Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a bacteria resistant to standard antibiotics. MRSA began in hospitals, but is now regularly found in community settings.
Signs of a staph or MRSA skin infection include slow-healing wounds, infected pimples, boils or rashes that can be painful, red, swollen or warm. Sometimes, these can resemble spider bites.
Staph infections can also enter your bloodstream, causing more serious illness. Symptoms include high fever, hot, painful wounds, headache, tiredness and more.
MRSA is serious, but preventable. Here are some guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:
What to do
If you think you may have a staph infection, keep the area clean and dry, and see your healthcare provider.
Lab tests are the only way to determine whether an infection is MRSA or another form of staph. Your provider will use the results to determine the best treatment options. Good hygiene, including keeping infections clean, dry and covered, is important.
More on MRSA...
Learn more about staph and MRSA with information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: