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Is there any specific treatment available for MRSA?


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Dr. Davie Wong

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Published At March 31, 2019
Reviewed AtFebruary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have struggled with staph for nine years. I have tested positive for MRSA on at least three occasions in the last 10 years and at least two other different strains of staph. I have taken Doxycycline several times, Bacetrine, and several other oral antibiotics in the past. I have also been given injections in the butt along with taking the antibiotics. After several years of this, the outbreaks are usually confined to my face. Mostly my nose. I use antibiotic ointment a lot but it does not seem to help either. When I take the oral antibiotics they usually clear my face up but the outbreaks keep coming back after I stop taking them. I believe that I probably have staph in my bloodstream and it just sleeps when the antibiotics are being taken and then comes back out once I stop taking them. It usually coagulates in my nose and the outbreaks start there. What is the most effective treatment for this?

Answered by Dr. Davie Wong


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your inquiry. Here are some strategies to minimize the risk of these recurrent MRSA skin infections.

1. Hygiene:

The bacteria that cause skin infections are transmitted by skin contact. Wash your hands diligently and frequently to minimize the spread of bacteria to other parts of your body, to other people, and to objects you touch.

2. Decontaminate yourself:

Bleach baths are an effective way to reduce the amounts of bacteria living on your skin (see instructions below). If you are unable to do bleach baths, you may use antiseptic wipes (Chlorhexidine) to wash your body daily. Your doctor will give you a prescription for Chlorhexidine if required.

3. Antibiotics:

Not all skin infections require oral or IV antibiotics, as many of them are self-limiting. Antibiotics should be reserved for more severe infections. Your doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic to apply inside your nose to reduce the amount of the skin infection-causing bacteria.

4. Decontaminate Your Environment: The bacteria that causes skin infections also live in your environment. You should routinely decontaminate high contact surfaces, like tabletops, countertops, doorknobs or handles, chairs, handheld devices, etc., with antiseptic solutions. Do not reuse the same towels before they have been thoroughly washed. Clean your linens frequently. Avoid sharing personal items such as razor blades, nail clippers, towels, clothing, etc.

5. Cover open wounds:

If you have an open wound on your skin, it is important to keep it covered to prevent the spread of bacteria. Do not participate in activities requiring skin-to-skin contact with others until wounds are fully healed. Do not share personal items that come in contact with the wound.

Bleach Baths: Add one-fourth to half a cup of common 5 % household bleach to a bathtub full of water (40 gallons). Soak your entire body, keeping your head above water, for about 10 to 15 minutes. Limit diluted bleach baths to not more than twice a week. Do not submerge your head and be very careful to avoid getting the diluted bleach into the eyes. Rinse off with fresh water and apply moisturizer.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Davie Wong
Dr. Davie Wong

HIV/AIDS specialist

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