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Peachy Peachy Princess
MRSA Antibiotics, How Long?
I contracted MRSA and it spread to 3 spots total. They were drained and I have been taking bactrium (sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160) tablets for 1.5 mos. I recently finished my pills and now the MRSA boils are returning? I am out of the country in Central America. I bought more bactrium and am taking that for the moment. How long will it take to kill the MRSA?

As a healthcare provider I can tell you that Bactrim alone will not kill MRSA. I don't know how a healthcare provider in the US would order just that. And you are in South America? You've been fighting MRSA for almost two months and its reoccuring? You better get yourself to a good doctor ASAP. (And what you have is very contagious)

gangadharan nair
Staphylococci are gram-positive, aerobic organisms. Staphylococcus aureus is the most pathogenic; it typically causes skin infections and sometimes pneumonia, endocarditis, and osteomyelitis. It commonly leads to abscess formation. Some strains elaborate toxins that cause gastroenteritis, scalded skin syndrome, and toxic shock syndrome. Diagnosis is by Gram stain and culture. Treatment is usually with penicillinase-resistant Ξ²-lactams, but because antibiotic resistance is common, vancomycin may be required. Some strains are resistant to all but the newest ribosome-targeted antibiotics (eg, linezolid, quinupristin plus dalfopristin) or daptomycin (a lipopeptide antibiotic).
Please see the web pages for more details on MRSA and Bactrim.

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