Staphylococcus aureus (SA)
bacteria are common, and around a third of people are colonized by SA (meaning they carry the
bacteria in their nose or on their skin without developing an infection). The majority of people colonized with SA do not have any symptoms and aren't aware that they're a carrier.
However, if SA
bacteria are able to enter the body they can cause infection. Symptoms will depend on the type of infection they cause.
The MRSA strain of SA can cause a range of infections, including:
These infections might be caused by something other than MRSA, so laboratory testing is the only sure way to tell if you have MRSA. Swabs from your skin and nose, or samples of urine,
tissue from the infected area will be tested in the hospital laboratory. If you have MRSA, these tests will determine which strain of the
bacteria you have, and which
antibiotics will be used to treat you.
Many hospitals now test everyone who is being admitted to see if they are colonized with MRSA. Swabs from the skin and nose, urine and
blood samples may be tested for the
bacteria. If you are colonized with MRSA you will still be admitted, but doctors may give you treatment to reduce or remove the MRSA
my son is at the hospital due to rectal surgery for cancer. he now has bed sores very badly and I just learned they hit his bladder when they were putting in his catherer and had to do sutures. Could he have MRSA?? The doctor came to see him right away when they found out he had bed sores. He is really hurting...
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