Some of the antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections include vancomycin, cephalosporins and nafcillin-related antibiotics. Staph infections have become increasingly resistant to traditional antibiotics, and they now often require treatment with stronger medications. This is especially true if the infection is caused by a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aurus strain.
As of 2015, only about 10 percent of staph infections can be successfully treated with just penicillin, according to Mayo Clinic. While alternative antibiotics work in most cases, they can have a higher risk of adverse side effects. In addition to completing the antibiotic treatment as prescribed, patients can increase the chances of recovery by keeping follow up appointments so the doctor can ensure the wound is draining properly.
Staph infections commonly appear on the skin and can resemble boils. The tissue may be swollen, red and warm to the touch. The area may also be very sore, even if it is relatively small. If the infection spreads, the patient may have a fever and experience chills.
Proper hygiene is crucial in preventing staph infections. Staying away from those known to be affected and observing proper hand-washing protocols can reduce the risk of catching the infection. Staph infections may be more common in nursing homes, so those working around the elderly should be especially diligent.