The incubation period is the time that passes between the initial introductions of the bacteria to the body to the time the symptoms appear.
In most cases, the MRSA incubation period is between 1 and 10 days, but this can vary wildly. It is not unheard of for the infection to take months or years to take hold. Many people will never show any signs of illness but have the bacteria present. These people are called carriers. They normally are never aware that this bacterium is present unless they have the proper tests done.
The bacteria from this infection take time to multiply and grow within the infected area, causing the incubation period. Until it reaches a certain rate of growth the person with this infection will show no signs or symptoms (What Does MRSA Look Like?).
MRSA… Healthy Person.. Incubation Period?
This bacterium can live in the nose, armpits, groin, or other areas of the skin for years, causing no symptoms or warning signs of it. This is often the result of someone with a strong immune system (a healthy person) gets infected with MRSA. This means that the incubation period can be up to a year or even longer.
Even though someone with a strong immune system has this infection living on their skin isn’t getting ill from the bacteria, it doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. If the infected person is unaware of the infection being present, they can accidentally spread MRSA to others with a vulnerable immune system like the sick, elderly, or a child.
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Therefore the incubation period can differ extensively depending on your personal health; however, as stated before, the normal time-frame is one to ten days but can be in this stage for many years.