MRSA is a bacterium that causes several infections in human body which are very difficult to treat because they are drug resistant. Anybody can get MRSA and can also be spread to others through direct contact (meaning skin to skin contact) or indirect contact, using the same things. Normally MRSA will only infects your skin, but left it untreated, it can spread easily to your bones, your bloodstream, even your lungs, your heart becoming an infection that is life threatening.
From the moment MRSA is suspected, during diagnose and meanwhile it is treated, isolation must be enforced on the patient and have anyone who enters in contact with the carrier of the bacterium to wear protective clothing and gloves.
The diagnosis will take 48 hours because that much time is required for the bacteria to grow. However, a recent blood test is available on the market that can provide the results in several hours.
MRSA infection is considered contagious for the period of time that keep testing positive for that infection. However if the bacterium reaches a wound and you keep the wound clean and also it is treated, the chances that the MRSA spreads are minimal. But this doesn’t mean you are not considered to be contagious anymore, you are still sick. Only when you will not test positive for MRSA, you will no longer be considered contagious.
I will always be a carrier of MRSA?
Maybe. Many people who have MRSA infection have received treatment and no longer have MRSA in the present. But sometimes MRSA disappears immediately after the treatment and comes back several times. This problem can be also sorted out with your doctor but you need to know that it can happen.
Even if the active infection disappears, you can still have MRSA bacterium on your body. This means you become not a patient but a carrier of MRSA. As a carrier you can get sick again and have more skin infections but most importantly you must know that you can spread MRSA bacterium to others. You can also be a carrier but never get sick, fact that wasn’t explained yet.
So you will be infected with MRSA, meaning a carrier, until you are tested negative for this bacterium. Not until you are cured, but until you are tested in a hospital and the test came back negative for MRSA.
People can be carriers of the MRSA infection for a period of a few days up to several years. During this period it is possible to infect other people with the bacterium.
Reducing the risk of transmitting MRSA
Even if you are a carrier of the MRSA, there are ways to minimize the risk of transmitting the bacterium that includes washing the items you regularly use with antibacterial agents and washing your clothes separately from the family’s clothes, also wearing a mask. But despite taking all these precautions, if you are a MRSA carrier you should avoid others people who are probably to have a week immune system, like children or sick people.