How does MRSA get in the bones? It occurs when this infection isn’t treated or the antibiotics that are being used are ineffective on the strain that is causing it. When this happens, in addition to the normal symptoms, there will be additional bone infection symptoms like Osteomyelitis (osteomyelitis – mayoclinic.com), which is an recurring or acute infection in the bones. Even though it is uncommon for this bacterium to enter the bones, it is very serious and you should be aware of it.
When MRSA enters the bones it can be treated but needs to done promptly to avoid severe complications.
A Little MRSA 101
You probably already know but MRSA (About MRSA – mrsasurvivors.org) is a staph infection that doesn’t respond to commonly used antibiotics. It is highly adaptable and can mutate into resistant strains to survive. When you’re diagnosed with it, treatment will normally be aggressive to prevent the spread to the bones, organs, and other parts of the body. If you are someone who is at high risk of acquiring MRSA – in the hospital, community or from animals – you should be fully aware of the symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment will help prevent the chance of this infection to spread to your bones.
Understanding the Symptoms
Typically the symptoms occur on the skin; bug bit, rash, cut, abrasion, or another break in the skin that becomes infected and rapidly gets worse. It can become red, swollen, and fill with pus accompanied with flu-like feelings. When MRSA has spread to the bones, it will have those symptoms with the following additional symptoms:
- Bone pain
- General discomfort
- Swelling, redness, or warmth
- Excessive sweating
- Pain in lower back
- Extremities swelling
- Lower back ache
The following conditions can increase the risk of this type of staph infection to travel to the bones. The spleen is removed; there is trauma to the body, poor blood supply, intravenous drug use, hemodialysis, bone transplants, or diabetes.
Serious and Life Threatening
When this infection is present in the bones, it becomes more serious fast and may even become life threatening. A compromised immune system from illness, injury, or treatment may allow the rapid growth of the bacteria. Other medical issues can effect how quickly the bacteria spread, so those issues will need to be factored in when your doctor is deciding the best treatment.
For additional information read, “MRSA Untreated – Life Threatening Infection!”
Begin the Treatment
When diagnosing MRSA in bones, the specific strain of bacteria will be identified so that the most effective antibiotic can be administered. The antibiotics may be prescribed for a month or more and are usually administered through an IV. If there is a bone transplant or plates on the bone that is infected, they may need to be removed until the infection is under control. If the bone or surrounding tissue is severely damaged by the infection, it may need to be surgically removed.
When treated promptly in a healthy person, MRSA in the bones has a high success rate. Treating a person with other health issues in addition to treating this staph infection can reduce the success of treatment.