What Is MRSA Skin Infection?

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a skin condition that occurs due to a strain of staphylococcus aureus and tends to be resistant to antibiotic treatment. This infection can affect any part of the body and its symptoms depend on the affected body part, as stated by WebMD. MRSA infection tends to be common among people who have been in an hospital environment.

MRSA infection is caused by a bacteria referred to as staph, which can remain in a person's body without causing any problems. Staph is one of the most common cause of skin conditions in the United States. Antibiotics have always been used to control staph, but some strains, such as MRSA, have become resistant to antibiotics, including penicillin, methicillin, oxacillin and amoxicillin. There are some antibiotics that are still being used, but MRSA is adapting to them slowly, as stated by WebMD.

This condition is transmitted through close contact. A person can get MRSA infection by coming into contact with an infected person or by touching an object that has the staph bacteria. People working in health care facilities and those with compromised immune systems have a higher risk of getting the infection. MRSA infection that is common in hospitals is called HA-MRSA and one found in the community is CA-MRSA, as stated by Mayo Clinic.