What is the Mercer infection?


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Mercer infection is a colloquial term for MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to Staph Infection Resources. This staph bacteria, which has become resistant to antibiotics, making it harder to treat, initially causes pimple- or boil-type lesions on the skin that can turn into painful abscesses.

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The Mayo Clinic warns that since MRSA is so resistant to most common antibiotics, it can cause serious complications and death if the infection spreads; however, some antibiotics are effective against MRSA. In addition, there are other treatments, such as draining a MRSA abscess, that do not expose the bacteria to more drugs to which they may become resistant as well.

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