There are different types of MRSA.
MRSA, HA-MRSA, & CA-MRSA
Staph skin infections, including MRSA, generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin. But they can also penetrate into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.
MRSA infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called "staph." MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It's a strain of staph that's resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. MRSA can be fatal.
Most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. It's known as health care-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk of HA-MRSA.
Update: More recently, another type of MRSA has occurred among otherwise healthy people in the wider community. This form, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, is responsible for serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia. PA Prison Systems are testing to help elevate the health risk through out the system by detecting & protecting the citizens from this deadly virus during intake.
All examples can be found at The Mayo Clinic Staff Page and by googeling MRSA under google Images for visual clarification of real cases. Of course the only good answer is to be seen by your doctor as quickly as possible and limit all contact in the mean while. Most states offer some type of free health clinics and walk in centers for thoses of us without some type of health insurance. If you get treatment right away you limit your risk of developing internal infections which can lead to a death. If you have something that even remotely looks like this and your not sure then get seen by your doctor as quickly as possible, at the very least you will reduce your stress levels immediatly. dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/antibiotic_resistance/mrsa/picpage.asp
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