The Short Term and Long Term Effects of MRSA
Did you know that MRSA is considered so deadly that it has already claimed more lives than AIDS on a global level? MRSA has already achieved pandemic status and that’s not all. This disease is even considered as a superbug, which means that its internal structure is so virulent that doctors and scientists have yet to develop a drug that can combat its destructive and relentless capacity to devastate the human system. This may sound totally frightening, and yet, very few people actually know about this disease’s existence, or how it is acquired, or how to detect it in the first place. Very similar to the case of AIDS / HIV virus just before it reached pandemic status, MRSA is still very much in the backwaters of the public’s consciousness.
In fact, SARS or severe acute respiratory disease, which suddenly exploded into the limelight in the later part of 2002, gained more media coverage than MRSA. SARS, although quite fatal, was only an epidemic and confined to a very small geography.
What is MRSA?
Discovered in the United Kingdom in 1961, MRSA is a bacterium that is very much resistant to all known man-made antibiotics. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Arureus is its complete scientific name. This is actually an umbrella term for most, if not all difficult to treat infections that is seen in Man. It can also be called Multiple Resistant Staphylococcus Arureus and Oxacillin Resistant Staphylococcus Arureus and can basically be detected in the skin and the sensitive nostril lining of a person. Once a person acquires MRSA, he or she develops staph infections.
The mildest cases may be treated with several medications, particularly those that can help the persons’ immune systems, like antibiotics. Mostly though, doctors can do no more than let the disease runs its course, and hopefully, the patients recover as soon as possible. The sooner the disease lets up, the less likely chances there are of internal damage. In the severest of cases, staph infections can eventually lead to multiple internal organ failures brought about by slow blood poisoning.
Why is it so deadly?
Staph infections can be seen in the forms of a pimple, a pustule or any small abscess in the skin or nostril lining. Unfortunately, for long term sufferers of this disease, pus (that yellowish substance that accumulates in the abscesses) starts to accumulate in the abscess. In turn, pus is filled with bacteria, and slowly leak into the blood supply of the person if the infection remains untreated. This is where blood poisoning begins. The worst part of this internal process is that: this happens in a very gradual manner, and the person with staph infection may simply dismiss its effects as the onset of flu. By the time medical aid is acquired sepsis may have set in. Sepsis is a state where the entire human body is already in an inflammatory state due to severe blood poisoning. In this case, the person is usually beyond medical help.
This is the reason why people should seek medical intervention as soon as possible, even with a seemingly innocuous case such as a pimple inside the nose cavity or a pustule on the skin that seems to take forever to heal. These are the most visible signs of MRSA. Also, MRSA is a very contagious disease. Although this is not an airborne disease like influenza, the simple act of touching the hands on an infected person can pass of the disease in an instant.