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Could sulfameth/trimethoprim work for skin abces's?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Incise and drain

Hi. The cardinal treatment for an abscess is incision and drainage.
Antibiotics play a role AFTER incision and drainage. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, among others, could be used, but without first incising and draining the abscess, they won't work. Good luck!

In brief: Incise and drain

Hi. The cardinal treatment for an abscess is incision and drainage.
Antibiotics play a role AFTER incision and drainage. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, among others, could be used, but without first incising and draining the abscess, they won't work. Good luck!
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Culturing the purulent material to determine appropriate antibiotic treatment should also be performed.
Dr. Jane Eason
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)

Yes! SMX/TMP (Bactrim) is now a commonly used, first choice antibiotic, for resistant strains of Staph aureus infections (MRSA), which are now extremely common.
If your doctor is using this antibiotic, either MRSA is suspected or proven from a culture.

In brief: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)

Yes! SMX/TMP (Bactrim) is now a commonly used, first choice antibiotic, for resistant strains of Staph aureus infections (MRSA), which are now extremely common.
If your doctor is using this antibiotic, either MRSA is suspected or proven from a culture.
Dr. Jane Eason
Dr. Jane Eason
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Dr. Vicki Levine
if you get a rash while you are taking this antibiotic stop it and call the doctor immediately
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