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MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is MRSA?

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a strain of staph bacteria that can cause infection. Usually, antibiotics are used to kill bacteria. MRSA bacteria are resistant to the common antibiotics used to treat Staph infections. This makes MRSA hard to treat. MRSA most commonly causes a skin or soft tissue infection. Bacteria may get into your skin or soft tissue through a cut, sore, or incision. MRSA may spread to your blood, lungs, heart, and bone.

What increases my risk for MRSA?

What else do I need to know about MRSA infections?

You can have an active MRSA infection or you can be a carrier of MRSA bacteria and not have symptoms.

What are the signs and symptoms of MRSA skin infection?

How is MRSA diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you about recent antibiotic use and other possible risks. Tell your provider when your symptoms started. Also tell your provider if anyone close to you has had an infection. You may need any of the following:

How is MRSA treated?

Some MRSA infections of the skin can be treated at home. Other MRSA infections need to be treated in the hospital. Treatment can help prevent the spread of MRSA infection to other parts of your body. Treatments may include any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I prevent the spread of active MRSA infection?

Do the following if you have an active MRSA infection:

What do I need to know about MRSA in my home?

MRSA can stay on surfaces for weeks. It is important to keep others safe by doing the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor ?

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