Most skin staph infections can be treated by having a healthcare provider drain the infected abscess or boil, without the need for antibiotics. However, many still must be treated with antibiotics. Few antibiotics are available to treat more serious staph infections. These include:
If you are given an antibiotic, take all of the doses, even if the infection is getting better, unless your health care provider tells you to stop. Unfinished doses can lead to the development of drug resistance in the bacteria.
Vancomycin is one of the few antibiotics that are effective against hospital strains of staph infection, although some staph bacteria have developed a resistance to this treatment as well. They are called vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA), but they are less common.
Other treatments may be given for more serious infections. These treatments, given in the hospital, may include supplemental oxygen and intravenous medication. In cases of kidney failure, dialysis may be needed.