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Pauline, Doctor (MD)
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how to tell if a staph infection is getting better or worse

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Pauline replied 9 years ago.

Where is the infection?

What are your symptoms?

What antibiotics have you been taking? How long was each course?

How is the area now?


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Pauline's Post: the infection is in the groin area...there was a boil that popped and the swelling has gone down but more boil (pimple) type things have shown up..the orginal boil is a redish color and has some blood leaking from it. i havent been on any meds for longer than 3 days due to the type of staph or allergic reactions. i have taken cipro for 3 days, bactrim for 2 days, and now on tetracycline.
Expert:  Pauline replied 9 years ago.

The signs of improvement would be reduction in size, heat and return to normal color.

However the antibiotics for MRSA need to be taXXXXX XXXXX term and the areas should be swabbed and cultured to check that the bacteria is sensitive to the current antibiotic. If it is MRSA then you may need intravenous antibiotics depending if the infection gets into the bloodstream.