PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are symptoms of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?

ANSWER

The symptoms of MRSA infection depend on where you've been infected.

MRSA most often appears as a skin infection, like a boil or abscess. It also might infect a surgical wound. In either case, the area would look:

Many people who have a staph skin infection often mistake it for a spider bite.

  • Swollen
  • Red
  • Painful
  • Filled with pus

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




Dermatology NursingInfections in Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 02, 2019

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




Dermatology NursingInfections in Medicine

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 02, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What will you feel if methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infects the lungs and causes pneumonia?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.