Many people have a basic urinary tract infection and believe that they can treat it at home. However, when MRSA is added to a UTI the person may become increasingly and rapidly ill. The signs of MRSA-UTI can mimic other UTI symptoms, but there are some specific signs to watch for.
The CDC reports that approximately 25 to 30 percent of the population are colonized with staphylococcus aureus bacteria (i.e., have the bacteria in their nasal cavity). The bacteria usually enter a person's body from an open wound, cut, sore, catheter or breathing tube. Individuals with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to this infection. But you may not even realize that you have been infected with an MRSA-UTI until you become very ill.
A fever that is over 100.5 should be taken very seriously. When a person has an MRSA-UTI her fever may shoot up quickly. She may also be chilled and unable to get warm. This is an important sign that the infection is worsening and she needs to seek medical assistance.
The National Library of Medicine reports that flank or side pain is a common symptom of an MRSA-UTI. Many people complain of feeling pressure and pain in the lower part of the abdomen. They may also have a burning or pressure during urination. This is the most basic sign we connect with a UTI. However, this sign should be taken seriously when associated with other symptoms because it could mean that you do have a serious infection.
As the infection increases, some people lose the ability to control urination. They may leak out urine a little at a time or completely lose continence. This symptom usually goes hand in hand with abdominal pain, but everyone is different and some patients may experience only one of these symptoms.
Nausea is another common symptom of MRSA-UTI. The nausea may increase and lead to vomiting as the body struggles with the bacterial toxins.