How can you tell MRSA from a regular staph infection?

Culture. A sample needs to be sent to a lab for testing to see which antibiotics successfully kill the bacteria. Mrsa means methicillin resistant staph aureus, methicillin is an antibiotic in the same class as penicillin. If methicillin doesn't work to kill the staph- it is labeled mrsa.
Culture. Mrsa is just a staph aureus that has a new gene that renders it resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics; for the most part, it will present the exact same as a "regular" staph infection, and will respond to other antibiotics the same as non-mrsa. It is difficult to call one regular because in most of the us, about 50% of all staph aureus is now mrsa. Only way to tell for sure is lab culture.

Related Questions

My daughter has MRSA she has not had any symptoms in over a year but now her grandma's doctor says that my daughter gave her a regular staph infection?

Staph infection. That is a possibility, especially if your daughter has open sores or impetigo of the skin. Another source of contamination would be a runny nose with a mucoid discharge. Read more...
Confusing question. People can have a MRSA infection but they don't carry it forever like hiv. Treatment eliminates the germ.Staph is present everywhere in the environment and more than 70% of the abscess i see are community acquired mrsa, while 30% are not. Her grandma could easily get staph from her environment, and why her doc accused your child of bringing it to her is beyond me. Read more...
Not likely. Mrsa is everywhere, on everything. It is not possible to say where grandma got it from. Maybe she gave it to your daughter a year ago. It is one of the most frequent skin infections we see in the office. We don't even try to figure out who gave it to whom. Read more...

Please tell me the symptoms of MRSA vs. A staph infection?

Mrsa, a type of stap. Mrsa is a type of staph that is drug resistant. Staph/mrsa can cause a variety of things. Commonly, skin infections/boils. They can get into the blood stream and cause infections. Once it gets into the blood stream, it can go anywhere and cause an infection at that site. Read more...

What are diff types of staph infection, mrsa, etc?

See below. Staphylococcus are a genus of bacteria usually divided into coagulase negative and positive. The coag positive staph are staph aureus which cause many infections. Mrsa are resistant to the semisynthetic penicillins like methicillin. Mssa are sensitive to these antibiotics. Coag neg staph include many species like staphylococcus epidermidis which colonize normal skin and infrequently cause disease. Read more...

What to do for staph infection that might be mrsa?

Get medical care. At minimum you will need antibiotics. Physician can assess and treat properly. Do not wait. Read more...

What to do if I think my boyfriend gave me a mrsa/staph infection, how should I approach him about it?

B sure & don't fus . Many people have mrsa, u r exposed 2 it every day from just being around people in general. The reason there is a false stigma placed on those who have it is sad. It more important 2 know u have it or r a carrier than not. It is important not to enter hospitals or wear a mask 2 visit & he should not feel bad about it. If he were a surgical candidate every 1 is tested & rx'd b4 surg infec du 2=bad. Read more...

If someone has a penicillin-resistant staph infection, is that the same as mrsa?

Not always. Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staph aureus. Methicillin is a type of penicillin. Many species of staph bacteria are resistant to some forms of penicillin, but are sensitive to methicillin. Those bacteria are not classified as mrsa. Conversely, staph species that are resistant to methicillin are nearly always resistant to all the other penicillins as well. Read more...