Spiders are probably the most feared pest to most people. Spiders are blamed for most bites, yet are typically not the source of skin irratations and infections. A Spider bite is a rare occurance and there are many other things that can cause spider bite like "wounds".
Infections that need medical attention, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)? Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Beta-lactam antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillian, penicillin and amoxicillin. While 25% to 30% of the population is colonized with staph, approximately 1% is colonized with MRSA
What is Staphylococcus aureus (staph)?
Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people, no I am not going to go there, but approximately 25% to 30% of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present, but not causing an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria. Sometimes, staph can cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common cause of skin infections in the United States. Most of these skin infections are minor (such as pimples and boils) and can be treated without antibiotics (also known as antimicrobials or antibacterials). However, staph bacteria also can cause serious infections (such as surgical wound infections, blood stream infections, and pneumonia).
What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?
Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage (two fun words), often blamed on insect bites. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.
The forms of MRSA are a recently-emerging medical condition that is gaining recognition in the medical community. Lesions due to these bacterial infections are frequently misdiagnosed as spide bites. The psychological mythologies associated with spider bites are deeply entrenched in both the medical community and general public, and can lead to incorrect and detrimental opinions being formed by the client. Word-of-mouth misconceptions involving spiders run deep, and are persistent and difficult to correct. However, as more people in medicine, pest control and the general public become aware of MRSA, there eill be less reliance on spiders as scapegoats for mysterious skin lesions.
Technical information provided by CFDC and Rick Vetter UCR
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