If you suspect you have an MRSA infection, you need immediate medical attention from the experienced team at Arizona Infectious Disease we provide personalized treatment plans for men, women, and children who have staph infections and other infectious diseases. Call the clinic to schedule a consultation or use the online scheduler to book now.
Staph & MSRA Infections Q & A
What is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a bacterial infection that’s resistant to most of the routinely used antibiotics, such as penicillin, oxacillin, methicillin, and amoxicillin. Most people already have the staphylococcus aureus organisms on their skin, but if they enter the body through a wound, you can get a staphylococcus, or staph, infection.
What causes MRSA?
In addition to MRSA entering your body from your own skin, many people get MRSA in a hospital setting where doctors and nurses move from patient to patient. If they fail to properly wash their hands, the infection can spread as IVs are changed, bandages replaced, and wounds are dressed.
What are the symptoms of MRSA?
MRSA may cause some or all of the following symptoms:
An oozy rash
Swollen, red skin
Some people also report that the area of skin with the infection is warm or hot to the touch.
MRSA infection can spread rapidly. That’s why Dr. Dalal works swiftly to eradicate both the symptoms and the underlying cause of the outbreak.
How is MRSA treated?
Dr. Dalal and his skilled team drain your infection, reduce the bacteria on your skin, and recommend the following protocol to help you get rid of the infection and keep it from spreading:
Take the full course of antibiotics, even if your infection has cleared
Cover the infected area
Don’t pick sores or squeeze pus from the infection
Wash your hands frequently
Wash your bed linens, couch cushions, blankets, and other shared items often
Refrain from contact sports, swimming in public pools, and exercising in community gyms,
An MRSA infection is highly contagious and can be especially life-threatening to people with weakened immune systems. Talk to your care team at Arizona Infectious Disease about how you can protect your loved ones while being treated for MRSA.
If you have signs of MRSA infection, seek help before your condition worsens or you put others at risk. Call the office at Arizona Infectious Disease to schedule a consultation or use the online scheduler to book now.