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A List of MRSA Symptoms

Aside from the usual signs of a staph infection like a reddish abrasion that refuses to heal, and is causing you pain, a MRSA has other symptoms that sets it apart. MRSA symptoms are from an infection that will not heal because of an immunity or resistance to the drug treatment. Thus, even if surgical intervention is done to remove the pus, it is possible that the wound does not heal properly. It is also possible that the pus just keeps coming back or starts to travel along your veins towards major organs of your body. The MRSA symptoms are listed below, however this is not in any way a reason to avoid seeing a doctor. You cannot self-diagnose, and more so, self-medicate because this is like playing games with your life and health. There are documented cases of persons with MRSA symptoms who have lost their limbs because of inappropriate MRSA treatment.

  • Tiny, red bumps like bites or pimples just starting
  • If these marks start to grow into a boil with water or pus
  • Carbuncles, which are large infections with openings on the skin causing pus, water, or blood to ooze out
  • Pus under your skin which is a yellowish, thick substance, oftentimes with a malodorous smell, also known as impetigo
  • An eyelid infection, commonly known as a sty
  • Cellulitis which are skin infections with fatty tissues under your skin
  • Swelling and tenderness in the affected area
  • Pain that gets worse every time you move the area
  • Edema or water retention
  • Sepsis which is toxins in the blood
  • Pneumonia
  • Periostitis, which happens when the tissue around the bones starts to get infected
  • Appendicitis, meningitis, peritonitis, pyoderma, eczema
  • Influenza
  • Skin lesion
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Clotting of an enzyme known as coagulase which is produces by MRSA
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle, chest, bone, and joint pains
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Headaches
  • Low blood pressure

Technically, since MRSA symptoms can be widespread and numerous, the patient must understand that it happens mainly because the immune system is not working properly. The body cannot fight the bacteria, and the drugs are not doing much good either. The doctor must find an antibiotic that the patient is not immune to for the infection to stop spreading and causing damage to major organs like the lungs, heart, and kidney. Some of these MRSA symptoms are also symptoms of other diseases, which means that a culture of the infection must be tested in a lab to determine cause. At any rate, the urgency to seek medical attention, regardless of whether or not the patient is in pain, is imperative. Do not wait for it to get worst because this will result in prolonged treatment and possible confinement in the hospital. If you disregard a growing boil or pain in the affected area, you risk the following major medical problems:

  • Blood poisoning
  • Internal abscesses which could affect heart valves, joints, or any artificial element in your body
  • Lung infection
  • Edema
  • Septic shock
  • Endocarditis or heart lining infection
  • Bone marrow infection

High risk groups for MRSA symptoms and infections are those with HIV/AIDS, those who have undergone surgery, cancer patients, those undergoing dialysis, and those who take antibiotics often.

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