MRSA symptoms in a skin infection may include a red, swollen, and painful area on your skin. There may also be:
Drainage of pus or fluids from an infection
Warmth around the infection area
It is worth noting that that this may only be a general staph infection and these symptoms can be seen with other conditions. Only a medical examination and a test will clarify the nature of your infection
MRSA symptoms of a more serious nature may be seen if the infection enters the bloodstream via cuts, wounds or other injuries, These may include: Chest pain, Chills, Cough, Fatigue, Fever, General ill feeling (malaise), Headache, Muscle aches, Rash, Shortness of breath.
These can also be the symptoms of several other conditions so MRSA may not be the culprit. Bloodstream infections tend to inflame existing conditions so you may already be under medical care. If any of the above symptoms coincide with flu or respitory illness seek medical care as MRSA can complicate these conditions.
Signs and tests
Your doctor may recommend the following tests to detect the bacteria causing your infection:
Culture of the drainage (fluid) from the infection
Skin culture from the infected site
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