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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Can You Get Rid of a MRSA Infection

Question: My son has had dealing with MRSA staph infection for over a year, since he was in the hospital after having a near fatal car wreck. the doctor has tried several antibiotics and topical creams. How can he be cured of MRSA? He is 19 years old. should I take him to an ER, so he can receive IV antibiotics? Is MRSA deadly such as staph?

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Laura NP


Eleventh Hour LLC said...

Dear Kathy,
There are two types of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) infections: hospital acquired and community acquired. It sounds like you son aquired it in the hospital. MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. Some people are carriers and have no signs of infection but test positive for it. There are different methods of treatment for an active infection. If it is a topical abscess, sometimes just draining the abscess is enough. Other times, people need IV antibiotics. One of the most important ways to prevent a recurring infection is good hygiene. Especially keeping hands and skin clean. I would suggest going to see an Infectious Disease specialist for treatment. If it is an abscess that hurts and looks infected, you should go to the ER and have it evaluated. You can request a referral to an infectious disease specialist at that time as well. Occasionally, MRSA can be deadly, so I appreciate your concern. The infectious disease specialist will be able to give your son an appropriate combination of antibiotics that will most likely help. Keep on top of it. Don't let an abscess wait. Vigilance now will pay off. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov. Good luck and let us know how things go.