Both often start out as mild infections on the skin, showing up as pimples or boils. Surgical wounds are often prime targets for these germs. A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the borders of U. Infections are more likely to occur if there is some opening in the skin, such as from a shaving nick or a needle puncture, that breaks the body's "protective barrier," says Noskin. MRSA is nearly always connected to health care facilities. Bacteria are able to acquire resistance to antibiotics.
Experts note that this, and other community-associated forms of MRSA, generally begin as a pimplelike sore that looks like a spider bite and starts to get bigger.
That makes MRSA harder to treat than regular staph infections. Namespaces Page talk page. The USA strain of MRSA is dominant in community non-healthcare settings and often in more virulent in infecting young, healthy persons. It remains important to do what we can to prevent transmission of these strains and of MRSA in general.
But if that doesn't work, or a patient is allergic, doctors may have to resort to other antibiotics, many of them intravenous and expensive.