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MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is a type of bacteria that can cause a staph infection. But it cannot be killed by the antibiotic methicillin and some other antibiotics. This sometimes makes it harder to treat.
The bacteria are widespread on skin and in the nose. MRSA can cause infections of the skin, heart, blood, and bones. The bacteria can spread quickly in the body and cause serious problems. MRSA can also be spread from person to person.
Depending on how serious your infection is, the doctor may drain your wound and you may get antibiotics through a small tube placed in a vein (IV). Your doctor may also give you an antibiotic ointment to use on sores or in your nose.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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