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Mrsa Abscess Treatment
CA-MRSA: Treatment of MRSA infection depends on where the infection is & how ill the patient is. For eg, treatment for MRSA infection in the blood is differs from MRSA infection on the skin. It also depends if it's hospital or community acquired. If uncomplicated skin infection, eg abscess, i&d, bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clidna, zyvox are a good start until antibiotic sensitivity is available at 48 hours. ...Read more
Wrong question: MRSA is a type of bacteria. There are many types of MRSA. Was it acquired in the hospital or in the community? Did it occur while taking an antibiotic? Is it boils or cellulitis or pneumonia or infected wound, etc. The best approach depends on the diagnosis. If it is an abscess, drainage, not antibiotic, is the correct approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: Even if you have been treated you are probably still carrying this on your skin and mucous membranes. Depends on your definition of "contagious". This organism is generally transferred person to person by direct hand contact, and then the other person may only become a carrier. Infection requires a break in the skin or soft tissues or introduction into an immune suppressed person. ...Read more
Not always: The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa). There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?
Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more
Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is: A good choice in this situation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Local hygiene: Complete your wound care. I wld obtain a culture of your nares to make sure you are not a carrier of staph. I wld talk to your doctor about leaving you on antibiotics for several months. I wld shower with hibiclens for several weeks. Any question see a infectious disease doctor for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) DS overkill for inflamed/possibly infected cystic pimple. Drained by derm today, awaiting culture. Also script for mupirocin & hibiclens.
A bad type.: Mrsa is a potent strain of staph bacteria that worries doctors because it is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which for many years was the single best treatment for staph infections. It is usually treatable with other antibiotics, such as Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline, but such infections can be very virulent and contagious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer