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Community-acquired MRSA infections have been steadily increasing over the past couple of years. The vast majority of these infections resolve themselves without medical intervention. Some, however, progress and have to be treated in the hospital.
Babies seem to be especially prone to developing serious MRSA infections requiring hospitalization in their diaper areas. Even just a mild case of diaper rash can create the tiny breach in the skin needed for MRSA to enter.
Parents, if you notice something that looks like a pimple that starts to get bigger and look angry, it is a good idea to get the area checked by a physician sooner than later.
Most MRSA infections, can be managed by your pediatrician and the sooner treatment begins, the less likely you are to end up in the hospital. Your physician may drain the “pimple” and prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.
MRSA is everywhere. Being aware of signs and symptoms of a serious MRSA infection is your best defense. Prompt treatment will keep you and your family well and out of the hospital.
Karen Chilton, MD, is a pediatric hospitalist in the WakeMed Children’s Hospital.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610