Can MRSA kill you? Here are some key facts to help you answer the question. MRSA isn’t a death sentence. It’s vital to understand that so that you can be strong to fight what can be a serious infection.
Staph carriers are very common
MRSA infections are a drug resistant form of the very common staphylococcus aureus (SA) bacteria. 1 in 3 people in your town have the SA part on their body somewhere. It can become a problem if you are ill or have a wound. MRSA is more of an issue because there are less drugs to treat it – not because it is might be more destructive than an ordinary staph infection. The majority of people do not become seriously ill because of their MRSA infection.
Treatment for MRSA is often simple
For many people incision of their skin infection is enough. There are many different strains of MRSA and some will need stronger drugs but the infection will be cured by the medication. It is vital that you have informed medical opinion so that you get the right treatment for the strain you have.
Serious infections – will MRSA kill you?
For those in relatively good health antibiotics will often cure a more aggressive infection. These can occur when MRSA infects a wound or other injury to your body both internal or external. If you are otherwise healthy your body resilience and the drugs will fight the MRSA and will simply slow the recovery.
MRSA alone deaths are rare
Death as a result of a simple MRSA infection is rare. Although as many as 20,000 people are thought to die as a result of MRSA related issues every year most deaths are in people with other existing illnesses. The weakened body cannot cope with simultaneous attacks and people do not survive.
Will MRSA kill you – probably not unless you are already quite ill.
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