to prevent this infection from colonizing in the armpit is by not sharing personal hygiene items and keeping the area clean. Having a healthy immune system will also help prevent this infection from becoming a problem but that goes for any and every infection.
More Common In Women: They Shave More Often
This infection is more common in women than in men because a woman often shaves their armpits more often. Why should that matter? Shaving can cause breaks in the skin from razor burn or cuts. This allows the bacteria to have an area to manifest, enter, and grow. This is why sharing a razor can increase the risk of an infection so next time someone offers their razor remember their is a risk.
In the beginning, a MRSA infection can resemble just a small rash that rapidly worsens. You might even have flu like symptoms. To learn more about symptoms, read: MRSA Symptoms – Your Guide!
Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent the spread of the bacteria in the body and to others.
What If MRSA Colonized In The Armpit?
Even though the nose is the area doctors swab to diagnose a MRSA Colonization, it can also be found in your armpit, which means even if your nose doesn’t have the bacteria present you should inform your doctor if any symptoms are appearing in your armpit. This infection can be colonized on one body part but not another. When colonization in the armpit is present, it needs to be treated immediately with antibiotics to ovoid the chance of this infection to spread to other body parts or people. As soon as it is known that the bacteria is present, the areas should be covered and kept clean with soap and warm water at all times.
The MRSA bacterium is a common part of the skin flora and usually doesn’t cause any problems. Usually people with compromised immune systems are the ones at a higher risk of this infection developing in the armpit and becoming a problem. Keep in mind, just because your immune system is strong doesn’t mean that you don’t have to worry about it. If you see any unusual rash, boil, or soars by your armpit, you should have a health professional take a look at it.