Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Quick GuideWhat Is a Staph Infection? Symptoms, Pictures

What Is a Staph Infection? Symptoms, Pictures

What are the symptoms and signs of a staph infection?

Staphylococcal disease of the skin usually results in a localized collection of pus, known as an abscess, boil, or furuncle, depending upon the exact type of lesion that is present. Staph infection symptoms may include an area of skin that appears

  • red,
  • swollen, and
  • tender or painful.

Drainage or pus is common. When staph is in the blood (bacteremia or sepsis), it can cause high fevers, chills, and low blood pressure.

Reviewed on 6/12/2017
References
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Baorto, Elizabeth P. "Staphylococcus Aureus Infection." Medscape.com. June 30, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/971358-overview>.

Herchline, Thomas. "Staphylococcal Infections." Medscape.com. Apr. 7, 2017. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/228816-overview>.

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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)." Mar. 25, 2016.

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