A new test is available that can distinguish between methicillin-resistant and methicillin-susceptible forms of Staphylococcus aureus in a matter of hours.
Is there a way to reduce or eliminate frequent episodes of boils?
I commonly use trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra) (TMP/SMX) or doxycycline to treat infections that could be attributable to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Should an additional antibiotic be considered for strep coverage? – BRUCE BRASWELL, PA-C, Vandalia, Ill. I assume you are referring to uncomplicated skin or soft-tissue infections and not invasive or complicated infections. An uncomplicated abscess…
A man presents with an infection in his left foot that has become necrotic.
What advice should be given to a patient who has undergone splenectomy because of trauma? What guidelines do you recommend for both medical and dental follow-up?
Should infection with group B streptococcus (GBS) be considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) the way methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is?
Over the past several years, I have seen a rise in the number of otherwise healthy adults presenting with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-positive abscesses and cellulitis. What is the standard or care for treatment and prevention? While everyone employs incision and drainage as definitive treatment for simple abscess and adds MRSA-effective antibiotics for more severe…
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Skin abscess can be frustrating and confusing for patients, and the incidence of MRSA continues to grow.
A 65-year-old man presents with pain and chills after diskectomy. What is the best treatment option?
The antibiotic is designed to treat infections including MRSA.