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Where there is a patient with MRSA, is systemic edema a ...

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Where there is a patient with MRSA, is systemic edema a usual accompanying condition?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Andrea replied 9 years ago.

Hello!! Thank for giving me and JA a chance to help you out!

MRSA is a resistant form of a bacteria called staphlococcus aereous. This bacteria is common on the outer skin of everyone. This particular strain of this bacteria is not killed by some of the antibiotics - thus calling it resistant. When you get an infection of MRSA as with any other infection there is swelling, redness, drainage and warmth of the area. So in a nut shell - swelling of the infected area would not be unusual.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
This is a post-op patient, and the infection is not surface, so this is the reason for the question about serious systemic edema, not surface.
Thank you
Expert:  Andrea replied 9 years ago.
MRSA is a common nosocomial infection (acquired in the hospital). MRSA is found in wounds, incisions from surgery, nasal passages, throats and other areas in and on the body. The bacteria is a mutated strain of the normal bacteria on everyones skin but it is not harmful until it gets inside the body passed the protection of the skin - such as a wound or incision. It has to have a way into the body. Most often the body takes care of the bacteria but in the case of people with medical conditions or people who are recovering from surgery the body may not be able to defeat the bacteria by itself and then an infection sets in - normal infection signs appear - redness, swelling, drainage, warmth and tenderness.