MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria causes skin infections with the following signs and symptoms: cellulitis, abscesses, carbuncles, impetigo, styes, and boils. Normal skin tissue doesn't usually allow MRSA infection to develop. Individuals with depressed immune systems and people with cuts, abrasions, or chronic skin disease are more susceptible to MRSA infection.
Diseases and Conditions
- Is MRSA Contagious?Source: MedicineNet
Find out if MRSA is contagious, discover how MRSA is transmitted, and learn when to seek medical care for a suspected MRSA infection.
- Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)Source: MedicineNet
Read about staph infection treatment and complications: impetigo and cellulitis. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria may cause these symptoms and signs: boils, furuncles, pain, rash, pus drainage, redness, swelling, and fever.
- Antibiotic Resistance (Drug Resistance, Antimicrobial Resistance)Source: Government
Learn more about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, including an overview, causes, and how you can protect yourself from deadly infections.
- Is a Staph Infection Contagious?Source: MedicineNet
Find out if a staph infection is contagious, learn how a staph infection is transmitted, and discover when to seek medical care for a suspected staph infection.
- Necrotizing FasciitisSource: MedicineNet
Necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating disease, is caused by a bacterial infection. Learn symptoms, treatment, statistics, diagnosis, if the disease is contagious, and the history of the disease.
- CellulitisSource: MedicineNet
Get information on cellulitis (noncontagious spreading bacterial skin infection) treatment, causes, symptoms (pain, redness, swelling), and complications. See a picture of cellulitis.
- Is Sepsis Contagious?Source: MedicineNet
What is sepsis? Find out if sepsis is contagious, as well as the symptoms, signs, treatment, and definition. Learn how it spreads, and discover when to seek medical care for an individual who may be septic.
Slideshows, Images, and Quizzes
- MRSA Quiz: Infection Symptoms & TreatmentSource: MedicineNet
Learn about the MRSA infection treatment and symptoms. The MRSA bacteria (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) can also cause a sikn infection. What does MRSA look like? How do you get MRSA? What causes MRSA?
- MRSA Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and TreatmentSource: OnHealth
MRSA and staph infections are caused by a 'super bug' resistant to antibiotics. Learn causes, symptoms, and treatment options of the highly contagious infection, MSRA.
- What Is a Staph Infection? Symptoms, PicturesSource: OnHealth
Do you know what a staph infection is? Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of staph infections (Staphylococcus aureus) before they turn dangerous.
- Bad Gross-outs for Teen Boy's Locker Room in PicturesSource: WebMD - Health Tools
Yellow toenails, itchy rashes, and oozing ears abound in teen guys' locker rooms. WebMD's pictures cover the symptoms, fixes, and ways to stay healthy in sports and at the gym.
- Skin Infections: What You Should KnowSource: WebMD - Health Tools
Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause skin infections. You can do some things to avoid them, but most of us will get an infection on our skin at some point.
- Childhood Diseases: Measles, Mumps, & MoreSource: OnHealth
Is your child at risk for these childhood diseases? Know when to call the doctor for conditions such as measles, mumps, ringworm, pink eye, strep throat, cough, ear aches, and more.
Symptoms and Signs
- MRSA InfectionSource: MedicineNet
Learn the causes, symptoms, and signs of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the medications used in treatment. Common symptoms and signs include pus drainage, redness, swelling, rash, and fever. Pinpoint your symptoms and signs with MedicineNet's Symptom Checker.
Doctor's and Expert's Views
- Superbug Staph (MRSA) Spread in CommunitySource: MedicineNet
Learn about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of MRSA, a drug-resistant staph infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is more difficult to treat because it is resistant to various antibiotics.
- Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA BacteriaSource: HealthDay
- Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Reaching Epidemic Levels in Some Parts of U.S.Source: HealthDay
- Plight of NFL Player Stricken by MRSA Germ 'Extremely Unusual'Source: HealthDay
Infectious diseases doctors say they're puzzled by a serious MRSA infection that could cost a professional football player his foot.
- Nearby Livestock May Raise 'Superbug' RiskSource: HealthDay
Living near livestock may raise your risk of picking up a so-called 'superbug,' methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a new study.
- Can Hot Coffee or Tea Cut MRSA Risk?Source: WebMD Health News
- MRSA More Likely to Lurk in Certain PatientsSource: HealthDay
- Pets Can Carry Same 'Superbug' Strains as Their Owners: StudySource: HealthDay
A new study may provide the best evidence yet that the superbug known as MRSA can travel between humans and their pets, although researchers caution that people shouldn't worry too much about the germ lurking in their cats and dogs.
- Serious MRSA Infections in U.S. Declining: CDCSource: HealthDay
Potentially fatal invasive infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are declining in the United States, according to a new government report.
- MRSA: Experts Answer Your QuestionsSource: WebMD Health News
- 'Superbug' Infections Down 30 Percent at VA HospitalsSource: HealthDay
Rates of a deadly superbug called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, have dropped steadily at hospitals and long-term care health care facilities run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over the past eight years, according to a new report.
- 'Superbug' MRSA Infections Aren't Dropping in Children: CDCSource: HealthDay
Although rates of infection with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are declining among American adults, the rates among children remain largely unchanged, a new government study finds.
- Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSASource: HealthDay
An antibiotic-resistant superbug, long a problem in health-care settings, is now taking up residence in people's homes, a new U.S. study finds.
- Hospital-Acquired MRSA Infections On the Decline, CDC SaysSource: HealthDay
- Drug-Resistant Staph Threatens Cystic Fibrosis PatientsSource: HealthDay
- Doorknobs May Be 'Reservoirs' for MRSASource: WebMD Health News
- Deadly 'Super Bug' Controlled in Large Study of HospitalsSource: HealthDay
Providing antibacterial soap and ointment to all patients in intensive-care units helps control the potentially deadly hospital-acquired infection known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- or MRSA, a new U.S. government-funded study finds.
- VA Program Reduces MRSA Germ Cases at Long-Term Care CentersSource: HealthDay
The number of infections with dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria at VA long-term care centers has dropped since a program to combat the problem was launched in 2009, a new report shows.
- Children in Intensive Care Should Be Screened for MRSASource: HealthDay
- MRSA Infections Double Among IV Drug UsersSource: HealthDay
MRSA superbug infections doubled among injection drug users in the United States over five years, according to a federal government study released Thursday.
- More U.S. Deaths from MRSA Than AIDSSource: WebMD Health News
- Are We Finally Outsmarting the MRSA Superbug?Source: WebMD Health News
Rates of drug-resistant staph infections seem to be on the decline in the community at large as well as in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Study: Antibiotic Ointments May Aid Spread of MRSASource: WebMD Health News
- Kids, Seniors Prone to MRSA Infections Depending on Season: StudySource: HealthDay
The threat posed to children and seniors by potentially deadly strains of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria varies by season, new research finds.
- Urban Hospitals May Act as Breeding Ground for MRSASource: HealthDay
A dangerous antibiotic-resistant "superbug" appears to originate in hospitals in large cities and then spreads to smaller hospitals, according to a new study.
- Cat Got Your MRSA?Source: WebMD Health News
- Contact Sports Boost Spread of 'Superbug' Germs, Study SaysSource: HealthDay
THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds.
- New MRSA Strain Found in DenmarkSource: HealthDay
Researchers in Denmark have identified a new form of the superbug known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that they suspect may be spread through eating contaminated poultry.
- New Strain of MRSA Found in MilkSource: WebMD Health News
- Blue Light Kills MRSASource: WebMD Health News
- C. diff Infection Rate May Overtake MRSASource: WebMD Health News
C. diff Infection Rate May Overtake MRSA
- Chemicals in Marijuana May Fight MRSASource: WebMD Health News
- European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study FindsSource: HealthDay
The main strain of a common antibiotic-resistant infection in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa originated in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study says.
- FDA OKs 1st Quick MRSA Blood TestSource: WebMD Health News
- ICU Gloves and Gowns Might Reduce MRSA Infection, Study SaysSource: HealthDay
Requiring health care workers to wear gloves and gowns for all contact with intensive care unit (ICU) patients reduces the risk of one type of antibiotic-resistant infection, but not another, a new study shows.
- Is LRSA the New MRSA?Source: WebMD Health News
- Kids' Fatal Flu Often Includes MRSASource: WebMD Health News
- Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the DangerSource: HealthDay
While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections.
- Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA VirusSource: HealthDay
- 'Super Bug' May Thrive in Homes Where Kids Have Staph InfectionsSource: HealthDay
People in the homes of children with skin and soft-tissue infections caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus have a higher rate of methicillin-resistant S. aureus colonization than the general population, a new study finds.
- Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Up Among Hospitalized Kids: StudySource: HealthDay
Hospitalized children are developing antibiotic-resistant staph infections of their musculoskeletal systems in rising numbers, resulting in longer hospital stays, more surgeries and other related complications, a new study finds.
- A New Antibiotic to the Rescue?Source: HealthDay
An experimental antibiotic has shown promise against a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in animals, researchers report.
- Drug-Resistant Staph Is HereSource: WebMD Health News
- NASA Sends 'Superbug' to the Space StationSource: HealthDay
A staph germ resistant to multiple antibiotics -- a so-called "superbug'' -- was planned to be sent via rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday.
- Patients Gain When Hospitals Work Together on Infection ControlSource: HealthDay
Infection-control cooperation and coordination among hospitals in the same region helps all of them reduce their risk of outbreaks, a new study finds.
- Pig-to-Human 'Superbug' May Be Due to Animal AntibioticsSource: HealthDay
Researchers who traced the evolution of a potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria strain that can jump from livestock to humans say their findings highlight the dangers of widespread antibiotic use in animal food production.
- Health Highlights: May 17, 2010Source: HealthDay
- Tobacco Smoke Strengthens 'Superbug,' Lab Research FindsSource: HealthDay
Cigarette smoke appears to strengthen a dreaded superbug, new research in mice shows.
- Bacteria Infection Risk May Be Higher for Pregnant Women With DiabetesSource: HealthDay
Pregnant women with diabetes are three times more likely to develop a potentially deadly hospital-acquired infection than those without diabetes, a new study finds.
- Blood Infections in ICU Cut With Simple Measures: StudySource: HealthDay
The use of antibacterial soap and ointment on all intensive care patients led to a significant reduction in bloodstream infections, a new study shows.
- Some Kids' Surgery Should Include Staph Screening: StudySource: HealthDay
Screening and treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria benefits children undergoing open-airway surgery, according to a new study.
- Testing for Penicillin Allergy May Cut 'Superbug' Infection RiskSource: HealthDay
People believed to have a penicillin allergy are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics that can raise their risk for dangerous infections, a new study suggests.
- FDA: Hand Sanitizers Make False ClaimsSource: WebMD Health News
- Gay Men More Likely to Contract 'Superbug'Source: HealthDay
- Superbugs: What They Are and How You Get ThemSource: WebMD Health News
Imagine being sick in the hospital with a bacterial infection and doctors can't stop it from spreading. This so-called 'superbug' scenario is not science fiction. It's an urgent, worldwide worry that is prompting swift action.
- Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin AbscessesSource: HealthDay
New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say.
- U.S. Is Lagging in Effort to Control SuperbugsSource: WebMD Health News
- Easy-to-Use IV Antibiotics Could Help Treat Serious Skin InfectionsSource: HealthDay
Severe skin infections are often treated with IV antibiotics for days. But two new drugs -- given once a week, or just once -- could offer an alternative, researchers report.
- Newborns Vulnerable to Common Staph Infections: StudySource: HealthDay
Bloodstream infections in newborns are rare, but when they occur, normal staph infections are just as dangerous as antibiotic-resistant ones, a new study finds.
- Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs?Source: WebMD Health News
- Antibiotic-Resistant Hospital Germ Traced to U.K. Livestock, Study FindsSource: HealthDay
A strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals can be traced back to livestock, a new study says.
- Antiobiotic Resistance Spikes During Flu SeasonSource: HealthDay
Resistance to antibiotics spikes during flu season, likely because that's when the drugs are prescribed more often, researchers report.
- More Medicinal Uses for PomegranateSource: HealthDay
- Staph Infection Risk Rises With Brain, Chest SurgeriesSource: HealthDay
- Health Highlights: Sept. 14, 2009Source: HealthDay
- Bleach Baths May Help Kids With EczemaSource: WebMD Health News
- Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous GermsSource: HealthDay
Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report.
- Hospital Room Floors May Harbor 'Superbugs'Source: HealthDay
Hospital room floors may be more of a superbug threat than many hospital staffers realize, new research suggests.
- Unwanted Germs Can Land, Last Inside JetlinersSource: HealthDay
Illness-causing bacteria can survive on surfaces inside airplanes for days or even up to a week, a new study shows.
- Drug to Treat Serious Infections May Harm Kids' Kidneys, Study SaysSource: HealthDay
Treating children who have drug-resistant bacterial infections with high doses of the antibiotic vancomycin may raise the risk of kidney damage, a new study says.
- Germs Fly in Roller-Derby Games, Study FindsSource: HealthDay
As roller-derby skaters bump and smack one another on the track, a new study finds that they're exchanging more than bruises: These combative women are also swapping countless bacteria that live on their skin.
- In Hospitals, Daily Antiseptic Bath May Prevent Dangerous InfectionsSource: HealthDay
A daily swabbing with a simple antiseptic greatly decreases the number of life-threatening bloodstream infections and drug-resistant bacteria lurking among patients in acute-care hospital units, a new study suggests.
- Many Americans Still in the Dark About Antibiotic ResistanceSource: HealthDay
Americans are not as smart about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance as they should be, a new poll shows.
- New Antibiotics May One Day Beat SuperbugsSource: HealthDay
As concerns over antibiotic resistance grow around the world, researchers report they've discovered a promising new group of antibiotics.
- Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on InfectionsSource: HealthDay
- Germicidal Wipes Can Spread BacteriaSource: WebMD Health News
- Antibiotic Combinations Could Fight Resistant GermsSource: HealthDay
- Antibiotic Shortages On the Rise in U.S.Source: HealthDay
Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report.
- Better Control of Drug-Resistant Germs Could Save Thousands of Lives: CDCSource: HealthDay
An immediate, focused effort to halt the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs could save tens of thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of new infections over the next five years, a new government report suggests.
- Doctors' Germ-Laden Stethoscope May Spread Nasty BacteriaSource: HealthDay
Stethoscopes help diagnose and heal, but this primary tool of physicians also has significant potential to spread germs from patient to patient, a new study reports.
- New Antibiotic May Combat Resistant BacteriaSource: HealthDay
Laboratory researchers say they've discovered a new antibiotic that could prove valuable in fighting disease-causing bacteria that no longer respond to older, more frequently used drugs.
- Poor Hygiene a Danger at Outpatient Surgery CentersSource: HealthDay
- Seniors Often Bring Drug-Resistant Germs to Rehab CentersSource: HealthDay
Seniors transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility often bring dangerous germs with them, a new study suggests.
- Computers Help Beat Hospital InfectionsSource: HealthDay
- FDA Approves Antibiotic for Skin InfectionsSource: HealthDay
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the intravenous antibiotic Dalvance (dalbavancin) to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other potentially deadly bacterial skin infections resistant to older antibiotics.
- Orbactiv Approved for Drug-Resistant Skin InfectionsSource: HealthDay
The antibacterial drug Orbactiv (oritavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat drug-resistant skin infections in adults, the agency said in a news release.
- Scientists Engineering Advanced Wound DressingsSource: HealthDay
- Sivextro Approved for Severe Skin InfectionsSource: HealthDay
The antibiotic Sivextro (tedizolid phosphate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with serious or life-threatening skin infections.
- Super-Strong Paint Kills SuperbugsSource: WebMD Health News
- Germs in the GymSource: HealthDay
Talk about an unwanted pass -- basketballs and volleyballs can spread potentially dangerous germs among players, according to a new study.
- Hospital Infection Rates Falling, But More Improvement Needed: CDCSource: HealthDay
Rates of many types of hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
- Immune System Gene Discovery Sheds Light on Staph InfectionsSource: HealthDay
- Move to Hospital Isolation Unit Linked to Raised Delirium RiskSource: HealthDay
- New Antibiotic May Treat Skin Infections in Shorter TimeSource: HealthDay
A short course of treatment with a newer antibiotic called tedizolid works as well against bacterial skin infections as longer treatment with the antibiotic linezolid, a new study finds.
- New Infectious Diseases on the RiseSource: WebMD Health News
- Old Tech Helps Soldiers With New Wound InfectionSource: HealthDay
- Some Farm Workers Harbor Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, Study FindsSource: HealthDay
A new study has raised more concerns about the widespread use of antibiotics in U.S. livestock.
- Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2006Source: HealthDay
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus
- MRSA infection
- Staphylococcal infection
Health Features, Tips, and Recipes
- Staph Infection: Question and AnswerSource: Government
- MRSA: 5 'Hot Spots'Source: WebMD Feature Archive