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MRSA Skin Infections

What is MRSA?

  • Methicillin-resistent staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that can cause superficial skin infections as well as boils or abscesses.

How is MRSA transmitted?

  • You can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected person or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin.

What symptoms should I look for?

  • Call the office if a wound looks red, swollen, hot, or is draining pus. These are signs of an infection.

How are MRSA infections treated?

  • The doctor may drain the wound, obtain a sample of the drainage for culture, or prescribe antibiotics for the infection.
    • To prevent the spread of MRSA, practice good hand washing and clean frequently touched surfaces.
    • For recurrent MRSA infections, an ointment called mupirocin (Bactroban) may be prescribed.
    • Clorox baths (adding ¼ cup Clorox to bath tub) once a month may help eliminate MRSA.