MRSA, which is also known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics that are commonly used to treat bacterial infections.
Commonly this infection is found on the skin, but MRSA in organs can occur. It happens when the infection is left untreated and spreads in the body. When it gets in the blood and becomes septic, it can quickly infect organs with bacteria.
This is a serious condition and must be treated by a healthcare professional promptly. It is best to prevent this type of bacterial infection and when it does occur, seek treatment promptly to avoid it spreading to the organs.
How MRSA Can Infect Organs?
There are two different ways that MRSA can infect organs. One way is from a medical procedure that allows the introduction of the staph bacteria into the body. Instruments, equipment, or prosthetics not being properly sanitized can cause this infection in the body. Organs can also become infected from a MRSA skin infection that goes untreated and spreads to the blood or other parts of the body. When this occurs it can turn serious and even life threatening really fast, so medical treatment should be sought immediately when it is in the organs.
MRSA In Organs Symptoms
You may or may not know you have been exposed to MRSA but when you start seeing symptoms that it is in the organs it is time to be concerned. If you have had a recent medical procedure or are being treated for this skin infection, you may be monitoring your health more closely than those who aren’t. If there is any question, it is important to seek medical attention and get tested for this type of staph infection. Some of the symptoms that the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium has traveled to the organs include the following:
- High fever
- Joint pain
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulties breathing
- Severe headaches
- Unexplained rash
Organs That Can Get MRSA
Depending on where the infection settles in the body, different organs will be affected. Organs can become infected and it may not be caused by MRSA bacteria. Only a healthcare professional can determine which type of bacterium is causing the infection. Testing may find MRSA in organs or other parts of the body like the following:
- Spinal cord
When the body has a serious infection like MRSA, the lymph nodes may swell. it can cause lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system, which is an important component of the immune system. It is important to be aware of the symptoms that tell you that it has spread to organs.
Reduce The Risk Of MRSA
Though there are antibiotics that can treat MRSA, there are many that are no longer effective. Staphylococcus aureus is a highly adaptable bacterium that has mutated into resistant strains for survival. By simply washing with soap and water (especially hands), covering open wounds, limiting antibiotic use, and keeping your immune system built up, you can reduce your risks of this infection. Sometimes it can travel from a break in the skin and affect the blood and other organs in the body.
It is best to get tested to see if MRSA has spread to the organs if there are any symptoms present. Different organs can be infected with this bacterium, so a medical professional will need to run tests to locate if this infection is present.
Prevention, a strong immune system, and prompt treatment of an infection will reduce the risk of MRSA being in the organs.