Your healthcare provider may also drain the infected area to speed up healing of the tissue. It is important not to try doing this yourself -- instead of providing a cure, it could actually make the infection worse. More serious cases of MRSA may call for intravenous (IV) antibiotics that are administered in the hospital. These drugs include:
While receiving treatment, it's still possible to spread the MRSA bacteria to other people. To help prevent passing the infection to others, be sure to wash your hands regularly, keep your wounds covered, and avoid sharing personal items with other people, such as towels, clothing, and razors.
(Click MRSA Treatment to learn more about curing this condition. This article also includes sobering statistics on why MRSA infections need to be taken seriously.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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