What are symptoms of mrsa in the nose

MRSA, short for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph infection that can occur anywhere in the body. It is resistant to many of the commonly used antibiotics, making it difficult to treat. Most infections are not severe, but in some cases, MRSA can be life-threatening. A recurring or difficult infection in the sinus could be a MRSA sinus infection, but this is not the most common.

When should I see a doctor about a sinus infection?

MRSA sinus infections are not particularly common, but they can cause serious health problems if they go untreated. MRSA symptoms may be similar to those of acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis. Sometimes, people do not realize that they have a MRSA infection until they attempt to treat the infection with antibiotics and find that the condition does not go away. This is because MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics. It is important to consult a physician at New York ENT if you are suffering from a sinus infection that is recurring or does not clear up with antibiotics. Sometimes, it is due to a MRSA infection in the sinuses.

If you are suffering from a sinus infection or MRSA sinus infection and would like more information about MRSA sinus infections, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.

MRSA most often appears as a skin infection, like a boil or abscess. It also might infect a surgical wound. In either case, the area would look:

  • Swollen
  • Red
  • Painful
  • Filled with pus

Many people who have a staph skin infection often mistake it for a spider bite.

If staph infects the lungs and causes pneumonia, you will have:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Chills

MRSA can cause many other symptoms, because once it gets into your bloodstream, MRSA can settle anywhere. It can cause abscess in your spleen, kidney, and spine. It can cause endocarditis (heart valve infections), osteomyelitis (bone infections),  joint infections, breast mastitis, and prosthetic device infections. Unlike most MRSA skin infections, which can be treated in the doctor's office, these other more serious infections will land you in the hospital for intravenous antibiotic therapy.

Very rarely, staph can result in necrotizing fasciitis, or "flesh-eating" bacterial infections. These are serious skin infections that spread very quickly. While frightening, only a handful of necrotizing fasciitis cases has been reported.

Call Your Doctor About MRSA If:

You have signs of active infection, most likely of the skin with a spreading, painful, red rash or abscess; in most cases, MRSA is easily treated. However, MRSA infection can be serious, so seek medical care.

If you are already being treated for an infection, watch for signs that your medicine isn't working. If you are taking an antibiotic, call your health care provider if:

  • The infection is no better after three or four days of antibiotic therapy.
  • The rash spreads.
  • You develop a fever, or your fever gets worse.

People who are ill or have a compromised immune system have a higher risk of getting serious MRSA infections. If you have a condition that lowers your immunity, call your doctor right away if you think that you might have an infection.

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How do you know if MRSA is in your nose?

If testing is needed, the doctor will rub the inside of the nose with a cotton swab and then send it to the laboratory for a culture. If MRSA is found, your doctor may give you an antibiotic ointment to be put inside the nose to kill the MRSA.

How do you get rid of MRSA in your nose?

Nasal ointment (mupirocin 2 %, which is available on prescription) must be applied twice a day to both nostrils. The ointment must only be applied to the inside of your nostrils, and no further up than can be reached with a finger. Each person in the household must have his or her own tube.

What are the first signs of MRSA?

MRSA usually appear as a bump or infected area that is red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch, or full of pus. If you or someone in your family experiences these signs and symptoms, cover the area with a bandage and contact your healthcare professional.

How do I know if I have staph in my nose?

The characteristic symptoms of staph infections in the nose include: Intense pain, swelling in the nose. The skin around the nostrils becomes red due to inflammation. Bleeding from the nose i.e. epistaxis.