Depending on the type of MRSA infection you have, the treatment you receive will be different.
If you develop an MRSA infection in hospital, the infected site will need to be properly drained. If needed, IV (intravenous) antibiotics may be given.
Patients may be treated in the hospital or, if you require treatment for a long period of time, your doctor may send you home with a home IV antibiotic program.
When left untreated, MRSA infections can progress to serious complications that require hospitalization. If you think you may have an infection:
- Soak the infected area in warm water
- You can also gently clean the infected area with alcohol or antiseptic
- Cover the affected area with a bandage
- Clean your hands
- Contact your healthcare provider or doctor
Do not attempt to treat an MRSA skin infection by yourself; doing so could make it worse or spread it to others.
- Use disinfectants on the injury
At the doctor’s office, MRSA skin infections can be treated by draining the pus from a boil or abscess – this may improve the infection without the need for further treatment. Not all infections require antibiotics.
If antibiotics are necessary, they may be given topically (cream or ointment), orally (pills) or intravenously (IV), depending on the severity of the infection.
- If you are given an antibiotic, take all of the doses even if the infection is getting better or appears to be gone.
- Only stop taking an antibiotic if your doctor or healthcare professional tells you to stop.
- Do not share antibiotics with other people or save unfinished antibiotics. If you have leftover medication, return it to your local pharmacy/drug store.
- If within a few days of visiting your healthcare provider the infection is not getting better, contact them again.
- If other people you know or live with develop similar symptoms tell them to go to their healthcare provider. Do not share your antibiotics with them.
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It is possible to get repeat MRSA infections. If you are cured of an infection, you do not become immune to future infections.