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How can staph infections be treated?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Oral antibiotics: See your md for an appropriate antibiotic and/or culture. Topical treatments won't do much for a true cellulitis (which is bacterial infection under the skin). Iv treatments are overkill for uncomplicated infections in healthy individuals.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Antibiotics: You can take antibiotics, have abscesses drained, wash daily with hibiclens , and take bleach baths-1/2 cup in full tub of water-do 2to3 times a week-soak for 10 minutes each time. Vitamin d 1000iu daily may also help.
Dr. Arabinda Behura
Hospital-based practice 11 years experience
Antibiotics.: Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clindamycin, vancomycin, linezolide. Are most common medications used.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are staph infections?

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Staphylococcus : Staph is an organism found everwhere in nature (surfaces/doornobs) but mostly on skin. Can spread via hands. We are covered w/staph and our 'normal staph flora' protect us from unfriendly virulent strains. Staph can cause infections in skin, sinuses, lungs, gut, lungs but if in the blood can cause infection in all organs. Worrisome is antibiotic resistant staph (mrsa, mrse, gisa). Handwashing!

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