Treatments for staph skin infections depend on the severity of the staph problem. If a minor infection develops, this can usually be treated at home with antiseptic and antibiotic ointments either prescription or non-prescription. A mild oral antibiotic may also be required and prescribed by a physician, but generally a healthy immune system can combat minor staph infections.
Unfortunately, sometimes minor staph infections can develop into a more serious skin infection problem. In these scenarios, the symptoms get worse with time and a fever is likely to develop. Indications that the infection is spreading might be evident on the skin with the appearance of lines or darker patches near the infected site and spreading away from the site. At this point the infection has moved into the blood stream. If this is the case, then a visit to a physician is a must and should occur immediately because infections may subsequently develop in various organs in the body such as the heart and lungs. A host of other health problems can also result from a staph skin infection that has spread. Staph skin infections can even lead to death.
If the staph infection has progressed, then a physician will likely perform a test to determine the strain of the bacteria and to see if the staph infection is of the antibiotic resistant type or MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus). The results will determine which antibiotics should be used. This is important information to know because if the infection is MRSA then standard antibiotics will be ineffective against the infection and the infection will progress even though you believe that your are successfully treating it. MRSA is difficult to treat. Powerful antibiotics and finding the right antibiotics and treatment regime are keys to combat MRSA. Often the antibiotics are given intravenously for rapid and maximum effectiveness. In most cases, a proper antibiotic treatment can be found and the infection cured, especially if the infection is not well advanced.
Treatments of staph infections with antibiotics are a moving target. This is because the bacteria adapt to antibiotics and mutate and become resistant to them. Therefore, new antibiotics or different antibiotics that previously were effective are often needed to cure the infection.
Pain relievers can be used to ease the pain caused by the infection. Pus can be drained from the site by applying warm compresses to the affected areas. This can be discussed with the physician.
Staph skin infections might require surgery as the treatment option. For example, if the staph infection has progressed deeply into the skin or even into the muscles, then surgical clean-up and pus drainage are required.
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