Staph skin infections normally cause a red, swollen, and painful area on the skin. Other symptoms may include:
A skin abscess
Pus or other fluids from the infected area
Warmth around the infected area
Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin, but they can also burrow into the body causing life-threatening infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections. Symptoms of a more serious staph infection may include:
Shortness of breath
General feeling of illness
Organ failure and death may result from untreated staph infections, so it's important to contact your health care provider as soon as possible to get a diagnosis.