Symptoms of carbuncle
Symptoms of MRSA
Staph infection of the skin can result in a localized collection of abscesses, boils or furuncles that are filled with pus. The affected region may turn red and swollen and be intensely painful, and drainage of the area may occur. If the MRSA infection is moderate, some of the symptoms that may be present include headache, a general sick feeling, muscle aches, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, shivering and chest pain of mild to medium intensity. More severe cases of MRSA infection usually have worsening symptoms, including: muscle aches, joint pain, bone pain, chest pain, painful breathing, shortness of breath, fever and chills, low blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, rash and malaise.
If the Staph bacteria manage to infect the bloodstream, a life-threatening condition called septic
shock occurs. Sepsis causes a severe drop in blood pressure and may also cause fever and breathing problems. Symptoms can also occur from a bloodstream infection from the bacteria spreading to other parts of the body. When this occurs, many complications are possible, including septic arthritis, abscesses deep within the body, blood poisoning, or septicaemia, a bone infection called osteomyelitis, meningitis, endocarditis, or inflammation of the inner lining of the heart, and pneumonia.
Wounds infected with MRSA will become red, swollen and tender and have yellowish pus seeping from them in most cases. It is important to take care of minor skin wounds such as burns, cuts, puncture wounds or bites before they become infected. If the wound becomes infected, it is wise to seek professional medical attention for treatment.