MRSA " Super Bug " - Resistant Staph Bacteria


The most common visible signs of MRSA are:

  • Bumps, pimple-like lumps, or blisters on the skin, either singly or more than one.
  • Swelling, reddening, and tenderness of the skin often surround the lumps or bumps.
  • White or yellow pus filled heads are often found at the center of lumps, which often drain on their own.
  • Skin infections on fingers, legs, arms, back, face or buttocks are most common, especially for infections caught in the community
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Acute pain
Tests to diagnose: 

Doctors diagnose MRSA by checking a tissue sample or nasal secretions for signs of drug-resistant bacteria. 


Both health care-associated and community-associated strains of MRSA still respond to certain antibiotics. In some cases, antibiotics may not be necessary. For example, doctors may drain a superficial abscess caused by MRSA rather than treat the infection with drugs.