What is the outlook for people who have staph infection?

Most staph infections of the skin are mild. They can be treated with antibiotics and have no lasting effects.

When staph infections are left untreated, they can lead to organ failure and death. In rare cases, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection can be deadly if the infection isn’t controlled.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/17/2019.

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