Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of MRSA infection in Athletes

July 3, 2015 / Renee

Bacteria often cling to our skin and cause skin infections. Staph (Staphylococcus Aureus) is one of such bacterial skin infections. Then these bacteria get deep into our skin through cuts and wounds. Normally, staph causes minor skin infections like pimples and boils. These skin infections are normal and can be easily treated or get cured automatically.

There are cases, however, wherein staph infections become complicated and can be treated with antibiotics only.

Staph skin infections at worst stage become highly resistant to antibiotics.

MRSA, short for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a serious staph infection which is resistant to first line antibiotics such as Methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin.

MRSA Skin Infection

MRSA staph infection, quite commonly, is associated with those who are often exposed to hospital environment. That is why this skin infection is also known as hospital-acquired MRSA or “HA-MRSA.” This type of MRSA infection is difficult to treat with even strong antibiotics like clindamycin.

Generally, MRSA staph infection occurs in people with weak immune system. Athletes are an exception here. Though athletes are healthy individuals, still they remain at higher risk of catching this infection. The reason is close physical contact during competitions. Their fatigued and sweaty bodies are perfect locations for bacteria to grow.

Symptoms and Treatment
Staph infections can be easily identified on the skin. MRSA infected area is always red and warm. The area becomes swollen and pains when touched. As the infection becomes more serious, you see pus like fluid coming out. Red rashes spread all over the body. Later, the victim suffers from fever and complains of chill. That is followed by headache and body muscles ache.

In athletes, MRSA is common because on close body to body touch. They acquire wounds during fight and microbes spread easily from one person to another. These causative pathogens also present on towels and other equipments. Antibiotics are the best treatment for MRSA staph infections. But serious-stage MRSA infection is resistant to common antibiotics like penicillin, amoxicillin, and cephalosporins. Then doctors prescribe stronger antibiotics such as Clindamycin or Bactrim. If the infection is more severe, intravenous medications are provided in the hospital.

MRSA Prevention
Physical hygiene and caution are the best ways to prevent MRSA staph skin infections. Especially athletes need to take a very good care to be able to minimize the chances of skin infections. They should wash hands after touching, wearing and undoing sports accessories. They need to take shower with antibacterial soaps before and after every fight or/and practice session. They are supposed not to contest with open wounds. Also, always avoid sharing towel, clothes and other equipment. Don’t ignore even the slightest of hints of growing skin infection and discuss it with your physician.

Summary: MRSA staph infection is a serious skin infection. Since it is highly resistant to common antibiotics, it needs to be treated with stronger antibiotics. Prevention, however, is best.

Author Bio: The author of the article is a freelancer content writer. He has been writing articles for online health journals and articles. This time he is providing information on MRSA staph infection, an infection caused due to strep bacteria.

 


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