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A 38-year-old female asked:

I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. what causing it? what steps to take to get rid of it?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Staph: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. You need antibiotics that are effective against your specific bacteria. Cannot tell you which antibiotics without culture and sensitivity testing.
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
See ENT : This could be a chronic otitis externa (outer ear infection) or otitis media (middle ear infection). Treatment can include local care with suctioning of the ear frequently. It will often require both oral and topical antibiotics. Sulfa based antibiotics and Clindamycin work well, but lab sensitivities are necessary from culture . Middle ear infections may require surgery in some cases.

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