How long's the treatment for MRSA skin infections?

Varies. For single lesions, opening and draining them may obviate the need for antibiotics. When antibiotics are needed, 10-14 days seems adequate for resolution of the skin lesions, but then must think about getting rid of the carriage state with Mupirocin in nose and skin washing with Chlorhexidine containing soaps.

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How can I learn about preventing and treating MRSA skin infections?

Medical literature. Look at CDC sites. See what i wrote in jama. Read more...
Hygiene. To prevent MRSA skin infections as well as any other infection, one should practice good hygiene with washing hands and cleaning surfaces etc that may have been exposed to MRSA or any infection with a good disinfectant. I often recommend the use of alcohol hand gels as this often sterilizes hands as well as cleanse skin surfaces. Read more...

My 9 y/o has had a pimple on his nose for 3 days. How can I tell if it is a pimple or skin infection like MRSA?

Pimple. A staph infection (MRSA) will cause increased redness spreading from the initial lesion, swelling, and a possible abscess under the skin (a pus pocket). If it is small and not spreading, the chance of a MRSA infection is much less. Read more...

Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis. Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound care. Read more...

If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC. 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. Read more...
Good idea. It is a good idea to find out if you may be harboring MRSA so that you won't bring the infection to other people. As for disinfected the house, Clorox has been rediscovered to work the best but the fume would be an issue. If you don't have asthma, this may be an option but be sure that the house is well ventilated during and after. Read more...

I am taking doxycycline for a possible MRSA skin infection, and about 2 hours after taking it, I am vomiting. Am I absorbing the medication?

Thirty MInute Rule. I teach my patients, especially those on medications that may cause upset stomachs, if they throw up within thirty minutes after taking a medication they should retake it. If it is longer than thirty minutes they wait to take the next dose when it is due. Read more...
Why vomiting?? Doxycycline vomiting occurs when you swallow it. Something else must causing you to be sick & you should ask your dr to help you. Read more...