Many Staph. aureus infection do not require antibiotics - the drainage of pus and removal of foreign bodies may be sufficient. The following must be noted when antibiotics are indicated:
Other useful antibiotics include:
Less predictable antibiotics include Augmentin - contains clavulanic acid, a beta lactamase inhibitor; cephalosporins - not degraded but less active; tetracycline - but 10% strains are resistant; and ciprofloxacin - usually inadequate.
Topical agents such as chlorhexidine, povidone-iodine, and mupirocin are useful for impetigo and clearance of MRSA carriage.
Last reviewed 01/2018