MRSA is a bacterial infection that can spread easily through skin contact, bedding, and towels, most often in a hospital environment. The MRSA bacteria can live harmlessly on the skin, but it can also cause a range of skin-related or cutaneous infections that lead to various symptoms, usually beginning with skin lesions. Later in the disease, other infections may occur, and lesions may or may not persist.
Cellulitis is a skin infection of the deeper layers of the skin and underlying tissue. It can occur anywhere in the body but often affects the lower legs. The skin becomes red, hot, swollen, and tender. In severe cases, cellulitis can cause fever, shaking chills, vomiting and nausea, confusion, and dizziness. An abscess is a painful lump under the skin that produces pus. These common growths do not necessarily point to MRSA but are a common symptom of the disease.
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