Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium which is found on the flora of the skin and commonly responsible for skin infections, especially when the immunity of the person weakens. Also referred to as nosocomial infection, staphylococcus infection is often acquired when a person is admitted in the hospital for extended period of time.
Though staphylococcus aureus infection can be treated effectively, MRSA or resistant strains of staphylococcus can be problematic since they are resistant to antibiotics commonly used to manage these infections.
What Causes Mercer Infection?
Mercer infection is a hospital acquired infection. When an individual is admitted to a hospital or a nursing home, lower immunity levels coupled with increased risk of exposure to harmful bacteria, tends to increase the chances of developing a Mercer infection in hospital.
However recent studies have discovered new strains of the bacteria which have new characteristics and can affect healthy individuals within the community.
Is Mercer Infection Contagious?
Mercer infection is a serious complication and is very contagious. The infection can spread through direct contact or touching contaminated surfaces or even through air. It should be noted that some individuals act as carriers of the MRSA bacteria, which means that they harbor the bacteria but don’t show any symptoms of the condition.
Mercer infection is dangerous only if the bacteria gains entry into the body. Mercer infection can gain entry into the body through cuts, wounds or through respiratory passage. However, once it gains entry into the body, it spreads quickly even in individuals with a healthy immune system. Children and elderly are more prone to develop MRSA infections however others may develop the condition.
Symptoms Of Mercer Staph Infection
The symptomatology of mercer infection may vary considerably depending upon the health status of the individual and also on the specific microbial properties of the infecting strain of Staphylococcus bacteria. However some of the common symptoms associated include,
- Formation of boils or carbuncles on the skin, which are often associated with excessive production of pus and very painful.
- Blistering of the skin with characteristic red bumps on the skin is also commonly observed.
- Other symptoms include high grade fever, loss of appetite, generalized weakness and fatigue.
This condition is common in immune-compromised individuals, though it can also be observed in healthy adults. In patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, these pustules may also be observed along the gastro-intestinal system including the oral cavity and around the anus.
Mercer Infection Treatment
Using the correct antibiotics for the management of Mercer infections is the primary requirement. The selection of the antibiotics can be based on a culture sensitivity test performed, which can provide information about the antibiotics to which the strain is not resistant to and help in elimination of the bacteria. The treatment regimen has to be rigid in order to show beneficial effects.
Surgical drainage of abscesses may be recommended in individuals associated with large accumulation of pus cells in the body. Limiting external contact is crucial in preventing the further spread of the condition.