The symptoms of a staph infection usually include skin infections. A staph infection can cause a boil, cellulitis, folliculitis, impetigo, styes, and paronychia. A boil, also called a furuncle, looks similar to an enlarged pimple and is filled with pus. Cellulitis is a skin infection that will cause red skin that is painful and often warm. Folliculitis is when a hair follicle becomes infected. Impetigo causes crusted lesions on the skin and is a blister. A stye is an infection of the glands in the eyelid. Styes look like red bumps on the eyelid. Paronychia is an infection of the skin around the nail. These are the common symptoms of a staph infection. If you have a symptom for staph, you should contact your doctor. Proper medical attention is important. If no action is taken and the infection is allowed to spread, worse symptoms and conditions can occur. Some examples include a blood infection, a deep abscess, food poisoning, a bone infection, toxic shock syndrome, an infection of the lymph nodes or channels, or even an infection of the heart valves. It is also possible to the staph bacteria to cause pneumonia, ear infection, and sinusitis.
A diagnosis of a staph infection must be done by a doctor. Usually the diagnosis is made from physical examination and symptom patterns. To definitively diagnose the staph bacteria, a sample from the wound is taken and cultured. If you are wondering if you have a staph infection (or MRSA) take a look at our staph infection pictures. And when in doubt, please see a doctor as soon as possible.