December 1, 2015

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What are the signs and symptoms of a MRSA infection?

Most MRSA infections are skin infections that produce the following signs and symptoms:

  • Cellulitis (infection of the skin or the fat and tissues that lie immediately beneath the skin, usually starting as small red bumps in the skin with some areas resembling a bruise)
  • Boils (pus-filled infections of hair follicles)
  • Abscesses (collections of pus in or under the skin)
  • Sty (an infection of an oil gland of the eyelid)
  • Carbuncles (infections larger than an abscess, usually with several openings to the skin)
  • Impetigo (a skin infection with pus-filled blisters)
  • Rash (skin appears to be reddish or have red-colored areas)

Most of the above signs and symptoms represent the early stages of MRSA infections. One major problem with MRSA (and occasionally with other staph infections) is that occasionally the skin infection can spread to almost any other organ in the body. When this happens, more severe symptoms develop. MRSA that spreads to internal organs can become life-threatening. Fever, chills, low blood pressure, joint pains, severe headaches, shortness of breath, and "rash over most of the body" are symptoms that need immediate medical attention, especially when associated with skin infections. However, some infections can spread to or originate in areas like the lungs, ears, or sinuses. Some CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA infections become severe, and complications such as endocarditis, necrotizing fasciitis, osteomyelitis, sepsis, and death may occur. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 2/4/2015