Bacteria are microorganisms that can be found everywhere. These single-celled microscopic life forms can live independently or as parasites in other living organisms. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria. As such, some bacteria are useful to other organisms while some are dangerous. Dangerous bacteria are also called pathogenic bacteria. They produce toxins that can cause illness or even death.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA
An example of common pathogenic bacteria that affect the human body adversely is the staphylococcus or staph. It is a group of bacteria that dwells in people’s skin and mucous membranes. The Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA belongs to this group. As the name suggests, these are bacteria that are resistant to many types of antibiotics such as methicillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its most common manifestation is skin infections such as boils, impetigo, and folliculitis or inflammation of hair follicles. Symptoms of MRSA skin infection include having a bump in the infected area or the skin might look red, swollen or may contain pus. They are painful, warm to the touch, and may be accompanied by a fever. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus also produces toxins that can bring about food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome. In severe cases, MRSA can cause pneumonia and even infections of the wounds, blood, and bones. Community members and health care providers are at risk of acquiring these bacteria and their harmful effects. It is important to know how to reduce the risk of infection to relieve the possible diseases that MRSA can cause. This awareness campaign is initially directed at skin infections caused by the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA bacteria. This should be addressed immediately to avoid the extent of the infection and other complications resulting in a severe health condition.