MRSA skin infections are serious and need to be treated.
Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people and can sometimes cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States. Most of these skin infections are minor; however, when certain antibiotics don’t kill the staph bacteria, it means the bacteria have become resistant to those antibiotics. One type of resistant staph bacteria is called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). MRSA skin infections are serious and need to be treated.