What's Going Around: MRSA

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

May 7, 2012

It's often confused with a spider bite, but this red bump could be harmful if not treated. Dr. Phyllis Montellese of Spring Creek Family Medicine says Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus, commonly referred to as MRSA, is going around right now.

Symptoms of MRSA include a red bump that gets larger and more tender within one to two days. Dr. Montellese says anyone can get MRSA.

MRSA usually requires what doctors call "I and D", or incision and drainage. That's where the abscess that forms is opened and allowed to drain. It can clear up within days with drainage and treatment with antibiotics.

When it comes to prevention, Dr. Montellese recommends avoiding the overuse of antibiotics. She says bacteria "learn" from exposure to these antibiotics and become resistant to them in order to survive.

If you have symptoms of MRSA, Dr. Montellese suggests getting to your doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment.

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