Your healthcare provider may want to see you in 24 to 48 hours after starting treatment to check on your progress. If the antibiotics don't appear to be working, more aggressive treatment may be necessary. More serious MRSA infections may involve hospitalization and intravenous (IV) antibiotics, such as:
After the infection starts to improve, you may be discharged from the hospital with antibiotics to take either by mouth or through an IV. These antibiotics may need to be taken for up to eight weeks. If the infection does not improve within a few days of visiting your healthcare provider, make sure to schedule another follow-up visit.
(To read more about treating the condition with antibiotics, click MRSA Treatment. This article also discusses ways of minimizing symptoms and warns about the dangers of trying to drain any infected areas yourself.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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