Monitor minor skin problems such as pimples, insect bites, cuts and scrapes, especially in children. Contact your health care provider if symptoms of staph infection are present or if a previously treated staph infection seems to get worse rather than heal. Staph infection can range from minor to life-threatening, so it's important to be diagnosed as soon as possible.
Your health care provider may recommend different tests depending on the extent and severity of your symptoms. Typically, tests for staph infection are done before starting antibiotic treatment because drugs that treat ordinary staph aren't effective against MRSA, and their use could lead to serious illness and more resistant bacteria.