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What is MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)?

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MRSA is a bacterial infection that can be dangerous because it resists some antibiotics. The rash usually shows up as painful red bumps that look like pimples or spider bites. It may be warm to the touch, and you might have a fever.

From: Do I Have a Skin Infection? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 19, 2017

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