Abscesses and pustules on the skin. Staph infections, when not very severe, are commonly accompanied by abscesses (boils) containing pus that are seen at the position of the oil glands and hair follicles. This is generally seen spread over various regions of the body; along the facial region, the neck; the nether regions, including the groin and the behind, and the underarm regions.

The infected regions tend to redden and swell up, thus causing pain even to the slightest touch. When the infection proves resistant to antibiotics, the abscesses must be lanced and drained to aid faster recovery. Infection of the inner layers of the skin. This sort of infection is known as cellulitis (which is completely different from cellulite). This is a critically dangerous Staph infection, occurring, as it does, within the skin’s dermal layer and in the tissue under that. The infection is critical because it can spread rapidly through the body.

Such infections generally begin in the lower limbs, and the affected areas tend to redden and swell up and to feel warm. Depending on the seriousness of the infection, the patient may run a temperature and may experience shivering or intense sweating. The lymph glands may also swell up. However, this infection is almost never contagious, as the skin that it lies beneath prevents it from spreading.