What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?
Most often, MRSA causes infections on the skin. Symptoms of a staph infection include:
- Tenderness of the skin
These infections may look like any one of the following:
- A cut that is swollen, hot and filled with pus
- Boils - Tender, red lumps that swell and get white heads like very big pimples.
- (Boils form on oily or moist skin such as the neck, armpits, groin, and buttocks. They may break open and ooze pus or blood.)
- Impetigo - Blisters with fluid in them that pop and get a yellow crust. Children often get it on the face. It can be spread by scratching.
- Sores - Look and feel like spider bites
- (MRSA is not caused by a spider bite.)
Staph/MRSA infected skin lesions may progress quickly from a skin or surface irritation to an abscess or serious skin infection. If left untreated, staph/MRSA can infect: