Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or mercer infection can definitely have some long term side effects. While some of the after effects of MRSA may be more common, others can be very odd. It all depends upon the individual in question as to what type of side effects will be suffered. Anything from pneumonia to sepsis or heart problems can arise, and then there are a number of very odd reports like headaches, taste alterations and fatigue.
What is MRSA
Put quite simply, MRSA is a staph infection. This particular type of staph infection however is resistant to most or all of the commonly used antibiotics. It starts out simply as red bumps on the surface of the dermis, but it travels internally to vital organs, bone and even into the bloodstream. MRSA gets very serious very fast. The aftermath can last a lifetime from complications related to the infection, and once you’ve been infected you will always be a carrier of the germ with potential to erupt at any given time. This is a killer infection and should be taken very seriously. This is a highly contagious ailment when it is in its active stages.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Anytime you have an open wound of any caliber be sure you are watching it for any signs of infection. This rule applies to anyone, but it is especially true for those who have had MRSA. Those who have had it are at much higher risk for the future onset of another attack since it is already lying dormant in the body. It can happen as suddenly as overnight, and this infection is known to be deadly. Watch for redness, keep hand sanitizers on hand, and be careful with human to human contact when you are in infectious stages.
Illnesses Caused From MRSA
While most reports are limited to skin infections, there are also reports of other parts of the body becoming infected. This is when MRSA becomes a life threatening issue. Some of the areas that MRSA can affect are as follows:
- Joints and bone
- Deep tissue and deeper layers of the skin
- Spinal cord and brain (meningitis)
Effects of MRSA Related Illnesses
MRSA is linked to sepsis. This is an infection in the blood. A more commonly known name for this type of illness is blood poisoning. This is very deadly if untreated in its early stages. It leads to kidney and brain damage. Loss of limbs to prevent further infection is not uncommon with blood poisoning that has gone untreated and is restricted to certain areas of the body.
Cellulitis is another commonly linked illness to MRSA. Cellulitis is an inflammation beneath the skin. It is very painful, and it can leave horrid scars. This has also led to gangrene when untreated. Gangrene is deadly, and this too can lead to amputation.
Meningitis and MRSA are linked as well. When cellulitis forms on the face the long term effects could be the formation of meningitis. This can then lead to blindness, loss of hearing and even brain damages that are irreversible.
Heart problems can arise as a long term effect of MRSA. The heart becomes inflamed. When the heart becomes infected it goes without being said the consequences can become very serious. Long term problems may be a very real possibility, and some deaths have been reported.
Toxic shock is a very serious illness associated with MRSA. Long term or permanent damage to vital organs like the heart, liver and kidneys are common with toxic shock. This, like all of the conditions listed above have the potential to become deadly very fast. For this reason, anyone who has or who has had MRSA has to be aware of even the slightest signs of the onset of any infection and seek medical treatment immediately.