Skin boils are an infection that starts around a hair follicle or oil gland. They are usually caused by Staphylococcus bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA , but may be due to other infectious agents. MRSA can't be identified simply by looking at it. Many skin infections look similar.
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MRSA is a strain of S. Although methicillin is no longer used, MRSA has become widespread—some 50 million people worldwide are believed to carry the organism. It is commonly found on the skin , in the nose , or in the blood or urine. MRSA lingers on surfaces for months, allowing it to spread easily through households and health care facilities.
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Certain bacteria commonly live on the skin of many people without causing harm. However, these bacteria can cause skin infections if they enter the body through cuts, open wounds, or other breaks in the skin. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, pain, or pus. While many bacterial skin infections are mild and easily treatable, some can become very serious and even life threatening. In addition, some bacterial infections can be spread to others.
Last Updated: September 12, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Chris M. Matsko, MD. Chris M. Matsko is a retired physician based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.