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When should I call the doctor about MRSA in my child?

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If you think your child has a MRSA infection, seek medical attention right away. Call the doctor if:

  • Your child or other family member has a red, painful, swollen, warm, pus-filled, or red-streaked area of skin, with or without draining. These skin infections may look like boils. They often show up in areas where there has been a cut or scrape.
  • Your child or other family member also has a fever or feels sick
  • Skin infections are passing between family members or friends

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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