10 MRSA Symptoms

By christine
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, is a staph infection that's resistant to many antibiotics. The infection is typically seen in hospitals and other health care facilities, but can spread anywhere in the community.

Antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria infections are serious and can cause severe complications. Common MRSA symptoms begin with small, round and painful bumps that look like pimples. Some may mistake these for spider bites. The bumps can be full of pus that's highly infectious and can spread easily between patients. A doctor will provide diagnosis and management to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.1‘General Information.’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html

Small Red Bumps

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus can occur following a severe illness, such as pneumonia. However, as it spreads in community settings, it's become more common in healthy people. Staph bacteria are naturally found in the nose and on the skin. MRSA developed as a result of antibiotic overuse. 1‘General Information.’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html

The first MRSA symptom is the appearance of small red bumps anywhere on the body. These look like tiny pimples or spider bites. The area around the bumps is red or inflamed from the infection. Rather than improving over three to four days, these sores can appear and feel worse.


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