Symptoms of an MRSA infection 

The symptoms of an MRSA infection will depend on what part of the body is infected.

Skin and soft tissue MRSA infections

If MRSA infects the skin, it can result in a wound infection, boil or abscess.

If it infects the deeper layers of skin, it's known as cellulitis.

Typical symptoms are:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  • pain
  • a discharge of pus

Some people have additional symptoms, such as a high temperature (fever) and a general feeling of being unwell. 

These infections can also be caused by bacteria other than MRSA, so having the symptoms above doesn't necessarily mean you have MRSA.

Invasive MRSA infections

If the MRSA bacteria penetrate deeper inside your body or into your blood, they can cause a more serious, invasive infection.

Signs of an invasive infection include:

  • a high temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • chills
  • generally feeling unwell 
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • muscle aches and pains
  • pain, swelling and tenderness in the affected body part 

Examples of invasive MRSA infections include:

Click on the links above for the specific symptoms of these infections.

Page last reviewed: 28/04/2015

Next review due: 28/04/2017