Blisters and boils are the most common forms of MRSA infections on the skin. Commonly mistaken as spider bites -- even by physicians -- these staph infections are highly resistant to many antibiotics and can easily spread through crowded conditions like those of prisons or military barracks.
Even though MRSA most often shows up as blisters or boils, not all blisters or boils are from MRSA. Other forms of staphylococcus aureus, as well as group A Streptococcus bacteria, cause skin infections that look very similar. Whether it's a staph infection, a strep infection or MRSA, if the boil develops and doesn't go away in a few days, see a doctor.
MRSA infections that spread through hospitals and nursing homes are referred to as healthcare acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA). MRSA infections that come from somewhere other than in a healthcare setting are known as community acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA).
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