You cannot tell by looking if it is a serious staph or MRSA infection. Get medical care quickly to make sure the infection will not become serious.
MRSA skin infections often appear as wounds or boils that are
- painful, or
- have pus or other drainage.
Many people first think they have spider bites. These infections commonly happen where skin has been cut or wounded, and on areas covered by hair (e.g., back of neck, groin, buttocks, armpit, beard area).
If you have a bump or infection on your skin
with the above symptoms:
- See a doctor.
- Do not pick at or pop the sore.
- Cover the area with clean, dry bandages.
- Clean your hands often.