MRSA Treatment

November 12, 2012

MRSA Treatment

With all the current hype about MRSA that has surfaced lately, it is easy to get paranoid about it. Whilst it can be very severe and even life threatening, when sought out quickly MRSA treatment is highly effective.

Introduction to MRSA

MRSA is short for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus, the name of the bacterium that infects certain parts of the body. This bacterium actually lives on the skin and within the nasal passages of a large percentage of people. However, there are certain situations and parts of the body that when infected can cause some serious problems. For example if MRSA comes into contact with an open wound, it can lead to serious complications. When this happens it is sometimes referred to as flesh eating MRSA and the symptoms that occur are severe and progress quickly. Fortunately there is MRSA treatment available that works effectively to cure this condition. MRSA treatment is more effective the earlier it is started, which is why it is important to seek medical attention as soon as you notice any symptoms of MRSA or anything strange happening to a wound or area of open skin.

How to treat MRSA

Antibiotics are the primary form of MRSA treatment. Depending on the severity and also the location of the MRSA infection, antibiotics can be administered orally or via an IV drip. As the oral form contains significantly lower doses of medication it is rare that this is the only way for MRSA treatment to be administered. The antibiotic used will depend on the type of infection and may actually be a combination. It may take time to find an effective antibiotic or MRSA treatment as these bacteria build up resilience incredibly quickly. Newer strains of the MRSA bacterium have developed a complete resistance to the antibiotics Vancomycin and Bactrim, which were used in the past to effectively treat previous forms of the MRSA virus. Now the MRSA bacteria are stronger and are not affected in the slightest by these antibiotics. The most successful MRSA treatment currently being used is Linezolid, Quinupristin and Tigecycline. Whilst MRSA treatment continues to be developed and is considered to be highly effective, it is important to known that the longer the virus is allowed to develop the harder it is to treat. Maintain good hygiene, especially when spending time in a hospital and if you do notice any symptoms, seek proper MRSA treatment immediately.

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