In Medical Terminology, What Is The Classification Of The MRSA Infection?


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MRSA (which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of staphylococcus aureus that is opposed to the sterile activity of methicilin and other connected antibiotics of penicillin class.

Staphylcoccus aureus is one of the species of bacteria which is mostly commonly found on the skin and nose areas of a human being. However it is harmless in these areas but once it gets in to the body by breaking through in to the skin through cuts, wounds and surgical incisions it can cause infection. These infections come in the form of pimples or boils and even cause serious infection in the blood, bones and even joints.

Most strains of staphylococcus aureus are resistant to penicillin reason being that staphylococcus aureus can create a substance called beta-lactamase that degrades penicillin and destroys its sterile action.

However in the 1960s, methicillin was developed which was a new type of penicillin antibiotic and it was not refused by beta-lactamase thus it was used to treat infections which had the beta-lactamase containing strains of staphylococcus aureus.

Later methicillin was taken over by a latest and better penicillin type antibiotic which were also not refused by the beta-lactamase containing strains of staphylococcus aureus. This penicillin was flucloxacillin.

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