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Specific Problems Related to Staph Infections

How Risky Are Complications With a Staph Infection?

It is fairly uncommon within the community for a complication to develop from a staph skin infection. These complications are more common within the healthcare setting, although they are still more the exception than the rule.
Up to 31 out of every 100,000 people with a staph infection will have it affect internal structures.
Serious (or even life-threatening) complications are more common with these types of infections. The type of staph infection will also affect the impact. For example, serious MRSA infections have a higher death rate, longer hospital stays, and higher healthcare costs than serious Staphylococcus aureus infections. Serious MRSA infections inside the body can have death rates of up to 20 percent.
Certain risk factors can increase a person's chances for developing a more serious type of Staphylococcus infection (see Staph Infection Risk Factors).

Specific Complications of a MRSA Infection

Staphylococcus can invade many areas of the body, not just the skin. Some of the most common areas affected (and the types of infections caused) include the:

Staphylococcus Infection

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