Quick Answer: How Serious Is MRSA?

What will happen if MRSA is left untreated?

If left untreated, or if an antibiotic used to treat it isn’t effective, a MRSA infection may spread.

Such an infection may become life-threatening.

The infection may spread to your: Bones..

Is MRSA a lifelong disease?

Will I always have MRSA? Many people with active infections are treated effectively, and no longer have MRSA. However, sometimes MRSA goes away after treatment and comes back several times. If MRSA infections keep coming back again and again, your doctor can help you figure out the reasons you keep getting them.

Is it OK to be around someone with MRSA?

If you have MRSA, it can be spread to a visitor if you have contact with their skin, especially if it’s sore or broken, or if they handle personal items you have used, such as towels, bandages or razors. Visitors can also catch MRSA from contaminated surfaces or hospital devices or items.

Can you kiss someone with MRSA?

Your saliva typically protects you against bacteria in your partner’s saliva. (There will be more bacteria when oral hygiene is poor.) But one bacteria that can be transmitted is MRSA, the serious staph infection. Also, if you have a cold sore, kissing someone can spread the herpes 1 virus.

What internal organ is most affected by MRSA?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of drug-resistant staph infection. MRSA most commonly causes relatively mild skin infections that are easily treated. However, if MRSA gets into your bloodstream, it can cause infections in other organs like your heart, which is called endocarditis.

What are the chances of surviving a MRSA infection?

Other more serious or extensive MRSA infections have a range of prognoses (outcomes) from good to poor. MRSA pneumonia and sepsis (blood poisoning) have high death rates. The calculated death rate of invasive MRSA is about 20%. MRSA infections can be life threatening.

Is MRSA curable?

MRSA is treatable. By definition, MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics. But other kinds of antibiotics still work. If you have a severe infection, or MRSA in the bloodstream, you will need intravenous antibiotics.

How does a person get MRSA?

MRSA is usually spread in the community by contact with infected people or things that are carrying the bacteria. This includes through contact with a contaminated wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin.

Does MRSA weaken your immune system?

Image: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Infections of the skin or other soft tissues by the hard-to-treat MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria appear to permanently compromise the lymphatic system, which is crucial to immune system function.