How do I know if I have MRSA?

To detect the presence of MRSA on your body, a culture must be collected. All patients being admitted to any of the Scott & White hospitals will be tested for the presence of MRSA.

Since many people carry MRSA in their nasal passages, a Scott & White technician would use a special swab to collect a sample from inside your nose. This swab would then be inserted into each nostril, and then sent to the lab for testing. If MRSA is in the sample, it means you are carrying MRSA on your body.