MRSA is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Common antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and methicillin don’t kill it – hence the “cillin resistant” part of the name. Antibiotics in general are less effective now than they were just 10 years ago, so when one finds something that is completely resistant to normal antibiotic treatments – that’s pretty scary. MRSA may spread to the internal organs or systems, cause pneumonia or even death. However, “almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated in the outpatient setting by drainage of the pus by a healthcare provider with or without antibiotics”, cites the CDC.
So, then, the next thing is how does one know? Is there a early sign of Staph or MRSA? Well, fortunately, there is. Many people complain of a painful “spider” bite or pimple.
The CDC has some, umm, interesting pictures
of MRSA for reference. If you have a questionable skin condition that worsens, or is accompanied by a fever, seek medical attention.