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When should I call my doctor about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?

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Call your doctor if you have signs of active infection, most likely a spreading, painful red rash. If you're already being treated for an infection, watch for signs that your medicine isn't working. If you're taking an antibiotic, call your doctor if:

  • The infection isn't better after 3 or 4 days of antibiotics.
  • The rash spreads.
  • You have a fever.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




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SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Academy of Family Physicians. Capriotti, T. , Jan. 26, 2004. Johnson, L. , 2005. WebMD Feature: "Drug-Resistant Staph Spreads Across U.S."




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