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Treatment for a MRSA infection will vary, depending on factors such as the severity of the infection, other medical conditions you may have, and your age. For minor MRSA infections, treatment will typically include oral antibiotics. A healthcare provider may also drain the infected area to help it heal more quickly. Treatment for more serious MRSA infections may involve hospitalization and administering antibiotics intravenously (IV).
Treatment for MRSA Infections: An OverviewAfter a person has been diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), treatment will begin. The recommended treatment will depend on such things as:
- The severity of the infection
- The results of various tests (including which antibiotics may be the most effective)
- Existing medical conditions
- The person's age.
Treating Less Serious MRSA InfectionsMost MRSA infections are treated with antibiotics. For less severe infections, a healthcare provider may recommend one of several oral antibiotics. These may include:
- Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim®, Bactrim® DS, Septra®, Septra® DS, Sulfatrim®)