MRSA Sinusitis

MRSA Sinusitis

What is MRSA?

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, otherwise known as MRSA, is a staph infection that is extremely resistant to antibiotics. This infection can be the source of sinusitis, and when it is, the sinusitis can be extremely difficult to treat appropriately. If left untreated, however, this infection can lead to serious medical complications.

MRSA is becoming more and more common in a variety of settings, and we’re seeing an increase in clients with this problem. A sinus infection that is caused by MRSA frequently presents like any other bout of sinusitis, but does not respond to standard treatment.

Prevention is the best medicine

washing your hands helps kill germsIndeed, the best way to treat an MRSA staph infection and sinusitis is to avoid it in the first place. If you have a healthy immune system, and don’t work in a hospital or in child care, ordinary precautions such as regular hand-washing, not sharing towels, and refraining from unnecessary bouts of antibiotics should keep you MRSA-free. However, if you are immuno-compromised, or regularly exposed to people who may have staph infections, you may want to take further precautions, such as soaking in a Clorox or Hibiclens bath three times a week, and letting your towel dry only once before laundering it in hot water.

If you think you might have MRSA sinusitis, contact us right away. In many cases, surgery is required in order to clear the infection and enlarge the openings of the sinuses. There are a few non-surgical treatments available, however, including nebulized antibiotics that work directly on the sinuses, instead of being absorbed via the digestive system like oral antibiotics. Call us today to discuss alternative treatments and care.

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