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What Is the Treatment for a Staph Infection?
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There are two main types of treatment for staph infections, surgical and antibiotic treatment.
In most patients who require surgical treatment, antibiotic treatment is also required. Incision and drainage of pus is the main surgical treatment; however, surgical removal of sources of infection (for example, intravenous lines, artificial grafts, heart valves, or pacemakers) may be required. Other sites of infection, such as joint infections (especially in children), osteomyelitis, or postoperative abscesses, may require surgery. Any tissue site that continues to harbor the bacteria may require surgical intervention and placement of a surgical drain.
There are many antibiotics that are effective against staph if the bacteria are shown to be non-MRSA staph including
However, MRSA organisms usually require other antibiotics;
In addition, there are other types of multiple drug-resistant staph, such as VRSA (vancomycin-resistant staph, for example).
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/13/2016
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