From the time that a person is exposed to the bacteria that causes MRSA and to the time that it develops symptoms is called the incubation period. It is possible to spread the bacteria during this time frame. When someone is exposed to this infection, it will be important to know how long the incubation is so that symptoms will be recognized if they occur.
Even if there are no symptoms of this kind of bacterial infection, it is possible to have a colonization, which is when there are bacteria present with no signs of the infection; however, it can still spread to other people. .
Incubation Time Frame
MRSA Incubation Period is commonly 1-10 days after contact with the bacteria. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are highly adaptable and can live on surfaces, so it may be difficult to determine the exact moment of contact with the bacteria, which makes incubation times more difficult to determine. In addition there are so many different strains of MRSA and each of them have different incubation periods. With the varying and inconsistent incubation periods it can make it difficult to determine the source of the bacterial infection, which makes it difficult to determine if an infection could have been prevented. If a case is going to be filed against a facility or employee of a facility, an experienced MRSA lawyer will be necessary. After there is known exposure to this type of staph bacteria, it is important to look for symptoms.
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Symptoms After Exposure
After exposure to the MRSA bacteria and the incubation period has passed, symptoms will begin to appear. People at risk (children, elderly, weak immune system) of infection are more likely to show the symptoms. For others with strong immune system, they might not show any of the symptoms, but become a carrier and they become able to spread the bacteria to others. A couple of the symptoms are listed below:
- Infection on the skin that rapidly worsens
- Fever, chills, and other flu like symptoms
- Pus filled boil or furuncles
When this infection is untreated and spreads to other parts of the body there will be additional symptoms. It is important to get medical treatment because it can become life threatening very quickly. Lab tests will be done to determine the specific strain of MRSA.
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Incubation and Testing
When a MRSA infection is suspected, the area will be swabbed and a lab will incubate the bacteria, which will identify the strain of the bacteria that is causing an infection. This helps in choosing the most effective antibiotics. When it is important to know how to treat a MRSA infection as soon as possible, blood tests can be done instead of incubating bacteria in a lab. The blood tests can identify the DNA within hours. When an infection is spreading rapidly and treatment is ineffective, it will be important to identify the strain of bacteria as fast as possible to effectively fight the bacteria.
MRSA incubation is variable and indefinite because of the staph bacteria’s durability and adaptability. Knowing symptoms will increase the success of treatment because it can begin before the bacteria has the opportunity to spread.