The Connection Between MRSA and Cellulitis

mrsa cellulitis basic information


What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that causes swelling and redness. It usually occurs a result of a break in the skin that allows bacteria to enter. Minor cuts, bruises, and burns can leave the skin susceptible to infection if they are not properly treated.

Cellulitis is usually treated with antibiotics. The signs of the infection tend to be swelling, pain, and redness. The common causes of cellulitis are skin injuries, post-surgery infections and skin conditions such as eczema. Moreover, MRSA is a type of staph bacterium that is resistant to antibiotic. This resistance makes it particularly difficult to treat.

This article will explore the link between MRSA and Cellulitis.


What is MRSA?

The Connection Between MRSA and Cellulitis
MRSA is a group of bacteria that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics. An infection can occur in different parts of the body, and the symptoms depend upon the location. Usually, it can cause skin infections in the affected area which can lead to sores and boils. However, it can progress into serious infections which can infiltrate the bloodstream or the urinary tract.

MRSA is usually spread by contact and is more likely to infect those with weakened immune systems, and it is more common for those in hospitals. But, it can still occur outside of a hospital environment.

MRSA is caused by a bacterium known as staphylococcus “Staph” which is fairly common and already present in our bodies. However, these bacteria become a serious threat when they break in through the skin. A staph infection is usually fairly easy to treat in most cases. However, the MRSA strain is particularly difficult because it is resistant to most antibiotics. The strain is also constantly adapting. This has made it is hard for researchers to find an effective long lasting remedy. MRSA can cause serious complications if it spreads to the bloodstream. Additionally, MRSA can spread to vital organs such as the lungs. This can cause pneumonia.


What is the Connection Between MRSA and Cellulitis?

The Connection Between MRSA and Cellulitis
There is a link between MRSA and Cellulitis since MRSA is one type of bacteria that can potentially cause Cellulitis. Different strains of Staph and Strep can cause this condition. Generally, MRSA type Cellulitis will cause an individual to develop abscessed in the infected area. This can occur anywhere on the body. But it is more common in the hands, feet, and legs.

In recent years the incidences of MRSA related cellulitis infections has been growing. MRSA cellulitis is a specific type of infection caused by the antibiotic-resistant bacteria breaking through the skin. Furthermore, this infection is highly contagious and can be spread through contact.


Preventative Tips

There are a number of measures you can take to prevent cellulitis and to prevent MRSA infections. It is especially important to follow these procedures if you have any recent wounds or a compromised immune system:

  • Wash skin wound daily
  • Don’t scratch skin
  • Treat rashes according to Doctor’s instructions
  • Keep injuries completely covered until they have healed
  • Maintain good overall body hygiene
  • Avoid sharing items such as towels and razors
  • Always go to a doctor if you see signs of infection

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Last article update: 02/20/2019