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Does cephalexin treat boils? And if you have a boil how do you know if it's staph or not?

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In brief: Yes

Simple boil can be treated with cephalexin.
If it is not responding very well or if it is getting worse, it is either the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic or there is pus that needs to be drained

In brief: Yes

Simple boil can be treated with cephalexin.
If it is not responding very well or if it is getting worse, it is either the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic or there is pus that needs to be drained
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: See below

Most boils are caused by staphylococcus aureus.
To be sure you need to do a culture. The primary treatment of an abscess is drainage. Antibiotics are an adjunct. Keflex(cephalexin) will treat methicillin sensitive s. Aureus(mssa) it will not treat MRSA which is always resistant to it.

In brief: See below

Most boils are caused by staphylococcus aureus.
To be sure you need to do a culture. The primary treatment of an abscess is drainage. Antibiotics are an adjunct. Keflex(cephalexin) will treat methicillin sensitive s. Aureus(mssa) it will not treat MRSA which is always resistant to it.
Dr. Michael Ein
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