What does a staph infection look like?

What does a staph skin infection look like?

Staphylococcal skin infections show a range of symptoms including:

  • Pain, redness and swelling around an open skin wound (such as a cut or scrape)
  • Furuncles (boils) and carbuncles (collection of multiple infected hair follicles) that resemble white-headed pimples around hair follicles
  • Blistering and peeling skin (more common in infants and young children)
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the armpits, groin or neck

Skin conditions commonly caused by S. aureus include:

  • Cellulitis
  • Folliculitis
  • Furuncle
  • Impetigo
  • Stye (also known as sty or hordeolum)

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