With so many bacterial infection out in the world, you might think your body can fight off the MRSA bacteria. Don’t make the mistake of not starting treatment after finding out you have this infection. Even though MRSA is present on your skin, it usually remains in-balance with the natural flora of your skin without causing any problems. When the balance is disturbed, this bacteria cannot be untreated. It is common to not get treated because you show no symptoms but you might carry this bacteria. When this happens it is known as colonization it is still possible for you to spread this bacteria.
Untreated won’t make you into the living dead but it can become life threatening.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Skin Infections
Bacteria on the skin are normal but can become imbalanced. This can occur from poor hygiene, contact with bacteria, and breaks in the skin. Over use of antibiotics and antibacterial products can cause an imbalance, which can result in an infection. MRSA bacteria are highly adaptable and tough, so they can be transmitted during contact with surfaces that are contaminated. When this type of staph bacteria goes untreated it can be spread to others through both direct and indirect contact. The following can increase the risk of a skin infection:
- Dry skin
- Weakened immune system
Skin infections that rapidly get worse will need treatment because it can become life threatening or result in complications.
MRSA that is diagnosed and treated early commonly doesn’t have any complications. For untreated infections there can be complications like the following:
- Infected bones
- MRSA in the lungs
- Soft tissue infection
- Bacteria in heart lining
Sometimes this bacterium goes untreated because it has not been diagnosed from the symptoms, but other times it is because there are no symptoms because the bacteria is colonized.
Colonization and Untreated
Colonization of this type of staph bacteria commonly occurs in the nostrils. It can also be found in folds of skin, armpits, and the groin. Swabbing will be needed to identify and diagnosed MRSA so that it can be treated. Colonization should not go untreated because the bacteria can be spread, causing an infection in others. Though some people may not get an infection, there will be those who develop one that is life threatening.
Anyone who works in high population facility like a hospital, prison, nursing home, fitness center, day care, or group home who has colonization can infect many people throughout their shift if they have an undiagnosed colonization. Screening can identify colonization so that treatment can be started and steps can be taken to prevent the spread of the bacteria.
Simple hand washing is an effective way to avoid spreading it until MRSA treatment is started. In high risk facilities or when working with a population that is at high risk for getting this bacteria, it is important to cover all open wounds and other breaks in the skin. MRSA should never go untreated because it can be spread to other parts of the body making it more difficult to prevent serious complications and a life threatening infection.