MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a type of bacteria that can cause a staph infection. But it's harder to treat than other staph infections. This is because some antibiotics cannot kill MRSA.
MRSA has become more common in healthy people. The bacteria are found on skin and in the nose. MRSA can spread from person to person.
The bacteria can cause infections of the skin, heart, blood, and bones. It can spread quickly in the body and cause serious problems.
If the infection causes a boil on your child's skin, the doctor may need to drain the fluid from the boil. The doctor may also give your child antibiotics through a small tube placed in a vein. This is called an IV. Your child could also get an antibiotic ointment to put on sores or in the nose.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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