Cure for Staph Infection
In order to cure a mild-to-moderate staph infection of the skin, your healthcare provider may prescribe antibiotics such as:
- Sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim®, Bactrim® DS, Septra®, Septra® DS, Sulfatrim®)
- Linezolid (Zyvox®).
For a staph infection that is not as severe, the cure may be as simple as warm compresses applied to the affected area. Another method of treatment involves the healthcare provider making a cut in the skin (or inserting a needle into the skin) to drain the infection.
If the staph infection is severe, or if the infection is not getting better with antibiotics taken by mouth, a person may need to be hospitalized so that intravenous (IV) antibiotics can be administered.
Because you can still spread staph bacteria to others during treatment, it's important to take measures to prevent transmitting the illness to others. For example, make sure to cover any cuts or scrapes, and avoid sharing personal items with others, such as towels or razors.
(Click Staph Infection Treatment to learn more about how staph infections are cured. This article also explains why it's important not to try to drain the infected area yourself.)