3 Common Treatments for MRSA

May 7th 2016

MRSA is a potentially life-threatening infection that requires immediate treatment when it develops, so consult a doctor if you believe you may be infected. Doctors generally take a skin culture and run lab tests in order to determine whether or not you have MRSA, and they may also request blood, urine and other tests. Follow your doctor's recommendation for the best treatment option based on the severity of your infection.

Antibiotic Medications

Antibiotic therapy has always been the preferred treatment option for MRSA infections, despite MRSA's issues with drug resistance, but tests are needed to determine the particular infection's susceptibility or resistance to different drugs before targeted antibiotics can be prescribed. Doctors often begin by culturing a sample from the infection site to see which medications stop the growth of MRSA during microbiological tests. This generally takes several days to complete, during which patients are often given general antibiotics to slow the infection's progress.

After the laboratory results are received, doctors may prescribe a combination treatment with antibiotics such as linezolid, vancomycin, sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim and rifampin. It is extremely important for patients to finish their antibiotic treatment

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