MRSA more common than you think

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – Doctors say MRSA – Methicillin-resistant staphylo-coccus aureus- is pretty common. They are strains of bacteria that have grown resistant to antibiotics, but MRSA is treatable, if diagnosed early.

A MRSA wound, caught fairly early, looks like an insect type bite.

“If it looks like that, it’s a good idea to bring it to the attention of your primary care provider,” said Dr. Cynthia Heller, Vice President for Primary Care at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group.

She says it can also pop up in multiples in pimple like clusters, “It can be quite painful and they start draining.”

Treatment starts after doctors check it for which drugs will treat it.

Dr. Heller explained, “And in about 48 hours, you’ll know which antibiotics will treat it. Antibiotics that you’ve heard of like bactrim, cephalexin, doxycyline. generally are effective.”

Just like any infection, it can spread.

“You have to have a break in the skin to have MRSA ,” she stressed, “So that’s probably why athletes are more likelty to be affected. Certainly anyone with an open wound or a draining wound shouldn’t be participating in a competition or even practive until its fully healed.”

Dr. Heller points out that humans are all carriers of bacteria, “We do all carry staph on our skin so if you do have an open wound, make sure you use an anti-biotic ointment. Keep it covered so it doesn’t become infected.”

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