MRSA is resistant to most
antibiotics that are commonly used to treat infection, but there are still some that MRSA is not resistant to, such as vancomycin and linezolid. These
antibiotics are normally given by injection or fed through a tube inserted into your
vein (intravenously). Most MRSA infections will require treatment in hospital and
antibiotic treatment may need to continue for several weeks.
If you are in hospital and you have an MRSA infection, you may be moved to a private room or to a room with others who have the
bacteria, to stop MRSA spreading.
Those who have MRSA
bacteria on their skin or in their nose, but who do not have an MRSA infection, are described as being 'colonized'. If you are colonized, you will not usually need any treatment at all. However, if you need to go into the hospital for any reason, such as an operation, you may need treatment to remove the
bacteria. If this is the case, when you are admitted to the hospital, a special
antibiotic cream will be applied to your skin or the inside of your nose to remove the
bacteria. You may also need to wash your skin and hair with an
antiseptic shampoo and lotion.
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