How does MRSA affect the body?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a common bacterium and is found both in the community and in hospitals. Due to its resistance to antibiotics, it is concerning when a person gets an infection with MRSA. Depending on where the infection is reflects on how the infection will affect the body. Most MRSA infections in the community are skin infections and present with a rash. Antibiotics are available to treat the infections, and a person with MRSA must be cautious with future infections.

Most cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have the same affect on the body as other staph infections. MRSA is just particularly difficult to treat or cure. The skin is the part of the body most affected by the condition, as the bacteria can cause boils, blisters, hair root infection, and peeling skin. If not monitored or treated properly, MRSA can spread to affect the blood, bones, and major organs of the body like the heart and lungs.

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