MRSA stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. This infection is a type of staph infection. Staph infections are a type of bacteria which is very resistant to current antibiotics. While these normally live on a person’s skin or their nose, they are harmless most of the time. Sometimes though, the bacteria will choose to grow seemingly at an uncontrolled rate. When this happens, an MRSA infection occurs. They tend to occur when the bacteria enters the body through a cut or damaged layer in the skin.
It’s important to know that MRSA is a very contagious condition. Contact with a surface a contaminated person has touched can easily spread it. Direct contact with that person will also result in contamination. MRSA can be a dangerous problem. However, it can also be treated with the appropriate medicine or antibiotic.