MRSA Meningitis is not a common infection; however most people are aware of it but don’t completely understand.
Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord that can become serious and even life threatening if left untreated.
All bacterial infections are at risk of developing into a MRSA and this is true of meningitis, too. It is also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which is a serious bacterial infection that can become life threatening if it is not treated promptly.
People get this type of meningitis because they are exposed to MRSA, it able to enter their body, and their immune system is not able to fight it off.
Meningitis is serious infection that can lead to death or brain damage and needs to be treated immediately. The cause is commonly an infection from bacteria. MRSA meningitis is from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Meningitis can also be caused from the following:
- Chemical irritation
- Allergy to medication
Only a medical professional can diagnose and treat meningitis. When bacteria are the cause of meningitis, tests will be done to determine if the bacteria is a MRSA infection (Is MRSA A Virus?) or other type of bacteria. The symptoms of meningitis are the same no matter what the cause.
MRSA Meningitis Symptoms
One of the most common symptoms of MRSA meningitis is a stiff neck. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck can also cause the neck to feel stiff. An exam and tests will be needed to determine if the symptoms are from meningitis. Other symptoms include:
- Infection that doesn’t respond to commonly used antibiotics
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sensitivity to light
- Severe headache
Usually a lumbar puncture will be necessary to diagnose meningitis. The spinal fluid will be tested to determine the cause. When MRSA bacteria are present, it will be diagnosed as MRSA meningitis.
MRSA Causing Meningitis?
When the bacteria that causes meningitis is resistant to antibiotic treatment, further tests will be done to find out if MRSA is the bacteria that is causing the illness. When MRSA meningitis is diagnosed, the exact strain of this staph infection will need to be identified so that the most effective antibiotics can be used. This is a highly contagious disease so it is will be necessary to prevent the spread of the bacteria.
MRSA Meningitis Treatment
Hospitalization may be necessary to treat meningitis. Brain swelling, seizures, and shock will be treated if they occur from the infection. Viral infections will not respond to antibiotics but meningitis from bacteria will be treated with antibiotics. In the case of MRSA meningitis, there are fewer antibiotics that are effective in treating the infection. (MRSA Incubation) Early treatment usually has positive results.
To prevent complications from MRSA meningitis prompt diagnosis and treatment will be necessary.