Tuesday, March 15, 2011

MRSA is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics. Staph is a common type of bacteria that normally live on the skin and sometimes in the nasal passages of healthy people. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about MRSA in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Antibiotics can usually cure staph infections. However, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, is a type of staph infection that is resistant to many antibiotics, making it hard to treat.

Many people have MRSA in their nose and throat, but do not get sick. If MRSA infects the skin, it can cause red, warm and painful areas or fluid-filled bumps called boils.

If untreated, MRSA skin infections can spread to other organs or to the blood. Serious MRSA infections can cause fever and chills.

You can get it by touching an infected wound or something that has touched the wound.

The best way to stop the spread of MRSA is by washing your hands with hot water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you have MRSA-infected boils, your doctor will probably drain them. If you have boils, do not try to drain them yourself. He or she may also recommend antibiotic pills or you may need to go to the hospital to get antibiotics through an IV.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.