Red, tender skin
Along with appearing swollen, skin in the infected area will also be red to look at. Skin redness is typically associated with insect bites of some sort or bacterial infiltration. In many instances, the redness may be confused with spider bites or other types of insect bite.
However, in this case, the superficial coloring of the skin results from the irritation caused by the bacterial incursion. Also known as erythema, the symptom is characterized by redness of the skin that appears due to the dilation of the blood capillaries right beneath the skin’s surface.
While erythema can be caused by numerous reasons, the redness caused by MRSA is due to bacterial penetration and will go away once the infection is treated. The red patch remains restricted to the infected area and disappears after the infection has cleared.
The infected area will also feel warm to touch and highly sensitive. Skin that becomes sensitive to touch can often be annoying, uncomfortable and frequently unbearable. Given the spread of the infection, skin may feel overly tender, even to non-painful stimuli in most cases.
Skin tenderness can be triggered by touch, pressure, or even a sensation of hot or cold. For staph bacterial infections, this tenderness can become highly sore and quite uncomfortable. The tenderness, like other symptoms of the condition remains localized to the infected area and will go away once the infection has cleared.