Your medical practitioner is the best person to devise the most appropriate treatment regime for
Many CaMRSA skin infections can be treated by a doctor, trained nurse or health worker draining the
abscess or boil. This needs to be done under sterile conditions. Allowing the pus to
drain out safely may sometimes be the only procedure that is needed. After this has occurred,
the patient often reports feeling better.
Importantly, after this procedure, the wound needs to be well protected with a waterproof bandage
so that the infection isn’t spread to other people.
As MRSA is resistant to a number of different anti-staphylococcal antibiotics, it is more
challenging to treat than non-resistant bacteria. The good news is that MRSA is not resistant
to all antibiotics, allowing most strains of MRSA to be treated with special antibiotics such as
vancomycin, teicoplanin and mupirocin.
If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it’s important to take all of the doses as
instructed. This rule should be followed even if the infection appears to be getting
better. This is of course unless your doctor tells you to stop taking it. There is a
possibility that CaMRSA skin infections may recur after they appear cured. Therefore,
it's wise to remain vigilent in how medication is taken as well as keeping an eye out for any
tell-tale signs of re-infection.
For MRSA sufferers who have weakened immune systems, the best treatments are considered to be with
the antibiotics vancomycin or teicoplanin. As the oral absorption of vancomycin and
teicoplanin is very low, these antibiotics are administered intravenously to hospital patients to
control systemic infections.
Interestingly, several newly discovered strains of MRSA have shown antibiotic resistance even to
vancomycin and teicoplanin. More recent drugs, such as linezolid and daptomycin, are
considered effective against both CaMRSA and HA-MRSA
There are particular groups of people who are more susceptible to risk of infection with MRSA than
others. This being the case, some ordinarily healthy people are screened for MRSA by taking a swab
of their skin or inside of their nose. If laboratory testing subsequently shows that these
healthy people are carrying MRSA bacteria on their skin or in their noses, they are usually treated
with an antibiotic cream known as mupirocin. This cream is then applied to the affected areas of
the person’s body. This action is taken to reduce the risk of the bacteria entering the body
through an open wound and the likelihood of other people being infected by MRSA.