STAPH VS MRSA – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are both from the same species of bacteria but MRSA is a particular strain that causes infections in different body parts.

It is more difficult to treat than most of the strains of Staph majorly because of its resistance to most antibiotics.

The major differences between Staph and MRSA can be seen in the kinds of antibiotics used and how the infection is controlled.

This article will show you a list of similarities and significant difference because they determine the kind of treatment to be used.

Not only that, they would go a long way in determining how effective the chosen treatment would be and how long it takes for the patient to recover.

Similarities

Both MRSA and Staph have very similar symptoms but MRSA tends to be more dangerous, life threatening and more invasive than Staph. Some of the similar symptoms include boils, sores, skin bumps, pimples and abscesses.

MRSA, on the other hand can cause more severe skin infections. It can also contaminate surgical wounds, the bloodstream, the lungs, or the urinary tract.

  1. Both MRSA and Staph look identical in pictures or when comparing them. This means you would have to run a test to be sure which one you have.
  2. They are both contagious and can easily be transmitted from one person to another or to pets, or through the air or from contaminated surfaces.
  3. There are certain basic treatment options that can well for both Staph and MRSA. They both also respond well to most natural and alternative therapies, which is a good thing.
  4. Both MRSA and Staph are from the same bacteria species but as mentioned earlier, MRSA tends to be more dangerous than Staph.

Differences

 The major differences between Staph and MRSA are as follows.

1.The major difference between them lies in the antibiotics treatments. If you are considering antibiotics for treatment, you need to know that MRSA is more resistant to most common drugs than Staph is.

MRSA may also lead to spending more money and more time in the hospital than Staph.

2. MRSA is not really as common as Staph. An average of 30% of the humans carry the Staph bacteria while an average of 1-5% are MRSA carriers either on their skin and/or inside their noses or throats without being aware of it.

3. You can find Staph bacteria almost anywhere since they are naturally part of our environment. MRSA, on the other hand, is mostly found in healthcare centers although it has be spreading faster to the community in the last 10 years or thereabout.                 

Getting rid of MRSA is relatively more difficult than killing Staph, especially on certain surfaces. For instance, if you are using disinfectants like silver-based products, the kill time for MRSA may be 2 or 3 times more than it is for Staph.

 

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