Staph infections of the skin can be serious and life threatening learn more about the symptoms stages treatment and contagiousness of staph skin infections at webmd. Diagnosis to diagnose a staph infection your doctor will perform a physical exam during the exam your doctor will closely examine any skin lesions you may have collect a sample for testing most often doctors diagnose staph infections by checking a tissue sample or nasal secretions for signs of the bacteria. The symptoms of a skin infection also vary depending on the type common symptoms include redness of the skin and a rash you may also experience other symptoms such as itching pain and tenderness. Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin staphylococcus and streptococcus are the types of bacteria that are usually responsible for cellulitis although many types of bacteria can cause the condition sometimes cellulitis appears in areas where the skin has broken open such as the skin near ulcers or surgical wounds. Diagnosis many people who develop a skin infection have no other medical problems and no obvious injury or skin damage that allowed the infection to occur this is also true for people with a mrsa skin infection however people in certain groups have a much higher risk than others that their skin infection is caused by mrsa
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