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February's Tip

Published 02/01/2018

Many people have heard of MRSA.  This stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.  MRSA is a bacteria that lives in the environment and can colonize a person’s body, usually the nose or skin.  This bacteria is a common cause of boils and abscesses but it can lead to other infections as well.  MRSA is resistant to penicillin related antibiotics. 

While hospital acquired MRSA is very hard to kill, usually being resistant to a large number of antibiotic types, the MRSA found in the community (i.e. outside of the hospital) is easily dealt with, as a number of agents kill it.  If you are diagnosed with a MRSA infection, don’t panic!  Your doctor will likely have a wide range of effective antibiotics to choose from to deal with the problem.