It use to be that you would only be at risk of getting a MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection from common areas like in hospitals, day care, nursing homes, prisons and other institutions. Now it can be common to get MRSA from other areas like public facilities such as a fitness center. MRSA commonly affects areas on the skin first. It can spread to other areas of the body when it is undiagnosed and untreated.
Common Areas for MRSA on the Body
The most common area for MRSA to occur on the body is the skin. It can an abrasion, wound, or prick that becomes infected with MRSA. Areas that produce more sweat than other areas (armpits, groin, buttocks, under flaps of skin, etc.) are more susceptible to infection. Many times the body will fight if off on its own. MRSA may begin with small reddish bumps that may resemble a bug bite. Quickly the bumps will turn into an abscess. An infected area that is accompanied by MRSA symptoms (often similar to flu symptoms) will need to be tested and treated with effective antibiotics. When the infection spreads, common areas for infection of MRSA include the following:
- Soft tissue
Inside the nose is another common area for the bacteria to be found. The sooner that MRSA is treated, the less likely it is to spread on the body and to other people who may come in contact with the infected area.
It use to be that MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was only found in hospitals, prisons, and other areas that housed a large number of people. Infection from institutions is no longer the only place to be infected by MRSA. Now the community has many areas where you can be at risk of being exposed to MRSA. One of the more common places is at fitness centers where many people use the same equipment without proper cleaning of the areas that have direct contact with skin. It is important to not only clean equipment before using it but also to shower afterwards. This is a good practice after participating in any sports activity that there is contact with shared equipment or physical contact with other players.
Less common areas for the infection to spread is the lining of the heart, the spinal cord, and brain. When these areas are infected it can lead to serious complications.
Preventing MRSA Infection
Preventing a MRSA infection begins with a strong immune system. The next steps to prevent getting MRSA include proper cleaning of wounds and abrasions. Reducing contact with areas that may have the bacteria on it is also important. If you do acquire a MRSA infection, take measures to prevent spreading it to others. Proper treatment will prevent the infection from traveling to other areas of your body.
When checking areas that are common for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), you will want to keep an eye on any little bumps that become quickly infected and grow rapidly. Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent serious complications and the spread of MRSA.