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Is MRSA, staph infection a reoccuring condition?

In some individuals MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections of the skin can reoccur. Usually these individuals are colonized with MRSA in their skin, meaning they can carry the bacteria in small amounts, and without even being sick from it, in places such as their nostrils, axilla, and other sites. From time to time, the bacteria can penetrate under the skin through small breaks in its integrity, multiply, and cause an infection such as a boil or abscess. Treatment of the infection is usually successful at eradicating the overgrowth of bacteria under the skin, but the patient can continue to be colonized with small numbers of organisms at the sites described above leading to repeated infections.

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