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What do YOU know about MRSA?

  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    What do YOU know about MRSA?

    Curious if this illness is common knowledge. There are many misconceptions about the illness, so I am curious what the general public thinks it is.

  2. Dr Pran Rangan profile image88
    Dr Pran Ranganposted 4 years ago

    MRSA infection (methilin resistent staphylococous aureous infection) is caused by a strain of staphylococous aureous bacteria. MRSA infection is the result of decades of indiscriminate use of antibiotics. It mostly occurs in persons who are admitted in hospitals which is typically associated with surgeries and invasive procedures and devices.

    Another type of MRSA infection can occur in a community among healthy people. It often begins as a painful boil that spreads by skin to skin contact. It occurs in populations living in crowded conditions. It is also spread by contact sports.

    MRSA infection still responds to certain antibiotics, whereas some infections associated with an abcess may not require an antibiotic. Only abcess drainage may be required.

  3. Gareth Pritchard profile image84
    Gareth Pritchardposted 4 years ago

    Well I don't know if I actually know but this is what I believe. It is a natural contaminant, some kind of bacteria that causes wounds to go septic that is around all the time with most if not all of us at some time or other and we normally don't have a problem with it unless we are already infirm or ill. It was never really a big problem until the Thatcher government in the UK started messing about with hospitals during the 80's under the pretense of saving money and improving the health service in the UK, the contract culture. (But really setting the wheels in motion for privatization as greedy people always do) Now hospitals have contract cleaners who don't do as good a job as used to be done so it is an on going problem in most hospitals in the UK, more so in England than perhaps Scotland and Wales. Money is the root of all evil and that isn't the only problem behind it, also there are too many admin staff and chiefs but not enough doctors, nurses and cleaners, so it's the same as money really a septic illness with no known cure only self destruction.  Sorry for being political but I think like most ills it is the root cause.

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    Ghaelachposted 4 years ago

    MRSA my friend, or better said my partner.
    Now that may sound a funny way to start a comment to your question.
    Let me say that for the last 12 years I have been diagnosed with "Chronic Osteomyelitis" (Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus) which I contracted in a hospital after an OP. My problem is a branch/off-shoot of MRSA and has three levels "Basic" which can be cured quite easily with treatment. Then there is "Acute" which is harder to treat and can take quite a while with antibiotics before the problem is solved. The third level is "Chronic" (which I have), and with Osteomyelitis, this bacterium has got into my bone marrow and attacked the ankle joint, the foot bone (Talus) and the leg bone (Tibia). Over the 12 years the bacteria in time slowly traveled over my whole body. I wear Orthopedic shoes, that keep my damaged foot/ankle at 90° and never go out of the house without wearing them. I haven't run or walked long distances in all this time, and can only drive an automatic I'm glad to say. My right foot being my good foot.
    My biggest fear is that although Osteomyelitis will not kill me, the breaking of a bone will. The problem then is that the bacteria come in contact with my blood and then I have blood poisoning. Blood and bacteria don't go to good together leaving my wife with a big problem, if I don't get help straight away.
    My answer to your question is "Yes I do know a lot about MRSA"
    If you need to know more about MRSA, pop over to my page and have a look at some of my medical hubs.

  5. Peter Geekie profile image81
    Peter Geekieposted 4 years ago

    I hope this will answer many of your questions regarding the origin, disease itself, pharmaceutical and natural remedies.

    http://petergeekie.hubpages.com/hub/MRS … hylococcus

    If you have any specific questions please address them via the hub page comments.
    kind regards Peter (Dr)

  6. kittythedreamer profile image97
    kittythedreamerposted 4 years ago

    I think everyone is under the misconception that MRSA is this extremely deadly infection that if you have it, it will kill you. But working in a hospital shows you that whenever people are tested for MRSA in their nares (nose), many times it turns out positive. This doesn't mean that they are actually sick, because many of us carry MRSA on our body at any given time...it just depends on our immune system and where the MRSA is found and in what quantity.

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      Ghaelachposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Very true in all you say. Indeed everyone has Staph in their mouths because the bacteria there is the starting point for the digesting of our food. We all have good and bad bacteria in our bodies. Problem is when it comes in contact with a wound.