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|Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)|
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections. Recent data show that Americans visit the doctor approximately 12 million times each year to get checked for suspected Staph or MRSA skin infection.
MRSA is spread by:
Most staph skin infections, including MRSA, appear as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be:
Treatment for MRSA skin infections may include having a healthcare professional drain the infection and, in some cases, prescribe an antibiotic. Do not attempt to drain the infection yourself – doing so could worsen or spread it to others. If you are given an antibiotic, be sure to take all of the doses (even if the infection is getting better), unless your healthcare professional tells you to stop taking it.