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Diagnosis of MRSA and Developing a Treatment Plan
A medical practitioner that suspects a case of bacterial infection based on clinical observations will order some lab tests to confirm the diagnosis. In case these lab tests confirm the presence of an infection, the doctor will also take a sample from the infected area to culture the bacteria and determine what the causative agent of the infection is. The severity of the MRSA symptoms experienced by the patient will determine whether additional blood, urine or sputum laboratory analyses are ordered. To learn more about MRSA symptoms, check the MRSA Symptoms page.
Treatment with antibiotics is still the most effective medical approach for treating this type of infection. However, treatment with antibiotics can be very complicated because MRSA has, by definition, developed resistance to multiple antibiotic drugs. Therefore, a laboratory determination of the bacterial culture's resistance and susceptibility to different types of antibiotic drugs is crucial to generating the most appropriate antibiotics treatment. The antibiotic drugs used for treatment depend on the results of these tests; doctors try to find an antibiotic that the particular strain of MRSA is still susceptible to while using the viable antibiotic with the fewest and least severe potential side effects. When the antibiotic sensitivities of the bacterial culture isolated from the patient are determined, it is possible to begin with the appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this process takes several days to complete in the laboratory.
Medications for MRSA
Moderate to severe MRSA infections, particularly MRSA infections that are acquired in hospital settings, are progressively becoming more and more difficult to treat. Many types of antibiotic medications still usually work to treat MRSA infections, including: clindamycin, daptomycin, linezolid (Zyvox), minocycline, tetracycline, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Septra, Septra DS), doxycycline and vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled).
Mild infections usually respond to mupirocin (Bactroban) medication. Severe MRSA infections are most successfully treated with an intravenous (IV) mixture of multiple antibiotic medications. The sooner that MRSA is diagnosed and treatment has begun, the better the prognosis for the patient and the more effective antibiotic treatment will be.
MRSA and Hospitalization
Medical care for severe MRSA infections usually requires hospitalization. Patients with MRSA infections will probably placed in room with other MRSA infection patients or in a separate isolation room to minimize the possibility of spreading the infection to other patients. Other treatments may be required for severe cases of infection, like IV medications and fluids, kidney dialysis in the case of kidney failure and oxygen treatment. Upon leaving the hospital, the patient is likely to continue treatment at home with the use of antibiotics taken orally. In this case, it is extremely important to finish the entire course of antibiotics that has been prescribed by your doctor, even if you start to feel better before finishing the last dose of antibiotics. If the course of antibiotics is stopped too early, there is a chance that some of the bacteria will survive and cause a second round of infection. In addition, this increases the risk of the bacteria developing new drug resistances and the infection may become more difficult to treat.
MRSA Treatment Facts
Antibiotic medications as means of MRSA treatment aren't always necessary, although antibiotics are necessary in the vast majority of MRSA infection cases. If the patient has an isolated skin boil caused by MRSA, a medical professional can make an incision in the boil and drain it on an outpatient basis. Generally, MRSA does not often harm people who are in good health. In healthy individuals who do end up with a MRSA infection, the infection most often remains localized on the skin and does not spread systemically. In fact, many people are colonized with Staph aureus strains such as MRSA without these bacteria causing problems. MRSA infections are most common in people with weakened immune systems or people who have had surgery and are hospitalized. Most people who visit hospitals will not catch MRSA infections from hospitals.
Individuals who are colonized with the MRSA bacteria may need to be treated in some cases, especially if they require hospital treatment or surgery. The bacteria can be removed with the use of special antibiotic body washes and creams. The inside of the patient's nose may also be disinfected, as this is a common growth spot for Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The hands are often washed with antiseptic soap as well. These disinfecting procedures are non-invasive and usually do not cause any side effects. These measures can stop the spread of the MRSA bacteria to other patients in the hospital and prevent infection of the patient's own surgical incisions.
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