Not everyone with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) will undergo treatment with the same antibiotics. How your healthcare provider recommends managing your MRSA infection will depend on factors such as:
The severity of your symptoms
The results of various tests (including which antibiotics may be the most effective)
Healthcare providers typically prescribe oral antibiotics (such as minocycline or sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim) for less serious cases of MRSA. To manage skin infections that are mild to moderate in severity, your healthcare provider may also drain the affected area. This will help speed up healing.
In situations where the infection is more severe or is not responding to oral antibiotics, IV antibiotics (such as linezolid, daptomycin, or tigecycline) may be required. These are typically started in the hospital. Once the infection starts to improve, your healthcare provider may discharge you from the hospital and have you finish your treatment at home.
(Click MRSA Treatment for more information on managing this condition. This article explains how long treatment typically lasts, discusses prevention, and explains why it's important to finish your course of antibiotics -- even if you are feeling better.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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