(HealthDay News) -- Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are commonly found on the skin. But they can cause a serious infection if they enter the bloodstream through a cut or open sore, particularly among people with weaker immune systems.
Here are the most common symptoms of a staph infection, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- A swollen, red, and sore area on the skin that may drain pus or other fluid.
- A warm feeling around the infected area.
- Fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches.
- Pain in the chest.
- General feeling of sickness.
If you have these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.