Symptoms
Symptoms of MRSA:

The following symptoms may be intermittent or recurrent:

  • nose sores
  • blisters that may look like insect bites
  • boils that may look like spider bites
  • fluid, blood or pus filled boils
  • itchy skin or nose
  • low grade fever
  • fatigue
  • body aches
  • cuts that become infected easily or often
  • red spots or various types of rashes
  • diaper rash
  • chest cold
  • jaw pain
  • ear pain
  • sinus infection
  • mastitis (breast infection in nursing mothers)
  • red, warm, swollen or painful area on the skin
  • urinary tract infection

MRSA infections can happen ANYWHERE on or in your body.  
Keep in mind that these symptoms do not all occur at the same
time and most people only experience a few of these.  CA-
MRSA infected people are prone to recurrent blisters and
boils.  There is always a possibility that any of the above
symptoms can indicate or be a precursor to a very serious
MRSA infection.  However, the following symptoms are
considered to be more serious:

  • pain or lumps under the skin
  • red streaks on the skin near an old or new wound
  • signs of infection on or near a surgical site
  • low or high fever
  • low blood pressure
  • chills
  • malaise
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • rash
  • vomiting
  • vision change, dizziness

As you compare the two lists above, you can see why MRSA is
giving the medical community such a problem (see our "Home"
page or "Our MRSA Story").  Many MRSA infections go
completely undiagnosed, even fatal ones.  Also, it is very
common for doctors to give the symptoms of an infection a
fancy medical term to make it sound like a microbiological
diagnosis.  Confused?  We were, too.  Here are a few
definitions of medical conditions that may be related to MRSA:

Cellulitis - a deep infection (infected tissues under the
skin or inside the body)
Folliculitis - blisters/bumps on the skin
Furunculitis - boils on the skin
Impetigo - rash-like skin infection
Meningitis - inflammation of the meninges (infection of
the tissues surrounding the brain & spinal cord)
Osteomyelitis - bone infection
Septecimia - (septic, sepsis, septic shock, blood
poisoning) - infection that is moving through
your entire body or blood stream
Leukocytosis - a high white blood cell count
Pneumonia - inflammation of the lungs
Mastoiditis - infection of a portion of the temporal bone of the
skull that is behind the ear
Fasciitis -

If you are diagnosed with one of the above medical terms, you
simply have a fancy name for your symptoms.  If you have not
been told the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may not
actually know even after various tests are run, including blood
tests.  Even worse, your doctor may guess as to what is
causing your symptoms and then give you an antibiotic that
isn't specific to your needs (see our "Treatments" page).
There is no special blood test for MRSA except to see if you
are becoming septic (they'll check your blood cell count).  
There is a new investigational blood test but, again, it only
detects MRSA if it has entered the blood stream.  The only
way true way to test if a symptom is MRSA-related is to culture
(take a blood/pus/tissue sample of) an infected area.  
However, some doctors are now assuming that all infections
are MRSA and they will prescribe or act accordingly.  Taking
antibiotics is a serious decision and taking the wrong ones (or
taking them needlessly) is a very big problem.   If you have
been cultured and know for sure you are infected with MRSA,
please see our "Help & Support" page, our "Treatments" page
and our "Links" page.
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