MRSA Infection

What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?
Most often, MRSA causes infections on the skin. Symptoms of a staph infection include:
  • Blisters
  • Boils
  • Pimples
  • Pus
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness of the skin
  • Warmth
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:
  • Blood
  • Eyes
  • Lungs
  • Urine
Example Photos
Staph infections of the skin may look like these photos of staph infections: