Recognizing signs and receiving treatment early will reduce the chances of the infection becoming severe.
MRSA in healthcare settings is usually the result of an invasive medical procedure, and generally causes more severe infections. Outside a healthcare setting, MRSA infections usually appear as a skin infection. The area infected may appear to have pustules or boils which can be red, swollen, painful, or be filled with pus. Sores are sometimes mistaken for a spider bites, and infections commonly occur at sites of cuts or scrapes, as well as areas of the body covered by hair.
Symptoms to watch out for include fever, chills, low blood pressure, joint pain, severe headaches, shortness of breath, and a rash that covers most of the body. If left untreated the infection can cause complications such as endocarditis (inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and valves), necrotizing fasciitis (“flesh-eating bacteria”), osteomyelitis (bone infection), sepsis (bacteria in the bloodstream), and death.