Treatment for MRSA Skin Infections
- Most MRSA skin infections are caused by Community-associated MRSA, and are therefore treatable by oral antibiotics – although antibiotics are not always required.
- Surgical drainage (lancing) is required to treat an abscess, because antibiotics are unable to penetrate into a pocket of pus.
- MRSA cellulitis is a deep skin infection that can spread into underlying tissue.
- MRSA cellulitis without an abscess is treated with antibiotics.
- An abscess is adeep pocket of pus containing MRSA bacteria, and is the origin for the continued spread of infection.
- Surgical drainage (lancing) is required to treat an abscess, because antibiotics cannot penetrate into a pocket of pus.
- Do not attempt to drain an abscess at home.
Bacteria from the abscess can be pushed deeper into the tissue, creating a greater problem.
Antibiotics for MRSA Skin Infections
MRSA by definition is resistant to many antibiotics; however, Community-associated MRSA is still susceptible to a few oral antibiotics.
Antibiotics used to treat MRSA in our communities include:
– Doxycycline and Minocycline are derivatives of tetracycline.
- Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX)
– Bactrim and Septra are trade names.
– Cleocin is the trade name.
– Cipro is the trade name.
– Zyvox is the trade name.