When Should You Seek Medical Help for MRSA?


If you think you, or someone else has a MRSA skin infection, seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

  • Skin infections that look like pimples, boils, or spider bites can quickly progress into deep, invasive infections. 

Early Detection and Treatment

Early detection and treatment of MRSA skin infections will minimize the need for more invasive treatment, i.e. surgery and/or hospitalization. 

  • Antibiotics are more effective at the onset of the infection, before the infection is allowed to progress. 
  • If treatment is delayed, infections can progress into serious or life-threatening infections. 

Early Surgical Drainage 

Surgical drainage (lancing) is required to treat an abscess; antibiotics cannot penetrate into a pocket of pus.

  • An abscess often forms within an area of cellulitis. If treated early one may be able to prevent abscess formation.

Signs for Concern

Serious skin infections are often accompanied by fever, fatigue and body aches.

Note: MRSA infections can quickly progress in to serious and/or life threatening infections. When in doubt, be seen by your healthcare provider.