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MRSA Infection Treatment and Spread Prevention

If you think you might have a skin infection, you should call your doctor. Treating the infection early may decrease the chances of it becoming more severe. 

Your doctor may take a sample from the infected area and send it to a lab for testing to confirm if you have a MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) skin infection. 

If your doctor determines that you do have MRSA, he or she may drain the skin infection or prescribe an antibiotic. Do not try to drain a wound yourself. This could make it worse or spread MRSA to others.

If you’re prescribed an antibiotic, keep taking it as prescribed by your doctor. Don’t take less than the full dose or stop before you complete all of your medicine—even if you feel better. This will help ensure that the infection completely goes away. If you don’t finish your medicine, the drug may not kill all of the bacteria. You may become sick again, and the remaining bacteria may be harder to treat.

If you suspect you have MRSA or your doctor has confirmed that you have a MRSA skin infection and is treating it, there are some things you can do to help prevent spreading it to others.
  • Cover the wound with clean, dry bandages until it heals. The pus from infected wounds can contain MRSA bacteria
  • Make sure you thoroughly clean your hands often. You can also use hand sanitizer
  • Clean your hands after changing the bandages covering your wound or after touching the skin infection itself
  • Do not share personal items such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothes, or uniforms
  • Wash your used sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent. If possible, use bleach and hot water. Drying these items in a dryer may also help to kill off bacteria