I think you may have a case of MRSA.
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. Most often it causes mild infections on the skin, causing sores or boils, but it can also infect surgical wounds, the bloodstream, lungs, or even the urinary tract.
Early MRSA Symptoms
Commonly, MRSA infections will originate on the skin. Various symptoms of it resemble other skin problems that are not serious or common staph infections that are easily treated. Symptoms on the skin looks like the following:
- Bug bite
At initial onset of the symptoms, it will not be easy to tell the difference between a less serious condition and MRSA. When the symptoms are from this infection the symptoms will get worse fast and continue to worsen. Less serious skin problems will not do that.
When the bacteria infection occurs from contaminated equipment, it may be more difficult to identify if it is a MRSA infection. The early symptoms will be similar to less serious infections, but will not respond to treatment. A blood test can determine the presence of MRSA DNA and that can be used to identify the specific strain of bacteria. The choice of antibiotics will be matched with the strain of bacteria for the most effective treatment.
Surgery may be necessary to treat advance infections. It may be necessary to lance and drain the infection or to remove infected tissue. To avoid this, it is important to keep an eye on early symptoms and get prompt treatment when the infection is diagnosed as MRSA.
Common MRSA Symptoms
MRSA symptoms are the same as less serious infections and non-resistant staph infections. When the symptoms get rapidly worsen or are not responding to treatment with common antibiotics, it may be suspected. These are some common symptoms:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Pain at infection site
- Muscle aches
- Difficulty in breathing
- Chest pain
When this bacterial infection is not treated, it can spread to organs and other parts of the body. This can becomes serious fast. When MRSA bacteria are in the blood, it is known as sepsis. Septic shock can cause the following symptoms:
- Drop in blood pressure
- High fever
- Breathing problems
Complications can include septic arthritis, abscesses deep in the body, osteomyelitis (bone infection), septicemia, meningitis, endocarditis (inflammation of the inner lining of the heart), and pneumonia.
mRSA, which is also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
, is commonly colonized in the nose
. It can also colonize in the armpits, groin
, and folds of skin.
This infection in the armpit comes from direct contact with the bacteria.
To prevent this infection in armpits it is important not to share razors or other personal hygiene items and to keep the area clean.
A healthy immune system will help fight off the bacteria.
MRSA Infection in Armpits
MRSA infections in armpits are more common in women than in men because women often shave their armpits.
Shaving can cause breaks in the skin from razor burn or cuts. Sharing a razor can increase the risk of this type of staph infection.
A MRSA infection may start out as a rash and will rapidly worsen. There may also be flu like symptoms.
Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent the spread of the bacteria in the body and to others.