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I have MRSA bumps all over my back, which look like pimples but are tender and some puss filled. I just started antibiotics. It's probably been 2 weeks since the first bump appeared. Did I catch it soon enough? I was never swabbed for it. Should I be?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: MRSA

Most MRSA infections are diagnosed by culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing of staphylococcus aureus bacteria isolated from an infected site; a pcr test is also available.
Some MRSA strains are susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), Doxycycline (vibramycin), and Clindamycin (cleocin); although reports suggest Clindamycin resistance is increasing rapidly.

In brief: MRSA

Most MRSA infections are diagnosed by culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing of staphylococcus aureus bacteria isolated from an infected site; a pcr test is also available.
Some MRSA strains are susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), Doxycycline (vibramycin), and Clindamycin (cleocin); although reports suggest Clindamycin resistance is increasing rapidly.
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