What is MRSA?
One of the most common multidrug-resistant infections is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a mutated form of the bacteria that causes staph infections. MRSA is most commonly resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, and oxacillin.
Staph infections are normally localized to the skin. They most commonly cause boils, pimples, abscesses, and wound infections. Infections are rarely life-threatening, but can develop into more serious conditions if left untreated. The other infections that staph can cause include:
- Septicemia (blood poisoning)
- Pneumonia (lung infection)
- Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
- Orthopedic infections
- Infections around medical ports, pacemakers and other artificial devices
- Surgery Site Infections (SSI)
- Endocarditis (heart valve infection)
- Septic arthritis or bursitis
Staph, and therefore MRSA, is extremely contagious; the infection can spread from skin-to-skin contact as well as from objects that a person touches. MRSA can survive on surfaces for weeks or even months at a time. If you have spent time around anyone who has a confirmed infection, you should talk to a doctor as soon as possible. The earlier you can catch an infection, the more likely treatment succeeds.
Dr. Serge Lartchenko is an expert in the treatment of complex infections like MRSA. His expansive knowledge of antibiotics and bacterial strains has allowed him to treat cases that left other doctors stumped.
How is MRSA Treated?
If your infection requires antibiotic treatment, Serge Lartchenko, MD, is ready to help you. He is an infectious disease expert for the North Dallas area with a deep knowledge of effective antibiotics and other treatment options. Texas Infectious Disease Institute can work with your doctors and your needs to help provide you the best care possible. Schedule an appointment now.