MRSA Superbug Treatment Choices
It is amazing how many people call here and ask about MRSA. Most of these folks have tried all of the traditional methods without results. Most are desperate to find anything that will help them. I get really sad when I listen to their stories. I’ll bet you have a great story too!
We know how important it is to you to get rid of your MRSA, once and for all, right?
What Are Possible MRSA Treatment Options?
The good news is that MRSA is treatable. By definition, MRSA is resistant to some antibiotics. But other kinds of antibiotics still work. Bactrim and vancomycin are often the first drugs used. Other options are clindamycin, minocycline, Tygacil, Cubicin, Zyvox, and Synercid. Some of these antibiotics are only available intravenously. Unfortunately, there is emerging antibiotic resistance being seen with some of these medications.
Antibiotics, however, aren’t always necessary. If you have a skin boil caused by MRSA, your doctor may just make an incision and drain it.
If you are prescribed antibiotics, follow your health care provider’s instructions precisely. Never stop taking your medicine, even if you’re feeling better. If you don’t take all of your medicine, some of the MRSA/Staph bacterium may survive. These survivors then have the potential to become resistant to the antibiotic. They also could re-infect you or infect someone else.
Treating MRSA Skin Infections
Incision and drainage constitutes the primary therapy for these purulent skin infections. Empiric antimicrobial coverage for MRSA may be warranted in addition to incision and drainage based on clinical assessment (e.g., presence of systemic symptoms, severe local symptoms, immune suppression, extremes of patient age, infections in a difficult to drain area, or lack of response to incision and drainage alone).
Antibiotic treatment, if indicated, should be guided by the susceptibility profile of the organism. Obtaining specimens for culture and susceptibility testing is useful to guide therapy, particularly for those with more severe infections and those who fail to respond adequately to initial management.
MRSA skin infections can develop into more serious infections. It is important to discuss a follow-up plan with your doctor in case you develop systemic symptoms or worsening local symptoms, or if symptoms do not improve within 48 hours.
Why Typical MRSA Treatment Protocols Fail
No matter what MRSA treatment approach you use or how effective your MRSA treatment may be, stopping your current infection has little bearing on stopping recurring infections.
This is true for both antibiotic treatments as well as home remedies available online. Stopping your current infection and stopping the cycle are two very different things. By only focusing on treating your current MRSA infection, you set yourself up for future failure and a recurrence of MRSA.
Surprisingly, many common MRSA treatment approaches actually promote recurring infections. It’s no wonder that ending recurring infections is the biggest problem people have with Staph and MRSA infections.
Practicing good hygiene may make you less likely to get MRSA.
The CDC’s web site includes these MRSA prevention tips:
- Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- 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 or razors.