MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Infection

Treating a MRSA Infection

The recommended treatment for a MRSA infection will depend on such things as:
 
  • The severity of the infection
  • Test results (including which antibiotics will likely be the most effective)
  • Other existing medical conditions
  • The person's age.
     
For mild to moderate skin infections, your healthcare provider may insert a needle to remove some of the infected fluid or make a cut on the skin to drain the infection. This can help the tissue heal more quickly. It is very important that you do not try to do this yourself. Self-treatment can make things a lot worse. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for mild to moderate skin infections.
 
Treatment for serious MRSA infections may require hospitalization and IV antibiotics.
 
(Click MRSA Treatment to learn more about treating a MRSA infection. This article contains some considerations to be aware of while undergoing treatment for this infection.)
 

Prevention

Below are some other strategies to help prevent a MRSA infection:
 
  • Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water.
     
  • Always shower promptly after exercising.
     
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
     
  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds or bandages.
     
  • Avoid sharing personal items, such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothes, or uniforms.
     
  • Wash soiled sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent; use bleach and hot water if possible.
     
  • Dry clothes in a hot dryer, rather than air-drying (helps kill bacteria in clothes).
     
(Click MRSA Prevention to learn more.)
 

MRSA Staph Infection

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